Also: Pain center adds marijuana clinic
“Buy more fish,” Governor Rick Scott said loudly to the crowd as he approached the podium at a press conference at Hull’s Seafood Market, 111 W. Granada Blvd., on July 20.
Tieless and with sleeves rolled up, the governor shook hands with the 40 new employees hired at Hull’s since the restaurant expanded with a new dining room a couple of months ago.
The main reason for the press conference was to announce June’s bright employment number, but Scott also used the occasion to congratulate owner Jimmy Hull for expanding his business, placing a Governor’s Business Ambassador Award medallion around his neck.
“Forty more people can now seek the dream of this state,” he said. “It starts with a job.”
Scott said 1.5 million jobs have been created by Florida businesses since 2010, including 17,000 in June. He said unemployment is at 3.8%. In the past year, 172,600 jobs were created in the state.
Hull said before the press conference that in addition to servers and cooks, the new employees include fishermen, and he now has four boats that ply the Atlantic Ocean for fresh fish.
“People love to eat seafood, both tourists and locals,” he said. “The economy is booming and people are spending money.”
The new dining room, which has a full bar, is located on the north side of the building, where outdoor seating has also been expanded.
Several local officials were at the conference. Heather Post, Volusia County councilwoman, said she was glad to see the governor support small business.
Business grows at pain clinic
In the past few weeks, there’s been a considerable number of new patients at Coastal Pain and Neurology Centers and Coastal Wellness Centers.
CPNC has been managing pain treatment for patients for 15 years, and in January, Clinic Administrator Dr. Neil Brown opened Coastal Wellness Centers, a medical marijuana clinic, to provide that option. It’s not a dispensary; the state-certified doctors at the clinic can provide a medical marijuana card, allowing patients to purchase it at a licensed facility.
The increased business, according to Trish Lykkebak, director of marketing, is because of a state law that took effect on July 1 placing several regulations on opioid prescriptions. Doctors have decided to refer patients to pain clinics, where their medications can be managed and monitored.
The two businesses are under the same roof at 725 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 22, and had an open house July 19.
“We see several patients a day in our Pain and Neurology Clinic struggling with day-to-day, long-term opioid addiction with debilitating chronic pain, suffering from diseases, accidents and life changing events,” Lykkebak said.
Coastal Pain and Neurology Centers has diagnostic testing; pain treatments including spinal cord stimulation, injections and medication; neurology and physical therapy.
Now, medical marijuana is also available at Coastal Wellness Centers, which has seen 975 patients since opening.
Many of the patients have been skeptical about cannabis, because they have had their pain so long, but have been amazed at the results, Lykkebak said.
Dr. Joseph Rosado, of Coastal Wellness Centers, said, “Marijuana is not addictive and has minimum side effects.” He believes that smoking medical cannabis should be legal, because some people have adverse reaction to the oils and the bud used for smoking can be placed in a blender and offers other options.