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Staying Safe & Supporting the Community in Troubling Times Throughout the Pandemic
It is important now more than ever to support your community and neighbors as many businesses may face severe hardships due to the financial turmoil that the virus has brought. Although restaurants are restricted from allowing indoor dining, many will remain open for take-out and delivery. By Austin Torres
The continuing spread of COVID-19 is bringing the economy to a screeching halt. During these times it is important to remain informed. Although many
businesses are closing, and many more may be closed by the time this article is published, we must remain vigilant and supportive of one another during this pandemic. For that reason, this
article will inform you of what you can do to stay safe, informed, and hopeful, during this trying time. At the time that this article is being written, the current number
of Floridians who have tested positive for the virus stands at 1171, but we expect there will be more new cases in the coming days. With over 300,000 cases confirmed worldwide many cit-
ies, states, and countries, are taking intensive precautionary measures to avoid spreading the infection. Traveling has been Pandemic, Page 4A
Coronavirus Drive-Thru Testing Site at C.B. Smith Park City of Hollywood COVID-19 Update Under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen, with the collaboration of Memorial Healthcare System, state, county and local agencies, have opened a COVID-19 drivethru Community-Based Testing Site. The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at C.B. Smith Park, 900 N Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines, with only the main gate available for entrance into the park. Tests will
be provided only to those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and meet the following criteria: • First Responders who are symptomatic. This includes policemen, firemen, medical staff and essential staff that support the management agencies working toward keeping the citizens of Florida safe and informed. (Must bring ID) • People aged 65 or older, with COVID-
Under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen, with the collaboration of Memorial Healthcare System, state, county and local agencies, have opened a COVID-19 drive-thru Community-Based Testing Site. 19 symptoms and chronic conditions. (Must bring ID) • Individuals who meet the testing criteria: symptomatic, have traveled on an international cruise, by air or from an
affected geographic area, or are immune compromised with symptoms. (Must bring ID) • Individuals who meet the testing criteria: symptomatic, have traveled on an
international cruise, by air or from an affected geographic area, or are immune compromised with symptoms. (Must bring ID) COVID-19 Update, Page 6A
Trouble In Paradise: Vacation Rentals Threatening the Character of South Florida Neighborhoods By Austin Torres
We are all in the process of dealing with the current COVID19 crisis, but not to long ago a not so critical issue was in the minds of local officials, vacation rentals. Many cities are stopping short term vacation rentals during this crisis in an effort to make room for essential lodgers like first responders and law enforcement. After this crisis is all over and things get back to normal, rules will need to change with how short term rentals are handled. This problem was especially evident during Super Bowl week. As South Florida contin-
ues to rapidly grow as a major tourist destination it has also seen a leap in illegal vacation rentals. South Florida residents have struggled to maintain the character of their neighborhoods in spite of absentee owners who rent homes out to vacationers over platforms such as Airbnb. Residents are often subject to loud house parties and an increase in traffic and trash caused by these short-term rentals. City officials have faced hardships in monitoring these shortterm rentals, which are legal, but are also highly regulated to
ensure that residential properties do not function as businesses which would otherwise damage the fabric of local neighborhoods. However, two new Senate Bills, Senate Bill 1128 and House Bill 1011, which are currently under consideration by the Florida Legislature could threaten to prevent the local regulation of vacation rentals. Short-Term Rentals, which are defined as any condo unit or single-family rental that occurs more than three times a year or for a period of 30-days or less, have become a growing concern for years now in South Florida.
Short-Term Rentals, which are defined as any condo unit or singlefamily rental that occurs more than three times a year or for a period of 30-days or less, have become a growing concern for years now in South Florida. Super Bowl Weekend alone saw over $168,000 in fines related to vacation rentals being issued by code compliance officers. Super Bowl Weekend alone saw over $168,000 in fines related to vacation rentals being issued by code compliance officers. The new bills threaten to undo regulations which have been put
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Pandemic From Page 1A highly restricted, and many businesses are suffering, being forced to close to avoid spread or exposure. It is important now more than ever to support your community and neighbors as many businesses may face severe hardships due to the financial turmoil that the virus has brought. Although restaurants are restricted from allowing indoor dining, many will remain open for take-out and delivery. Below is a list of some of those restaurants: Hallandale: Carini’s Pizza & Pasta 954.457.4444 - Pickup & Delivery El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza 954-456-4447 - Pickup & Delivery Aqua Bistro - 954.589.1796 Curbside Pickup & Curbside Delivery Blue Bar and Grill 954.251.2658 - Pickup & Delivery Bagel Cove Hallandale 754.999.8999 - 20% OFF & FREE Delivery Flanigans 954.458.2566 - Pickup & Delivery Ceviche Avenue 754.217.4113 - Pickup & Delivery Toojay’s Traditional Deli 954.624.8753 - Pickup & Delivery “We are open, please come in. We have pizza, Italian dishes, and we would appreciate it if we can get some business coming in,” said the Manager of Carini’s. Aventura: Bella Luna 305.792.9330 Divieto Ristorante 786.786.7807 Grand Lux Café 305.932.9113 Pubbelly Sushi Restaurant 305.690.7710
At the time that this article was written all of the above businesses were open, but we ask you to call and verify as the situation is constantly changing. We will provide some information that will help prevent the spread and the contraction of this virus. According to the CDC, the virus is contracted mainly from person-to-person interaction. We want to emphasize the importance of thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap that contains at least 60% alcohol, and to completely dry them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus which include, shortness of breath, fever, and a dry cough, then it is best to contact your doctor, healthcare provider, and/or health department. Although drive-thru testing sites have opened, and there are more expected to come in the following weeks, many will only test on the basis of a doctor recommendation. This is done mainly to prioritize elderly patients, who make up 80% of the fatality rate, as well as those with preexisting conditions. It is also important to give notice to any healthcare facility before you visit them to be evaluated so that doctors can prepare and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure or spread of the virus. It is imperative for everyone to follow instructions from their healthcare provider and local healthcare department to stay safe and minimize exposure or spread of the virus. To minimize risk of contraction and spread of the virus, it is highly important to clean all highly touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The CDC also recommends wearing a face mask only if you are sick so that you can prevent spread of the contagion. Face masks may be in short supply and are needed for healthcare providers. If you think you have contracted COVID-19 contact the Florida
