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Chambers partner with FRLA for hospitality legislative update

By CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - | Feb 16, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Samantha Padgett

Two speakers with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association will address hospitality industry issues in the upcoming state legislative session during a Hospitality Virtual Legislative Update 2021 on Feb. 24 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce are partnering on the presentation, which is sponsored by SENTEXT.

“We dive into this year’s legislative updates for Southwest Florida and get the inside scoop on what to expect from Tallahassee this year, and how it will impact the hospitality industry,” FRLA Southwest Director Lois Croft said.

As general counsel, Samantha Padgett provides legal advice and services to FRLA and its leadership and serves as an advocate for the industries at the federal, state and local levels. She previously served for 10 years as the vice president and general counsel of the Florida Retail Federation. A member of the Florida Bar, Padgett graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. She has served on the VISIT FLORIDA board of directors, University of Florida’s Center for Retailing executive advisory board and Florida Recycling Partnership board of directors.

Richard Turner assumed the role of FRLA senior vice president of government relations in 2002. He has been a member of the Florida Bar for over 25 years and has more than 17 years of experience in state government. His last position at the state level was as director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco with the Department of Business & Professional Regulations. Turner represents the industry before the Florida Legislature and such various organizations as the Florida Cabinet, Department of Revenue, Department of Agriculture and Department of Business and Professional Regulation, plus, on occasion, in Washington, D.C.

“These two are the experts on how the 2021 Florida legislative session could affect the outlook for hospitality in the coming year,” San-Cap chamber President John Lai said. “This is a presentation that chamber members won’t want to miss. Non-members can also register by emailing me for information.”


The chamber has already sent its members Zoom invitations to register for the virtual event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance.

For more information or to register, contact Lai at john@sanibel-captiva.org.