Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery –

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Fort Myers Beach to announce that he signed Executive Order 22-242 to extend the deadline for property taxes in counties that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. The Governor also announced that he is working with the Legislature to call a special session in December to address property tax obligations and solutions to stabilize Florida’s property insurance market. Additionally, the Governor announced that he would be waiving an eligibility requirement of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to allow sole proprietors in the Marine Fisheries Industry with businesses located in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties to receive critical assistance. To watch the Governor’s full remarks, click here.
First Lady Casey DeSantis has continued to highlight the Florida Disaster Fund and the support it has received from private entities across the nation. The Florida Disaster Fund has raised over $45 million since activation. To read more, click here. To contribute, please visit or text DISASTER to 20222.
First Lady Casey DeSantis has worked to expand mental health in response to Hurricane Ian. The First Lady has also worked with the State Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator, Sara Newhouse, to compile a comprehensive webpage of resources to help navigate available resources for mental health needs post hurricane. To visit the site, click here.
To guide Floridians looking for their next-steps as they rebuild, has launched to serve as a one-stop-shop to navigate assistance that is available. This webpage highlights the resources available through the state’s public and private partners, and faith-based organizations. Here you can find a step-by-step check list for Floridians recovering following Hurricane Ian, mental health resiliency resources and ways to help Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. This website also has a list of resources available to help your business recover following the storm.
State response efforts include:
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Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Main Street Program
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