5/21/2020 3:30 p.m. - The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation has approved the Sarasota County vacation rental re-opening plan. Short-term rentals may open for business for the Memorial Day weekend beginning on May 22. More info available here.
Starting April 3, 2020 small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10th, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.
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EDC of Sarasota County has partnered with S-One to bring you this video as a resource to help navigate the Cares Act. This video breaks down the loan and grant programs available to businesses, employees, and sole proprietors..
3/20/2020 4:30 p.m. - Effective Saturday, March 21, SCAT Routes 23, 26, 30, 33 and the Siesta Key Breeze Trolley will be temporarily suspended. More info available here.
3/19/2020 3:30 p.m. - In continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and in alignment with CDC guidelines, Sarasota County will be closing county operated public beaches 6 a.m. Saturday, March 21 until further notice. More info available here.
Siesta Key Visitor Center Closed to Walk-In Guests but Support is Still Available!
Following the lead of Federal, State and County governments, the Siesta Key Chamber has decided to close its Visitor Center to walk-in guests to best protect our visitors, volunteers and staff. However, the Chamber has ensured there are ways people can communicate with us during this time to ask visitor information questions.
1) Visitors can email us at Events@siestakeychamber.com or Membership@siestakeychamber.com or call 941-349-3800. Chamber staff will respond to emails and phone calls Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
2) Visitors can engage with us and ask questions on our Facebook page.
3) Visit Siestakeychamber.com for information on accommodations, things to do, restaurants, and more. A digital copy of the Visitors Guide is available here.
4) For local updates and event cancellations: https://www.scgov.net/.
Report Your Business Damages
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Resources for COVID-19
For local updates and event cancellations: https://www.scgov.net/.
The Florida Department of Health has provided a toolkit with public safety informational flyers at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the state’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey is activated and can be taken online at https://floridadisaster.biz/.
The Center for Disease Control continues to update guidance on COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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TOP SUMMER BEACH HOUSE DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILIES
– Trip Advisor -
There are great family rental destinations all over Florida, but only one sports the best beach in America. Siesta Key, with its stunning traveler-favorite Siesta Beach, gets our vote for your summer getaway because of its serene beauty, powdery sand, clear blue waters, and local attractions for all ages. On the water, families can enjoy scuba, snorkeling, jet-skiing, kayaking, fishing, or whale/dolphin-watching tours. On land, there’s Segway rentals and leisurely bike tours.
Save Our Siesta Sand Project:
For more information and to sign up to receive the SOSS2 newsletter, please go to wwwsoss2.com. Also here is the link to the library of information collected about this project. and a direct link to the Army Corps own study.