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William Karns Installed as Chairman

William Karns Installed as Chairman

It was truly a “night to remember” January 31, when William Karns (William Karns Enterprises) accepted the Chamber’s chairmanship for 2019 from outgoing chairman Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management) during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Bilmar Beach Resort.

The gala also saw the installation of the 20019 Board of Directors:
First Vice-Chair Ken Hautmann (Caddy’s), Second Vice-Chair Greg Tong (Sons of the American Legion, Post 158), Treasurer Carol Coward (CPA), J.J. Buggle (Admiral Farragut Academy), Jim Everett (Everett Financial), Dennis Fagan (Century 21 Jim White), Kathleen McDole (Friendly Fisherman), Bob Minning (BC Minning & Associates), Mark O’Donnell (RGA Network), Barry Rubin (Direct HR), Jeremy Runo (Daiquiri Shak Raw Bar & Grill), Lauree Tyner (Madeira Beach Snack Shack), and Amy Verdensky (Squid Ink/Old Salt Fishing Foundation). Advisors for 2019 are Jonathan Evans (City of Madeira Beach), Cathy Hayduke (City of Treasure Island), John Meagher (Johnson Brothers), and Vito Musante (Friday Morning Market). President Missy H. Hahn and Recording Secretary Jill Dunavin serve as non-voting members of the Board.

Awards were presented in a variety of categories this year.

Joe Dise was recognized for his outstanding service as 2018 Chairman of the Board.

John “JJ” Buggle of Admiral Farragut Academy was named 2018 Ambassador of the Year, and Grace Critelli was recognized as 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

There was a tie for 2018 Member of the Year! The award is shared by Century 21 Jim White & Associates and Bilmar Beach Resort.

Membership awards, as determined by a vote of Chamber members, were presented in the categories of Non-Profit, Service, Play, Dine, Shop, and Stay.

The Sons of the American Legion, Post 158, is the 2018 Non-Profit Member of the Year.
Vacation Rental Alliance is the Service Member of the Year.
The Club at Treasure Island is the Play Member of the Year.
Caddy’s Treasure Island and The Pearl Restaurant tied in the Dine category.
Diny’s Diamonds was recognized as the Shop Member of the Year.
Florida Lifestyle Vacation Rentals is the Stay Member of the Year.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Kenneth A. Minihan, a former United States Air Force Officer, and past director of both the National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Chamber volunteer Patty Sebok served as official photographer for the event, which was made possible by the evening’s sponsors: The City of Madeira Beach, The City of Treasure Island, Bilmar Beach Resort, Caddy’s, Direct HR, Dise Wealth Management, Sand Runners Beach Gear Valet, Squid Ink Productions, and Vacation Rental Alliance.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Treasure Island, FL ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on January 16 to celebrate its relocation to 12601 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. The move from its former location at 245 – 107th Avenue, was accomplished on Friday, November 30, with help from members Ken Hautmann (Caddy’s… Continue Reading

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Treasure Island, FL ­­— Missy H. Hahn, president of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, received the Tampa Bay chapter of Women In Tourism (WIT) Pineapple Award on December 21, 2018. The award came during the chapter’s luncheon on Friday, December 21, at The Edge Hotel on Clearwater Beach. Prestigious Pineapple Award… Continue Reading

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

The 22nd Annual Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival returns January 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, behind the host hotel, the Thunderbird Beach Resort. Windworks and the Eastern League Sport Kite Association sponsor this popular sport kite competition and are now gathering competitors from around the U.S. to perform… Continue Reading

Treasure Islettes CANDYLAND Holly Fest 2018: Sweet Success

Treasure Islettes CANDYLAND Holly Fest 2018: Sweet Success

TREASURE ISLAND.   The Treasure Islettes kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, December 1, with CANDYLAND —Sweetest Holly Fest Ever.  The event drew a sell-out crowd of more than 160 people to the Treasure island Community Center to enjoy a festive bazaar and luncheon. Treasure Islettes President Toni Hawkins, BJ Flowers, the Chair of the… Continue Reading

