From:                     on behalf of CFHLA

Sent:                               Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:27 PM


Subject:                          CFHLA - The Insider: The Hospitality Industry's Political Advocate Newsletter - October 2015



Volume 1
Edition 10

October 22, 2015











Florida Governor Rick Scott

State of Florida Senate

State of Florida House of Representatives

Orange County

Osceola County

Seminole County

City of Orlando

City of Kissimmee

City of Sanford




On Wednesday, October 14th, the CFHLA Governmental Affairs Committee met with State Representative Jennifer Sullivan (District 31) at the “Rising Star” restaurant located at Universal Orlando Resort (Thank You John McReynolds).

CFHLA GA Committee Members discussed a number of Hospitality Industry issues with Representative Sullivan, including Film/TV Incentives, “Shared Economy” Companies, Visit Florida funding and Value Adjustment Board (VAB) legislation.

Representative Sullivan, at the age of 23, is the youngest member of the Florida Legislature.

CFHLA Governmental Affairs Committee Vice Chair Bruce Skwarlo of the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, State Representative Jennifer Sullivan, CFHLA Board of Directors Secretary Fred Sawyers of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts and CFHLA Board of Directors Treasurer Doug Ridge of the Orlando World Center Marriott

Importantly, CFHLA thanks the 2015 Governmental Affairs Committee Sponsor, Maureen Haggerty of:


Fred Leonhardt
1949 - 2015

On Monday, October 19th, a Memorial Service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando for longtime CFHLA friend and lobbying partner Fred Leonhardt of GrayRobinson.

Fred died on October 10th and is survived by Vicki Cook Leonhardt and their children Ashley Leonhardt Lee and Frederick Whitaker Leonhardt and granddaughter Madison Grace Lee.

For the past six years, Fred served as CFHLA’s lobbyist along with his GrayRobinson team, advocating on behalf of the region’s Hospitality Industry interests. 

Fred’s servant leadership and constant participation throughout the community helped shape Central Florida into the prosperous, successful region that it is today.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Fred Leonhardt to the following groups:

Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America:
1951 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703

University of Florida Foundation:

Delta Chi Fraternity Leonhardt Scholarship:
PO Box 756, Winter Park, FL 32790


A friendly reminder that Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day for City of Orlando candidates.

CFHLA has officially endorsed the re-election campaigns of the following Orlando candidates:

Mayor Buddy Dyer

Commissioner Tony Ortiz (District 2)

Commissioner Patty Sheehan (District 4)

Commissioner Sam Ings (District 6)

CFHLA encourages all City of Orlando Members to support these Hospitality-Friendly candidates!


All CFHLA PAC/PC Dues-Paying Members have received an email requesting nominations for up to three PAC/PC Dues-paying individuals to be placed on the 2015 CFHLA PAC/PC Boards Election Ballot.

The nominating period for the PAC/PC Boards Election ends on this 
Tuesday, October 27th and the PAC/PC Boards Election Ballot will be distributed to PAC/PC Dues-paying Members on Tuesday, November 3rd.

If you have any questions about the CFHLA PAC/PC Boards Election process, please do not hesitate to contact CFHLA Public Policy Director Kevin Craig at


State Representative Bruce Antone (District 46) and City of Orlando Commissioner Sam Ings (District 6) will be hosting their annual Fall Community Job Fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 10AM to 1PM at the The Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center.

Representative Antone and Commissioner Ings have invited all CFHLA Members to participate as “exhibitors” at this job fair.

For additional information and to register as an exhibitor, please click here.


Recently, the CFHLA Governmental Affairs Committee drafted the Association’s proposed 2016 Legislative Priorities. The CFHLA Board of Directors will review the GA Committee’s recommendations at the November 19th CFHLA Board Retreat, where the 2016 Legislative Priorities will be finalized.

Each year, CFHLA Members travel to the
State Capitol in Tallahassee to meet with State Representatives and State Senators to lobby on behalf of the Association’s Legislative Priorities during Florida Tourism Day.

A friendly reminder that 2016 Florida Tourism Day will occur on Wednesday, January 20th.


The CFHLA Political Committee thanks all CFHLA Members who sponsored, participated and/or contributed to the 2015 CFHLA-PC “Tee It Up For Tourism” Golf Outing & Luncheon which was held on Thursday, September 24th at Grand Cypress Golf Club.

CFHLA can now officially report that this fundraising event netted a record $10,000 for the CFHLA Political Committee, which will utilize these funds to support 2016 “Hospitality-Friendly” candidates for local and regional office.


Below please find news articles, relating to the
political interests of the Hospitality Industry:

Seminole Tribe Meets with Florida
Gov. Rick Scott as Gaming Deadline Looms

Survey: Uber, Lyft Should be
Regulated Like Taxi Companies

Big Republican Names Endorse
Buddy Dyer in Orlando Mayor Race

Randolph Bracy Potentially
Running for State Senate


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