Florida Governor Ron DeSantis https://www.flgov.com The Office of the 46th Governor of Florida Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:26:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis’ Live Stream Regarding COVID-19 https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/23/icymi-governor-ron-desantis-live-stream-regarding-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=icymi-governor-ron-desantis-live-stream-regarding-covid-19 Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:26:06 +0000 https://www.flgov.com/?p=401790 Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis held a live stream briefing to provide updates and discuss the State of Florida’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

During the briefing, Governor DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-80, which requires those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state. The Executive Order can be found HERE.

To watch the full briefing, click the image below or click HERE.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Donald Trump https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/23/governor-ron-desantis-requests-major-disaster-declaration-from-president-donald-trump/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=governor-ron-desantis-requests-major-disaster-declaration-from-president-donald-trump Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:15:04 +0000 https://www.flgov.com/?p=401788 Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump formally requesting that he declare a Major Disaster as Florida responds to COVID-19.

The letter requested the inclusion of the following Individual Assistance Programs in the declaration: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program.

The declaration is submitted as a result of the COVID-19 response for the incident period beginning January 20, 2020, for all sixty-seven (67) counties. In addition to the Individual Assistance Programs, the declaration requests additional resources and support from FEMA.

To view the Governor’s letter to President Trump, click HERE.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces First Two Emergency Bridge Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/20/governor-ron-desantis-announces-first-two-emergency-bridge-loans-for-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=governor-ron-desantis-announces-first-two-emergency-bridge-loans-for-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19 Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:28:34 +0000 https://www.flgov.com/?p=401390 Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has approved the first two Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Daniel and Tracey Shrine, owners of Full Press Apparel, and Angelo and Kimberly Crowell, owners of Jersey Mike’s Subs, both in Tallahassee, Florida, are receiving the loans in an unprecedented, short three-day review process after the loan program was activated on Monday, March 19. The bridge loan program, managed by DEO, provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19.

“The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan is designed to get cash into the hands of small businesses so they can keep their doors open during a crisis,” said Governor DeSantis. “I am pleased to be able to provide our first loans to the small business owners who are in a tough time through no fault of their own. I look forward to other businesses following suit.”

DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program.

“We appreciate Governor DeSantis keeping small businesses as a priority during this difficult time,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson. “Providing support to small businesses throughout our state will help to expedite our recovery. We appreciate our partners at the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation who helped us review, approve and provide these loans in a record amount of time.”

Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19. The application period ends May 8, 2020. Businesses can apply at FloridaDisaster.BIZ. .

DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida that have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

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DeSantis/Nuñez Administrative Schedule for Friday, March 20, 2020 https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/20/desantis-nunez-administrative-schedule-for-friday-march-20-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=desantis-nunez-administrative-schedule-for-friday-march-20-2020 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 05:41:01 +0000 https://www.flgov.com/?p=401261 DeSantis/Nuñez Administrative Schedule for Friday, March 20, 2020

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DeSantis/Nuñez Administrative Schedule for Thursday, March 19, 2020 https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/19/desantis-nunez-administrative-schedule-for-thursday-march-19-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=desantis-nunez-administrative-schedule-for-thursday-march-19-2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 05:38:57 +0000 https://www.flgov.com/?p=401146 DeSantis/Nuñez Administrative Schedule for Thursday, March 19, 2020

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