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Reopen Florida Task Force scheduled to meet twice Tuesday

Posted at 5:52 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 08:52:41-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla – Governor Ron DeSantis’ Reopen Florida Task Force is scheduled to get back to work Tuesday with two meetings scheduled. Its first meeting took place over the phone Monday.

The group is charged with figuring out what a reopening of the state's economy will look like.

On Monday, we got an inside look at who the task force is made up of. The governor’s office said the following individuals make up its Reopen Florida Task Force Executive Committee:

  • Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Lieutenant Governor of Florida
  • Jimmy Patronis, Florida Chief Financial Officer
  • Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney General
  • President Bill Galvano, President, Florida Senate
  • Speaker Jose Oliva, Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
  • Senator Wilton Simpson, President-Designate, Florida Senate
  • Representative Chris Sprowls, Speaker-Designate, Florida House of Representatives
  • Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education
  • Jamal Sowell, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
  • Mayor Dale Holness, Mayor, Broward County
  • Mayor David Kerner, Mayor, Palm Beach County
  • John Couris, President & CEO, Tampa General Hospital
  • Josh D’Amaro, President, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Todd Jones, CEO, Publix Super Markets
  • Syd Kitson, Chairman, Board of Governors for the State University System
  • Paul Reilly, Chairman & CEO, Raymond James Financial
  • Alex Sanchez, President & CEO, Florida Bankers Association
  • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Company
  • John Sprouls, CEO, Universal Orlando Resort, Executive Vice President, Universal Parks & Resorts
  • Patrick Sunderlin, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Joe York, President, AT&T Florida and Caribbean

The task force will release short, medium and long-term plans for reopening Florida.

Tuesday’s agendas have not yet been posted, but we know the meetings are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The governor is set to attend the latter.

During Monday’s phone meeting the task force got to work discussing an overview of Florida's economy, and how to get things back to normal in a safe way.

Since mid-March the state has received more than 1.5 million unemployment claims.

“If we bounce back in a very thoughtful, safe and efficient way— I think we can minimize or at least mitigate some of the damage that has been done and hopefully have a path back,” the governor said.

That first meeting also included a large focus on the health of the state, with updates from the Division of Emergency Management and DOH.