The CRA team is here for you and working hard (remotely) to help our residents and businesses. This bulletin will deliver current news that affects your businesses while the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and list valuable resources you may need to navigate this unsettled economic landscape.   
Food distribution will be available Tuesday, April 7 from 9 11 a.m. at HATCH 1121, 1121 Lucerne Ave., for those who have lost their jobs or have reduced work hours due to Coronavirus. You must be in an automobile to receive food. The entrance to the pick-up service is on Lake Avenue only. Kids activities provided by LULA - Lake Worth Arts. Volunteers must call and register with the CRA prior to the event due to Coronavirus requirements .

Drive-through COVID-19 testing by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County at the FITTEAM Ballpark got underway on Tuesday and is available by appointment only. Health Care District employees are handling the volume of calls very well, so if you need a test, the number to call is 561-642-1000.

PNC Bank has compiled this document as a summary of recent government programs supporting U.S. businesses and how to qualify.

This new program provides relief for borrowers experiencing a financial hardship impacting their ability to make on-time mortgage payments due to the COVID-19
national emergency.

Run, don’t walk, to get your application in for the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. You will need your completed 2019 tax filing, and you should be applying with the bank where you have an active business checking account.

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County has created a $500,000 Coronavirus Relief and Recovery Grant to assist non-profit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin counties impacted by Coronavirus. Get the details here:

If you think you saw wild animals over the past few days clinging to trees and hiding in bushes by front porches from Lake Worth Beach to West Palm, your sanity is intact. The little bit of community fun started in College Park a week ago as a diversion on the College Park Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page. Dozens of residents responded overnight by placing stuffed animals in strategic spots in
their yards.

The instructions on social media included a creative social-distancing reminder: “We want everyone to have fun and stay safe, so please do not disturb the animals in their habitat. Remain on the sidewalk to keep a safe distance from the animals.”

Some really wild ideas tend to bubble up when people are confined to their homes.
Stay safe!
Palm Beach County Schools: 
Free “Grab and Go” meals for anyone under 18, or 22 for ESE students. Students must be present to receive the meal. 

Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County: 
Free lunch and a healthy snack to all children under the age of 18 Mon – Fri,
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Palm Beach County Food Bank:
Agencies offering meal assistance in the City of Lake Worth Beach and
surrounding areas. 
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: 
 This is where you apply for unemployment assistance in Florida. The Federal Government is expanding the term of unemployment benefits and increasing the dollar amount per week. Note that the web site is suffering from unprecedented traffic.
United States Small Business Administration:
The SBA offers low rate, long-term, loan assistance for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters affected by disasters. It is activating loans to businesses impacted by the COVID 19 virus. Business are encouraged to apply early
as funds are limited.

For loans to help cover operational expenses other than payroll, business owners can apply directly through the SBA.  

State of Florida: 
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently providing loans up to $50,000 to small businesses located in Florida that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

Florida Atlantic University Small Business Development Center:
The SBDC provide no-cost consulting to help businesses access state and federal disaster recovery loans and additional business continuity services.

All new customers will receive 60 days of
complimentary access. 

Two months of free service for new AT&T
Access customers. 

Florida Department of Health: 
Advice and recommendations for businesses and employers.

Small Business Strategies:  
Navigating the Future Amidst COVID-19
Florida Department of Health: 
Latest statistics, prevention and treatment measures.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
National statistics and information.

City of Lake Worth Beach Utilities :
In response to the impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the City of Lake Worth Beach is suspending utility disconnections through April 30. More information is available at the following link.

Utility bills can be paid online, by mail instead of going to Lake Worth Beach offices to pay in person. 
City of Lake Worth Beach Building Division: 
The Building Division has updated information on permits and inspections.
Refuse Collection:
All City Garbage and Recycling collection services will continue on the regular schedule. Click the link below for information on your scheduled collection days.

Beach Closed:
The City of Lake Worth Beach has closed public access to the Lake Worth Beach Pier and the beachfront, and limited access to the beach park. Beach park access will only be provided to facilitate pick up orders from Benny's, Mulligans, Kilwins, and Mama Mias. 
There will be no parking at the beach except for City employees, employees of the aforementioned restaurants, and janitorial services. Customers collecting orders will be provided limited temporary parking and are encouraged to remain in their vehicle and contact the restaurant to have the order brought out.