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Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus – Business Interruption and Your Next Steps

This begins a series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming hurricane season. While disasters are often somewhat personal (fire, sprinkler issue, robbery) or regional (hurricane, tornado, earthquake), rarely have we seen damaging events that effect the whole country like coronavirus has.  Insurance, as a […]

Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus: Litigation Claims and Government Help

This continues our series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the summer hurricane season.  Part 1 can be found here. As noted in my earlier post, every insurance policy is different. Given the different needs and sophistication of businesses and the ultimate policy that comes out of […]

Anne Pollack Speaks about Development in the St. Pete Coastal High Hazard Area

Yesterday, attorney Anne Pollack spoke with Chris Steinocher of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Joe Hamilton of the St. Pete Catalyst on their “Coronavirus Impact Insights” podcast about the proposed changes to development regulations for St. Petersburg’s much expanded Coastal High Hazard area.  The conversation can be found here. In St. Pete and around […]

Leigh Fletcher and Anne Pollack named 2020 Super Lawyers

Fletcher Fischer Pollack is very proud to announce that Leigh Fletcher and Anne Pollack have been named to the list of 2020 Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers are considered the top attorneys in the state with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research to evaluate […]

Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses […]

Pinellas County Individual and Small Business Grant Update!

Pinellas County is offering new relief programs for individuals. To apply, residents should text COVIDCARES to 898211. Relief is also being offered to small businesses through Pinellas County and will open May 4 through an online portal. The cities of Pinellas Park and Gulfport have also opened small business relief programs. Links to those programs […]

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a […]

Social Distancing and Hurricane Evacuation – Our Next Challenge

In 2012 the Costa Concordia ran aground near the Tuscany coast.  Some passengers swam to shore, got on a plane and flew home without a second thought.  The cruise line desperately searching for survivors, unaware that many were at home watching the events unfold on the news. This caused emergency managers and the cruise line […]

Will You Get Property Tax Relief Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency?

Governments and even some private businesses have worked to ease the burden on people who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who are concerned about losing their home after being laid off or seeing their business revenue plummet, programs have been established to offer rent and mortgage relief. While many will […]

Where Do I Start? How Lease Review May Help Restaurant and Bar Owners Mitigate Losses from Defaults During COVID-19 Crisis

It is not uncommon for bar and restaurant owners to be unfamiliar with all of the terms of the lease they signed when they started their business.  Often, business owners either just signed their lease without really understanding all of the terms, or relied on an attorney to protect them in the lease negotiation.  Whether […]