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Several Local Hotel Associations in Florida Form Coalition to
Promote the Interests of Lodging Businesses
in the State of Florida
November 11, 2005 - At a meeting in Tallahassee on November 8, 2005 the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Lodging & Hospitality Association, the Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association and the Hotel Motel Association of Volusia County, representing over 500 hotels & lodging establishments with 100,000 rooms, upwards of 125,000 employees, and 750 allied members’ companies, came together and set up the Florida Hotel & Lodging Legislative Coalition, Inc. to afford their members concerted legislative action in matters concerning the interests of lodging businesses in the State of Florida.

Directors and officers of the new organization are:

  • President Stuart Blumberg, President/CEO, Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association
  • Vice President Kathleen Southards, Executive Director, Grtr. Ft. Lauderdale Lodging & Hospitality Association
  • Treasurer: Bob Davis, President, Hotel Motel Association of Volusia County
  • Secretary: David Semadeni, Secretary, Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association
With the approval of their individual Associations, Florida Consultants Incorporated with its President, Barry Horenbein, was retained as a lobbyist to represent the organization in Tallahassee.

After meeting with a number of key legislators of the Florida House and Senate, the following were identified as key objectives of the Coalition for the upcoming legislative session:

  • Protect the present bed tax collections and structure and ensure the continued funding of Visit Florida, Tourist Development Councils and Convention & Visitors Bureaus throughout the State of Florida.
  • Support legislation that requires Florida’s schools to open after Labor Day, thus moving the summer vacation period to July and August rather than June and July, each year.
  • Review Florida Statutes and support legislation to end abusive lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act that does not allow a period to “cure” or correct violations.
The Coalition looks forward to working with other organizations representing other member of Florida’s tourism industry, while at the same time ensuring that the clearly defined concerns of lodging properties are presented on their behalf.

David Semadeni, Secretary
  Tel: (561) 882-9813

Also See: The Florida Lodging Association Merging with the Florida Restaurant Association; Represents Passing of an Era - The Florida Lodging Association Had Been in Business Since 1912 / October 2005
Joy Smatt, Chairwoman of the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys, Tackles Employee Housing and Air Service to Florida Keys / February 2005

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