Florida News that impacts you – June 2nd
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Governor DeSantis made his first public comments Monday regarding the death of George Floyd and violent protests attempted across the state saying: Florida has zero tolerance for violence, rioting and looting. George Floyd’s murder was appalling and the Minnesota perpetrators need to be brought to justice but this cannot be used as a pretext for violence in our Florida communities. DeSantis activated 700 members of the Florida National Guard over the weekend to aid local law enforcement.
- The governor signed an executive order extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until July 1st in Florida.This is the 2nd extension the governor has issued during the pandemic.
- Floridians who have unemployment benefits expire after 12 weeks could be eligible for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. The federal program will provide up to 13 additional weeks for Floridians who lost work starting March 29th and had benefits which will expire after July 1st. The program must be applied for through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
- Speaking of the FDEO, the agency rolled out a Virtual Waiting Room for those needing assistance with unemployment claims. The new waiting room is able to host up to 80,000 people at a time and provides status updates while claimants are waiting for assistance.
- Legoland Florida reopened yesterday, becoming the first Florida theme park to do so. Attendance in the hundreds was reported, a number well short of the 6,000-daily average prepandemic. Universal Orlando is the next to reopen on Friday.