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Weekly Roundup: June 1-5

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Friday, June 5

FLORIDA’S PHASE 2 PLAN ALLOWS BARS, MOVIE THEATERS AND MORE TO REOPEN TODAY

Effective today, Southwest Florida and most of the state may reopen bars, movie theaters, playhouses and bowling alleys at 50% capacity while gyms and retail stores can operate at full capacity. Tattoo shops, tanning salons and massage parlors also may reopen today. The Sunshine State’s Phase 2 reopening includes all but Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, where coronavirus statistics have been the worst in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week. For more information about Florida’s reopening plan, click here.
 

Thursday, June 4

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LEE COUNTY SEEKS CAREER-CHANGERS TO FILL TEACHING POSITIONS

The School District of Lee County anticipates the need to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies heading into the 2020-21 school year, and its recruitment efforts are extending beyond colleges of education into the community. On June 10, The School District will host two webinars over Zoom titled “How to Become a Teacher in Lee County.” The sessions will walk prospective career-changers and working professionals through the process of becoming certified to teach in Florida. Florida is one of 48 states that offer alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. The School District is hiring teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels with a focus on high-demand positions like science, technology, engineering and math. Prospective teachers with backgrounds in communications, social work, counseling and psychology also are needed to fill vacancies. Individuals without a bachelor’s degree are invited to apply for positions as a paraprofessional or guest teacher. The hour-long Zoom webinars will be held at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 10. To register, click here or call 239-337-8147.
 

Wednesday, June 3

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS

The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a plan to allocate $3 million of federal funds from the CARES Act to support local food security organizations and to continue phasing in operations previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $3 million allocated to food security organizations benefitting citizens in need includes $1.55 million to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, $425,000 to the Midwest Food Bank, $225,000 to Community Cooperative, $500,000 to Lee County food pantries through $5,000 individual grants, and $300,000 to reserves. In addition, programs utilizing funds from the federal CARES Act have resulted in 13,871 applications started for Individual Assistance, which includes payments directly to utility companies, landlords and mortgage companies (4,923 applications have been completed); 4,576 applications for the Business Relaunch Program; more than 1,000 kits of Personal Protective Equipment set to go to businesses with fewer than 25 employees. This includes more than 250,000 masks, 500,000 gloves and more than 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer; and United Way partner agencies establishing childcare scholarship programs. For more information, visit LeeFLCares.com.

 

Tuesday, June 2

LEE COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE PPE DISTRIBUTION SITE AT END OF WEEK

Lee County Government will close its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution site for small businesses at the end of this week and is encouraging qualifying businesses to apply now. Supplies for businesses that employ one to 25 employees will continue to be available all week. Business owners apply online at LeeFLcares.com; those who qualify are assigned a weekday time slot during which they pick up supplies at the temporary PPE distribution site at Lee County Elections Center, 13180 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. The site, which opened last week, was designed as a short-term operation to help businesses reopen. It will close at the end of the business day this Friday.
 

Monday, June 1 

SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK PROVIDES $70 MILLION IN PPP LOANS

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has processed more than 700 loans totaling $70 million dollars under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help local small businesses, nonprofit organizations and independent contractors support payroll and related costs, saving thousands of jobs in Southwest Florida. The PPP, which originally launched on April 3 to address economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provides forgivable, government-guaranteed loans for the nation’s small businesses. The average loan amount Sanibel Captiva Community Bank processed was just under $100,000. Loan amounts ranged from as low as $500 to more than $3.7 million. Those funds helped keep 9,078 people employed in Southwest Florida. To learn more, visit SanCapBank.com.
 

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