Fred Forsley didn’t set out to become the Beer King of Maine. It just sort of happened that way.
Forsley is the co-founder and president of Shipyard Brewing, the largest craft brewery in the state – and one of the most successful in New England. If you’ve enjoyed Pumpkinhead Ale, Monkey Fist or Island Time IPA, SunFish or Sea Dog Blueberry – all available here in the Sunshine State – you have Fred Forsley to thank.
Shipyard is also the parent company of Sea Dog Brewing, which has a brewery and tasting room in Clearwater, and a nine-month-old brew pub on Blind Pass Road in Treasure Island (there’s a pub in Orlando, too).
Pinellas County employers created 5,730 new high-wage jobs in primary industries from 2015 to 2017, surpassing the goal of 3,958 jobs set in a 2014 study.
A primary industry is one that brings wealth into a locality by selling most of its goods or services outside of the locality. A primary company (in a primary industry) shares the wealth by making local purchases and paying its employees more. These local sales transactions result in widespread economic growth.
After a lively, debate-filled City Council meeting last Thursday night, in which the council rejected the proposed public art sculpture by Janet Echelman, this week’s meeting is sure to look tame by comparison.
However, according to Councilmember Gina Driscoll, controversy continues to boil on one particular agenda item that came to the forefront during the Echelman discussion.