Announces “Dine Out Wynwood” Event on September 30th

MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that following 45 days with no evidence of active Zika transmission, the entire Wynwood zone, which was originally about one square mile, has been lifted. Governor Scott also announced “Dine Out Wynwood” on September 30th to support businesses in Wynwood. Floridians and visitors are encouraged to travel to Wynwood to visit the local restaurants and businesses that have been affected by the Zika virus and Governor Scott will be in Wynwood to participate in the event.

Governor Scott said, “When we announced Wynwood as the first place in our nation to have local transmission of the Zika virus, Wynwood was immediately sent into the national spotlight. Over the past few weeks, Floridians have worked together to prevent the spread of mosquitoes, take proper precautions to protect one another, and support local businesses in Wynwood. We saw the success of this hard work each time we announced a reduction of the zone in Wynwood, and we see it clearly today now that the entire Wynwood zone has been lifted. This would not have been possible without aggressive mosquito control measures, outreach to the community, education efforts and the vigilant actions of the residents and businesses in Wynwood.

“Now that the Wynwood zone has been lifted, we must all work together to help this incredible Florida community fully recover. On September 30th, we will be hosting ‘Dine Out Wynwood’ to celebrate and show our support for local businesses in this area. I encourage everyone to travel to Wynwood and join me in visiting the many great local restaurants and businesses. We must also all do our part to remain vigilant and keep the Wynwood zone lifted. Everyone must continue to take precautions by dumping standing water and wearing bug spray so we can protect pregnant women who are most at-risk for the Zika virus.

“While today’s news is great, the fight is not over. We have more than 93 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida and on Friday, we extended the Miami Beach Zika zone to an area of about 4.5 miles. Despite this, the federal government still cannot agree on spending money to stomp out this serious disease. Florida may have been the first location to have locally transmitted Zika, but we will not be the last. Zika is a national issues and I expect Congress to immediately pass a funding bill.


“While Floridians deserve the support of the federal government, we will not hesitate to take action to protect our families and visitors, especially pregnant women and their growing babies. That’s why last week I announced an additional $10 million, for a total of $36.2 million, in state funds to be spent solely for Zika preparedness and prevention in our state.”

The following requests made by Governor Scott have yet to be fulfilled by the federal government:

  • Provide Florida with an additional epidemiologist to support DOH’s efforts to combat and contain Zika (Requested by Governor Scott on September 16, 2016);
  • Host a call with community leaders and clinicians in Miami Beach to answer questions and provide the latest information and guidance on Zika (Requested by Governor Scott on September 16, 2016);
  • Additional lab support staff (Requested by Governor Scott on September 14, 2016);
  • Congress to hold a field hearing on Zika preparedness and prevention in Miami by October 1st, before the end of hurricane season. Governor Scott initially asked members to hold this meeting in Miami by the start of hurricane season when he was in Washington last spring. (Initially requested by Governor Scott on May 12; Requested again September 13, 2016);
  • 10,000 Zika Prevention Kits, which are essential to protecting pregnant women (Requested by Governor Scott on August 19, 2016); and
  • A detailed plan from the Obama Administration on how they would like Florida to work with FEMA on how federal resources will be allocated to states now that this has become mosquito-borne in Florida. (Initially requested by Governor Scott on June 1; Requested again August 19, 2016).



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