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COVID-19 News

The State of Emergency 21-94, Extension of Executive Order 20-COVID-19 Was Not Extended

State of Emergency 21-94, Extension of Executive Order 20-COVID-19, was issued on April 27, 2021 for a 60 day period. The State of Emergency for COVID-19 was not extended and has now expired, so the 90 day clock for filing for State of Emergency time…

Impact of Recent COVID-19 Executive Orders on Florida Condos & HOAs

By: Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. -and-Christopher J. Shields, Esq., Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Real Estate Law andCondominium and Planned Development Law Executive Order 21-81:        On April 2, 2021 Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-81 which dealt with vaccination documentation to be effective…

Gov. DeSantis Terminates Local Government Restrictions and Mandates Imposed Based on COVID-19 State of Emergency

Governor DeSantis signed two Executive Orders on May 3, 2021 terminating state agency and local government emergency orders, restrictions and mandates imposed due to COVID-19.  Executive Order 21-101 invalidates “any emergency order issued by a political subdivision due to the COVID-19 emergency which restricts the…

Gov. DeSantis Extends Florida’s COVID-19 “State of Emergency” Order

Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-94 on April 27, 2021 which extends the COVID-19 State of Emergency because COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the state.  The extension is for an additional 60 days which allows permit and…


By: Christopher J. Shields, Esq., Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Real Estate and Condominium and Planned Development Law and Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. On Monday, March 29, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that among other things, establishes liability protections…

EPA on Agricultural Respiratory Protection Shortages during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

It is imperative that agricultural pesticide applicators wear respiratory protection when required by pesticide product labeling. The COVID-19 public health emergency has created a significant increase in demand for respirators to protect healthcare workers which has, in turn, limited availability of respiratory protection options for…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: An Update on Community Association Emergency Powers Re COVID-19

By:  Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. As you are aware, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52 on March 9, 2020 declaring a state of emergency under Section 252.36 of the Florida Statutes relating to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2,…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: The HEROES Act Would Be A Villain to Community Associations

By:  Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Alexander J. Menendez, Esq. As Congress continues to mull over the 1,800 page HEROES Act that was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, May 15th, a host of oversights have slipped through the cracks with very serious…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: An Update On Community Association Responses To COVID-19

By:  Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. As different municipalities throughout the State of Florida begin to re-open outdoor recreational areas to the public, many of our association clients have been reaching out to our office for advice on when and how to…

Are State of Emergency Time Extensions Available for the COVID-19

Are State of Emergency time extensions available for the COVID-19 public health emergency after 2019 legislative changes to Section 252.363, F.S? The short answer is YES. The COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent public health emergency order raised some uncertainty with regard to its effect on Permits…

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Required Notice Posting

One of the requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) is that all employers are required to post the notice that is linked to this email.  While there has been some confusion regarding the effective date in the media, employment law attorneys are…

Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: Community Association Powers In Response to COVID-19

By: Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Vanessa Fernandez, Esq. Many of our Association clients are reaching out to our office on a daily basis to determine what to do next in light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the State of Florida. As the…

Links to Florida and Local Government COVID-19 Websites and other helpful information

Rather than repeating information and updates which are changing by the hour, we hope that these links to the sources of that information will be helpful to our client and neighbors. We will continue to update this list as other information becomes available.

Stimulus Payment Status:


State of Florida

Governor DeSantis Executive Orders:


Dept. of Economic Opportunity: Reemployment Assistance:


Dept. of Environmental Protection


Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Global Cases Map:



GOOGLE COVID-19 Community Mobility Report:



CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisories


Lee County

Business Recovery Portal:


LeeTV Live (BOCC Meetings):


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City of Sanibel:


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City of Bonita Springs:


Village of Estero:


Lee County School District:


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Glades County:


Palm Beach County: