Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:31

Shalley Statement Opioid Abuse in Florida

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Florida Retail Federation President & CEO R. Scott Shalley released the following statement in support of Governor Rick Scott's and Speaker Richard Corcoran's proposals to address opioid abuse in Florida:

“We applaud Governor Scott and Speaker Corcoran for presenting this vital framework to protect Florida families and enhance the education and responsibilities of prescribers. FRF represents thousands of pharmacy stores in Florida and the recommendations provided by the Governor and Speaker today will serve as significant steps to reducing both the current abuse of opioids as well as preventing future addictions. Specifically, limiting the frequency of prescribing controlled substances and mandating that prescribers check the PDMP will help to curtail any abuses.”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski issued an emergency order to extend certain filing due dates for Florida businesses registered with the Department in each of the 67 counties. Order of Emergency Waiver Number 17-235-DOR-003 changes the filing due date for sales and use tax, as well as fuel tax returns and payments to Sept. 29, 2017.

Sales and use tax, as well as fuel tax returns and payments are normally due on the 1st day of the month, and late after the 20th day of the month. For electronic filers, submissions initiated by 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 28 will be deemed timely filed.

The Department has implemented the filing date extensions pursuant to subsection 213.055(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On Sept. 4, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in response to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

The Department’s taxpayer services phone line is available at 800-352-3671 for taxpayers who have additional questions. Visit the Florida Sales and Use Tax webpage and the Florida Fuel Tax webpage for additional tax information. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visitfloridarevenue.com.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 15:23

Message from Scott Shalley on Hurricane Irma

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FRF/FPMA Members:

As IRMA exits Florida and continues to diminish, I hope that this email finds your and yours safe and secure. Many of you and your businesses have suffered significant loss and are facing a daunting path to recovery and return to operations. Please know that we are with you and we will work tirelessly to help facilitate a complete return to operation for your businesses. Floridians need you and we know that there are immediate challenges relating to reentry and restoration of power. FRF and FPMA team members remain embedded within the State Emergency Operations Center and we are working closely with all level of government to clear hurdles to safe, efficient return to operations.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Vice President & General Counsel, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director of FPMA, have maintained a near round the clock presence in the EOC and remain ready to assist you as needed. Samantha and Ned have been actively staffing the EOC for nearly a week and I can not thank them both for their commitment to our industry. From watching them in action I know that their efforts have contributed heavily to how well Florida has been prepared in terms of product and fuel supply. They will both continue to push out extensive updates regarding rule/statute waivers, local needs and other pressure points. Please take the time to review these communications as you receive them.

While I am proud of our team and our efforts, I am even more touched by the response of Florida's retailers. The retail community has been incredible in responding to the needs of Floridians and providing food and water, fuel, life saving medical supplies, construction/safety materials, safe harbor to pets and much, much more. I could not be more proud to be associated with such an impressive group of companies. Thank you for all you are doing to provide much needed products and services to your friends and neighbors.

While I know all of you are eager to reopen, please keep in mind that much of Florida still faces life safety dangers. We urge you to respect law enforcement officials as they complete search and rescue efforts and clear areas for reentry. If you have questions or concerns, let us know and we will work to facilitate solutions.

We are here to help....use us. In addition to Samantha and Ned, you can contact me at any time at 850.545.2673 (mobile) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for all that you are doing. Following a dark storm, this will be retail's time to shine.....and shine we will!

Scott

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:11

Hurricane Irma Advisory -- 9/5/2017

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Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Irma (link to Executive Order). The path of the storm is not clear at this point, but the potential for serious impact to Florida is significant. The time to prepare is NOW. We encourage you to consider the following as you prepare your businesses and your homes for this event:

Please visit www.floridadisaster.org for information and guidance regarding preparation and response, forecasts, and other resources from Florida’s State Emergency Response Team. The declaration includes the entire state, which means emergency pricing regulations are in effect for the entire state. This means that the state will be monitoring how necessary commodities are being priced throughout the emergency.

In the event of impact to an area, re-entry to the area may be restricted. You and your employees will need government issue ID, proof of employment, and a letter of authorization demonstrating the need for re-entry in order to re-enter. Local law enforcement exercises the authority to decide who can re-enter and when. Please call or email Samantha Padgett at 850-528-5006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if we can assist you throughout this event. If you have questions related specifically to fuel, please contact Ned Bowman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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