Florida Department of Health: ‘No Public Health Concerns in Destin’

[Tallahassee, Fla] Last week, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a statement clarifying that there are ‘no public health concerns’ in Walton or Okaloosa counties after a social media post claimed the waters off the Emerald Coast were the source of a bacterial infection. The post went viral and was shared more than 170,000 Read More

$15/hour is not good for the people

The proposed ballot initiative to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has a lot of feel-good appeal, but behind all the warm and fuzzies lie a plethora of unintended consequences. An increase like this would have disastrous impacts on businesses and individuals alike. If passed, this amendment would result in a 77 percent Read More

Florida ProStart Teams Place at National Competition

[Washington, D.C.] On May 9 – 11, Florida ProStart teams competed in the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) 18th Annual National ProStart Invitational held in Washington, D.C. This three-day event sees high school culinary students compete in both culinary arts and restaurant management competitions against students from across the United States. In the Culinary Read More

Luebkemann Appointed to Food Safety Council

[Tallahassee, Fla] Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole “Nikki” Fried has asked Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Senior Vice President of Education and Training Geoff Luebkemann to serve as an Industry Group-Retail representative for the Florida Food Safety and Food Defense Council. “Since 2006, Geoff has guided FRLA’s statewide food safety training activity and has served Read More


[Palm Beach, Fla] The Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) presented more than $25,000 in scholarships to local high school students last week. The money was raised at the FRLA Education and Agriculture Together Showcase (E.A.T.S.) event in January, and this is the fourth year FRLA Palm Beach has been Read More