Department of Health at 305.470.5660, and for more information about COVID-19 you can contact their call center at 1.866.799.6121. If you are sick it is recommended that you self-isolate until the virus passes. You should not leave your home until 72 hours have passed since your fever has subsided, and until your other symptoms have diminished. Although the virus has spread at a rapid pace, do keep in mind that most cases do not exceed mild symptoms and the majority of those infected recover. Out of 381,739 confirmed cases, 86% have recovered or been discharged and 14% have been deceased. Below we have included some testing sites and their phone numbers. Please keep in mind that some of these sites test based on priority, and others may only accept those who have received recommendation from a doctor, please call in advance for more information. Broward Health: • Location in Pompano Beach will be disclosed to those who make an appointment • Patients must receive written approval from a physician • 954.320.5730 C.B. Smith Park: • 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines • 954.276.4680 Larkin Community Hospital • 1475 W.49th Pl., Hialeah • cvtesting.larkinhospital.com/en/ • 305-830-0790 For those of you who are elderly and are afraid that you will not be able to stock up on items after the rush, there are providers who open strictly for senior shopping to accommodate you as well as other at-risk populations. We encourage you to call your local providers as the situation is subject to change.
Wal-Mart - Tuesdays 6-7AM Publix - Tuesdays 7-8 PM Milam’s Stores - Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 8-9 AM Family Dollar - 633 W Pembroke Road, Hallandale Beach Thursdays 8-9 AM Walgreens - 509 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Thursdays - 9-10 AM Additionally, if you are a senior citizen who is currently receiving home delivered meals from South Florida’s Meal on Wheels, then you can rest assured knowing that this service will continue. For those of you who normally take meals at a meal site or senior center that is now closed, you will be entitled to meal delivery until that facility re-opens. Although facilities are closing, staff are still available to take calls and answer questions. For those of you who are not the recipient of meal programs but are experiencing food shortages you can call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s Elder Helpline at 954.745.9779 for assistance. To help businesses in these trying times the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is reworking their Low Cost or No Interest Loan Program to increase eligibility to assist those suffering from COVID-19. The program, designed to stimulate existing businesses and generate new ones, guarantees a portion of the loan to reduce borrower equity requirements and/or reduce
interest rates. It also subsidizes a portion of the monthly interest cost to provide a lower effective interest rate to the borrower. To further assist businesses and employees who are suffering during this crisis, The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) is offering a Short Time Compensation Program for employees. For more information you can visit https://connect.myflorida.com/ Employer/Core/Login.ASPX. The State of Florida is also providing Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans. These short term and interest-free working capital loans are used to assist small businesses during catastrophes. For more information on eligibility and applying you can visit https:/ /floridadisasterloan.org. We hope that you find this information helpful and reassuring during this time. We will continue to keep you updated throughout this ongoing situation. It is important to be there for one another, and especially be considerate to the elderly population and those with preexisting conditions as they are the most vulnerable to the virus. Practice social distancing, and try to leave home only for essentials such as food, medicine, and supplies. “We’re just encouraging people to stay home and only go out if it’s truly necessary,” says Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper.
City of Hollywood COVID-19 Update The City of Hollywood is under a number of state and local orders to protect public health and safety and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here is the list of restrictions and closures in the City of Hollywood - Effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 through the end of the declared local state of emergency: Non-essential Retail and Commercial Business Locations: All nonessential retail and commercial business locations are ordered closed except to perform the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process the business’s own payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate the business’s own employees working remotely. Such businesses must practice, and ensure persons interacting with such businesses practice social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC. There are many retail and commercial businesses that are deemed essential and may remain open, but must follow social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC. For the complete list of essential businesses you can visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/index.html. Public Access to City Hall and City Buildings For the health and safety of city employees and residents customer services will be provided online and by phone, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and continuing through Friday, April 3, 2020, access to City Hall and City Buildings is not available to the public, however many services are available on a modified basis via telephone and online.
The following City operations continue: • Public Safety and Emergency Services • Public Works/Sanitation Services • Public Utilities/Water and Wastewater Services • Customer Service (online and by phone) • Building Department Permitting and Inspection Services • Administration, City Attorney, City Clerk, Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Budget • Parks Maintenance & Security Hollywood Beach, Broadwalk, Parks and Recreational Facilities The Hollywood Beach and Broadwalk are closed to recreational activity. Access to the barrier island is restricted to residents, business owners, business employees, hotel guests and patrons coming to pick up carry-out food orders from barrier island restaurants. All City community centers, parks and recreational facilities are closed. Public boat ramps at Holland Park will remain open, but the rest of the park will be closed down. Sun Shuttle The Sun Shuttle micro transit system has been suspended until further notice. These measures are being put in place for the protection of the community, visitors, and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. If you have questions regarding the City’s COVID-19 emergency response, call the special public information line from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach this special public information line at 954.967.4362.
