Amid mounting pressure, DeSantis issues statewide stay-at-home order

DeSantis said that under the order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. April 3, individuals are asked only to leave the home for essential services or activities for the next 30 days. DeSantis said the order is targeted to individual residents, and is not mandating non-essential businesses to shut down entirely.

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Tampa-St. Pete stocks plummet in Q1

The stock price of Bloomin’ (Nasdaq: BLMN) dropped 67.8 percent from the market open on Jan. 2 to the market close March 31.

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With ‘no-touch delivery,’ Tombolo Books is able to keep it personal

Like so many small businesses, Tombolo Books is taking a hit during these times of isolation, social distancing, fear and uncertainty.

But Alsace Walentine, co-owner of the popular independent bookstore, is offsetting her losses by bringing back home delivery to downtown St. Pete – in a safe and sterile way.

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St. Pete EDC’s ‘Become St. Pete’ effort pivots local in response to Covid-19

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, J.P. Dubuque, CEO of the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation (EDC) join Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, Publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst to discuss the EDC’s Become St. Pete campaign, and how it’s pivoting to help locals.

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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Karla Hartley

The arts, said Stageworks Theatre artistic director Karla Hartley, will be needed more than ever when the pandemic fears have passed.

“It should really feel like the clouds are open and the sun is shining, and that’s what the arts are,” Hartley said during the Catalyst’s livestreaming arts interview program.

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Tampa Bay SVP CARES launches as an aggregate nonprofit response to Covid-19



Michelle Tolan (Your CBD Store)

Michelle Tolan discovered the power of CBD unexpectedly, through her four-legged friend. Working at Your CBD Store in Bradenton while building up her life coaching client base, Tolan was seeing customers with incredible testimonials.

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Roundup: DeSantis fast tracks Howard Frankland project, VSPC launches new campaign

Today’s roundup includes news about the Howard Frankland Bridge, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, PSTA and Zero Suicide Partners of Pinellas.

One thing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has noticed as he travels the state during the Covid-19 pandemic is little traffic on the roads.

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Mike McNally
Genesis Direct

Community Voices

Community Voices: Pets CAN make it better

Life is anything but normal these days. The term “social distancing” was introduced to our lives, and suddenly, nothing seems the same.

Fear, anxiety and isolation can feel overwhelming as our community deals with Covid-19. But there is an antidote for those feelings, and it might be right under your feet (or in your lap).

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Health systems fighting Covid-19 can tap digital toolkits from Tampa startup

Edgility Cognitive Healthcare is offering free toolkits to help hospitals and health systems with the fight against Covid-19 coronavirus.

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