Risk Management for a More Secure Future

“Life is filled with risks,” observes Jim Everett, of Jim Everett Risk Management Planning, LLC. “Risk management can help mitigate those risks and preserve your assets. This is true whether you’re protecting personal or business assets.” Jim explains that risk management goes far beyond simply purchasing an insurance policy. “That’s a large part of it,… Continue Reading

Sharing Holiday Hope at the Chamber

Sharing Holiday Hope at the Chamber

Every year, we’re excited about sharing holiday hope. We search for just the right gifts for friends and loved ones. We plan parties to throw and attend. We prepare our traditional meal favorites, or research new recipes. And we look forward to boat parades and street parades, holiday festivals, and holiday mixers. Sharing Holiday Hope… Continue Reading

Friday Morning Market returns for 11th Season

Friday Morning Market returns for 11th Season

The Friday Morning Market, sponsored by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, enters its eleventh season on December 7 with a variety of crafts, produce, art, collectibles, foods, jewelry and live music. Vendor applications are now being accepted. The Friday Morning Market is open from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Fridays… Continue Reading

Seafood Festival a Feast for the Senses

Seafood Festival a Feast for the Senses

The 37th Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival has it all: the flavors of fresh seafood, the sounds of live music, and the sight of hundreds of vendor tents offering custom-made jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and preserved treats. And it’s happening this weekend! A tradition nearly four decades in the making, the John’s Pass Seafood… Continue Reading

Red Tide on our Beaches

Red Tide on our Beaches

Here’s the latest update for  red tide on our beaches. Our partner, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, tells us that the latest daily water samples analyzed by Pinellas County for red tide, taken on Monday, October 15, show normal to slightly discolored waters throughout Pinellas County, and either no, slight, or mild unpleasant odors. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s… Continue Reading

VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

The VSPC red tide update for September 14 shows low to high concentrations of the Karenia brevis Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) at 11 locations along the Pinellas Suncoast. Even so, we’re pleased that our beaches have not experienced a significant volume of dead marine life washing ashore, thanks to the diligence of Pinellas County Environmental… Continue Reading

New electric buses: $1M grant for PSTA!–TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL REPORT

New electric buses: $1M grant for PSTA!–TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL REPORT

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is receiving a $1 million grant through the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. to purchase two new electric buses. Fifty-two projects from 41 states are being awarded $84.45 million to deploy transit buses and install infrastructure that uses advanced propulsion technologies. The new electric buses will… Continue Reading

Red Tide Impact: Madeira Beach

Red Tide Impact: Madeira Beach

The City of Madeira Beach has released the following in response to questions about the red tide impact in our community: The City of Madeira Beach is closely monitoring our beaches for possible red tide impact. While communities to our south have been impacted, Madeira Beach has so far been spared any major events as… Continue Reading

Kiosk Volunteers Needed!

Kiosk Volunteers Needed!

If you’ve ever wanted to tell someone where to go, why not be a kiosk volunteer for the Chamber? Every weekend from September through April, visitors to our beaches stop by the Chamber’s Information Booth, a kiosk located at 107th Avenue and Gulf Blvd. They’re looking for directions in getting around, as well as for… Continue Reading

Madeira Beach Water Taxi ends 9/30/2018

Madeira Beach Water Taxi ends 9/30/2018

Hubbard’s Marina, operator of the Tampa Bay Ferry and Madeira Beach Water Taxi, announces suspension of the Water Taxi on September 30, 2018. Funding for the Water Taxi through the City of Madeira Beach was not renewed for FY 2018/2019. The suspension of the Madeira Beach Water Taxi does not affect Hubbard’s Marina’s popular ferry… Continue Reading

