State's Shortfall Makes Windfall For Tally Businesses

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

When law makers come to town for a special session, some business makers see special profits.
Andrew Reiss owns Andrew's Bar and Grill in Downtown Tallahassee.
Reiss says, "We worked hard over the 35 years that we've been in business to have a good local trade and use the legislature as kind of like the whip cream."
A little whip-cream on a usually slower time of year is a welcome ingredient for Andrew's Bar & Grill... located right by the Florida Capitol and near Florida State and Florida A&M... all of which have been on holiday break for a few weeks.
Stir-in the slumping economy, and Tallahassee businesses are ripe for maybe even a cherry on top.
"It's a great way to start the first quarter of the calendar year. A lot of our businesses, our hotels, our car rental agencies are seeing a bit of a push now with the session that's been called," says Sue Dick, president of the Tallahassee area Chamber of Commerce.
But area businesses are not all getting the same slice out of the Special Session pie.
Double Tree Hotel Director of Revenue Jonathan LaBarre explains that it still comes down to location, location, location.
"Typically a special session will impact the hotels closest to the capitol within a couple mile radius. Those that are out by I-10, not so much," says LaBarre.
But the special session is simply giving a few extra economic servings to some businesses rather than taking bites out of the whole local economy.
Business owners getting a boost from the special session say it allows them to give more hours to their employees.

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