Category Archives: News

Category: News Hospitality industry: Make licenses cheaper, faster and easier January 26, 2011

Amid the anti-regulation fervor gripping the Florida Legislature this spring, the head of the state’s largest hospitality trade group on Wednesday urged lawmakers to speed up licensing, target inspections at select hotels and restaurants, and make liquor licenses easier to obtain. Testifying before the Florida House’s Rulemaking & Regulation Subcommittee, Carol Dover, the president of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging …Read More

Florida’s Al Cardenas named chair of American Conservative Union February 10, 2011

Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Al Cardenas has been elected chairman of the American Conservative Union, which convened its annual conference today in Washington.  The Havana-born Miamian succeeds David Keene, who had held the post since in 1984 and is serving as master of ceremonies at the cavalcade of conservative stars. Founded in 1964, the ACU says it’s the oldest membership-based conservative organization in …Read More

Study Urges Elimination of Obsolete Telecom Regulations March 4, 2011

(Gary Rohrer, Sunshine State News) — Regulations designed to moderate the local monopolies of telephone companies are obsolete, and are impeding job growth and investments in new technology, according to a report released Thursday. The report, issued by Citizens for a Digital Future, an Atlanta-based advocacy group that promotes broadband Internet access, shows that increased broadband availability resulting from the …Read More

Support compassionate and cost-saving community care April 2, 2011

(Commentary by Mary Unger, Palm Beach Post) — Our state is experiencing difficult economic times. Elected leaders are seeking to meet the challenge of budget shortfalls by cutting services. This exercise takes much wisdom and discernment, because there are Floridians with needs that are bigger than they can handle on their own. One such population is those who have been affected …Read More

Expand ‘virtual’ schools, say lawmakers April 7, 2011

(Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald) – More students could learn from a laptop in their bedroom rather than a whiteboard in a brick-and-mortar classroom under a pair of proposals in the Florida Legislature that would dramatically expand virtual school. The most immediate change: Starting next year, students entering high school would have to take at least one online course to graduate.  …Read More

Central Florida’s SunRail project is back on track July 1, 2011

Dan Tracy and Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel / July 1, 2011  Florida leaders this morning gave the go-ahead to SunRail, the long-delayed Central Florida commuter train project. Ananth Prasad, secretary of the state Department of Transportation, made the official announcement during a Tallahassee news conference heavily attended by public-relations staffers working for local governments and business groups backing the project. The …Read More

Continuing Education / Central Florida Political Leadership Institute August 1, 2011

Orlando Inc. Every Monday / August 1, 2011  In July, the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) held the first of three Mentoring Workshops which are an extension of the initial two and a half day seminar presented at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in May.  Speakers included BusinessForce President Mike Ketchum who presented, 2011 Political …Read More

FRLA hosts online travel company discussion panel September 9, 2011

Tampa Bay Business Journal / September 9, 2011  Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Dover moderated a panel discussion about online travel companies at a Friday board meeting in Orlando.  Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, was among the panelists.  A measure discussed during the 2011 legislative session would have created a tax advantage for out-of-state …Read More

Tenet’s promise of jobs is overstated September 20, 2011

Palm Beach Post Letter to the Editor / September 20, 2011  In response to the Sept. 10 editorial “Where are the details?”, we appreciate the important questions raised.  Recently, Scripps Florida and Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced a partnership that would result in a new Tenet hospital in Palm Beach Gardens near Scripps. The Scripps/Tenet proposal has been trumpeted as a …Read More

RPOF / Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll September 24, 2011

The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) announced the schedule of events for the Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll to be held at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday.  Republican elected officials and presidential contenders will address 5,000 delegates and activists throughout the final day of the 3 day meeting and convention.  The schedule is provided below.  8:00 a.m. …Read More