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The US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams gave a somber message to our country saying, “I want America to understand - this week, it’s going to get bad, we really need to come together as a nation.” Some people are not social distancing, and this is how the spread is occurring. We really need everyone to stay at home.
These Are Truly Unprecedented and Extraordinary Times We Are Doing Everything Possible To Protect Our Entire Community By Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper
As Mayor of the City of Hallandale, I am reaching out to give you an update on Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Since the first case of Coronavirus in Florida was reported, there have been an unprecedented number of actions taken by local, county and state governments, businesses and religious organizations in an attempt to contain and prevent the spread of the virus. The World Health Organization has formally declared the Coronavirus a global pandemic. As you may have read, Broward and MiamiDade Counties have most cases of Coronavirus in Florida. These are truly unprecedented and extraordinary times for our community. Public safety and the health and well-being of our residents and City employees is the top priority for me, the City Commission and our City Manager. As a resident, parent, and grandparent, I fully appreciate and understand your fears and concerns for your own safety and that of your family and
loved ones. Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to protect our entire community. I know it is important to ensure you have the latest information and wanted to share with you that the City of Hallandale Beach is following the latest Emergency Order (20-01) issued by Broward County. The new order closes all non-essential retail and commercial business locations in Broward County. The County’s Emergency Order defines in detail which retail and commercial businesses are considered essential and directed to remain open. They include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, mental health professionals, home health care service providers, grocery stores and pharmacies, banks, gas stations, media and businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals. Effective March 24th, we enacted a curfew from 11pm to
5am to ensure our community follows CDC guidelines and limits unnecessary travel. This curfew remains in place until this emergency is over. It was found in China that one person was responsible for 80 plus infections. She went about her daily routine, went to church, a funeral and other locations. This is serious. Please stay at home, stay at home, stay at home. Non-essential businesses are directed to close, except to the extent necessary to perform “Minimum Basic Operations.” Minimum Basic Operations are defined as minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process the business’s own payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate the business’s own employees working remotely. Additionally, the City of Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) is assisting local restaurants through a new campaign called “Order In” highlighting the various order and delivery options available in our community. The
CRA is also providing businesses with information they can use to tap into the financial assistance available from Federal and State resources. They have established a webpage listing resources at www.CoHBCRA.org/Corona and are reaching out to local businesses directly. Our staff is also implementing a new process for building inspections that will be “touchless” and virtual to mitigate further spread and protect the health of our building inspectors. This option will allow for the public to conduct certain building permitting and inspection processes online with virtual tools. Please call 954-457-1489. The City continues normal operations of Water Production, Sanitation/ Trash Removal, and Police services. Fire Rescue services continue to be offered by BSO. Our Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is partnering with Feeding South Florida to start a weekly drivethru food distribution at Peter Bluesten Park starting this
Thursday March 26th at 11am. Check our City Facebook page or cohb.org/corona for more details. Our Parks and Beaches remain closed for our community’s safety. All our city parks and facilities are being monitored. Our Human Services Department continues to provide telephone well-fare checks with our vulnerable population. The City is also creating a new campaign to share information with our seniors. Various website improvements, media outlets, calls, and other resources are being made for easy to access information for our seniors. We have set up a Senior VIP listen line at 954-457-1477 where you can hear recorded information. We are asking our condominiums and homeowner associations to close their common areas including pools and gather places. Please help us limit the physical distance between individuals to 6 feet. We are all in this together to stop the spread. Remember you do not have to have any symptoms and still be carring the virus. Our staff remains committed to supporting the Hallandale Beach community during this national emergency and fulfill city functions to the greatest extent possible. Please remember we have resources and updates available 24/7 at www.cohb.org/ corona and please follow the City on Social Media for regular updates. We are in this together. The US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams gave a somber message to our country saying, “I want America to understand — this week, it’s going to get bad, we really need to come together as a nation.” Some people are not social distancing, and this is how the spread is occurring. We really need everyone to stay at home. While we know there are a lot of people who are doing the right things, unfortunately we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them. Please, for the good of our community, county, state, nation, and world, Stay Home, Stop the Spread, and help us all Save Lives. Be well, stay well, Hallandale Beach is here for you.
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COVID-19 Update From Page 1A COVID-19 Public Information Line If you have questions regarding the City’s COVID-19 response, a special public information line will be staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call is 954.967.4362. Effective as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th in the City of Hollywood, the following closures were mandated through and including Thursday, April 16, 2020: Bars, Pubs, Nightclubs, Cocktail Lounges Closed All bars, pubs, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, and taverns in the City of Hollywood are closed and must remain closed. Other Businesses All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums are closed. This does not apply to gyms or fitness centers that are an amenity of a hotel or office building and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less, or are an amenity of a residential building. All dance halls, movie theaters, banquet halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, are closed. Additional Restrictions All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply stores and companies, land or facilities owned or managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the South Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government are exempt from this regulation. Public Access to City Hall and City Buildings Customer Services will be provided online and by phone, residents can access a number of services online at www.hollywoodfl.org. For the health and safety of our employees and residents, access to City Hall and City Buildings is not available to the public through Friday, April 3, 2020. Many services are available on a modified basis via telephone and online. The following City operations continue: • Public Safety and Emergency Services • Public Works/Sanitation Services • Public Utilities/Water and Wastewater Services • Customer Service (online and by phone) • Building Department Permitting and Inspection Services • Administration, City Attorney, City Clerk, Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Budget, Communications, Economic Development • Parks Maintenance & Security Request for Donations of N95 Respirator Protective Devices Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has declared a global shortage of N95 respirator protective devices, which are typically used by first responders and those in healthcare industry to filter airborne particles. N95 masks are considered an essential tool in the healthcare industry as they block almost 95% of all microbes. These masks are often used by dentists, ophthalmologists and construction workers on job sites. Vice President Mike Pence has requested construction companies who may have a stockpile of masks to consider donating them to help protect our healthcare workers. To learn how you can donate your supply of N95 masks, please email Lissette Dominguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the City of Hollywood’s Development Services Division or call 954.921.3335 ext. 6610. Other South Florida Location Open Miami Gardens: The state of Florida drive-thru testing site in the east parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, opened Sunday morning for first-responders only. Testing is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday to first responders and healthcare workers, which includes firefighters, law enforcement and corrections workers, and medical staff. The site will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for those who are 65 or older and who have COVID-19 symptoms and all first responders and healthcare workers, who do not need to be symptomatic to be tested. Nurses will screen people for eligibility and those who don’t meet the criteria will be turned away. Test results will be available in about 48 to 72 hours.
