Volume 171 | March 2024

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Events Edition

Let Your Leaders Know How You Feel!

Florida Legislative Wrap Up & Happy Hour

Date & time: Thursday, March 28

4:30 PM Registration - 5:00 PM Program/Reception

Cambria Hotel, 15015 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach FL, 33708


Cost includes light hors d'oeuvres and one (1) drink ticket.

Registration is through Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber.

Watch a Video: 2024 Legislative Happy Hour

Register Here: Happy Hour

Coffee An' Networking

Florida Retail Federation celebrates projected retail growth for 2024

The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) is predicting solid retail growth in 2024 in the Sunshine State as a national projection foretells steady retail sales increases for the remainder of 2024.

The key to Florida beaches’ hurricane recovery: the humble sea oat

The unassuming plant, so critical to maintaining Florida’s shoreline, is in high demand after hurricanes Ian and Idalia. This is its life story.

DeSantis eases decades-old limit on work hours for those 16 and 17

The law, which will go into effect July 1, maintains a 30-hour workweek limit for 16- and 17-year-olds when school is in session, but parents, guardians or school superintendents could waive the limit.

Some Florida universities are pushing back enrollment deadlines because of FAFSA delays

An overhaul of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — has caused delays in the process that determines how much money students can get to pay for college.

Manatee status could spur lawsuit

Supporters of bolstering protections for manatees notified the federal government that they are preparing to file a lawsuit over delays in determining whether manatees should be classified as an endangered species.

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