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Segment of Commission Meeting with Mr. Henry
Administrator of Florida  Department of Health in Sarasota

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COVID-19 Update – July 8, 2020

The Town continues to implement directives from the White House, State of Florida Governor’s office, and local emergency managers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency protective measures, and CDC advisories.

New information is denoted in bold font.

The Town Manager issued an Executive Order dated July 27, 2020, regarding the Town's protective measures, closures, and directives through August 10, 2020.  All previous closures remain in effect until further notice.  Virtual meeting requirements for the months of July and August were updated.  For a copy of the most recent TM Executive Order, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at Records Request or 941-316-1999.

The Town Manager issued an Executive Order dated July 13, 2020, regarding the Town's protective measures, closures, and directives through July 27, 2020.  All previous closures remain in effect until further notice.  For a copy of the most recent TM Executive Order, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at Records Request or 941-316-1999.

The Town Manager issued an Executive Order dated June 29, 2020 regarding the Town's protective measures, closures, and directives through July 13, 2020.  The recent order provided for closing ALL beach access parking, including Quick Point and Overlook Park effective Tuesday, June 30, 2020 until further notice.  The restrooms at Bayfront Park and Joan Durante Park are also closed effective June 30, 2020 until further notice.  (For a copy of the TM Executive Order, please contact the Town Clerk at tshinkle@longboatkey.org or call 941-316-1999.

At an Emergency Special Meeting on July 2, 2020, the Commission adopted Emergency Ordinance 2020-10, providing for mandatory face coverings for persons age 6 or above, with certain exceptions, establishing civil citations, and fines for violations.  A copy of the signed Emergency Ordinance can be obtained by e-mail to Town Clerk Trish Shinkle at tshinkle@longboatkey.org, or by calling the Town Clerk at 941-316-1999.  A Fact Sheet has been developed and is located on the "News" section of this website, and copied in pdf below.  

Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Emergency Order 2020-09 - All vendors who derive more than 50% gross revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages shall suspend such sales of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption (they can sell in sealed containers for off-premise consumption.)  Vendors who are licensed as restaurants may continue to operate for on-premise consumption of food and beverages at tables so long as they derive 50% or less of revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption.

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 to implement full Phase 2 Recovery Plans, effective Friday, June 5, 2020.  Vacation Rentals, with guidelines for CDC protective measures, no international vacation rentals, and also no vacation rentals to individuals from certain States.  Other health and safety directives, and CDC guidelines remain in effect. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

On April 1, 2020 Governor DeSantis issued EO 20-91, “Safer At Home” and is summarized below, as well as other relevant Executive Orders.

EO 20-91 Directives for “Safer At Home” states that senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.  A list enumerating essential services can be found on the Town’s website, under “News”.  Governmental agencies, including the Town of Longboat Key will continue conducting business and providing services.  Working from home is encouraged for those included in the Safer at Home order.  Local businesses/organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out, or curbside service for pick up, to the greatest extent possible.  Essential Activities includes attending religious services, participating in recreational activities (with CDC social distancing), walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and caring for or assisting a loved one or friend.

EO 20-86 includes directives for travelers from Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and establishes checkpoints for vehicles entering Florida. All travelers from those States are directed to isolate or quarantine for 14 days from time they enter Florida, and applies retroactively to persons who visited those areas in the past 14 days.  They are also required to inform any person in Florida who they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from one of those areas.  The EO further requires FDOT checkpoints on roads entering Florida, welcome centers, and rest stops requiring travelers from those States to provide information regarding the origin of their travel and address of their destination for 14-day isolation or quarantine.  Checkpoints currently on I-95, I-75, U.S. 17 and other roadways entering Florida.  Violation of EO 20-82 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.

The Town of Longboat Key supports these measures and are coordinating for enforcement of all Federal, State, and County Directives.

Longboat Key Town Hall, and other Public Buildings have implemented virtual customer service to protect our residents, and staff, while continuing to provide our high-level of customer service to residents, visitors, and businesses. Customers can contact staff by phone, e-mail, and when necessary an appointment can be made to visit a facility.  Town Hall remains staffed, and fully operational, to sustain all Town services.

The Town Manager issued an Executive Order dated June 4, 2020 expanding Tennis Center operations to allow for doubles play on designated courts effective June 8, 2020 (published as a pdf document below).  The TM Executive Order of May 29, 2020 continues certain Town Meetings scheduled in June to be conducted by virtual methods.

