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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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    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Iron Yard, a code-writing academy with a location in downtown St. Petersburg, will close for good this summer.

    Instructors (from left) Mark Dewey, Jason Perry, and Gavin Stark greet the audience at The Iron Yard, 260 1st Ave. S, in St. Petersburg during "Demo Day" Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at The Iron Yard, which is an immersive code school that is part of a trend of trying to address the shortage of programmers.  The academy is closing this summer.  [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
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    Markets

    How low can Florida's unemployment go? Pretty low, according to the state's latest unemployment numbers. The Sunshine State's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent for June, down from 4.3 percent in May, state officials said Friday morning.

    Florida's unemployment level dropped to 4.1 percent in June from 4.3 percent in May. |  [Times file photo]
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    Real Estate

    On a scale of desirability, the house for sale on Whittner Drive in Land O' Lakes would rank fairly low. It's a short sale; it sits on an unstabilized sinkhole and it's within a few miles of two houses that collapsed into a gargantuan hole July 16.

    A gated community in Hernando's Spring Hill area, Pristine Place has long been susceptible to sinkholes with nearly a third of its houses with documented sinkhole damage by 2012. Today, however, many houses with repaired sinkhole damage are selling for more than houses without any issues. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times file photo]
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    Working Life

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    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Drinking a beer, a cocktail or a glass of wine may soon be legal on this city's beaches, but only for hotel guests in and around their hotel's beachfront cabanas.

    Registered hotel guests would be able to drink alcoholic beverages at their cabanas on the beach under a new rule the St. Pete Beach City Commission is considering.