“If people want to rent their homes they must sign up with the register.” According to Cooper many condominium owners are currently renting their units out as short-term rentals. When asked what could be done to keep these rentals in check Cooper encouraged residents to sign up at www.cohb.org.
Neighborhoods From Page 1A rentals, there would be one set of rules for the entire state. However, many residents feel that this is in fact a local issue and should be handled from city to city. Many public officials have been vocally opposed to the new bills, campaigning for control and oversight to remain locally enforced and regulated. Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach has heavily campaigned against the bills, claiming that the issue of shortterm vacation rentals is one that must be controlled and managed locally. “We’ve been lobbying and opposing this bill,” says Cooper. “We’re happy to hear that our governor has decided this is a local issue and that the state government should stay out of it.” Recently Governor Ron DeSantis expressed reservations regarding the proposed bills, citing concerns over micromanaging rentals in such a densely populated state. “My view is probably that it should be determined locally,” said DeSantis. Cooper went on to explain that although Hallandale has limited control over these vacation rentals, there is a registration that is used to monitor and keep tab of all renters and potential violators. “If people want to rent their homes they must sign up with the register.” According to Cooper many condominium owners are currently renting their units out as short-term rentals. When asked what could be done to keep these rentals in check Cooper encouraged residents to sign up at www.cohb.org.
“Encourage your condominium boards to report any rentals, then we can at least monitor them,” said Cooper. There are also cities such as Aventura which have a full ban on short-term vacation rentals and would like to keep it that way. Platforms such as Airbnb are not allowed. City Manager of Aventura Ronald Wasson agrees that these short-term rentals should remain under local control. “That would be in the best interest of each city,” said Wasson. Aventura’s code department keeps a close eye on any potential violators, constantly checking for Airbnb and other similar rental platforms. Although preempting local control has been a major concern for many residents there are still some who see these new bills as a lucrative opportunity to build a stronger relationship between Florida and the vacation rental industry. Sen, Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah has been a vocal supporter of SB 1128, claiming that the new bill could help bring in an additional $1.2 billion in revenue from potential visitors, citing figures provided by Airbnb. Diaz has also made the claim that “property rights matter”, a sentiment shared by owners who feel that they should have the freedom to do whatever they like with their property. The question for many remains whether these rights should come at the cost of jeopardizing the peace and quality of their own neighborhoods. To attain a better understanding of the effect of preempting local control of short-term rentals, we can take a look at a similar situation in Arizona. A similar bill was was accepted by Arizona in
2016, preempting local control and regulation of short-term rentals. Arizona lawmaker John Kavanaugh who has followed the situation in Florida warns that the bill has caused numerous issues for Arizona. ‘We dug ourselves into a grave and we’re trying to dig ourselves out,” Kavanagh said. “The advice I would give to Florida or any other state is an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.’” The preemption law, which passed with overwhelming support, efficiently blocked local governments from regulating short-term vacation rental platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo. Republicans and Democrats alike saw it as a major opportunity to increase economic growth. But soon after, many regretted the decision. Arizona saw a sharp increase in house parties being thrown by shortterm renters which became increasingly hard to manage. Communities that were once home to retirees around popular suburban areas in Phoenix and Tucson were soon bought out by major corporations that used them for massive golf weekends, bachelorette parties, and other huge events. Due to the arrival of major rental platforms such as Airbnb areas such as Sedona became increasingly unlivable as home prices began to skyrocket. Lawmakers are now scrambling to find a way to resolve this growing issue. As the conversation over the regulation of short-term vacation rentals and property rights continues, we can be sure to see new developments as SB 1128 and HB 1011 continue to make their way to the Senate Floor after the current crisis is over.