For Public Participation at Virtual Town Commission Meetings
Our Town Commission is dedicated to continue addressing the business of the Town.  Our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to maintain the health of our residents, employees and visitors while also maintaining public participation in our Town meetings. Following CDC guidelines, we are not allowing public access into the Commission Chambers to ensure appropriate social distancing with the Mayor and staff.  The remaining Commissioners participate virtually, as a safety precaution.  Respecting restrictions when it comes to public gatherings, we are dedicated to make sure those who would like to make their voice heard at Commission meetings, are able to.

The public will have the ability to view by livestream, or by Zoom, and submit written public comments to be read into the record during the virtual Commission Meeting.  To provide written comments, e-mail Town Clerk Trish Shinkle at tshinkle@longboatkey.org, send regular mail to 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL, 34228, or submit the online form.  Instructions for viewing the meeting can also be found on our website. www.longboatkey.org 

Public Park/Amenity Closures:

  • All beach access parking is closed effective June 30, 2020 until further notice.
  • Quick Point and Overlook Park parking is closed effective June 30, 2020 until further notice.
  • Public restrooms at Bayfront Park and Joan Durante Park are closed effective June 30, 2020 until further notice.
  • Boat access to Greer Island (Beer Can Island) is closed.

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has suspended bus routes 4, 11 &  Route 18 that serves Longboat Key.  On Demand services are available for Essential Trips only.  Those Essential Trips are: Employment, Medical Appointments, Pharmacy, and Grocery.   Visit SCAT online for appointments for on-demand service, or call 777-6000.

Public Amenities that are open:

  • Sarasota & Manatee County beaches and boat ramps
  • Tennis Center with limited hours and doubles play on designated courts
  • Bayfront Park amenities: hard courts, children's playground, dog park, green space, kayak launch, fishing platforms, walking paths remain open. 
  • Manatee County public beaches are open 
  • Greer Island remains closed to boat access.
  • Beach access parking
  • Please observe CDC protective measures as you enjoy those open public amenities at Town parks:  6-foot social distancing, sanitize contact surfaces, personal hygiene re coughing, & handwashing.
  • Town staff will evaluate public forum permits for Town-owned properties on a case-by-case basis.

Private Property Amenities (gyms, fitness centers, spas, and pools):

  • Private property multi-family, and resort properties were requested to assess their gyms, fitness centers, and pool areas for compliance with CDC advisories.  Those that do not meet CDC guidelines:  vulnerable individuals continue to avoid crowds and limit exposure, 6’ social distancing, or are not regularly sanitize,d are strongly encouraged to close any non-compliant amenity.

If Someone Suspects COVID-19:

  • Individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121, or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov  AND follow up with your physician.

Drive-Through Testing Sites Are Open In Sarasota County and Manatee County

  • You must have a Doctor’s prescription to be tested for COVID-19.  You will subsequently be notified by DOH of your appointment time.  Proof of County residency is required (driver’s license, passport, utility bill)
  • Sarasota County Department of Health – 941-861-2900
  • Manatee County Department of Health – 941-748-0747

Testing will be available for individuals over the age of 18 regardless of symptoms. The test site is drive-thru only. Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicle.  Individuals are asked to bring a government issued ID, health insurance card (not required) and identification if they are a first responder or health care worker. Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than 5 people.

WHERE:         The Mall at University Town Center

                        Parking Lot East of Dillard’s

                        140 University Town Center Dr

                        Sarasota, FL 34243

WHAT:           COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site

WHEN:           9:00 am – 5:00 pm / 7 days per week

Alert Longboat Key Emergency Notification System - Residents are urged to register for Alert Longboat Key - check the website Home page at the top, for the link.  Create a "contact" in your phone to recognize Alert Longboat Key notifications.  Alert Longboat Key phone & text from 941-213-7499 / e-mail from AlertLongboatKey@LongboatKey.org  Contact Susan Phillips in Town Manager's Office, by e-mail sphillips@longboatkey.org, at 941-316-8711, or 941-316-1999, x 1212.

Daily evaluations are made of any necessary additional protective measures.  Staff publishes daily updates to the Town’s website www.longboatkey.org re COVID-19 issues. 

For other resources regarding CODIV-19, the website contains links to Florida Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

For non-emergency concerns call 941-316-1201

Stay Safe!

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