Weekly Roundup: Jan. 25-29

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Friday, Jan. 29

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LEE COUNTY AHEAD OF CURVE WITH AMBULANCE DISINFECTION TECHNOLOGY

One place that seems likely to house the novel coronavirus is an ambulance, especially when emergency medical services must transport someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. But there is new technology available to help disinfect the unit. It’s a disinfecting mist that’s sprayed throughout the entire patient compartment. By killing germs there, they are protecting patients being transported. And it’s not just used for COVID-19, but any virus. Before the pandemic, Lee County only had portable units of the solution. Now, thanks to federal CARES Act dollars, it has installed these mist units in all of its ambulances, WINK News reports.
 

Thursday, Jan. 28

COLLIER COUNTY APPROVES PLAN FOR 230 MORE HOMES IN THE ISLES OF COLLIER PRESERVE

Collier County commissioners have approved a plan by Minto Communities to build 230 more dwelling units in The Isles of Collier Preserve residential community in East Naples. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday on an ordinance to amend the county’s land development code to allow the development of new single-family homes on more than 100 acres on the western edge of The Isles, which stretches from U.S. 41 East to Bayshore Drive. The new homes will be built along Bayshore Drive south of Thomasson Drive in the Sabal Bay mixed-use planned unit development. Commission Chair Penny Taylor was the lone dissenter on the rezoning ordinance that required four votes for approval. 
 

Wednesday, Jan. 27

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FLORIDA GOVERNOR HINTS ‘WORKFORCE’ COULD BE NEXT PRIORITY GROUP FOR VACCINE

Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted Monday that people in the workforce could be the next group to get offered the coronavirus vaccine in Florida, but there are some hurdles. “People in the workforce will be top priority but doing it if everything is on track is having another vaccine introduced,” DeSantis says. People WINK News spoke to at the beginning of the week said they think there are still a lot of people at risk who need to be vaccinated before adding another group to the list. Health care workers also said they are still having trouble getting the vaccine, WINK News reports.
 

Tuesday, Jan. 26

SWFL COMMUNITIES AWARDED HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF FUNDS

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that nearly $100 million will be awarded to 24 Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program, which helps communities fund infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by disasters. The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program. Southwest Florida communities receiving grants include the city of Bonita Springs ($2,958,297) to increase storage pond drainage capacity, the city of North Port ($1,150,000) to improve inflow and infiltration wastewater collection systems, the city of North Port ($650,440) to install permanent generators for lift stations, Collier County ($602,786.32) to improve drainage systems to mitigation future flooding, and Hendry County ($1,635,610) to improve conveyance and pumping capacity to move stormwater to a larger detention area. Lee County received three grants: $2,718,577 to replace sidewalks and roadside drainage systems damaged by the storm, $732,540 to clear five canals of vegetation debris and sediment, and $678,566 to replace the pedestrian bridge and Richmond Avenue over Able Canal and Lehigh Acres.
 

Monday, Jan. 25

REPORT: DECEMBER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 4.8%

The December 2020 unemployment rate in Southwest Florida was at 4.8%, compared with 5.8% in Florida, according to the CareerSource Southwest Florida December 2020 Labor Market Trends. The top high gain industries year-over-year included construction at 2,800 jobs, professional and business services at 800 jobs, and manufacturing at 200 jobs. The top loss industries year-over-year included leisure and hospitality at 11,700 jobs lost and government at 3,600 jobs lost. “We see a positive trend of the increased labor force and downward unemployment rates,” Janeth P. Castrejon, communications manager, states. “Construction and professional business services continue to have higher than statewide growth rates over the year.” Information was sourced from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. For more details, click here.  
 
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