Attention Hallandale Beach Business There is Assistance If You Are Affected by The Covid-19 Outbreak Access to capital continues to be a major problem for small business startups and expansions. Many small businesses access equity capital from family, friends, venture or private equity capital or by using credit cards which can be a very expensive option. The Hallandale Beach Lending Consortium was formed to explore creative ways for local Hallandale Beach based banks to not only meet their Federal Community Reinvestment Act (FCRA) obligations in Hallandale Beach, but to streamline the lending process for local businesses. The banks that are currently a part of the Banking Consortium include: City National Bank, Florida Community Bank, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, & Desjardin Bank. For more information please email email@example.com or visit www.cohbcra.org. Low Cost or No Interest Loan Program The CRA (Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency) is retooling the program requirements and eligibility to assist those impacted by COVID-19, more information will be forthcoming. The low-cost or no interest loan program is designed to accelerate the expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of new startup businesses in the CRA, with an emphasis on attracting the availability of new goods/services, creating job opportunities, and improving the quality of life in the CRA. The program guarantees a portion of the loan to reduce borrower equity requirements and/or reduce interest rates. It also subsidizes a portion of the monthly interest cost to provide a lower effective interest rate to the borrower. For more information
visit, https://cohbcra.org/corona-virusresources/. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) Short Time Compensation Program for Employees The Short Time Compensation program 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. For eligibility requirements and how to apply, https://connect.myflorida.com/ Employer/Core/Login.ASPX. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. Loans made under this program are shortterm debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. For eligibility requirements and how to apply, floridadisasterloan.org. FEDERAL HELP Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest fed-
eral disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a caseby-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customerfocused response possible. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center, 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, orvisit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
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List of Relief Banks & Lenders Offering Assistance to Customers Affected By COVID-19 The federal government, through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is telling associated lenders to lower or suspend borrowers’ mortgage payments for up to 12 months if they have lost income or been impacted because of the coronavirus outbreak (This is not a forgiveness of debt or free money). The move covers about half of all home loans in the U.S. — those guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac only. But regulators expect that the entire mortgage industry will quickly adopt a similar policy (this has NOT happened yet). Here is a list of what some of the nation’s largest banks/lenders are currently offering customers. Note this is constantly changing, so it is important to check out your bank/lender’s policies online (I have provided links below for each bank/lender). Please also note the following: • Whether your loan is backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or a private lender, the one thing you should not do is to just stop making payments. You must contact your lender or servicer to let the company know you are having trouble making payments. Failure to contact your lender will result in all of the negative things typically associated with not paying your mortgage, including penalties, bad credit, and ultimately, perhaps, foreclosure and eviction. • Do not fall for a scam (Mortgage Relief Assistance Scams) where people ask you for money to do this or claim you will be in foreclosure, etc. You can do this on your own, or always seek a professional such as your accountant or lawyer to help. Ally Bank On March 18, Ally shared measures it will implement to offer relief to
those experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information and updates, visit Ally’s coronavirus help page https:// www.ally.com/coronavirusresponse.
vider. For assistance, call Cenlar FSB at 855-8396253 (Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET or Sat, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET). For more information and updates, visit Citibank’s coronavirus help page online.citi.com.
Bank of America In an email to customers on March 12, Capital One encouraged them to access their accounts with the bank’s digital banking tools, including online and app access. Customers facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus are urged to contact the bank directly through one of its many customer support lines. For more information and updates, visit Capital One’s coronavirus help page capitalone.com/ coronavirus/.
Discover Discover’s coronavirus help page says there is “support in place” for qualified Discover customers who experience hardship as a result of the outbreak. Online banking customers can reach out to Discover’s 100% U.S.based Customer Service team for help by calling 1800-347-7000 (TTY/TDD 1800-347-7454) at any time.
Chase Individuals who are affected by COVID-19 and need help with their accounts are encouraged to call the number on the back of their credit or debit card, or on the back of their monthly statement. Chase detailed what this help could potentially look like, but explains that, as of right now, it’s being addressed on a case-bycase basis. For more information and updates, visit Chase’s coronavirus help page https:// www.capitalone.com/coronavirus/. For more information and updates, visit Citibank’s coronavirus help page https:// online.citi.com/US/JRS/ pands/detail.do?ID= covid19. Citibank Effective March 9 for an initial 30 days, Citibank customers can contact the bank for assistance with many issues. Some mortgage customers may be eligible for a hardship program through Cenlar FSB, the bank’s service pro-
For more information, please call the City of NMB’s Census Hotline at (305) 919-3703.
Everyone Counts North Miami Beach 2020 Census Dear North Miami Beach Businesses and Residents, Respond to the Census online, by phone or by mail! From March 12 thru March 20, households began to receive official U.S. Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. The City of NMB and NMB Chamber are asking each of you once the invitation arrives to take 5 minutes to go online to complete your Census. In the midst of COVID19, it is very clear why it is so important to complete! This helps the right amount of aid to come into our community during a crisis. When you respond to the census, you help the community get its fair share of the nearly $700 billion per year in federal funds spent
on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, emergencies, and other vital programs. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The North Miami Beach community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. We ask that you “Be Counted’ too. In addition, we ask you to share this information with your business associates, staff and friends so that they make this a priority! Thanks in advance! We appreciate your help and support! You can fill out the questionnaire here: https:// my2020census.gov/ For more information, please call the City of NMB’s Census Hotline at (305) 919-3703.
For more information and updates, visit Discover’s coronavirus help page https://www.discover.com/ coronavirus/. PNC Bank PNC’s website says it will be helping customers “navigate potential financial hardships” because of the coronavirus. The bank encourages customers encountering hardship to reach out to the bank directly; assistance will be addressed on a case-bycase basis. Customers affected by the virus who are encountering hardship can call 1-888-762-2265 (Mon-Fri 7 a.m.–10 p.m. ET or Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ET) to discuss options. PNC adds that the bank will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation “to determine potential extension or expansion of available assistance,” and customers will be notified of any developments as they arise. For more information and updates, visit PNC’s coronavirus help page https://www.pnc.com/ e n / c u s t o m e r- s e r v i c e / coronavirus-update.html. Wells Fargo Wells Fargo customers experiencing hardship from the coronavirus disease can call 1-800-219-9739 to speak with a trained specialist about their options.
This includes customers of consumer lending, small business and deposit products. Details on what type of assistance might be available have not been released but are likely determined on a case-bycase basis. Wells Fargo also has suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary auto repossessions. For more information visit wellsfargo.com. If your lender is not listed make sure to contact them as soon as you can if you have been impacted by this crisis, there are programs that can help you.
