April 20, 2020

Re-Open Florida Task Force

Re-Open Florida Task Force

By William J. Dunaway

This afternoon, Governor DeSantis convened the first meeting of his Re-Open Florida Task Force, saying he wanted to “get the economy back in a safe way.”

The Re-Open Florida Task Force has established working groups assigned to each of the high, medium and low-risk industries.  The working groups will recommend when each industry may reopen.  Any re-opening will likely be in phases and on different schedules.

The working groups are meeting daily and the results of those daily meetings will be presented to the Task Force, which will hold a conference call daily at 2 p.m. through Friday, unless additional time is needed.

Members of the Re-Open Florida Task Force executive committee:

  • Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez
  • 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 the Caribbean

The attached presentation of the impact of the shutdown in Florida was presented to the Governor at today’s meeting.

re-open florida presentation slide

Meanwhile, if you or your business has a legal question related to this or other COVID-19 issues, please contact us at (850) 434-9200 or www.clarkpartington.com.


William J. Dunaway practices primarily in the area of environmental and land use law. He has experience in local, state, and federal land use planning and the associated environmental permitting. Will has negotiated environmental matters at the federal, state, and local governmental level. He represents clients before local government commissions, councils, and boards on land use and environmental issues.  Contact Will at 850-208-7020 or wdunaway@clarkpartington.com.

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