Chamber lauds city for stand against amendment 4
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce board of directors has extended thanks to the Largo City Commission for supporting a resolution against Amendment 4, known as the hometown democracy measure.
Chamber president Tom Morrissette thanked the commission at its meeting Tuesday for joining more than 200 elected municipal and county commissions, business associations and statewide organizations, including the Florida League of Cities, that have publicly taken a stand against the amendment.
"Rational people know Amendment 4 will not put a stop to all development, but could make well-planned, smarter growth impossible," he said. "Additionally, it could delay economic growth for many months and perhaps years, from that of our neighboring states and the rest of our nation."
Morrissette said the amendment to the state constitution, on the November ballot, would require that all local comprehensive land use plan changes meet voter approval. Calling it a "Vote on Everything" amendment, he said citizens — not their elected representatives — would be forced to decide thousands of intricate land-use issues.
The chamber's board supported a resolution against the amendment in September and has been a strong vocal critic against its passage.
Networking event to be next at Beef 'O' Brady's
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Coffee An'Networking, a business leads program, from 8 to 9 a.m. March 3 at Beef 'O'Brady's at Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive, Largo.
A networking exercise and door prizes will be featured. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members.
To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail events@ largochamber.org.
Olympian swimmer key speaker at luncheon
"From Gold Medals to Newsroom: Meet Brook Bennett" is the program for a Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business-to-Business Luncheon on March 9.
It takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tucson's Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd, Largo.
Bennett burst onto the world scene while qualifying for the 1994 world championships in the 800-meter freestyle.
After finishing third behind the legendary Janet Evans, she returned two years later on sports' biggest stage.
Facing off again with Evans at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Bennett won gold and began her four-year reign as the top distance swimmer in the world.
She won two more gold medals at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Her 800-meter freestyle victory was an Olympic record.
After spending her life being interviewed by newspaper and television journalists around the world, Bennett is now pursuing a broadcasting career. This month, she started as a member of the Bright House Sports Network team. Her specialty is swimming, with intentions of covering all sports in the bay area.
Cost to attend is $20 for chamber members, $25 for non-members.
To register, call 727-584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with Business Luncheon in the subject line.
No-shows will be billed.
Chamber host to SCORE counselors giving aid
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is hosting monthly business counseling services provided by the Service Corps of Retired Executives at it offices by appointment every first and third Thursdays
SCORE counselors represent working and retired business executives who volunteer their lifetime experience providing assistance for people looking to start a business and for owners/managers of existing businesses.
There is no cost involved. Counseling appointments can be made only by calling (727) 584-2321.