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Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber ready to fight for VISIT FLORIDA

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For beaches in the Tampa Bay region, tourism matters. That’s why the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to fight, calling its members Tuesday to push back against proposed legislation to shut down VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism arm. Last week, House leadership introduced committee bill (PCB CCS 17-01) to kill both VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida, the state’s job incentive program. As part of the $83.5 billion “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget for 2017-18, Gov. Rick…

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Water transport seen as solution to traffic congestion on Pinellas beaches

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It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has ever driven along Gulf Boulevard that traffic congestion is seen as a major problem on Pinellas’ beaches. Traffic congestion, especially on the weekends and during tourist season, has been a long-standing issue for the beach communities and has had officials often scratching their heads in a search for a solution. But recently, the search has drifted away from the roadways to the water, specifically the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. The idea of waterborne…

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