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9-7-20

Columbia County Launches Small Business Economic Stabilization Program

Lake City, Fla., – Columbia County launched the Small Business Economic Stabilization Program today. Columbia County allocated $7 million of CARES Act federal funding to be utilized for small business relief grants for Columbia County businesses. Each eligible small business may be awarded up to $20,000 in assistance in the initial round of distributions.

SUWANNEE COMMISSION SEPT 8 MEETING AGENDA 

SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SUWANNEE COUNTY COLISEUM
1302 SOUTHWEST 11TH STREET
LIVE OAK, FLORIDA

9-7-20

LAKE CITY SEPT. 9 COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

Lake City, Fla., – Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the City of Lake City will hold the September 9, 2020 City Council Workshop and the Special City Council Meeting via telephonic and video conferencing communications media technology.  To participate:  instructions for the City Council Workshop are located on Page 2 of the agenda and for the Special City Council Meeting instructions are located below in this agenda.
    
5:00  P. M.     City Council Workshop – Discuss Affordable Housing  

Saltwater License-Free Fishing Saturday, September 5th

Tallahassee, Fla. - Try saltwater fishing Saturday, Sept. 5, without needing a saltwater fishing license. License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Housing Approval of Additional $45 Million Coronavirus Relief Funds for COVID-19 Affected Households

 

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) approved the remaining $45 million of the $120 million to local governments to assist Floridians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance.

SUWANNEE AND LAFAYETTE COUNTY TESTING SCHEDULES REVISED FOR SEPTEMBER

No signs or symptoms needed to be tested
You must bring a valid ID
Remain in your vehicle at all times

Hwy. 129 - Downtown Live Oak will temporarily close for two weeks

Live Oak – According to a release from the Florida Department of Transportation, U.S. Highway 129 will close for approximately two weeks beginning September 8 at 9:00 a.m., in the immediate area of the railroad crossing from Duval Street to the intersection at U.S. Highway 90 in downtown Live Oak

Klausner sold for $61M

-Photo: SVT Archive Courtesy of Suwannee County Economic Development

By Tami Stevenson

After closing its doors in March of this year and filing for bankruptcy in April, Klausner Lumber One LLC, based in western Suwannee County, was auctioned off August 21, 2020. The winning bidder, binderholz Group from Fügen, Austria paid $61M to purchase all assets of the company.

Extra $300 a week unemployment approved for Florida

By Tami Stevenson

Last week, Governor DeSantis announced he applied for a grant for Florida’s participation in the Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor announced approval of the grant over the weekend for Florida to receive a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Florida to provide $300 per week - on top of their regular unemployment benefit - to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

NO-COST drive-thru COVID testing in Lake City, Jasper

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health will conduct NO-COST drive-thru testing for COVID-19.
Testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested; no signs or symptoms needed to be tested. Children can be tested with parental consent.