The crowd was standing or sitting in their chairs and blankets, cuddled up into each other’s arms Friday night at Pier Park. All waiting and trying to see the stage where Clint Black would perform. The lights went down and at the sound of a guitar the audience jumped up with enthusiastic screams. Clint Black, with his signature black cowboy hat, brought some heat into the cold night air.
On Friday, April 17, 2009 the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Friday at the Beach breakfast at Edgewater Beach Resort, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. The event’s featured speaker is Carol B. Dover, President-CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Dover has been President-CEO of the 10,000+ member Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association since July 1995. She is a professional association manager, lobbyist, former government insider, FSU Dedman School of Hospitality graduate, and a working mother of three. In 1989, Dover was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Governor of Florida, serving under the Martinez administration. In this role she served as the governor’s spokesperson and represented his administration before the Florida Legislature.
Dover’s other professional accomplishments include the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants; the first woman to serve as Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, State Fire Marshall’s Office; and President-CEO of the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association. As the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association President-CEO, Dover works to protect the diverse interests of Florida’s hospitality industry by representing the industry before the Florida Legislature and lobbying against unfair government regulation.