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Florida’s restaurants are the biggest beneficiary of the new order that allows them to open at full capacity. In addition, DeSantis will be issuing an executive order that requires local governments to allow restaurants to operate at a minimum of 50% capacity. Restrictions that reduce operating capacity below 100% must be justified.

Pinellas County residents have one more election scheduled for 2020 and it’s a big one. The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, will decide the winners of a slew of national, state and local races, ranging from the president of the United States to fire district commissioner.

Florida Department of Health continues to report an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 81 more on Sept. 19 to bring the count to 21,440. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 721.

For the second consecutive day, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 105 on Sept. 18 to bring the count to 21,359. Five more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 720.

For the first time since Sept. 11, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County, adding 102 on Sept. 17 to bring the count to 21,254. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 715.

CLEARWATER — After listening to about three hours of public comment for and against the local state of emergency and an ordinance requiring facial coverings in indoor places, Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved extending orders they say protect the public’s health until Sept. 25.

CLEARWATER — Tierra Verde Community Association will get up to $15,500 for enhancements and equipment replacement for tennis and pickleball courts. The money will come for the county’s Municipal Service Taxing Unit fund for community projects.

For the first time in nearly three weeks, Florida Department of Health reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas on Sept. 11. The count grew by 140 to total, 20,795. One more resident has died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 698.

CLEARWATER — Despite an organized effort on Sept. 10 by about 20 members of the public opposed to Pinellas County’s ordinance that requires wearing of facial coverings in indoor places, commissioners unanimously approved extending the local state of emergency until Sept. 18.

Pinellas County Solid Waste plans to increase the disposal rate for municipal solid waste, commercial and yard waste by an average of 6%, beginning on Oct. 1. The increase is the second of a three-year rate increase plan approved by the County commissioners at its March 12, 2019 meeting.

CLEARWATER — Due to COVID-19 health concerns and consistent with applicable federal, state and local guidelines, in March 2020 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office suspended citizen fingerprinting services for job applicants, background checks and concealed carry permit applications.

Florida Department of Health reported on Sept. 9 that 15 more Pinellas County residents have died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 693. Another 62 COVID-19 cases were added to the tally, bringing the count to 20,588.

Florida Department of Health added 70 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Sunday and 49 on Monday, bringing the count to 20,474. Two more residents have died due to the novel coronavirus. DOH reported one new death on Sept. 6 and one on Sept. 7, upping the death toll to 673.

Florida Department of Health reported 75 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County on Sunday and 41 on Monday, bringing the count to 19,929. No deaths were reported on Aug. 30 but DOH announced on Aug. 31 that eight more residents had died due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 658.

Florida Department of Health reported 76 new COVID-19 cases in Pinellas on Aug. 27 and 59 on Aug. 28, bringing the total to 19,740. Ten more deaths were reported over the past two days due to the novel coronavirus, upping the death toll to 645.

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