Talk of the bay: Chamber chief opts to take down shingle

By Times Staff
Published January 4, 2008

After three years running the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Beth Coleman left her $100,000-a-year job Dec. 31. Coleman was recruited in 2004 from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to run the 1,700-member Clearwater chamber. She gave little explanation for her departure other than expressing a desire to return to community and governmental work. In Coleman's absence, chamber vice president Kevin Gartland was appointed interim president. "I have decided after many years of working for chambers that I want to return to what I truly love," Coleman said.

4-day Disney deal for Floridians only

Floridians, here's a break to kick off the new year, courtesy of Disney. The theme park giant announced an offer that saves Florida residents more than 20 percent off the price of a four-day pass during January and February. Floridians can buy the pass at $125 plus tax. The pass costs $105 plus tax for children ages 3-9. The pass allows visitors into a Disney theme park on any four days for six months from first use. Passholders can choose to visit either Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly MGM Studios. The special price is available through Feb. 29. Thereafter, the Florida Resident Play 4 Days Pass will be $159 - still less than $40 a day.

Times seeks buyer for book publisher

Times Publishing Co., publisher of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, wants to sell CQ Press, its book-publishing business based in Washington, D.C., that serves library, college and professional markets. Times Publishing's Andrew P. Corty, corporate vice president, said Jordan Edminston Group, a New York investment banking firm, has been retained to handle the transaction. CQ Press publishes about 100 titles each year and derives about two-thirds of its revenue from online delivery, Corty said.