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September 8th COVID-19 Update Gov. Ron DeSantis builds up comeback message as COVID-19 ticks down in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been crisscrossing Florida and handing the microphone to coaches ready to play ball, brewers eager to pour pints again, and a doctor with controversial views who has the president’s ear. The story DeSantis wants…

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September 9th COVID-19 Update McConnell says Senate will vote on coronavirus stimulus plan as soon as this week The Senate will vote on a coronavirus stimulus bill as early as this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. In a statement, the Kentucky Republican said the chamber aims to take up what he called a…

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September 10th COVID-19 Update Florida small business owners stay afloat as state continues to reopen When CBS News spoke to Dr. Fitzherbert Harry in June, he said his small physical therapy business in Maitland, Florida wasn’t at “break-even” yet, because it was recovering from negative impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Harry, 35, said then that…

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September 3rd COVID-19 Update SBDC Offers Workshop to Help Restaurants The restaurant industry has arguably suffered the most economic losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began. And as the state and country reopen, restaurant operations can be dramatically different. To help navigate new challenges, the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida will…

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September 2nd COVID-19 Update Florida Businesses Could Get Break on Workers’ Comp Insurance For Florida businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s a bit of good news: Workers’ compensation insurance costs could go down in 2021. State insurance regulators have received a rate filing that would reduce premiums next year in the workers’ compensation system…

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September 1st COVID-19 Update Pensacola City Facilities, Community Centers Could Reopen in October Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is eyeing the beginning of October as the time to reopen city facilities like community centers that have been closed since a spike of COVID-19 cases in July. Robinson said during his weekly press conference Monday that he…

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August 31st COVID-19 Update Governor DeSantis Encourages Tourists to Come to Florida on Planes Gov. Ron DeSantis made the case that tourists could safely take commercial flights to visit Florida, as newly reported coronavirus cases grew by more than 3,800 people Friday, down from peak averages of nearly 12,000 cases daily in mid-July.  Read more…

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August 27th COVID-19 Update Governor DeSantis says Florida Will Sign onto Trump’s Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Program Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Florida would participate in the enhanced unemployment benefits program offered through an executive memorandum signed by President Trump earlier this month. Read more here.   Florida Nursing Homes Can Have Visitors with no…

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August 26th COVID-19 Update Florida Schools are Reopening so we can go Back to Work. Some Businesses Have Other Ideas. After many sleepless nights, Christie Trimmer came up with a solution. The co-owner of Communities First Association Management worried how the parents in her company would fare as kids headed back to school. Her 10-year-old…

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August 25th COVID-19 Update Governor Ron DeSantis Participates in Florida Chamber Economic Relaunch Yesterday the Florida Chamber hosted Florida’s economic relaunch and the path forward. Governor Ron DeSantis joined to provide his insights on leading Florida, the third largest state, through a global pandemic all while safely keeping our economy going. Key takeaways from the…

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