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Coronavirus Update: Sunny Isles Beach Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, the City of Sunny Isles Beach expanded the recommendations previously issued to an Official Order that all gyms, fitness centers, and swimming pools located inside condominiums, rental apartments, condominium hotels, hotels, and motels within the City of Sunny Isles Beach are ordered CLOSED until further notice. In order to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community, the City Manager has also issued a curfew within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Sunny Isles Beach. The curfew shall commence March 22, 2020 between the hours of 11:00 pm and 5:00 am, and continue until further notice. No person is allowed outside within the City during curfew hours either as a pedestrian or by means of any vehicle unless such person is: • Providing police, fire or other governmental services • Providing assistance expressly requested by police, fire or governmental personnel • Participating in, going to, or returning from a place of work or occupation • Walking a pet animal in the vicinity of their residence
Last week, the city sent an email to condominiums stro-ngly recommending the closure of all common areas, but they continue to receive reports of crowded pools and common areas in residents’ buildings. This puts Sunny Isles Beach Stay up to date on the latest news, closures and updates from the City residents’ health of Sunny Isles Beach, sibfl.net/coronavirus. If you have any additional and welfare in jeopquestions, please email email@example.com or call 305.792.1759. ardy, so now they are issuing this order for the well-being of • The Florida Department of firstname.lastname@example.org or call the City and region. The Health (FDOH) has set up a 24- 305.792.1759. City and County are curhour hotline for questions conrently in a declared state of cerning the Coronavirus: 1Coronavirus Update for emergency, which means 866-779-6121. Hotels and Short-Term that we all must do eve- • Miami-Dade County coronaviVacation Rentals rything we can to protect rus webpage This week Miami-Dade www.miamidade.gov County issued Emergency our community. We must all take personal respon- • These sites may have options Order 09-20 stating hotels, sibility in order to combat to sign up for direct emails and motels, short-term vacaCOVID-19. We must alerts. Be proactive and sign tion rentals and other comremember that this is only up to receive information from mercial lodging establishthese credible sources delivments shall not accept temporary and these preventative measures are ered straight to your inbox or new reservations for permeant only to keep you mobile device. sons other than essential safe. lodgers effective March 23, Stay Informed 2020. Stay up to date on the Resources • Individuals in Miami-Dade latest news, closures and Hotels County who believe they may updates from the City of To aid the availability of have been exposed to COVIDSunny Isles Beach. We will hotel rooms for (1) health19 should call the Florida continue to post updates care professionals, (2) first Department of Health at 305and answers to frequently responders, (3) National 470-5660. asked questions at Guard members, (4) law • Centers for Disease Control & sibfl.net/coronavirus. If you enforcement, (5) state or Prevention (CDC) have any additional ques- federal government www.cdc.gov tions, please email employees, (6) airline crew-
members, (7) patients, (8) patients’ families, (9) journalists, (10) others responding to COVID-19, (11) displaced residents or visitors, (12) persons unable to return to their home due to COVID-19 impacts on travel, (13) persons who must vacate their homes due to exigent arrangements, (14) persons utilizing hotels as transitional living arrangements, (15) persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence, (16) hotel employees, service providers, and contractors, or (17) individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home (“Essential Lodgers”), the following restrictions shall apply to commercial lodging establishments: • Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not accept new reservations for persons other than Essential Lodgers • Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments may accept reservations for new Essential Lodgers Short-Term Vacation Rentals The maximum daytime
and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals shall be up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of 10 persons. New rental agreements shall not be entered into on a nightly or weekly basis, effective March 23, 2020. As we continue to monitor the latest information from federal, state and local health officials, we want to remain proactive in preventing the potential exposure of COVID-19 to our community. We encourage all hotels and short-term vacation rentals to take personal responsibility to assist us in maintaining a healthy environment for all. While information is changing rapidly, we will continue to provide you with the latest updates, as they become available. Stay Informed Stay up to date on the latest news, closures and updates from the City of Sunny Isles Beach. We will continue to post updates and answers to frequently asked questions at sibfl.net/coronavirus. If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com or call 305.792.1759.
