Volume 182 | June 2024

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It's Great to Belong! Edition

ChamberSMART! hears experts on being well...

Mental Health & Workplace Wellbeing was the topic of a ChamberSMART! Lunch & Learn program last week. Guests were educated on physical and mental wellness in addition to navigating through our disconnected healthcare system.  A special thanks to our speakers who each did a fantastic job.  Seen above, from left, Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic, Carmen Bales of Empath Suncoast Hospice, and Claudia Cometa of Peace Advocacy Group.

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A new owner at Largo Auto Center!

Largo Auto Center on the corner of West Bay and Clearwater Largo Road has a new owner, Shaun Slovek! On national donut day last Friday, the Chamber celebrated both with donuts and a ribbon cutting honoring the occasion. Get your car repaired at the choice for honest, reliable car care in our community since 1996. Find them on Facebook here!

Enhancing Partnerships...

Chamber President Tom Morrissette joined chamber execs from throughout Pinellas County for a working retreat last week presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. Its goal was identifying new ways Visit can partner with chambers to heighten the visitor experience and educating residents on the major economic impact visitors bring to the County.

Welcome, Generational Transitions!

   Christopher and Benjamin Pooler of Generational Transitions were presented their Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors, Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield and Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems.

    At Generational Transitions, they make senior transitioning smooth and easy by assisting with many components of the change. These include senior living placement, decluttering and downsizing, moving, budgeting and financial planning, professional cleaning, and house listing/sales. Learn more about how Generational Transitions is not just a referral agency, but senior advocates at GenerationTransitionsofFlorida.com.

Florida officials track effects of new laws on state revenues

Florida officials have examined several bills signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis to determine how they'll affect the state's revenues.

National real estate firm plants flag in Orlando

A national commercial real estate firm is continuing its expansion into Florida with a new office in an iconic downtown Orlando building.

Apalachicola Riverkeeper challenges DEP plan to permit oil drilling in North Florida

The Apalachicola Riverkeeper is mounting a legal challenge to try to stop the latest effort to drill for oil in environmentally sensitive North Florida.

Red Lobster closing: 24 more Florida locations could shut down. Here's where

Just abruptly closing nearly 100 Red Lobster locations around the country last month, including at least 17 in Florida, wasn't enough to stem the company's financial woes.

Tampa’s old Arturo Fuente Cigar Co. building to be restored, get a new life

A year ago, Liana Fuente purchased the Vicente Nieto and Bros. Cigar Factory and is now working toward restoring the 7,000-square-foot structure while adopting it for modern use.

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