DeSantis: Florida unemployment system gets a reboot as Covid-19 layoffs soar

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has added dozens of additional servers and hundreds of temporary staffers for its overloaded state reemployment assistance program.

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Welbilt, AutoWeb, Lazydays executives take pay cuts as impact from Covid-19 grows

A growing number of top executives at local publicly traded companies are voluntarily reducing their pay as their firms address the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Goodbye, State Theatre. Hello, Floridian Social Club

Contrary to previous reports, St. Pete’s State Theatre will not rise again.

Instead, the historic 1924 building on Central – refurbished, renovated, retro-fitted and re-dedicated – will be known as the Floridian Social Club. The Floridian, for short.

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Mayor Kriseman talks staying home, launching the Fighting Chance Fund

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, Mayor Rick Kriseman joins Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, publisher of St. Pete Catalyst to talk about the importance of staying at home and how the City has sprung into motion with its new Fighting Chance Fund.

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City of St. Pete seeks to mobilize TIF district funding for Covid-19 emergency relief

On the agenda for the Council’s first meeting back will be the first reading of three ordinances related to Covid-19 emergency relief funding. Through the ordinances, Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration seeks to mobilize three tax increment financing (TIF) districts, known as community revitalization areas (or CRAs) to support relief programs like the Fighting Chance Fund, announced last week by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin.

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Crist: No room for politics in Covid-19 battle

Unity and cooperation between elected officials and political leaders is needed to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, said Rep. Charlie Crist in a nationally televised appearance Sunday.

“There’s no room for politics here at all,” Crist, D-St. Petersburg, said on Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC.

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Roundup: No taxes on small business loans, Publix adds digital payments, Scott donates pay

Today’s roundup includes news about Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Publix Super Markets, Sound Payments, Sen. Rick Scott and USF Health.

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Fine arts roundup: Virtual Second Saturday ArtWalk and more

With the end of the pandemic not yet in sight, Collins and his staff are attempting to salvage at least some measure of success for the April Second Saturday ArtWalk, which would have been this week, on Saturday, April 11.

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Tampa startup Natural Nipple works to boost the medical supply pipeline to fight Covid-19

Her mission is to connect private companies and a not-for-profit with healthcare professionals to get them the protective equipment and tools they desperately need to battle Covid-19, said Chris Rux, managing partner at Cherry Bekaert. The Natural Nipple recently became a client of the accounting firm.

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