Volume 139 | August 2023

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Membership & Members' Promotion Edition

Coffee An' Networking at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Thank you members, Ambassadors, and prospects for attending our August Coffee An' Networking hosted by Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

We learned about everyone's wild side with the question of the morning, "So you've died. But you can come back resurrected as an animal. Which animal would it be?"

Thank you to our sponsors, Cloud Law Firm and Piper Fire Protection, and Advanced Video Systems for the photos.

Welcome, Dedicated Senior Medical Center

Adrien Riley, of Dedicated Senior Medical Center, is presented his official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassador Mike Kroeplin of Prosperity PEO.

Dedicated Senior Medical Center is a family-owned primary and specialty care practice committed to delivering superior healthcare to Medicare-eligible seniors.

To learn more, visit:


Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past four weeks. To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

Coiffure Style in Belleair


Iris Haluka

516 Indian Rocks Road N

Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770


[email protected]


Dedicated Senior Medical Center West Largo


Brian Sweetland

890 Missouri Avenue N

Largo, FL 33770


[email protected]



Gold State Properties LLC


Frank Spignesi

1247 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., #D207

Clearwater, FL 33756


[email protected]



Jet's Pizza


Ryan Jesi

1001 West Bay Drive, Suite 104

Largo, FL 33770


[email protected]



Stretch Lab Largo


Alicia Rauch

10423 Ulmerton Road

Largo, FL 33771


[email protected]



The DripBar Largo


Audra Abu-Rumman

10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 240

Largo, FL 33771


[email protected]


Saluting Chamber Loyalty!

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz


Anona United Methodist Church, 20-Year Legacy Member

Apyx Medical, 11-Year Member

Bill Campbell State Farm Insurance, 37-Year Legacy Member

Carlson Wildwood Florist, 8-Year Member

Ciarciaglino, Gell & Fiorentino, P.A., 2-Year Member

Clearwater Yacht Club, 4-Year Member

Coast-To-Coast Title & Escrow, LLC, 9-Year Member

Culver's of Largo, 10-Year Member

Diagnostic Clinic, 2-Year Member

Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, 2-Year Member

Girls, Inc. of Pinellas, 7-Year Member

Kakusha MHC, LLC, 3-Year Member

The Palms Of Largo, 30-Year Legacy Member

Pinellas County Housing Authority, 4-Year Member

(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

Welcome, MIDAS Clearwater

John and Beth Kordsmeier, of MIDAS Clearwater, were presented their official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassador, Mike Kroeplin of Prosperity PEO.

Midas offers complete auto care for your vehicle. Whether it’s time for your next factory recommended maintenance visit, a routine oil change, new tires, or repair services on your brakes, muffler and exhaust, suspension, air conditioner, or any other mechanical or electrical component of your car, Midas is in your neighborhood and ready to serve you.

Learn more at: https://www.midas.com/

Florida’s international tourism headed for new post-pandemic high

International travel to Florida is on track to reach a record post-pandemic high in 2023, according to new estimates from the state’s tourism marketing corporation.

As insurance costs rise, property owners consider self-insurance

Self-insurance, on the surface seems like a wild and desperate choice. Yet Florida's reformed — but still rather messy — insurance market has some property owners considering it.

Column: Building a better Baker Act, one legislative session at a time

The Baker Act was groundbreaking when it first passed in the early 1970s because it created new protections for individuals with mental illness while getting them treatment. Today, it is still a very important part of Florida law for that same reason.

Could low oxygen levels be just as threatening to Florida's coral reefs as overheated seas?

Florida's coral reefs have been decimated by record high temperatures, spurring researchers to relocate some species to onshore tanks. But lowered levels of oxygen may be as much of a threat to their existence.

Florida officials predict increased student aid costs for taxpayers

Florida officials project that taxpayer-funded student aid will increase in coming years as more students graduate from high school in the Sunshine State.

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