Every morning when I get to the chamber building, I put on the coffee and read the papers. It’s my job to be on top of what’s going on in our community and, for that matter, the world.
It’s often very discouraging to read the news, especially in the world of politics where partisan gridlock seems to keep us from making any progress in any direction. Most of the letters to the editor call for new leadership. But who?
Now is your chance to learn what you need to know to make an informed decision at the polls. We’re hosting Eggs & Issues at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 5 right here in our banquet room. Twenty-one candidates running for local office will be here to meet you and listen to your concerns. They’ll also answer your questions regarding their stands on issues of importance to you. South Bay Hospital and Freedom Plaza will cater the breakfast while you mingle with the candidates of your choice. Both the breakfast and hobnobbing are free.
The primary is Aug. 26, with early voting beginning the Aug. 16 and running through the Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 4. It’s too late to register for the primary but you have until Oct. 6 to register for the general election.
On another note, we have several new chamber members who have joined this past month. They include candidate Constance Daniels, a local attorney who is running for judge. We also welcome RBT Electric and Bryan Hindman Electric. A lot of us have needed their services the past couple of weeks with the spate of serious thunderstorms.
Bubbaque’s has opened, to much acclaim, and I can tell you firsthand their barbeque is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s located where the Seafood Dive was. Bubbaque’s is owned by the same great folks as the Dive, which moved to Apollo Beach. I haven’t been to Larry and Janice’s Café yet but I sure plan to. They’re located at 1612 Prowmore Drive in Brandon.
We’re also pleased to add the Sun City Center Navy Seabee Veterans of America to our family. Many thanks to its members for their service to our country. Two more nonprofit groups, the Metaphysical Society and the Aglow International Ruskin Lighthouse, joined us as well and can’t wait to partner with them on some events for the community.
Yes, our chamber is growing every month, and we couldn’t be more pleased. It’s important we stay strong and continue to provide education, advocacy and support to our local businesses.
Please come to Eggs & Issues and help elect the best people to represent us. Our community is counting on you.
Dana Dittmar is the CEO of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce.