Volume 154 | December 2023

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Tis the Season & Members' Promotions Edition

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Google search turned up nothing about them. They’re asking $175 for the list. WE DO NOT SELL OUR LIST as policy to protect our members from unwanted sales calls, spam, etc. Please disregard or risk losing some money!

I’m following up to confirm if you are interested in acquiring the Distribution/Member List.

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Welcome, D.O.D. Coffee Roastery!

   Jon and Cody Whiteside, of D.O.D. Coffee Roastery, were presented their official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassador, Bonnie Schroder, of Tampa Bay Newspapers.

    Located at 12543 Ulmerton Road in Largo, D.O.D. Coffee Roastery has 35+ years of coffee knowledge and experience that goes into every bag of their specialty coffee. Stop in for a coffee, brewed just the way you like it, or try out the lotus all natural plant based energy drink. Also offering panini sandwiches, breakfast bagels, and baked goods.

   Learn more by visiting dodcoffeeroastery.com.

Reminder: Taste of the Chamber on November 30th has been merged with the below event. Please invite guests to attend with you.

Welcome, StretchLab Clearwater!

   Deanna Geisel, of StretchLab Clearwater, was presented her official Chamber plaque by Chamber Ambassadors, Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems and Carolyn Jones of Cruise Planners.

    StretchLab Clearwater offers one-on-one assisted stretching focusing on improving range of motion, flexibility, and reducing pain and tension.

   Learn more and experience the benefits at Stretchlab.com/location/clearwater.

Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas County

Southwest Florida Water Management District order goes into effect Dec. 1

• Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a modified Phase I Water Shortage Order for three counties including Pinellas.

• Order goes into effect on Dec. 1, 2023

• One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide.

• Customers should reduce unnecessary water use to conserve resource

Get more information here: https://pinellas.gov/watering-schedule-and-rules

Housing costs, economy top list of concerns for Florida voters

26% of Floridians cited housing costs as the most important problem facing Florida today, followed closely by the economy, jobs, and inflation at 25%. Education and immigration are tied for third most important problem, at 9% each.

California vs. Florida: Why are people moving from one state to the other?

More Californians are relocating to Florida than the other way around — but the number moving in either direction is minuscule compared with each state’s population.

More states are banning plastic bags. Florida is not among them

More than a hundred local governments throughout the country have enacted laws as well – but in Florida, it’s illegal for any local jurisdiction to ban plastic or polystyrene.

More Citizens Property Insurance customers shift to private insurers

For the second month in a row, private insurers have taken more than 90,000 policies from Citizens leaving the state's insurer of last resort with 16% of the market with a further decline next year.

Florida bill would allow minors on roofing jobs

The legislation, which would permit teens 16 and older to work on roofing projects, also expands recruitment efforts in the trades.

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