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Last Friday, Governor DeSantis officially signed the largest tax relief package in Florida state history. The $1.2 billion plan is designed to relieve Floridians from the highest level of inflation in 40 years. In addition, children’s diapers, as well as clothing and footwear, for children five and under will be zero-rated for an entire year from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Children’s books will also be zero-rated for three months. from May 14 to August 14.

Several other sales tax holidays have been announced by the Governor, including a 14-day back-to-school sales tax holiday (July 25 to August 7), a 14-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday (May 28 to June 10), a Freedom Week Sales Tax (July 1-7), and the first-ever Skilled Worker Tools Tax Holiday (September 3-9). For a more complete list of items included in the sales tax holiday and upcoming tax relief, click here.

Governor DeSantis also signed Florida Senate Bill 434, reauthorizing VISIT FLORIDA and extending the sunset date by five years, to October 1, 2028. This is VISIT FLORIDA’s fourth expansion and will continue to support their great work and strengthen our tourism economy for years to come.

In other exciting news for VISIT FLORIDA, VISIT FLORIDA seeks nominations for its annual Flagler Awards. The Flagler Awards are an annual statewide competition recognizing outstanding Florida tourism marketing. The program was created by VISIT FLORIDA to honor the countless individuals and organizations that help position Florida as the world’s premier travel destination. Each year, the Flagler Awards honor the determined efforts of those who use their skills, ingenuity, creativity and innovative spirit to market Florida to the world. Any Florida-based business, organization, or individual actively promoting the diverse products and experiences that Florida’s tourism industry can participate in the Flagler Awards. You do not need to be a VISIT FLORIDA partner to participate. Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, May 27, 2022. For more information on requirements and how to submit, click here.

The town of Boynton Beach will host the Turn the Tables Career and Internship Fair this Wednesday at the Boynton Beach Arts and Cultural Center. Students aged 15 and over are encouraged to participate, inquire and apply for internships (paid and unpaid) in a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to pre-register, but walk-ins are also welcome. Students should bring a copy of their resume. If you are an employer interested in participating, click here to register.

Habitat for Humanity, ADT, City of Boynton Beach and Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (ARC) welcomed a new owner to the city. Thanks to its partnership with ADT, the house received the latest home security systems and solar panels on the roof. ADT’s corporate headquarters, located in Boca Raton, is committed to strengthening the communities in which its employees live and work. We are grateful for their contribution to making our region a better and safer place.

Looking for a quick way to find an event, register for an event, and receive pop-up notifications of important Chamber, County, City of Boca Raton, and City of Boynton Beach information? Download the Boca Chamber app – found on the App Store and Google Play Store. Keep your Room close at hand! You can also keep up to date with all Chamber activities by visiting us at bocachamber.com.

Below is a list of our upcoming in person and virtual experiences:

5/11 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch and in-person learning at Boynton Beach

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5/12 – 11:30 a.m. Virtual Boca Government Affairs Committee

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05/17 – 8:30 a.m. Boca Master Class workshop in person

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17/05 – 11:45 a.m. Pulse lunch in person

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05/17 – 11:45 a.m. In person Economic Development Committee

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05/19 – 8:30 a.m. Southern In-Person Healthcare Advocacy Network (SHAN)

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19/05 – 8:00 a.m. In person at Boynton Beach: Café Plus

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Now in its 45th year, Boca Chamber Festival Days is the Chamber’s commitment to supporting the nonprofit community. Non-Profit Chamber Members are partnering with For-Profit Chamber Members to organize fundraising events during the month of August! The goal is to raise awareness and raise much-needed funds for nonprofit members to advance their important missions. Nonprofit members benefit from extensive exposure and marketing, including inclusion in the Chamber’s Events Calendar, Community Calendar, multiple social media outlets, and a print calendar distributed throughout the community. For more information about your company’s participation in Boca Chamber Festival Days, contact Alison Miuccio, Membership Development Manager. The deadline to participate is June 6, 2022.

Together, we continue to drive business forward in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and South Palm Beach County, making our region the best place to live, work, learn and play.

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