Volume 143 | September 2023

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It's Great to Belong & Members' Promotions Edition

Our Ambassador of the Year!

      Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic, center, is congratulated by members of the Chamber Ambassador Team for earning the Ambassador of the Year title. Ambassadors earn points throughout the year for Chamber membership outreach services.

    Dr. Rosemary will be officially recognized at the Chamber’s 70th Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast on September 28 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. More information about the event is below.

     Ambassadors who joined in celebrating Dr. Rosemary’s success are, from left, Gamal Megherfi of First Citizens Bank, Wendy Swertfeger of Legal Shield/ID Shield, Adam Sheldon of New York Life, Pamela Smith of Tampa Bay Newspapers, Amy Gaston of Data-Tech, Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire, Gail Holden of Office Services 101, Christine Cook of Regions Bank and Trudi Greig of Hancock Whitney Bank.

        The Ambassador Team meets the first Wednesday monthly at 8:15 a.m. in the Chamber Conference Room. If you’re interested in joining, reach out to Chamber Marketing & Membership Outreach Director Emmy Strauss at Membership@CentralChamber.biz or 727-584-2321.

Welcome, Coiffure Style in Belleair

Iris Haluka and Aurora Dule of Coiffure Style in Belleair are presented their official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassador Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic. Coiffure Style brings a European aesthetic to town. Its mission is to provide the best pampering services from lengthy nails to the perfect haircut. Salon chair rentals are currently available for area hairstylists and manicurists. The business can be reached at 727-600-8122.

Free for members. $25 for guests.

Apply Online for Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now open. The state program makes $20 million available for businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia. Florida small business owners in need of assistance are encouraged to visit www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL to apply.

Florida tees up conservation deals across the state

Florida officials next week could approve spending more than $141 million to conserve 42,000 acres of land from the Panhandle to the Devil's Garden area southwest of Lake Okeechobee.

Environmental groups sue US, seek protection for Florida’s rare ghost orchid

The lawsuit filed in Florida contends officials missed a deadline on the orchid’s status and don’t plan to make a decision until possibly late 2026.

Electric vehicles could be getting more expensive in Florida

A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require electric vehicle owners in the state to pay extra fees when renewing their vehicle registration.

Bill requires some Florida businesses to accept currency, coin or pay penalties

Florida businesses, including doctors’ offices and hospitals, could be forced to accept cash payments from their customers or face hefty fines under a bill in consideration in the 2024 Session.

Florida enrollment in Medicaid continues recent decline

Florida’s Medicaid enrollment continue to decline, according to recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on health policy, research and polling.

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