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Hospitality marketing money still in play, lawmakers say

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Money to help smaller communities market themselves during the off-season could still be in play as legislative leaders continue to negotiate the 2017-18 budget. The Senate has proposed language to move a state-funded marketing program run by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation from Visit Florida. The House did not include the language in its proposal. The state’s tourism marketing has annually contracted with the FRLA to “develop a coordinated marketing, media, and…

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AIF, Florida Chamber, other business groups join forces to oppose Senate tax proposal

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A bevy of business groups have joined forces in opposition to a Senate proposal to lower the tax commercial rents by eliminating a tax credit benefiting another industry. Eight of the state’s leading business organizations — including Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Florida United Business Association — sent a letter to Sen. Anitere Flores on Wednesday urging here to “support lowering the sales tax currently charged on all…

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Carol Dover still fighting for tourism marketing money

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When it comes to supporting the state’s hospitality industry, Carol Dover won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Despite the Florida House’s opposition to spending money on tourism marketing in the state budget, her Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is seeking $1 million to do just that. And the funding request is being sponsored by GOP state Rep. Jay Trumbull of Panama City, who already voted for a bill to kill VISIT FLORIDA, the public-private tourism marketing agency. On Feb. 7, Dover – the association’s…

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Carol Dover: Florida’s future depends on tourism

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Marketing is a contest for people’s attention, and state tourism marketing is no different. However, the detrimental impacts of removing a powerful marketing mechanism mean a world of difference when your state budget revenue depends on your share of the market. The proposed bill spearheaded by the House Careers & Competition Subcommittee that eliminates VISIT FLORIDA will have severe and irreversible impacts on the state’s hospitality industry. We must protect the tourism industry, Florida’s top employer and chief economic driver,…

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Carol Dover: Florida’s summer job

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School’s out for the summer and for many Florida families that means trips to our pristine beaches and world-class attractions, and, for some Florida youth, it also means finding that perfect summer job. For teenagers, college students and other young people, a summer job gives them the opportunity to earn some money and learn important job skills that will make them successful now and in the future.  At the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, we are proud that many of…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these lobbyists, associations and, of course, Publix

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Summertime is here — well, unofficially. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. That means baseball games and cookouts; road trips to the state’s theme parks; and a plethora of tourists visiting restaurants, beaches and hotels. More than 38 million travelers were expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to the AAA 2016 Memorial Day travel forecast. The motor group estimated…

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Bills to encourage solar panel installations OK’d by Senate panel

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A pair of bills to allow businesses to write off the costs of installing solar panels on commercial properties got the green light Tuesday from a Senate panel. “Occasionally a bill comes along both the Baptists and the bootleggers can agree on, and this is one of those proposals,” said St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes. The Brandes-sponsored SB 170 & SB 172 would expand a popular program devised by the Legislature several years ago that encourages Floridians to install residential solar panels on their homes,…

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