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Waves crash into the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on Sept. 13, as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.
Photo by: Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP.

Associations Spring to Action in Advance
of Hurricane Florence

By Todd McElwee

In the days leading up to Hurricane Florence’s landfall associations from across the nation commenced with a variety of preparatory aid/informative efforts. A series of events also fell prey to the storm with events both within and outside the forecasted area of greatest impact canceled or delayed.

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Ohio Legislation Targets Professional Certification

By Todd McElwee

Add Ohio to the expanding roster of states whose legislatures are looking into occupational licensure reform. A bill, which has passed the state’s Senate and is currently in the House of Representatives, allows the state to set up its own voluntary certification programs. ASAE is urging its Ohio members ti contact Buckeye State policymakers and has drafted a letter with which organizations can express their concerns to Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R).

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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Won’t Receive Promo Funds

By Jonathan Trager

Representatives of a long-time Fort Lauderdale boating show have been denied $940,000 in city funds they’d requested for 2019 promotion. But they’re touting a committee is being formed to explore collaborative efforts.

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Union Workers Strike Against 26 Chicago Hotels

By Grant Broadhurst

Thousands of unionized hotel housekeepers, cooks, servers and doormen have gone on strike in Chicago.
A week after their contract’s last day on August 31, union workers at 25 Chicago hotels began striking on September 7. Workers at a 26th – the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile – began striking on September 10. The union – Unite Here Local 1 – said it could begin strikes against four other hotels at any time.

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2018/2019 E-Blast and
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A new hotel has found itself in a hole approximately a month before opening. And it’s a good thing. CNN reports after a decade of construction the mostly subterranean Shimao Wonderland InterContinental is set to open next month inside a formerly abandoned quarry roughly 20 miles southwest of Shanghai. Sixteen of the facility’s 18 floors will be built underground with two submerged inside a 33-foot-deep aquarium. The property will include purpose-built waterfalls spilling down the quarry walls as well as bungee jumping and rock climbing opportunities.
HOTS wonders how deep one will have to dig into their pockets to stay?


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