TRUMP, CONGRESS AGREE ON HISTORIC $2 TRILLION VIRUS RESCUE BILL
The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced an agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weeks-long or months-long patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. This information originally appeared on WINK News. For more information, click here.
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FLORIDA OFFICIALS URGE 65-PLUS POPULATION TO STAY HOME FOR TWO WEEKS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 by urging travelers who came from New York City in the last three weeks to self-isolate for 14 days. The governor also on Tuesday, along with the state’s surgeon general, urged those 65 and over and those with underlying conditions to stay home for two weeks. This information originally appeared on WINK News. For more details, click here.
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SWFL COUNTY LEADERS DISCUSS ENACTING ‘STAY-AT-HOME’ ORDER
Southwest Florida residents could be ordered to stay at home if county leaders agree. The discussion was prompted by Collier County leaders approving talks with counterparts in Lee County. If both counties decided to request this from the governor, it would only leave essential stores open. That means grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and anything that is necessary. So far, Lee County has closed beaches, pools, libraries, walkup lobbies and counters in most public buildings. Already, Orange County in Central Florida announced a stay-at-home order for its 1.3-million residents and Alachua Broward and Miami-Dade Counties have also ordered nonessential businesses to close. This information originally appeared on WINK News. For more details, click here.
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS PLAN TO KEEP LEARNING FROM HOME
Collier County schools are laying out a plan to keep children learning while schools are closed. This week, students are doing self-paced learning at home, but starting next week, teachers will begin to lead the instruction. Lessons are posted here, with a section for every grade. If you click on one of the grades you will find activities students are supposed to do every day from home. There’s even a video tutorial that offers more help. This information originally appeared on WINK News. For more information, click here.
JURY DUTY SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 17
The Florida State Supreme Court issued a new Administrative Order late yesterday further suspending all jury trials through April 17. The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a massive effect upon the operations of the Clerks and the State Courts System. Anyone with a summons for jury duty dated between now and April 17 is not required to report to the Clerk’s Office for jury duty. If you are unsure if your summons is impacted by this Order, please call the number provided on the summons or visit the Jury Duty page on www.LeeClerk.org. The new order also extends an earlier suspension of speedy trial rules and related court procedures. Please visit the website for daily updates, online services, drop-off information, mailing addresses, and other contact information.
NAPLES BEACH HOTEL TEMPORARILY CLOSES
The Naples Beach Hotel is closing effective today through April 24 “to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and staff during the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak,” according to a statement posted on the hotel’s website by General Manager Jason Parsons. The temporary closure includes all recreational amenities and restaurants. For more information, click here.
MILLENNIAL BREWING REQUESTS STATEWIDE SUPPORT TO DELIVER MICROBREW DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Millennial Brewing Co. is routing a petition online requesting that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis temporarily allow breweries and other vendor-licensed beverage manufacturers throughout Florida to deliver microbrew to consumers. Without lifting the portion of Florida Statute 561.221 and 561.57 that prohibits the deliveries, these businesses will be unable to meet the requests of those who are under COVID-19 quarantine or afraid to leave their homes for takeout growlers. This could ultimately result in the permanent closure of hundreds of craft breweries after this virus is contained. That would translate to hundreds of more jobs lost and a major economic impact for the Sunshine State and the communities it comprises, according to a press release. To sign the petition, click here.
DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER RESCHEDULES SOUND MINDS LUNCHEON
David Lawrence Center (DLC) has rescheduled its signature fundraiser, Sound Minds Luncheon, due to the Coronavirus pandemic healthcare guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. The event will now take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy will be the keynote speaker. The luncheon, being held in partnership with presenting sponsor NCH Healthcare Systems, Inc. and education partner Naples Children & Education Foundation, will be co-chaired by Earle K. Borman, Jr. and Rob and Kate Edwards.
25TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE BEACH POSTPONED
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce announces the 25th Annual Taste of the Beach will be postponed with a date to be determined later this year. The chamber looks forward to rescheduling the event and assisting its restaurant partners, vendors, employees, residents and guests with getting back to “work” after business has returned to normal, according to a press release. For updated information on Taste of the Beach, click here.
