- AJ de Moya
- Amy Schwartz
- Blake Casper
- Bob Flowers
- Chad harrod
- Cody Kahn
- Collier Merrill
- Dana Young
- David Kerner
- Dev Motwani
- Gary Lester
- Glen Gilzean
- Halsey Beshears
- Joe Lopano
- John Sprouls
- John Tolbert
- Jose Cil
- Josh D'Amaro
- Ken Stiles
- Kevin Thibault
- Len Brown
- Lenny Curry
- Matthew Caldwell
- Maury Gallagher Jr.
- Max Alvarez
- Monesia Brown
- Paul Anderson
- Philip Goldfarb
- reopening economy
- Rick Sasso
- Rob Kornahrens
- Ron DeSantis
- Sheldon Suga
- task force
- Ted Christie III
- Tim Petrillo
- Tom Crowley
- Walter Carpenter
- working group
Gov. Ron DeSantis has named the group of government and commercial leaders who will help guide the state as it weighs the decision to reopen amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Following his first Re-Open Florida Task Force executive committee Monday, DeSantis announced the membership of the task force’s Working Group on Tourism, Construction, Real Estate, Recreation, Retail and Transportation.
Walt Disney World Resort President Josh D’Amaro is a member, as is Universal Orlando Resort CEO John Sprouls.
On the transportation front, Spirit Airlines President & CEO Ted Christie III and Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano were also named to the working group.
The panel will also include members of the DeSantis administration. Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears, Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault and Visit Florida President & CEO Dana Young are all members.
Representing the local level are Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
Members of the group were announced less than 15 minutes before holding their first meeting Tuesday morning. The Governor’s office did not release a full list of members of that committee until hours after its inaugural meeting Monday.
The Governor and local leaders are weighing plans to slowly reopen portions of the state to provide relief for individuals suffering economic hardship and others who are simply looking for additional recreational activities.
That’s prompted disagreement from some local leaders on how best to go forward. Critics worry that even a partial reopening will encourage individuals to gather en masse and potentially flout social distancing rules. That could lead to a second peak of infections, where widespread closures would once again be necessary.
But those supporting the push to slowly reopen say it can be done safely and in consultation with health experts. That was the line from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez Monday when he announced plans to relax some restrictions at parks, marinas and golf courses, but said those decision were made in consultation with health experts.
Additional members of the Governor’s task force working group include:
— Max Alvarez, President, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc.
— Paul Anderson, CEO, Port Tampa Bay
— Len Brown, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, PGA Tour, Inc.
— Monesia Brown, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Walmart
— Matthew Caldwell, President & CEO, Florida Panthers Hockey Club
— Walter Carpenter, Chairman, NFIB Florida Leadership Council
— Blake Casper, CEO, Caspers Company
— Jose Cil, CEO, Restaurant Brands International
— Tom Crowley, CEO, Crowley Maritime Corporation
— AJ de Moya, Vice President & General Manager, The de Moya Group, Inc.
— Bob Flowers, President, C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.
— Maury Gallagher Jr., Chairman & CEO, Allegiant Air
— Glen Gilzean, President & CEO, Central Florida Urban League
— Philip Goldfarb, President & COO, Fontainebleau Miami Beach
— Chad Harrod, CEO, Harrod Properties, Inc.
— Cody Kahn, Owner, Holiday Inn Resort
— Rob Kornahrens, President & CEO, Advanced Roofing and Green Technologies
— Gary Lester, Vice President, The Villages for Community Relations
— Collier Merrill, President, Merrill Land Company
— Dev Motwani, President & CEO, Merrimac Ventures
— Tim Petrillo, Co-Founder & CEO, The Restaurant People
— Rick Sasso, President & CEO, MSC Cruises
— Amy Schwartz, Owner, Bella Bella Restaurant
— Ken Stiles, CEO, Stiles Corporation
— Sheldon Suga, Chairman, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
— John Tolbert, President & Managing Director, Boca Resort and Club