PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:
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
1949 - 2015
October 19th, a Memorial Service was held at First
Presbyterian Church of Orlando for longtime CFHLA friend and lobbying
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
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
CITY OF ORLANDO
friendly reminder that Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day
of Orlando candidates.
has officially endorsed the re-election campaigns of the following Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer
Commissioner Tony Ortiz (District 2)
Commissioner Patty Sheehan (District 4)
Commissioner Sam Ings (District 6)
encourages all City of Orlando Members to support these
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 email@example.com.
State Representative Bruce Antone (District 46) and City of Orlando
Commissioner Sam Ings (District 6) will be hosting their
Community Job Fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 10AM to 1PM at
Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center.
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
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.
friendly reminder that 2016 Florida Tourism Day will occur on Wednesday,
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.
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
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
Survey: Uber, Lyft Should be
Regulated Like Taxi Companies
Buddy Dyer in Orlando
Running for State Senate