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OFFICIAL LINKS

Local restaurants open for pickup or delivery

HELPING WITH BILLS

Wireless cellular carrier AT&T is helping its customers get through the coronavirus pandemic.

The company announced on their website on Sunday that they are waiving all domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice and text.

The announcement was made as part of the company’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge.

DUKE ENERGY

ST PETE WATER

While the City is not currently shutting off delinquent water accounts in order to ensure proper hygiene, water payments should continue and it is preferred that accounts be paid online at stpete.org/payyourbill or via telephone at 727-893-7341. Additional City practices may impact the personal interaction of City staff members with the public. We ask for your understanding during this time.

IRS Update:

Tax Filing Deadline for Individuals Extended to July 15.

THOSE HELPING OTHERS IN NEED

Face Masks for Hospitals and Health Workers

  • Sacino’s Formalwear and Men’s Clothier, at 3430 Fairfield Avenue S. in St. Petersburg, is mobilizing its tailors and all others who can sew at home to make masks for our local hospitals and FEMA, says owner Ron Sacino.  “We will figure this out together – as a community – as we have since 1916.” If you can help, please email masks@sacino.com.  
  • Corona Masks for Medical Heroes is a new Facebook group, created to bring together people who can sew cloth masks for health care workers and patients in the event that supplies run out.

Free Meals for Those in Need

  • Pia’s Trattoria, 3054 Beach Blvd S in Gulfport, has given away hundreds of free meals to seniors. “We would like to support our Gulfport residents, 65 and older, in these challenging times of social distancing.” owner Pia Goff says. “We know many of you rather don’t go to the grocery store now and probably shouldn’t.” To help, Pia set up special hours for seniors to come and pick up free meals, curbside.
  • Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern – is giving away a togo order of Corned Beef and Cabbage entrees, until they are gone, to those in need. Limit one per person. 
  • Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ, 5145 Gulfport Blvd in Gulfport, set up a drive-through tent to provide free bagged lunches for children. “Just drive up to the tent and you will be handed a bag lunch,” says the owner, John Riesebeck. “No need to get out, and no questions asked.”
  • Gratzzi Italian Grille, 211 Second St St in St. Petersburg, is providing free meals to all industry people, many of whom have lost their jobs. They’ll be doing so daily, from noon to 2, until they possibly can, they write on their Facebook page.
  • Jax In And Out, 4928 Gulfport Blvd S in Gulfport, is offering free meals to go for anyone in need, no questions asked. The owner, Jax Taylor, is also collecting canned goods for those who need them.
  • Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St N in St. Petersburg, offered free meals for children when schools closed because of the outbreak. The restaurant is now closed, and hopes to open again by early/mid April.

Giving Away Essentials + Emergency Supplies

  • Beans & Barlour, 538 First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, hosted a toilet paper drive through, and gave away commercial-sized rolls of toilet paper to hundreds in the community.
  • 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St S in St. Petersburg, repurposed its brewing equipment to make hand sanitizer — and give it to the community through local charity organizations.
  • The Littlest Trunk Offers Parents Free Formula , 6260 Fourth St N in St. Petersburg, offered free curbside pickup of formula for newborns and babies. Supplies are now out, but check their Facebook page for possible new shipments.
  • St. Petersburg Distillery to make 100,000 units of 1.7 oz FDA/WHO approved hand sanitizer and distribute for free to the community.

Business help - loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Pinellas small businesses. The low-interest loans will offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. This is an addition to the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?fbclid=IwAR0aQJbccVaNrPioa-osbuJGDNldsygUQ61WWU9aDW9O9nNdpW_URyNSwAY

EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees?fbclid=IwAR12KvoQfP8P_Pypttspn980FCZ1NlTJHANgfsUv3ne2FJQ71U510BiNQE4

Short Time Compensation Program for Employees

The Short-Time Compensation program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. 

If your employer establishes a Short-Time Compensation Plan and you meet the qualifications to file an reemployment assistance claim in the state of Florida, you will receive a partial reemployment check to supplement your reduced paycheck.

http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees?fbclid=IwAR12KvoQfP8P_Pypttspn980FCZ1NlTJHANgfsUv3ne2FJQ71U510BiNQE4