CONNOR & GASKINS UNLIMITED DEBUTS VIRUS-PREVENTION MECHANISM
Naples-based general contractor and builder Connor & Gaskins Unlimited has debuted The CGU Halo. This aluminum machine, which resembles an airport security machine, is intended as a prevention mechanism for COVID-19 and other viruses. The machine’s single reservoir can be loaded with any type of disinfectant or a CDC-approved off-the-self disinfectant. Once the user steps into the Halo, they press their foot down on a pedal that releases the disinfectant mist to completely cover their skin, clothes and hair. For more information, click here.
BUSINESSES OFFER CURBSIDE, TAKEOUT SERVICES
Palace Pub & Wine Bar is offering wines from its bottle shop retail section with online ordering and curbside pickup. While the bar portion of their operations are on hold due to the current restrictions in place, the bottle shop retail segment of the operation is still available to customers. View inventory here. The temporary hours of operation are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday for curbside pickup only. For more information, click here or call (239) 691-6500. Agave will offer a limited menu featuring best-selling favorites for curbside takeout service. View Agave’s full takeout menu here. Takeout orders can be placed online here. The menu is available Monday through Sunday, from 4-7 p.m. A member of Agave’s staff will deliver the pre-paid takeout order curbside to the guest upon their arrival.
BBI BREAKS GROUND ON NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Better Buildings Inc. (BBI) has broken ground on the Westbury Trane Facility, a national distribution center and warehouse for HVAC products. Nearly 40 people came to the site on Ironbridge Blvd. in Fort Myers earlier this month to view renderings and site plan displays. Westbury Trane Facility will be a 42,220-square-foot building that is expected to bring many job opportunities to the City of Fort Myers, according to a press release. An additional 36,000 square feet of space will also be available for lease, bringing the total square footage to 78,822 on a five-acre site, with 1,600 loads of dirt arriving soon. For more information, visit BBIFL.com.
DRAGON HORSE AGENCY OFFERS CONSULTATIONS TO NAVIGATE CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
Dragon Horse Agency is here for our Southwest Florida businesses and non-profit community during this unprecedented crisis. Dragon Horse Agency is currently offering one hour consultations for business and marketing related concerns to help navigate the economic impact of Coronavirus. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your company name, contact information, and specific concerns. Dragon Horse will respond as quickly as possible. For more information, visit dragonhorseagency.com.
St. Matthew’s House requests donations to help with Coronavirus relief
St. Matthew’s House, a not-for-profit organization that has provided food, shelter and comfort to community members struggling with poverty, food insecurity and homelessness for 32 years, is requesting donations to help serve vulnerable populations during the Coronavirus crisis. “This crisis is greatly increasing the numbers of those seeking assistance,” St. Matthew’s House President and CEO Vann Ellison said. Donations of canned goods and food staples such as rice, beans, pasta and other basics are needed. Monetary donations and donations of gently used furnishings, housewares and clothing for St. Matthew’s House thrift stores also are welcome. Curbside drop off is available at all St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Immokalee. For information, visit stmatthewshouse.org or call (239) 774-0500.
Swinging With Purpose cancels May gold tournament, plans virtual raffle
Swinging With Purpose has canceled the Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament scheduled for May 3 at Quail West Golf & Country Club. Swinging With Purpose is a nonprofit organization that provides support to grassroots organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. The annual golf tournament is the major fundraiser and its proceeds help fulfill grants to the 2020 beneficiaries. Swinging With Purpose will instead host a virtual raffle of an i20 ICON golf cart that has been donated by Hole in One Golf Carts on May 3. For more information, click here. Details about the raffle are included on the website. The suggested donation is $200. For questions, call Diana Riley at (301) 706.7131 or Diana@swingingwithpurpose.org.
League Club disburses $10,000 emergency funds to Meals of Hope
In a special session on Tuesday, The League Club Board approved the disbursement of its $10,000 emergency fund to Meals of Hope to help provide food to hungry families during this time of need. The League Club has had a long-standing relationship with Meals of Hope through grants and volunteering at Done in a Day packing events. The organization’s mission is to inspire and empower communities to come together to end hunger. Separately, the regular grant checks approved by the membership in March will be distributed to nonprofits as planned on April 9.
Guadalupe Center dedicates new facility, announces campaign
Guadalupe Center on Feb. 6 dedicated the Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus, which will serve up to 64 students ages six weeks to 3 years old. Guadalupe Center then announced a campaign to raise capital and operational funds for additional centers and programs, revealing that the van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning would open in 2021 on land donated by Barron Collier Cos.