January 2019
Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.
Bills we're tracking in the Florida Legislature
SB 54 - Possession of Real Property; Repealing provisions relating to a governmental entity’s establishment of recreational customary use on a portion of a beach above the mean high-water line on private property, etc.

SB 70 - State Funds; Exempting the State Housing Trust Fund and the Local Government Housing Trust Fund from a provision authorizing the Legislature, in the General Appropriations Act, to transfer unappropriated cash balances from specified trust funds to the Budget Stabilization Fund and the General Revenue Fund, etc. Bill Text

SB 78 - Public Financing of Construction Projects; Prohibiting state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study and having such study published and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; requiring the department to develop by rule standards for such studies; providing for enforcement; requiring the department to publish such studies on its website, subject to certain conditions, etc. Bill Text

SJR 74 & 78 - Single-subject Limitation for Constitution Revision Commission Proposals; Proposing and amendment to the State Constitution to require that any proposals to revise the State Constitution, or any part thereof, filed by the Constitution Revision Commission be limited to a single subject, etc. Bill Text

Pinellas County Legislative Delegation
For Your Information
Florida is America's largest producer of watermelons, strawberries, tomatoes, and of course, oranges.

The Internet was originally called ARPANet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) designed by the US Department of Defense.

Apples are more effective at waking you up in the morning than coffee.

The Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700.
Pinellas County MPO moves transportation initiatives forward

CLEARWATER Forward Pinellas is a land use and transportation planning agency. We guide integrated transportation and land use solutions that sustain economic value by connecting the communities of Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region.

The agency is charged with addressing countywide land use and transportation concerns, as both the Pinellas Planning Council and Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Forward Pinellas not only provides a forum for countywide decision-making on transportation and land use issues, but also assists local governments with technical support, regional coordination and policy advice and guidance.

Pinellas County - The Ideal Business Climate
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida's Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development
The EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, Florida 33760

(727) 464-7332 direct
(888) 759-5627 outside of Florida
(727) 464-7053 fax

Land near Walt Disney World sold to FDOT for nearly $70M
More than 38 acres of land — part of which was for a planned shopping center near Walt Disney World — have been sold to the Florida Department of Transportation for nearly $70 million, or about $1.8 million an acre, collectively, sources told Orlando Business Journal.

These were the transportation stories you cared about the most in 2018
TAMPA There was no shortage of game changing moments in Tampa's transportation scene.

From a transportation sales tax passing to Brightline working to build a intercity passenger rail connecting Orlando to Tampa, these were the stories that caught the most attention from Tampa Bay Business Journal readers in 2018.

Business of the Year 2019
Submit your nominations now for our Business of the Year! The form is available on our website under the " Business of the Year ' page, or email Mimi Farley in our office at mfarley@clearwaterflorida.org .
Lagoons, flights and red tide: Tourism stories that made a splash in 2018
Readers couldn't wait to dip their toes into a crystal clear lagoon nor could they resist catching a flight to a new nonstop destination.

The most-read tourism stories ranged from images of a crystal lagoon being built in Wesley Chapel to the not-so-clear waters impacted by red tide and the new nonstop flights both domestic and international they could hop on.

Tourism is a $6 billion-plus industry in Tampa Bay that itself brings in nearly 500,000 international visitors from Europe, Latin America and beyond. It also supports supports 50,000 jobs.

New year brings minimum wage, workers' comp changes in Florida
Minimum-wage workers will get a pay raise, businesses will get a break on insurance bills and a few new laws will take effect Tuesday as 2019 begins in Florida.

Minimum-wage workers will start earning $8.46 an hour Tuesday, up from $8.25 an hour in 2018 — and more than a dollar above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Upcoming Events
January, 24

Join us for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 97 th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. We will introduce your new board chair, highlight our accomplishments and where we are heading for 2019.

Meet us at the Opal Sands Resort for networking from 5:00 to 6:00pm, followed by dinner and awards from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The Annual Meeting traditionally attracts over 500 attendees from all sectors of the Community: Education; HealthCare, Government, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Tourism, Services.

A $500 Patron Sponsor provides you with two tickets and your company name listed in the event program.   Enjoy our Early Opportunity specials and book your Associate Sponsorship for $1200 (save $300) or Award Sponsors for $2800 (save $200) by December 7 th .

Purchase your sponsorship online at here or, contact   mreddington@clearwaterflorida.org .

Our Annual Meeting is always a SOLD OUT event. Book your sponsorship today.
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Opal Sands Resort  430 S Gulfview Blvd 
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
For the Record
Upcoming Public Meetings
Click on links below for meeting agenda and location details.

Economic Development Initiatives of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by BayCare Health Systems.

Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Government Affairs

Questions or comments?

Next Events:

Government Affairs Committee meeting: Tuesday January 15 - 7:45 am

Transportation Committee meeting: Tuesday January 15 9:00 am

St. Petersburg College
Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street, Clearwater
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