Coronavirus Disaster Assistance: SBA To Provide Small Businesses Loans SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement recently in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the
situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.” Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest
federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-
profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to
$2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maxi-
mum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a caseby-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-8778339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aventura “Safer At Home”: Order And Supplement To Declaration Of State Of Emergency WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, I, as City Manager of the City of Aventura, promulgated an Emergency Order which, among other requirements, closed non-essential retail and commercial establishments within the City of Aventura (“City”), and established a curfew within the jurisdictional limits of the City; and WHEREAS, Section 2404 of the City’s Code of Ordinances authorizes the City Manager, to adopt emergency orders which may include, but are not limited to, curfews, declaration of certain areas being off limits; and WHEREAS, numerous counties, municipalities, and at least four states have adopted versions of “stay at home” or “safer at home” orders designed to protect the health and well-being of residents, to create social distancing, and minimize contact in an effort to limit community spread of COVID-19/novel Coronavirus. THEREFORE, as City Manager for the City of Aventura, Florida, and pursuant to the authority vested in me under Section 2-404 of the City of Aventura Code of Ordinances (the “City Code”), as well as that certain City of Aventura Declaration of State of Emergency, dated March 12, 2020, and Supplemental Orders, I
hereby ORDER and PROMULGATE the following additional emergency measures: Section 1. Declaration Supplemented. In accordance with City Code Section 2-404, and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, the Declaration of the State of Emergency within the City of Aventura, dated March 12, 2020, and the Supplemental Order dated March 19, 2020 (Business Closures and Curfew), are hereby reaffirmed, remain in full force and effect, and are further supplemented pursuant to this Order, as provided herein: Section 2. Findings. (A) On March 20, 2020, Governor Desantis issued Executive Order 20-69, “Emergency Management COVID-19 Local Government Public Meetings”; and (B) Pursuant to Executive Order 20-69, the quorum requirements for public meetings are suspended, and the City is authorized to hold public meetings through the use of communications media technology, subject to the adoption of rules pursuant to Section 120.54(S)(b)2, Fla.Stat; and (C) This Order is given because of the propensity of COVID-19 virus to spread person to person and also because the virus physically is causing property damage due to its pro-
clivity to attach to surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Section 3. Safer At Home (A) Subject to the exceptions contained herein, it is strongly recommended that all residents of the City of Aventura stay in their homes. (B) All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except as provided herein. (C) The following activities are exempt from the Safer at Home Order requirements: 1. Outdoor Recreational Activities. Residents and visitors may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in areas not otherwise closed to the public pursuant to the City’s prior Order Closing NonEssential Retail and Commercial Establishments dated March 19, 2020, provided that the individuals maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between each other, including, without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or cycling. 2. Personal Support Activities. Residents and visitors should limit any travel to and from their homes to only provide care for or support for a friend, family member, or pet in another household. 3. Government
Employees and Emergency Personnel. All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency services providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt from this Order. 4. Observance of Social Distancing Practices. As to all activities permitted under this Order, residents and visitors shall adhere to social distancing practices, such as maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet away from others, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning of highly touched surfaces, and not shaking hands. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to limit all of their travel, except as absolutely necessary. Persons at high risk of severe illness from COVID19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to say in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care. (D) Any person, firm or corporation who violates
any provision of the Declaration of the State of Emergency, and any Supplemental Order, including this Order, shall be subject to such fine or imprisonment or both as provided by section 1-11 of the City Code. Each day that a violation shall continue to exist shall constitute a separate offense. Section 4. Effective Date. This Order and Supplement to Declaration
shall be effective as of 2 pm, March 24, 2020, and may be further supplemented from time to time in accordance with Article VIII of Chapter 2 of the City Code. This document shall be posted and distributed as provided by City Code Section 2-404 (f). Executed this 24th day of March, 2020. Ronald J. Wasson, City Manager City of Aventura, Florida
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Will the FDA Find Courage in the Age of CoViD-19? By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD
While on lockdown to save our neighbors from a lonely death from the disease called CoViD-19, many of us have turned to movies. I beg you not to rent Pandemic, Contagion, or 28 Days Later. Try Harriet instead. Harriet Tubman was the epitome of bravery and courage in the face of insurmountable odds. Her escape from slavery and returning again and again into the belly of the beast to save others should inspire us all. The health professionals working day and night to care for an ever increasing number of sick patients make me proud to be a doctor. And kudos to the grocery store workers, postal workers, police and many others who are performing essential jobs with a smile. This is the time for positive action, not panic. For background, coronaviruses are a big family of RNA viruses named for the crown-like spikes found on their surface. They exist around the world cause mostly upper respiratory tract infections (“common colds”) in adults. This new coronavirus is in the same family as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) identified in humans in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) identified in 2012. The CoViD-19 virus is called SARS-CoV-2 for its similarity to SARS-CoV. While scientists are furiously experimenting with possible vaccines, the virus is sprinting from country to country despite travel restrictions. There are likely among us “healthy carriers” of the virus who have no signs or symptoms of the disease but can infect others. So if CoViD-19 is here for a while, the world has to look to effective treatments of afflicted individuals today – not a year from now. Some researchers seem to have found a strong contender. Separate studies from a major medical center in France and jointly from South Korea and
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are approved by the FDA for malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. On March 22, Gov. Cuomo announced that the FDA is allowing New York state to start a trial of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. China have found that inexpensive, readily available antimalarial drugs chloroquine phosphate or hydroxychloroquine are an effective treatment. But the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) was dragging its feet despite the President’s urgings approving the drug for anti-viral use. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the White House’s advisor has dismissively called the studies “anecdotal” meaning “based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers.” In 2004, separately a Belgian virologist and our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that chloroquine inhibited SARS-CoV growth in primate cells when given before or after exposure to the virus. Human trials could not be done because thankfully the SARS epidemic had just ended. Fast forward to February 2019. In South Korea,
these drugs were given by physicians and scientists in the CoViD-19 Central Clinical Task Force. These studies showed “certain curative effects” with “fairly good efficacy.” Further, patients treated with chloroquine demonstrated a better drop in fever, improvement of lung CT scan images, and required a shorter time to recover compared to parallel groups. More promising is a study of 36 patients actively ill from CoViD-19 by a noted research team from France. Of the 20 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone, 70 percent had no detectable virus within 6 days; those treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (an antibiotic with some anti-viral action) had a 100 percent success rate. Yes, the study is small, but these are extraordinary times. On March 22, Gov. Cuomo announced that the FDA is allowing New York state to start a trial
of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Let’s move on this! Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are approved by the FDA for malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. The FDA is well aware that physicians prescribe plenty of drugs that are “off label,” that is drugs approved by the FDA for other conditions. Indeed, one fifth of all prescriptions are off label. For example, aspirin was approved for pain relief, but had many years of off-label success for the prevention of heart attacks before the FDA finally approved the off-label use. Mike Tyson said “we all have a plan until we are punched in the face.” FDA’s “plan” is to regulate products and promote safe and effective drugs. This is the FDA’s moment to bravely keep us safe by shifting gears and deregulating a valuable product. Pharmacists must be allowed to fill such prescriptions. Let doctors do what they do
best: use their independent judgment. Let physicians consult with their patients and let them choose to take the off-label medicine, or approved anti-viral medicines that have failed against CoViD-19 in studies - or no treatment at all. While people are struggling to pay for their next meal, we need bold action now. For 6 billion dollars all Americans could be treated—saving hundreds of billions of dollars in lost income and retirement savings. Bayer began with donating 3 million tablets to our government. More companies are stepping up. Novartis has pledged a global donation of up to 130 million hydroxychloroquine tablets, pending regulatory approvals for COVID-19. Mylan is increasing production in West Virginia to make 50 million tablets Teva is donating 6 million tablets to hospitals around the U.S. For context, each patient treatment would use up to 14 tablets. Do your job, FDA and protect the public. Approve hydroxychloroquine now for CoViD-19. Meanwhile, physicians may legally prescribe these drugs because they are approved for other indications. Bio: Dr. Singleton is a boardcertified anesthesiologist. She is the immediate past President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). She graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at UCSF, then her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional law and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project and practiced insurance and health law. She teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for nonlawyers. She lives in Oakland, Ca.
