Volume 143 | September 2023

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it's Great to Belong 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.

Residents Invited to Participate in Telephone/Online Town Hall Meeting on Future Water Sources

Tampa Bay Water invites residents to join a telephone/online town hall meeting this Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., to review its Long-term Master Water Plan. The meeting will include a discussion on the region’s growing water needs, current water sources and projects under consideration. Participants will be able to ask questions live and participate in polls during the call. Register for the meeting at futurewater.org.

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.

Extreme weather is the new pandemic for Florida businesses reliant on tourism

This year, small businesses say vacation cadences are returning to normal. But now, they have extreme weather to deal with — many say it's hurting business, but more temperate spots are seeing a surge.

AccuWeather updates hurricane season forecast, predicting 3-5 major hurricanes

The season has been ahead of the historical average and forecasters said they now expect more major hurricanes to develop than predicted in earlier forecasts.

Florida teachers seek better pay from their districts’ booming budgets

It’s time for school boards around Florida to consider final adoption of their budgets for the fiscal year that started July 1.

How a Florida fight could bring a constitutional clash

A fast-tracked Florida Supreme Court decision on whether a North Florida congressional district is legally valid could set up a historic showdown between the state and the Constitution.

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