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ST. PETE BEACH

Chamber to host Be Thankful Breakfast

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Be Thankful Breakfast at the Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. This is an opportunity to meet businesses that require your services. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the program will run until 9:30. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call (727) 360-6957 or email RSVP@TampaBayBeaches.com.

ST. PETE BEACH

Restaurant moves to free-standing building

Fetishes Fine Dining has relocated to a free-standing building at 6305 Gulf Blvd., three blocks from its original spot. The new location used to be a pizzeria and had been abandoned for several years. Other than the new location and the addition of a wine bar, the 18-year-old restaurant hasn't changed much, still serving classics such as steak Diane, bananas Foster and Caesar salads made tableside.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Law and order will be topic at chamber lunch

Register now for the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business to Business lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Alfano's Restaurant, 1702 N Clearwater/Largo Road, Clearwater. The discussion will be on "Law & Order: The Sheriff's Citizens Academy.'' Representatives from the Sheriff's Office will discuss the academy, a program that looks at how the Sheriff's Office operates and the law enforcement challenges facing the county. Cost: $20 for chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. Call (727) 584-2321 or email events@CentralChamber.biz.

News of businesses and businesspeople can be faxed to (727) 893-8675, emailed to kssmith@tampabay.com or mailed to Katherine Snow Smith, Tampa Bay Times, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Photos can be emailed as jpgs.

Pinellas County business news and events 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 4:52pm]
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  1. Tampa International Airport morphing into a mini-city unto itself

    Airlines

    TAMPA — By the end of the 2026, Joe Lopano wants Tampa International Airport to function as its own little city.

    Artist rendering of phase two of the $1 billion construction expansion of Tampa International Airport. The airport is transforming 17 acres of airport property that will include at least one hotel, retail and office space and a gas station, among other things.
[Courtesy of Tampa International Airport]
  2. Lost Highway: As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover.

    A Florida Highway Patrol Academy class in the late 1980s. Typically, graduating classes had about 80 recruits. But the most recent class has less than half that as the agency continues to struggle to fill vacancies. [

Florida: Highway Patrol]
  3. Kidpreneurs — and adults — capitalize on gooey, squishy Slime craze

    Retail

    First it was Play-Doh. Then Gak. There have been dozens of variations for sale of the oozy, gooey, squishable, stretchable kids' toy through the generations.

    Aletheia Venator and Berlyn Perdomo demonstrate the stretchiness of their slime. - Berlyn Perdomo and her friend, Aletheia Venator, both 13, make and sell slime which can be seen on their instagram site @the.real.slimeshadyy [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  4. The last farmer of Florida's prized Zellwood corn is thinking of packing it in

    Consumer

    MOUNT DORA — Hank Scott steps out of his pickup between the long rows and snaps off an ear that grows about bellybutton-high on the forehead-high stalks.

    Hank Scott, co-owner of Long and Scott Farms, shucks an ear of corn on the farm in Mount Dora, Fla., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The farm specializes in Scott's Zellwood Triple-Sweet Gourmet Corn. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Law firm's Russia ties prove nothing about Trump

    Business

    The statement

    "Law firm @POTUS used to show he has no ties to Russia was named Russia Law Firm of the Year for their extensive ties to Russia. Unreal."

    Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., stands during a media availability on Capitol Hill, Monday, June 20, 2016 in Washington. A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)