Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and Florida Retail Federation Endorse Governor Ron DeSantis for Re-election

TAMPA – Today at Ulele Restaurant and Brewery alongside hospitality workers and industry leaders, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) formally endorsed Governor Ron DeSantis for re-election.

“On behalf of Florida’s hospitality and tourism industry, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is proud to endorse Governor Ron DeSantis for re-election,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of FRLA. As Governor, Ron DeSantis has been a strong supporter of our industry, keeping hotels and restaurants safely open and operating when other states shut down. Governor DeSantis’ leadership saved countless jobs and businesses across our state and has enabled our industry to thrive once again. He understands the critical role that hospitality and tourism play in our state’s economic vitality, and we are confident he will continue to do so in his second term as Governor.”

“Our restaurants and hotels have done better than anyone expected just a couple years ago.  By keeping the state open, Florida has experienced record-setting tourism, our labor force growth outpaces the nation, and we have achieved record levels of unemployment and job creation. Florida continues to prove that the Freedom Agenda works,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Florida retailers are grateful for the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis. The Governor has remained committed to keeping Florida open for business and has enabled the retail industry to overcome these challenging times and prosper. We are proud to provide our endorsement of his campaign,” said Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Scott Shalley.


About FRLA: The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s nearly $112 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.5 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through Safe Staff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

About FRF: For more than 80 years, the Florida Retail Federation has served as The Voice of Florida Retailing and the only statewide trade association representing retailers – the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.