Here are some recollections of the history and founding of the HBBA by people associated with the organization. Do you have a memory or anything to add?
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— Debra Case
Once there lived in Hollywood Florida a very caring man who decided to take on a mission. He was concerned about our little beach community and especially the many businesses on Hollywood Beach. James “Jimmie” Fanning took on the mission to bring positive attention and city resources to the beach.
In 1999, Jimmie walked street by street handing out invitations to attend a meeting at the old Howard Johnson’s on the beach. At that meeting he shared his frustrations and proposed businesses ban together to form an association. Over 75 beach businesses and residents in attendance agreed. He then approached Audrey Joynt and convinced her to take the lead and become the first president. Jim became the First Vice President and with the assistance of Tony Provanzano, the official Hollywood Beach Business Association, HBBA was founded.
Eventually the President position shifted to Debra Case then to our current president, Dan Serafini with me, Kathy DiBona serving as Vice President. Debra continues in our board as the Director of Government Affairs. our Treasurer is Olga Cherkasova and our Directors are Ron Jakubisin, Webmaster and Marketing and Jeff Hanson, Membership Chair and PR.
— Kathy DiBona