Volume 172 | April 2024

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President's Edition

From the President’s Desk

    Thanks, and congrats all around to those who took part in our very successful Business in Springtime Expo last month. It was our biggest since the pandemic, and it’s clear that business is really booming in our region!

    And we have many more networking and educational opportunities ahead this month and through 2024. I hope to see many of you at our annual Chamber Baseball Bash on April 25 at BayCare Ballpark. It’s aways great fun!

    If you’re interested in what the future holds for the workplace – AI and all – you’ll want to attend the Women’s Leadership Committee’s “Tomorrow’s Workplace – Technology Trends.” It’s another of our “ChamberSMART!” programs and takes place on April 30.

   You can find a complete list of all that’s happening at www.CentralChamber.biz. And don’t forget to leave a business card at every event, program and meeting. It’s your entry into our ongoing “Chamber Champions” contest sponsored by GarrisonPro. The next drawing is June 11, and you could win a gift card and business profile like the one below for this quarter’s champion Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic.

    Hope you have a fun Hope you have a funand prosperous month!


The First Chamber Champion: Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic

Above, Aaron Jones of GarrisonPro presents the Chamber Champion certificate and gift card to Dr. Rosemary and the Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic team.

   Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic is a health and wellness-focused office in the beautiful town of its namesake. Three caring and thorough professionals highly value educating their patients to empower them to make the wisest healthcare decisions.

    All three doctors are graduates of Sherman College of Chiropractic in SC, however, Dr. Jan Rivera is the clinical director and the sole adjusting doctor in the practice. His techniques are considered to be the single most gentle and yet specific in the chiropractic profession. Dr. Jan is the former recipient of both the "Service Distinction Award" as well as the "BJ Palmer Philosophy Award." He is married to Dr. Tatiana Rivera, and they have a 9 month old son, Abraham. The pair look forward to serving the Belleair Bluffs community for many years to come.

    Dr. Scot is from West PA, and Dr. Rosemary is from NJ. Together, they graduated Magna cum Laude in 1990, and were married the same year. They have owned and operated successful offices in West, Central, and East PA, and they have two grown children. They are multi-award-winning coaches for Team and Life Conditioning (TLC), and have been coaching chiropractors across the country since the early 2000s. They taught a ground-breaking business curriculum as professors at their alma mater for 4 years. The doctors defended their thesis statements for the esteemed Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers in December 2020, obtaining their ACP degrees. Dr. Rosemary and Dr. Scot are passionate about educating students, doctors of chiropractic, and the public about the role of chiropractic in health. 

    Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic enjoys helping entire families to stay healthy with chiropractic, and educating our community about natural health. We offer Free Health Talks to the community every Tuesday from 6pm to 6:30pm. Central Pinellas Chamber members are entitled to waive their initial exam fee!

This Thursday!

Heads of state…

Dozens attend Chamber’s Legislative Wrap-Up

Those interested in knowing how actions in Tallahassee impact us got some answers at the Legislative Session Wrap-up and Happy Hour last week presented by your Central Pinellas and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chambers. It was moderated by Robin Miller, President/CEO of the Beaches Chamber. Members of our state elected delegation who took part include, from left, Sen. Nick DiCeglie, Rep. Linda Chaney, Rep. Berny Jacques, Rep. Kim Berfield and Rep. Lindsay Cross. Our thanks to them and to all those who attended.

Sea levels are rising but parts of Florida are also sinking, research shows

Sea levels have already risen several inches since the start of the century and could be around 6 feet higher by 2100. But another factor could be making those sunny day floods in Florida worse: We’re sinking.

They came for Florida’s sun and sand. They got soaring costs and a culture war.

Florida has seen a population boom in recent years, but many longtime residents and recent transplants say rising costs and divisive politics have them fleeing the Sunshine State.

Cruise lines are making these changes to go green. Critics say more needs to be done

With the push to reduce their carbon footprint, cruise companies are implementing new measures in effort to go green. Cruise lines are also teaming up with cities and local utility companies to cut their emissions when they’re docked in port.

Florida Supreme Court to decide Monday whether abortion, recreational marijuana will be on ballot

The clock is ticking for Florida’s Supreme Court to decide on two controversial ballot initiatives for November – abortion and recreational marijuana.

Florida solar eclipse events: List of festivals, planetarium celebrations on April 8

While Florida isn't within the path of totality, astronomy clubs and institutions across the state are holding events for residents to catch a glimpse of the eclipse (safety behind glasses, of course.)

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