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Gulfshore Business Daily: April 23

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FIRST PHASE OF REOPENING LEE COUNTY PARKS, PRESERVES IN SLOW PROCESS

While walking trails and more than 20 county parks in Lee County reopened again Wednesday, county commissioners are looking to the governor’s new task force to see what comes next. Opening trails at parks and preserves is the definition of a slow reopening – exactly how Commissioner Frank Mann wants it. “It’s a matter of life and death and we’re going to be very careful before we bring crowds back together,” Mann said. Commissioners plan to wait for the governor’s task force to make its recommendations, which are due Friday. Commission Chairman Brian Hamman said he wants to reopen businesses as soon as possible – as long as it’s safe. “We just need to start talking about how can we get people back to work safely because every job is essential to the person that needs that paycheck,” Hamman said. Mann said testing is the key, which is why it’s important to reopen slowly. To see a list of which parks and preserves will reopen, click hereStory reported by WINK News.
 
 

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SWFL DEVELOPER SEEKS MEASURED APPROACH ON REOPENING FLORIDA

It’s going to take time to get restaurants, retailers, real estate, recreation and the rest of Florida’s economy back on its feet. Syd Kitson is one of 22 members of the Reopen Florida Task Force Executive Committee of industry experts that Gov. Ron DeSantis put together to help reopen Florida safely. “This is not a light switch. This is not something that just got turned on. This is a process. … We have to be very measured, very thoughtful, almost surgical in our way that we do it,” said Kitson, also the chairman of the state university system’s board of governors and CEO of Kitson & Partners, the developer behind Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County. Kitson says the task force plans to take a fact-based approach, and follow suggestions from medical professionals before taking any action, stressing that this is not a time for trial and error. Task force members expect to be able to present a plan to the governor by Friday. Story reported by WINK News.
 
 

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NEW HEAD OF FLORIDA DEO WORKING TO REVAMP UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM

There’s new oversight at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in an effort to revamp the unemployment system. The governor asked Secretary Jonathan Satter to make sure people are getting the assistance they are applying for. “The metric that we’re going to measure ourselves is how quickly we can pay Floridians,” Satter said. The goal is for that to be no more than 15 days, application to check. “That’s when we’ll know we’ve succeeded. But until we get to that point, we are behind,” he said. With 668,000 claims submitted since March 15, the DEO plans to get through the backlog in the next 10 to 15 days, Satter said. Because the office does not have the ability to answer the hundreds of thousands of phone calls it receives daily, Satter suggests going to floridajobs.org to download the FAQ to answer a lot of frequently asked questions. Story reported by WINK News. For unemployment resources, click here.

 

WEBINAR ON APPLYING FOR EMERGENCY FUNDS HELD TODAY

Becker Shareholder Evan B. Berger and Attorney Stefan Segall will present a webinar tutorial from 3:30-4:30 pm. today on designed exclusively around applying for emergency funding via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  and Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Grants (EIDL) programs. The presenters will answer commonly asked questions and then walk attendees through the step-by-step process of actually applying for funding. Register for free here.

 

LEE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR OFFERS ADDITIONAL DIGITAL SERVICES

The Lee County Tax Collector announces new online features designed to improve customer service during COVID-19. Due to a higher-than-normal call volume at the call center, the Tax Collector urges Lee County residents to utilize these new services. The Lee County Tax Collector is now offering a quick and easy way to go online and make appointments. The downtown Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and South Fort Myers service centers are currently open for appointments only. Appointments can be made by visiting LeeTC.com and booking your preferred location, date, and time for your driver license, vehicle registration and title work. The Lee County Tax Collector also has activated its call center where representatives can assist residents with information about driver licenses, vehicle registration renewals, vehicle titles, property taxes, tax certificates and other services. The call center number is (239) 533-6000. A new web chat feature is also being offered, along with many other online services, at LeeTC.com
 
 

REPORT PRICE GOUGING TO FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE

Attorney General Ashley Moody says her office is investigating all of the more than 1,200 complaints received about price gouging. Her office has issued dozens of subpoenas, deactivated more than 100 online posts, and got more than $200,000 in refunds for people. If a business is caught, it faces up to $25,000 in fines. Moody says it’s important you report any price gouging to the attorney general’s office. For more information on price gouging, click here. For a list of the commodities covered under the state’s price gouging laws during the COVID-19 state of emergency, click here. Price gouging can be reported by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. For tips on reporting price gouging, click here. Story reported by WINK News.
 
 

PUBLISHING COMPANY PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

Karla Wheeler, founder and president of Naples-based Quality of Life Publishing Co., and her team are developing and publishing booklets to help healthcare workers and families. The company provides critical educational materials to healthcare organizations nationwide and recently launched a new brandable booklet, Ventilator Use: A Guide for Seriously Ill Patients and Their Families. This resource is helping doctors and nurses educate families about ventilators, which has become a hot topic in the news. While the booklet is primarily distributed through healthcare organizations that order it from Quality of Life Publishing on a branded, print-on-demand basis, the booklet will soon be available for purchase by the general public on Amazon as well. The firm’s publications are also available in electronic format for healthcare organizations to distribute electronically while social distancing measures are in place. Wheeler founded Quality of Life Publishing Co. in 1999.
 
 

STORAGE WORKS INC. BREAKS GROUND ON FORT MYERS FACILITY

Storage Works Inc. has broken ground on its dedicated vehicle storage facility at 2950 Work Drive in Fort Myers. With just over 125,000 square feet under development, the facility will offer both covered and open storage options, pull-through spaces ranging up to 70 feet in length, and 60-degree angled parking. Oden Hardy Construction of Bradenton is the project’s general contractor, with Southview Studios LLC serving as architect and civil engineering provided by Banks Engineering, both of Fort Myers. It is set to open in fall 2020. For more details, visit RVBoatStorageWorks.com.
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Storm Smart to donate $20,000 to All Faiths Food Bank

Southwest Florida-based Storm Smart is donating $20,000 to All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota. Executive Chairman Brian Rist presented the check at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. This comes Storm Smart sponsored the IslandWalk at the West Villages’ annual 5K run/race, which raises funds for All Faiths. Currently, All Faiths is hosting its Campaign Against Summer Hunger for children in need of food. This annual fundraiser has started early, due to coronavirus-causing school closures. For more information on how funds are being allocated, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.
 

Cypress Lake Golf Club hosts Drive Out Hunger Challenge

Cypress Lake Golf Club. from April 22-25 is hosting the “Drive Out Hunger Challenge,” a four-day fundraiser to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Jon Pazdera, director of golf at Cypress Lake Golf Club, issued a Video Challenge, urging members to participate by making a pledge to Harry Chapin Food Bank. Golfers can pledge a set donation per shot, and at the end of the round, donors’ pledges will be totaled for their game. To follow social-distancing practices and limit exposure, the club is spacing out the tee times and hosting the event over the course of four days. Funds raised will support the Harry Chapin Food Bank in its efforts to help ensure that no one goes hungry during this unprecedented time. Through its ability to buy in bulk, Harry Chapin Food Bank is able to convert every $1 raised into $8 for food to help feed the community. For more information, call (239) 481-1333.
 

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