Hillsborough County schools will start classes August 24th but only online. At yesterday’s meeting the School Board voted to delay the opening of school building by four weeks. The board will meet again on Sept. 8th to decide if and when the schools will reopen. For at look at the full reopening plan check here.
The tax-free shopping weekend for school supplies starts today and runs through Sunday. Check with Ann Kelly for the full list of qualifying supplies which include saving the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
There are a number of groups on Facebook to help teachers out with classroom supplies. The “Adopt a Teacher” program includes lists from teachers with specific needs and where you can buy them. Some of the most requested items are cleaning supplies. masks and air purifiers. For your county’s Adopt A Teacher wish list please check here.
An updated forecast for the hurricane season increases the number of named storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center now calls for 19 to 25 named storms, including 7 to 11 hurricanes. On that pace it would come close to being one of the most active seasons ever. The Dove Hurricane Guide has advice from our weather partners at 10 Tampa Bay on what preparations you should already have made and other helpful tips.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blamed former Governor Rick Scott for the failure of the state’s unemployment system with claims of mishandling or misconduct. Senator Scott fired back saying DeSantis should quit blaming others and defended his record. The CONNECT unemployment system was commissioned by Scott at a cost of $78 million.
Cruise lines are putting trips on hold again. The Cruise Lines International Association announced no sailings until at least September. The CDC’s No Sail Order bans cruising in U.S. waters until at least Oct. 1.
The statewide moratorium on housing evictions and foreclosures has been extended with a new date of September 1st. Property owners who are not receiving their payments are now in the position of laying off staff and downsizing themselves. When the moratorium does end you are responsible for all back payments and can be evicted for non-payment.
The latest COVID-19 numbers Thursday increased by 7,650, taking the state total to 510,389. Hillsborough County still leads the state with over 31,000 cases, For the latest information check with Dove Coronavirus site for the Florida Dashboard which is updated daily at 11 am, including the weekend. The Florida Department of Health also has the COVID-19 Call Center open 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121. You can also reach them by email at email@example.com. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.