Phase one in Palm Beach County to start on Monday

Gov. Ron DeSantis gave approval Friday for restaurants and retail to reopen at limited capacities in Palm Beach County on Monday.

The move came after the Palm Beach County commission on Tuesday voted to send DeSantis a letter telling him Palm Beach County was ready to join phase one.

That leaves Miami-Dade and Broward counties as the only two in the state that haven’t scheduled a start for phase one. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos  Gimenez said he plans to let some businesses open May 18, including restaurants, but details were still to come, the Miami Herald reported.

All three counties have seen drops in documented new cases and emergency room visits for flu and COVID-19 like symptoms.

A state website that breaks down key health metrics by county appeared to be malfunctioning when SFBW checked several times on Friday since it didn’t change from statewide data when a pulldown menu for counties was used.

Earlier in the week, SFBW reported that Miami-Dade has fallen from about 20 percent of COVID-19 tests being positive to 7.91 percent, according to the latest state figures. Broward was at 5.71 percent. Palm Beach was at 6.6 percent. The target is 5.0 percent and the statewide figure is 5.77.

Ted Deutch

The office of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) sent out an email after the governor’s press conference, saying Deutch had asked  Dr. Alina Alonso, the Florida Department of Health director in  Palm Beach County to offer her position on the county’s readiness to reopen.

“As of this writing, I have not seen a plan that details Palm Beach County’s readiness to detect new infections quickly, trace and isolate all contacts of newly confirmed cases, and prevent renewed outbreaks and continued community spread of the virus. Yet, today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would end the County’s exemption from Executive Order 20 112 and allow Palm Beach County to begin phase one of reopening on Monday, May 11, 2020,” the email says.

Deutch said, “I am committed to meeting the economic challenges of this crisis, and I want to reopen our economy and society as soon as possible. But unless we have the public health tools and strategies in place to keep Floridians safe, I am deeply concerned about the risk of renewed outbreaks that will cost more Palm Beach County residents their lives and only deepen the economic pain endured by workers and business owners.”



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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.