LAKE WORTH BEACH COMMUNITY REDEVELOMENT AGENCY
FINDINGS AND PROCEDURE FOR VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING
The Lake Worth Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) is holding a virtual public hearing on April 6, 2020. This statement explains the CRA’s findings related to the need to hold the virtual public meeting, and the ability of the public to access the virtual public meeting.
The CRA’s findings and procedure for the virtual public meeting are as follows:
- Pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders 20-51 and 20-52, in which the Governor declared a public health emergency and a state of emergency, there is a recommendation to limit public gatherings.
- On March 20, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-69, suspending the requirement that a quorum of the government body be present in person, or that a local government body to meet at a specific public place.
- Consistent with the authority contained in the Governor’s Executive Orders, and in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the CRA’s clients and employees, the CRA finds that it is in the best interest of the CRA to hold this virtual public meeting.
- Therefore, the CRA will be holding this virtual meeting using Communications Media Technology. All members of the public may participate in the meeting via WebEx.
Meeting number (access code): 790 644 194
Meeting password: hmPQdFgc889
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You can also dial 22.214.171.124 and enter your meeting number.
- A copy of the Agenda for this Virtual Meeting is posted at the CRA Offices, 1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, Florida 33460 and by viewing it here.
- Any comments related to any item on the agenda can be submitted to the CRA via the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE WORTH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
HATCH 1121 - Virtual Meeting via WebEx
Monday April 6, 2020 | 6:00 P.M.
I. ROLL CALL:
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
III. AGENDA – ADDITIONS/DELETIONS/REORDERING:
IV. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON NON-AGENDAED ITEMS (3 minute limit):
V. ACTION AGENDA:
a. Quick Action Emergency Grant Program – Approve
VI. ATTORNEY REPORT:
a. 1000 Lake Avenue, LLC.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (F.S. 286.0105)
NOTE: ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF ANY BOARD, AUTHORITY OR COMMISSION MAY ATTEND AND SPEAK AT ANY MEETING
OF ANOTHER CITY BOARD, AUTHORITY OR COMMISSION.
TO: Chair, Vice-Chair and Members of the Board
FROM: Joan C. Oliva, Executive Director
DATE: April 6, 2020
SUBJECT: Quick Hospitality Emergency Fund Grants
In an effort to help stabilize local hospitality businesses within the CRA District due to effects from Covid-19, the CRA is proposing a Quick Action Emergency grant program. Although federal funding will soon be available through the SBDC, many of our small, local businesses are struggling to keep employees and must work around increasingly restrictive requirements. Our commercial funding is limited due to funding of our tenant improvement, façade and signage grants, however, some funding still remains, (approximately $50K) and this money can be used, should the Board approve, for this new, limited program.
Local, small, for-profit businesses with between 3-20 FTE's can apply, on-line for up to $2500 (in $500 increments) in working capital grants. Our goal is to fund businesses that usually have face-to-face interaction with customers, bars and restaurants, that are severely impacted by the virus. Some of the details are provided below:
- Business payrolls must be provided for the last several months
- Businesses must have an active LWB business license, an EIN number, a bank account, have no outstanding liens or legal judgements
- Applications will be accepted on a first time, first serve basis but the applications must be complete and the necessary back-up uploaded for CRA Staff review
- Although there is no deadline to apply, we ask that businesses receiving SBDC assistance not apply unless that assistance will not arrive in time to save jobs or major loss of income
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis or until funding is no longer available
- Only local businesses that are NOT franchises or national chains may apply
- We ask that businesses only apply for what is needed so we can help as many businesses as possible
- Required back-up includes, but is not limited to, a deed or lease, W-9, sales tax reports, payroll registers, bank statements, participant affidavit, quarterly payroll reports (form 941 and RT-6).
Staff believes this program in concert with two other programs we are spearheading will help the Lake Worth Beach economy. The other programs include the partnership we formed with Feeding South Florida for weekly food distribution and our partnership with local restaurants to provide meals for out-of-work employees and those who have lost their jobs due to Covid 19. The latter program will kick-off next week if not before.
These programs are supported by the Lake Worth Redevelopment Plan because they are strategies that will ensure economic stability, retain local jobs and work creatively to provide public sector participation in redevelopment programs.
Staff requests the Board review and consider approving the Quick Action Emergency grant program with the funding, up to $50K coming from the Commercial Grant line of the 2020 budget.