Notice To Hallandale Beach Residents Request For 2018-2020 Board/committee Volunteers We are all dealing with the current emergency in the nation. Once this crisis passes and we get back to a normal life, the City of Hallandale Beach invites you to get involved in matters relating to our community by volunteering on a board and/or committee. Volunteers are needed to serve in an advisory capacity for the Boards and Committees of the City of Hallandale Beach. Members of Boards and Committees are appointed by the City Commission. In general, the Boards and Committees
meet, research and report their findings and recommendations to the City Commission on their assigned topics. Please see below the list of Boards & Committees and current vacancies. Keep this list of vacancies and contact city staff once the current crisis is behind us and services get back to normal: Accessibility Advisory Board 1 Vacancy - Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for the meeting schedule at (954) 457-1340. Beautification Advisory Board - 2 Vacancies - Meets second
Thursday of each month at 10:00 am-Department of Public Works, 630 NW 2 St., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Census 2020 Complete Count Committee - 4 Vacancies Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for the meeting schedule at (954) 457-1340. Civil Service Board- 1 Vacancy Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am - City Commission Chambers, 400 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
Education Advisory Board - 3 Vacancies - Meets 1st Monday of each month at 4:00 pm - for location please call (954) 4571340. *Prerequisites Apply Public Transportation, Traffic and Parking Advisory Board – 2 Vacancies - Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for the meeting schedule at (954) 457-1340. Sustainability and Flood Mitigation Advisory Board – 4 Vacancies - Meets 4th Tuesday of each quarter at 3:30 pm – City Hall, Commission Chambers. Should you wish to serve on a
board and/or committee, please complete the Boards and Committees Application for consideration of appointment and forward the completed application to the City Clerk’s office, apply online at www.cohb.org/ boardscommittees or contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information (954)457-1340. Appointed members’ duties will conclude on the date of the City Commission’s organizational meeting following an election, typically in late November.
At-Home Learning: Florida Public TV Stations Partner Since Schools Are Closed As many schools and districts across Florida cancel classes beyond spring break to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WEDU PBS is joining other Florida PBS stations to support at-home learning for students by delivering a new weekday television schedule of educational programs and online resources for use in the home classroom. These programs are aligned to state standards and are free and accessible from home. WEDU will begin broadcasting these programs Monday, March 23, at 6 a.m. “Many students in our area do not have the resources at home that they have in the classroom. Lack of at-home computers, printers or even internet service could make learning impossible in an at-home environment, but most homes do have a television,” said Gail Taylor, WEDU’s Director of Education Services. Beyond the dedicated on-air broadcast, which is broken into blocks serving learners in grades PK-3, 4-8, and 9-12, WEDU is also providing online services that highlight specific lessons, articles and other information to support Pre-K-12 home learners and educators on a rotating basis. These free, user-friendly resources from PBS LearningMedia align to Florida educational standards for K-12 and VPK instruction and can easily be accessed by educators and families through home com-
Beyond the dedicated on-air broadcast, which is broken into blocks serving learners in grades PK-3, 4-8, and 9-12, WEDU is also providing online services that highlight specific lessons, articles and other information to support Pre-K-12 home learners and educators on a rotating basis. puter connections. The on-air schedule and online resources can be found at www.wedu.org/edconnect. “For more than 60 years, WEDU’s primary mission has been to educate – it’s in our call letters. The station got its start broadcasting classroom instruction and educational programs. There is no question about WEDU’s dedication to ensure the health, welfare and education of our youngest viewers during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,”
said Paul Grove, President and CEO of WEDU PBS, which serves 16 counties in West Central Florida. “We are proud to partner with our sister stations across Florida in playing a critical role by providing trusted, aligned educational resources for students, parents, teachers and caregivers. This unique educational programming and PBS Learning Media are extraordinary tools that are easy to access from home, and they’re made avail-
able as a free service from WEDU PBS and Florida’s public media.” Florida PBS stations are dedicating a daytime weekday schedule on their main or other channel. The new 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule includes specific blocks of time for Pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math. Local At-Home Learning Station
The on-air schedule and online resources can be found at www.wedu.org/edconnect. For more information you can contact WLRN - Miami WPBT www.wpbt2.org or 305-9498321. In the weeks to come, WEDU PBS and Florida public media stations will be sharing additional local content and other resources that will continue to support the needs of teachers, students and parents.
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