Red Tide Spared Pinellas: August 16

For the most part, red tide spared Pinellas beaches during the recent outbreak that has so beleaguered our neighbors south of the Sunshine Skyway. Airborne toxins did reach up to Fort DeSoto and St. Pete Beach, but the impact was relatively minor. For those of you who want the most recent information about red tide… Continue Reading

Red Tide Moves South

Red Tide Moves South

We’ll all be breathing easier — literally. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is watching as the red tide moves south, not north, and away from Pinellas beaches. On Friday, August 10, it appeared that weather patterns would bring the bloom of karenia brevis north of the Sunshine Skyway, putting the Pinellas beaches… Continue Reading

Red Tide Update August 11

This red tide update presents links to several resources, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, area news outlets, and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. To learn what red tide is and how it affects our beaches, visit this article we published in 2016. We’ve been watching the conditions that have… Continue Reading

Gaming Fun at Monte Carlo Fundraiser

Gaming Fun at Monte Carlo Fundraiser

The Chamber’s Monte Carlo fundraiser is cracking up to be the social event of the year. More than 150 revelers came decked out in evening dress, and a couple dozen of them honored the 1940s styles of “Casablanca,” to make the 6th Annual Monte Carlo Casino Night a resounding success. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and light-hearted… Continue Reading

Red Tide August Update

Red Tide August Update

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Pinellas County’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, provides us with this red tide August update, dated August 3: We wanted to let you know that we’re closely monitoring the red tide bloom that’s south of our Gulf beaches, stretching from Sarasota County to Collier County, and have been in contact with Visit Florida, our… Continue Reading

Spa and Rehabilitation Services

Spa and Rehabilitation Services

Sally’s Spa and Rehabilitation Center combines the best of both worlds: a way to feel and look great, inside and out. Sally Plink brought her unique approach to wellness to Seminole in 2012, and extends her services to Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, and the surrounding areas. “I actually have been in business since 1995,” clarifies… Continue Reading

Opposing Offshore Drilling

Opposing Offshore Drilling

TREASURE ISLAND|MADEIRA BEACH ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, at its June 19 Board meeting, passed Resolution 2018-06 opposing offshore drilling and urging the United States government to refrain from oil drilling and exploration along Florida’s Atlantic coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. “Our ecosystem is fragile,” pointed out… Continue Reading

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH ­­— Robert Minning, formerly Mayor of Treasure Island, was appointed on July 6 to chair the EPIC (Environmental Preservation Initiative for our Communities) committee of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Mayor Minning has a long history of environmental advocacy,” said Chamber Board Chairman Joe Dise in… Continue Reading

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters Reeling in Adventure!  The start of Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters is the stuff dreams are made of. Literally! “My son Anthony had built his own fishing boat and had been running small charter trips for about ten years while working a full-time job,” recalls Patricia Corcella. “I’d been thinking… Continue Reading

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Every year, communities across the country celebrate Independence Day with displays of fireworks on the 4th of July. Those displays can be especially breathtaking when they’re reflected off the water here in the Tampa Bay area, and Madeira Beach and Treasure Island have fireworks displays worthy of every “oooh” and “aaaah.” Where’s the best place… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | The Club at Treasure Island

Member Highlight | The Club at Treasure Island

Top-flight Event Venue on the Beach “The Club at Treasure Island is a private membership club, true,” says Director of Marketing Joshua Cruz, “but we are also an attractive and affordable event venue on the beach for a variety of non-members’ special events.” Founded in 1972 as the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club, this… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | Florida d’ Signs

Member Highlight | Florida d’ Signs

Owner: Andrea Yeager-Munsey 727-363-3866 http://www.floridadsigns.com/ Signs and … Hurricane shields! You’ve heard that old saying about necessity being the mother of invention? In Andrea Yeager-Munsey’s case, it was frustration, not necessity, that led her to start her current enterprise, Florida d’ Signs. “Andrea had a thriving water sport business for years along the beaches,” says… Continue Reading

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