Largo residents and business owners will have the opportunity to hear how Largo City Commission candidates stand on issues affecting the community at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Annual City Candidates Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive.
The cost for the lunch is $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
There is only one contested race on the City Commission: incumbent Rodney Woods vs. challenger Curtis Holmes. They will be asked to respond to a series of questions by the chamber's Government Action Committee with time allotted for opening and closing statements. The luncheon will also feature an update on the Government Action Committee's 2009/10 agenda.
To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel to address Florida economy, growth issues
The impact of Amendment 4 on Florida's economic recovery will be presented as part of Focus on 2010: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 2010 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater.
Ryan Houck, executive director of Floridians for Smarter Growth, will be one of the program panelists. Floridians for Smarter Growth was founded to alert voters to Amendment 4 and its impact on Floridians' daily life. Called a statewide "Vote on Everything" initiative, it would require voters to approve all local comprehensive land use plan changes — as many as 200 to 300 intricate planning amendments every year.
Focus on 2010: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast is a program of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Largo Library Foundation. It features a panel of business experts who will share predictions and provide insight on significant global, national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy.
The cost to attend is $25 a person, which includes breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the Largo Public Library or the chamber of commerce office at 151 3rd St. NW, Largo. For more information, call (727) 586-7398.