Volume 87 l August 2022

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Membership Edition

13th Annual Inspire Awards

(Top photo) Congratulations to our 2022 Inspire Honorees, from left to right: Dr. Bradley Finkbiner of Largo High School, Colin & Julie Castle of Home Instead Senior Care, Dovev Weaver of Dreams to Reality Foundation, Steven Halstead of Central Park Performing Arts Foundation, Jennifer Fawcett of City of Largo Rec, Parks & Arts, Vernon Bryant of Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, Ben Brudnicki of Arden Courts and Diana Baldwin of Elison of Pinecrest.

The feel-good event of the year! The Chamber's 13th Annual Inspire Awards held last week at the Central Park Performing Arts Center attracted more than 100 people from our region. There were nine honorees, and all their stories were inspirational. Special thanks to our emcee Maureen Famiano and our Presenting, Marketing and In-kind Sponsors.

Thank you to Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems for the photographing and videotaping the event. Check out all of the photos here.

Contact Kay Today!

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

Core Business Solutions


Walt Morey

8712 40th Way, Pinellas Park, FL 33782





Domingos Law


Bridgette Domingos

801 West Bay Drive, Suite 715, Largo, FL 33770





E and L Construction Group


Tony Haag

7247 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, FL 33777





Exchange Club of Mid-Pinellas FL


Michael Forster

2300 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 100, Largo, FL 33771




Hanlon Law


Will Hanlon

600 Cleveland Street, Suite 1100, Clearwater, FL 33755







Joan Marchand

1753 Belleair Forest Drive, Unit D6, Belleair, FL 33756




Woodie's Wash Shack


Melissa Roberts

7601 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33771




Saluting Chamber Loyalty!

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

Apyx Medical – 10-year Member

Arden Courts of Largo, - 24-Year Legacy Member

Clearwater Yacht Club – 3-Year Member

Compass Self Storage – 3-Year Member

Culver's of Largo – 9-Year Member

Curtis Pools – 43-Year Legacy Member

Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation – 2-Year Member

Francis Wilson Playhouse – 16-Year Legacy Member

Girls, Inc. of Pinellas – 6-Year Member

Gulfview Plumbing and Water Treatment – First Renewal

Jackson & Associates CPA, PA – 13-Year Member

P&C Wealth Management – First Renewal

Pinellas Technical College – 52-Year Legacy Member


(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

PSTA Awarded $20 Million for a New Clearwater Transit Center

This is the first RAISE grant awarded in Pinellas County

******The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has been awarded $20 million in federal grants for the construction of a new Clearwater Transit Center. The funds come from the Rebuilding America Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program.

******The new transit center will be built on a city-owned vacant lot at the corner of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue. The plan includes 16 bus bays, bicycle and scooter storage, ride-sharing connections, ADA boarding requirements, and a “green” design including solar panels and electric bus charging stations.

******The remainder of the project will be funded by contributions from the City of Clearwater, FDOT, Forward Pinellas, and PSTA. Construction is set to begin next year.

Nova Southeastern University Program Showcase - RSVP here.

Judge invalidates hundreds of bogus claims in Surfside building collapse

Hundreds of bogus claims that sought a share of the $1.1 billion settlement in the deadly collapse of a Florida condominium building were ruled as fraudulent and invalid by a judge.

'Gridlock': Artemis launch spectators, five Port Canaveral cruise ships to snarl traffic Monday

Tourism and space-related officials estimate anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 visitors may enter Brevard County for NASA's Artemis I launch.

David Beckham needs one more vote for soccer stadium. Miami’s airport has concerns

Safety concerns from airlines and Miami International Airport are the latest headwind for David Beckham’s proposed soccer stadium and commercial complex.

Orlando Museum of Art interim director resigns, trustees also leave

Hours after the task force formed by the Orlando Museum of Art in the wake of this summer’s Basquiat scandal revealed multiple trustees would be leaving the institution’s board, the museum announced that interim executive director Luder Whitlock had resigned.

'Perfect storm' leads to dire situation for animal shelters in Jacksonville area and country

In Jacksonville and across the country, animal shelters have been full for months on end — frequently overcapacity — and begging for adoptions, foster families and donations.

Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
Check Before Hire
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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