AIA Florida has compiled resources for you, your firm, your business, your AIA chapter and your family to use while we all work in this new environment.
Building Officials Association of Florida Information
Executive Order 20-52, issued March 9, 2020, qualifies as a “natural emergency” pursuant to Florida law, which allows for the tolling of certain permits for the duration of the emergency declaration and for up to six months in addition to the tolled period (see s. 252.363, F.S.).
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BUSINESS FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Governor Ron DeSantis recently activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. These are short-term, interest-free loans for small businesses that have experienced economic injury from COVID-19. Applications will be accepted fromMarch 17, 2020 through May 8, 2020.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The Short Time Compensation Program, through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
HUD Suspends Evictions and Foreclosures Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainties
New Legislation Grants Paid Leave for Coronavirus-Related Absence
IRS COVID-19 Resources
Tax Filing Deadline Extended Until July 15, 2020
Assistance from Businesses
Pledged to not disconnect any residential or small business customer which does not pay its bill for internet, home phone service, or broadband for the next 60 days. AT&T will also not charge late payment fees to any customers that incur them if they are due to economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T has also pledged to keep its network of public WiFi hotspots open “or any American who needs them,” according to a press release.
Comcast is offering Xfinity WiFi free for everyone, banning disconnections and waiving fees.
Duke Energy will not shut off customers’ power if they fail to pay their bill during this portion of the pandemic.
PNC is prepared to offer assistance to impacted customers through a range of measures. Should customers of PNC encounter hardship as a result of the coronavirus, they can call PNC for assistance. PNC will continue to monitor the situation to determine potential extension or expansion of available assistance.
Tampa Electric Company/Peoples Gas
Tampa Electric Co., its sister company Peoples Gas and Duke Energy Florida will not shut off customers’ power if they fail to pay their bill during this portion of the pandemic. Tampa Electric said it will extend this policy “at least” through the end of the month.
Pledged to not disconnect any residential or small business customer which does not pay its bill for internet, home phone service, or broadband for the next 60 days. Verizon will also not charge late payment fees to any customers that incur them if they are due to economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.