Volume 184 | June 2024

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Kicking off Summer Edition

Chamber Champion - Benjamin Pooler

   Benjamin Pooler of Generational Transitions, seen second left, was this quarter’s winner of our Chamber Champions’ contest. He receives a gift certificate, a business profile and recognition on our social media platforms. He’s seen here with Chris Pooler also of Generational Transitions, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes who drew Benjamin’s business card for the win, and Chamber President Tom Morrissette.

    Generational Transitions of Florida is dedicated to empowering aging adults and their families through some of life’s most difficult seasons. Whether researching available social services or helping clients downsize, declutter and transition into a new home, they have a team of highly trained senior advocates who are ready to help. For more information visit https://gt-florida.com/ or call 727-272-1402

    Special Thanks to our Chamber Champions’ sponsor Chamber Director Joe Pilliod of GarrisonPro. Qualifying for the next quarterly drawing in September is simple. Just show up to any Chamber event or meeting between now and then and submit a business card. There were more than 300 entries this round.

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A Summertime Coffee An' Networking

   It's officially summer! The Chamber got together last Thursday for a Coffee An' Networking at Encompass Health and learned what everyone would do if they were granted an extra hour in the day. Many would spend their time doing outdoor activities or with family! Thank you to all who attended.

     And a special thanks to our sponsors, Imagine Orthodontic Studio, Cloud Law Firm, P.A., Piper Fire Protection, Cruise Planners, Nate Cocco - State Farm Agent, and coffee provider, D.O.D Coffee Roastery.

Your Chamber on the Road

Welcome, Largo Auto Center!

   New owner of Largo Auto Center, Shaun Slovek, was presented his Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield, Lisa Welde of Tampa Bay Newspapers, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes, and Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems as well as City of Largo Mayor Woody Brown.

    Largo Auto Center strives to be the best auto repair shop that you can trust to keep your family safe and sound. Stop in for foreign or domestic auto repairs, AC services, full brake service, oil changes, and complete engine diagnostic. Like them on Facebook!

Lab-grown meat is banned in Florida, but local ranchers worry it could still hurt their business

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, the cattle industry brought in more than $546 million to the state in 2020.

Building on Tradition

Florida Southern College hosts the world's largest collection of buildings designed by the iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After a decade of planning, the college is launching an architecture program to continue Wright's legacy on campus.

Federal judge blocks Florida law requiring deeper financial disclosure for local officials

The law in dispute would have brought elected city officials in line with the disclosures of legislators, Cabinet members, county commissioners, district school board members and other constitutional officers.

DeSantis signs controversial bill allowing bears to be shot by property owners in self-defense

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a controversial measure that will bolster self-defense arguments for people who kill bears on their property.

Tampa ranks among most competitive apartment rental markets in the U.S.

Tampa's Rental Competitiveness Index (RCI) score of 76.1 is higher than the national RCI of 73.4, indicating a highly competitive market.

Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors

Acropol Family Restaurant

Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital

Business & Family Insurors

Cloud Law Firm PA

Duke Energy

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

HCA Florida Largo Hospital

Home Instead/Be a Santa

Jackson & Associates CPA

Melody Hunter Homes

National Aviation Academy

Pinellas County Housing Authority

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

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