Many of us are navigating the unchartered waters of life during coronavirus, complying with today’s safety guidelines, keeping our heads up, trying to be prepared for the future, and taking care of customers, clients, employees, and businesses, not to mention families and loved ones.
Here we are, two weeks into this and a lot has happened. As a reminder, the COVID-19 tracker map is an eye-opener. It offers incredibly informative data and provides real-time information on the cases of coronavirus. You can check it out by clicking here.
We are still working with federal and state agencies, as well as local, state, and federal governments to advocate on behalf of the essential marine industry businesses that are owned and managed by our members and friends. Today, the U.S. Congress voted in favor of a major stimulus package that is aimed at providing financial aid to small businesses and their employees, including new lending programs, streamlined approvals for the small business disaster loan program, and delayed payroll tax payments, among other items.
At the top of MIASF’s website we now have a red button – Read Important Info Regarding COVID-19 that will take you to a page with up to date information we are receiving from multiples sources, including government and industry.
In addition to business concerns many people are dealing with feelings of isolation, health concerns, financial worries, and the unknown, which can threaten emotional and mental health, as well. Our frontline workers are facing these issues and more, unselfishly carrying the heavy burden of protecting and saving lives. Please keep first responders and health care personnel in mind and respect what is being asked of all of us, as a community, a state, and a nation. As we work through this, we know there will be new efficiencies, new processes, and new business ideas that are created and likely changes to some others that are currently operating.
In its 60-year history, MIASF has weathered every storm that has tested its resolve and fortitude. From hurricanes, recessions, oil crises, and tragedies, MIASF has emerged with a legacy that offers resiliency and trusted leadership. While supporting the emergency orders and initiatives that have been put in place to keep us all safe, MIASF will continue to protect the essential services provided by the marine industry and will continue to serve as a valuable resource during this global pandemic.
If you have a question or concern, please feel free to reach out to us. We’re here for you.
Phil Purcell, CEO/President
Marine Industries Association of South Florida