Volume 139 | August 2023

Weekly eConnection
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Membership 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/

Peak demand: Florida energy use is surging under this summer’s extreme heat

Florida’s extreme heat has air conditioners working overtime for longer this summer, driving up electricity bills and putting an additional strain on the grid, though utility companies say they’re able to handle it.

Feds urge judge to toss suit brought by Florida, other states to upend flood insurance overhaul

The Biden administration last week urged a federal judge to reject a challenge by Florida and other states to an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program that has led to higher premiums for many property owners.

Mixed signals: Amid economic boom, South Florida population shrinks

Just about every economic data point says South Florida is booming. But one key indicator — population growth — tells a different tale.

Florida to see less gas tax money as more electric vehicles hit the road

As more motorists drive electric vehicles, the change could put a dent in gasoline taxes, which play a key role in funding transportation projects in Florida, according to an analysis by state economists.

Orange juice prices to surge as U.S. crops ravaged by disease and climate

Orange juice prices are expected to rise further in the U.S. after a bacterial disease and extreme weather intensified by global heating ravaged this season’s crop of the citrus fruit.

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