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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 1.12.23

Good morning. ‘Sunburn’ has been waiting for you.
Good Thursday morning.

Girl Scout cookie season is back!

On Tuesday, Girl Scouts officially kicked off their 2023 cookie season with a new fruit-flavored cookie — Raspberry Rally — considered a “sister cookie” to the beloved Thin Mints.

Our own favorite Girl Scout entrepreneur, Ella Joyce, also returns with boxes of your favorites … now available for In-Person Delivery and donations. This year, Ella is focusing on her goal of going camping, promoting cookies, and sustaining her thriving business.

However, if you want cookies this season, there may be little time to waste.

“There are supply chain issues this year, so your favorites will likely sell out early,” says Ella’s mom, Michelle. “We have to place our orders with the baker by January 15. After that, we may not be able to get cookies.”

Please, take some time to visit Ella’s Girl Scout Cookie storefront — just click the link here — and place your order now for in-person delivery of any (or all!) of your annual cravings.

The 2023 Florida Economic Outlook & Jobs Solution Summit will be held this afternoon and will feature several talks and panels highlighting the workforce issues Florida will face over the coming decade.

The virtual event, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will feature members of the Florida Chamber Foundation team, leading economists, and industry experts offering a glimpse into the opportunities and headwinds Florida’s economy and businesses will face over the next several years and how they will impact the Chamber’s long-term goal of growing Florida into Top 10 global economy by 2030.

The event will open with the Chamber’s chief economist, Ben Tabatabaei, detailing how Florida can remain competitive on the international stage, followed by a “2022 Economic Year in Review” and a “2023 Economic Forecast.”

The Chamber Summit will also address the ongoing property insurance crisis, the litigation climate and affordable housing solutions, all through the lens of growing the state economy.

One segment will feature leaders from Deloitte, Florida Gulf Coast University and medical device company Arthrex discussing strategies to close the talent gap and address the workforce shortage.

—@WesWolfe: Didn’t expect to hear the phrase “dancing penises” today — especially not multiple times — but the Nassau County delegation meeting is a wild, wild event.

—@BadBoyofScoops: Florida State is the most likely non-SEC school to win the National Championship in 2023.

—@BuckSexton: The more I learn about cooking steaks, chops, and chicken breast, the more clear it becomes that the “trick” to making any seared meat taste delicious is a generous bath of melted butter


‘Mayor of Kingstown’ premieres on Paramount+ — 3; Ashley Children’s Gasparilla Parade — 9; last day to ride Splash Mountain before remodeling — 10; The James Madison Institute’s Annual Dinner — 13; 2023 FAC Access 67 Broadband Summit — Florida Association of Counties begins — 14; state Senators have a 5 p.m. deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including requests for companion bills — 14; Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest — 16; Bruce Springsteen launches 2023 tour in Tampa — 20;.

‘Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ premieres — 36; 2023 Florida Chamber Legislative Fly-In — 40; ‘Snowfall’ final season premieres on FX — 41; city of Tampa Municipal Election early voting begins — 46; Ron DeSantis’ ‘The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival’ released — 47; ‘The Mandalorian’ returns — 48; ‘Creed III’ premieres — 50; The Oscars — 51; Tampa Municipal Election — 54; 2023 Legislative Session convenes — 54; World Baseball Classic finals begin in Miami — 66; ‘John Wick: Chapter 4′ premieres — 71; Tron Lightcycle / Run debuts in Walt Disney World — 82; Taylor Swift ‘Eras’ Tour in Tampa — 93; final.

performance of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on Broadway — 94; American Association of Political Consultants Pollies ’23 conference begins — 96; 2023 Session Sine Die — 113; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ premieres — 113; Florida Chamber 2023 Leadership Conference on Safety, Health & Sustainability — 118; ‘Fast X’ premieres — 127; Florida Chamber 2023 Florida Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solution Summit — 133; ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ premieres — 141; Florida Chamber 2023 Florida Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit — 166; ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ premieres — 169; ‘Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning — Part One’ premieres — 183; Florida Chamber 37th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School — 187; Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ premieres — 190; .

‘Captain Marvel 2′ premieres — 197; 2023 Florida Chamber Annual Meeting & Future of Florida Forum — 284; ‘Dune: Part Two’ premieres — 295; ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Part 2 premieres — 442; ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ premieres — 498; Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games — 561; ‘Thunderbolts’ premieres — 561; ‘Blade’ reboot premieres — 603; ‘Deadpool 3’ premieres — 666; ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot premieres — 744; ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ premieres — 841. ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’ premieres — 1,030.

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