It is heart-wrenching to see the suffering from the ravages and after-effects caused by Hurricane Ian. No words can adequately express our deep-felt sorrow for all those impacted, especially those in the resort community. The staff, professional associates, partners, owners, and their families have experienced a storm that is historic in magnitude in human suffering and property damage – the losses in so many ways are simply immeasurable.
There will be many difficult decisions that will face our resort community. We want you to know that we are stepping up in many ways by giving time and resources. Also, we recognize as the rebuilding process begins in the timeshare and condominium communities, owners and boards will be faced with many difficult choices.
Lemonjuice is ready to help when you reach this point. As a company focused on solutions, we have expertise to help navigate the complexities and anticipated complications whether the decision is to rebuild or not. For more information about how Lemonjuice can help timeshare resorts and condominiums in the Hurricane Ian impacted areas, whether that is Florida or South Carolina, please call Scott MacGregor at 321.263.3336, or Jan Barrow at 863.602.8804 or send an email to Solutions@Lemonjuice.biz. You can learn more about us here.
FEMA assistance may be available for unit owners and renters and can be applied for by visiting fema.gov/locations/florida.
Utilize the Emergency Page on the Department of Business & Professional Regulation website for Hurricane Ian information regarding DBPR Emergency Orders, rescheduled board meetings, temporary licensure, and resources for homeowners, contractors, and more.
Verify the license of any prospective contractor by visiting MyFloridaLicense.com, or downloading the DBPR mobile app on iTunes and GooglePlay.
To scale up recovery efforts, recovery teams will be hiring many local individuals. Find more details at DisasterRecovery.EmployFlorida.com/
DEO and the Division of Emergency Management have activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to gather information about how Hurricane Ian is impacting local businesses. This survey will assess and inform recovery resources needed in impacted communities. Take the Survey at FloridaDisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments.
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated to assist small businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian with short-term, zero-interest loans to meet the businesses’ immediate financial needs and “bridge the gap” until longer term funding sources become available. Small businesses in the most impacted counties will be escalated and prioritized as they are received. Visit FloridaJobs.org/EBL to learn more.
Enterprise Florida activated its Disaster Assistance page with a list of state and federal resources available for businesses to utilize in their mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
CareerSource Florida is working with DEO to support recovery efforts and help connect affected residents with temporary employment and other recovery assistance. All career centers are open statewide except CareerSource Southwest Florida’s centers in Port Charlotte. To find your local career center, visit Find Your Local Team or Career Center Directory.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has several Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to assist Floridians applying for SBA disaster loan assistance for losses due to Hurricane Ian that began September 23, 2022.