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Broward’s largest business organization fights legislative power grab


CONTACT: Liz Beeble, Director of Communications, 954/462-4139

The largest business organization in Broward County is calling on lawmakers to slam the door on legislation that would devastate home rule throughout Florida. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is opposed to House Bill 17, which would strip local governments of their power to pass new regulations on businesses and abolish current regulations not specifically authorized by state law.

“The state is attempting to usurp local governments’ ability to govern businesses within their own territories,” said Government Affairs Committee chair Jon Polenberg, of Becker & Poliakoff. “The uncertainty the proposal triggers would be detrimental to the businesses the Chamber serves.”

The Chamber believes locally-elected officials must be charged with regulating local businesses, rather than being micromanaged by the Florida Legislature. Employers should not be forced to appeal to the state for minor administrative matters that could easily be addressed within the community.

“The bill is unworkable given the complexities regarding the businesses that operate in our community,” said Polenberg.

We urge lawmakers to promote an environment in which business can thrive and vote “no” to HB 17.


The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is comprised of over 1,300 companies representing more than 295,000 employees throughout South Florida.

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April 2017 Member of the Month 

Dr. Beatriz Perez, Middle River Animal Hospital

Dr. Beatriz Perez has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2016, and has helped a number of Chamber members by providing quality medicine and compassionate care to animals.

Middle River Animal Hospital is a locally owned animal hospital that helps maintain the bond between parent and pet. They are a cloud based hospital with the latest equipment to provide the best possible care to animals, also offering house calls and providing in-home hospice care.

As a relatively new member, Dr. Perez understands the importance of networking through the Chamber of Commerce in order to promote her own business as well as encourage other businesses to patronize in our local community. She is an active member of the GLBX Leads groups and shares her experiences with the chamber with the local community. Dr. Perez strives to be a source of information and supports fellow members in order to help maintain and enhance the economic environment in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to owning Middle River Animal Hospital, Dr. Beatriz Perez studied as the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Previous jobs include working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, after which Dr. Perez attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a small animal internship and worked locally for 7 years. Middle River Animal Hospital will be having it’s 1 Year Anniversary this year, and Dr. Beatriz Perez is proud to have dedicated her hospital to her beloved pets whom have made her the veterinarian she is today.

When not connecting with other members at the Chamber and running her hospital, Dr. Perez is a supporter of animal rescue groups all over Broward County. She donates services and goods to both animal and non-animal based Non-Profits. She is also currently a partner with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Perez enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her fishing on a boat with her dad, snorkeling with her husband or travelling the world with friends.