Category Archives: Legal Updates

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 […]

More Good News: Innovation in Tech, Health Care and Social Policy in a World Shaped by COVID-19

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND HACKATHONS SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS COVID The number of online hackathons and funded prizes to encourage innovative solutions to the problems created by the pandemic are increasing. The Decentralized AI Alliance, under leadership of SingularityNET and Ocean Protocol, has created the Covidathon  which is bringing together global AI and blockchain projects and […]

Financial Recovery: Grant Resources for Small Businesses

The private sector has recognized that some small businesses will need additional financial support to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The best thing about these resources is you do not have to pay them back; the worst thing about these resources is they are highly competitive and each one is unique.  […]

Pivoting Into Recovery – Evaluating Federal Relief Options To Determine What is Best for Your Business

This week there has been a lot of news coverage of the Payroll Protection Program and the other aid to small business included in the CARES Act.  One challenge for businesses is determining how to apply and what program(s) to apply for. Most small businesses in the U.S. have been affected by COVID. Social distancing […]

The Good News – A Summary of Global Innovation In Response to the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the lives of billions of people and slowing the global economy to a crawl.  We are using geographic information systems (GIS) to map infection rates and track the spread of the virus and our social media feeds are full of infection dashboards, speculation about when the curve is going to […]

Still Open and Working Hard for You!

Clients, Colleagues and Friends, For the immediate future, and in accordance with heath guidelines, governmental orders, and our own business continuity plan, the attorneys and staff at Fletcher Fischer Pollack are operating remotely and conducting internal and external meetings virtually. We realize that continuity of support is critical, and while we are doing our best […]

How Do We Move Forward If We Can’t Have a Hearing: A Detailed Look at the Status of Land Use Hearings and Permitting in Tampa Bay Counties and Cities – April 2020

A big concern of property owners, developers and others in the real estate industry fortunate enough to have a stable investment backing, is how to keep projects moving forward that require land use or permitting approvals in the age of “safer-at-home” and public hearings that are cancelled or virtual. Everything is changing day by day, […]

Florida Issues Shelter At Home Executive Order

On April 1, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Orders 20-91 and 20-92, increasing the restrictions on sheltering at home and essential and non-essential service providers. EO 20-91 provides that certain individuals are ordered to stay home and take all measures to limit risk of exposure to the virus. These individuals include “senior citizens” (a term […]

The Pinellas County Safer-At-Home Order

On March 25, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the “COVID-19 – Safer at Home” Order.  A copy of the resolution can be found here. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, can cause severe illness and death, and is extremely contagious.  It is much more serious than the flu, and […]

FEMA recommends changes to Florida Building Codes and Land Use Regulations to Decrease Potential Damage from Future Hurricanes

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018.  The hurricane was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall on the Panhandle, and, with its 161 mph windspeed, was the 4th most powerful hurricane to ever hit the US.  The storm was 350 miles in diameter and its eye alone was 25 miles […]