Thanksgiving 2016, as brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and … – Florida Politics (blog)
It’s time to talk turkey. And stuffing, pie and football.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season; the first stop in a month of non-stop holiday parties and celebrations. It’s also a day for Americans to reflect on what they’re grateful for, something that is especially important in these tense times.
But it’s also a day to gorge yourself on goodies, sneak a snack in between meals, and loosen your belts while watching the big game. And you can’t enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without a stop at the supermarket.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $49.87. That’s a 24-cent decrease from the 2015 average of $50.11.
The survey found a 16-pound turkey will cost $22.74, or about $1.42 per pound. That’s a two-cent-per-pound decrease from 2015. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates consumers will pay about 30 cents less per whole turkey this year compared to last year.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? You probably made a trip to Publix this week to pick up the essentials. Shopping is a pleasure there, with employees itching to help customers make their meal perfect. When the grocery store giant needs a hand in the Florida Legislature, it turns to Jorge Chamizo, Thomas Culligan, Charles Dudley, Lindsey Napier, and Teye Reeves.
But don’t even think about running to your neighborhood Publix to pick up whipped cream for your pumpkin pie. The store is closed on Thanksgiving so staffers “can share the day family and friends.”
Don’t cook? Don’t worry. With more than 85 million tourists flocking to the Sunshine State so far this year, there’s plenty of restaurants to choose from if your family’s tradition is dinner out.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association aims to “protect, educate and