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May 01

Governor's Step-by-Step Plan- Phase 1

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 3:43 PM by Penny Johnston

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce sent this message to help navigate Phase 1 of the Governor's plan to reopen the state.

Governor DeSantis Announces “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" Plan

The Governor’s plan focuses on Florida's recovery and begins with guiding principles for reopening. In addition to addressing critical health considerations and increased testing, Florida’s initial Phase 1 guidelines support the highest level of practicable business operations while maintaining health and safety.  It also identifies key metrics upon which next steps will be based. To review the Governor’s presentation, please use this link

Phase 1 - Effective Monday, May 4 

  • Schools remain distance learning 
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited 
  • Elective surgeries can resume 
  • Restaurants: Outdoor seating with 6 feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
  • No change for bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers 
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home 
  • Everyone should maximize physical distance from others when in public 
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing 
  • Face masks are recommended for face-to-face interactions and where you can't social distance 

The Governor has also released Executive Order 20-112 that further outlines Phase 1 guidelines including responsible individual activity, businesses restricted by previous executive orders, other affected business services and medical procedures.  

Mar 31

Make a Difference ... Keep Your Distance.

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 4:44 PM by Penny Johnston

We are anxiously looking forward to getting back to business throughout the City once we have stopped the spread of the Coronavirus-19.  We all recognize that we are in this together and it will take all of us to turn it around.  COVID-19 is a real threat and needs to be taken seriously. Please protect your friends and loved ones and yourself by following the guidelines that have been issued by Executive Order of the Governor of Florida.  The County has adopted a good slogan:  Make a Difference, Keep Your Distance.

There are necessary changes that have been made to curb the spread of COVID-19 because groups of people have not complied in some areas, endangering everyone’s well-being. As our community recognizes the severity of the situation, it is hoped those closures can be kept to a minimum. Our failure to step-up and work together will only extend the length of this crisis. The obvious fact is that the more seriously the public commits to the guidelines, the sooner we can resume our normal lifestyles. 

For the people on the front lines protecting you such as healthcare workers, first responders, all those working in essential areas of public service and all their supporting entities who are unable to stay home; let’s show our appreciation to each of them by doing our best to stay safe, stay apart, and stay home.

Sep 17

Palmetto Toilet Rebate Program

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 3:33 PM by Penny Johnston

The City of Palmetto, in conjunction with Southwest Florida Water Management District, is excited to announce beginning October 1, 2019, we are able to pay up to a $100.00 rebate to Palmetto utility customers who replace their 3.6 gallons per flush (gpf) high-flow toilets with more efficient 1.28 (gpf) low-flow toilets.  The Toilet Rebate Program will apply to toilets replaced after October 1, 2019, with a household limit of 2 toilets per year.

You can read specific details on the City’s website For more information about the Toilet Rebate Program, contact City staff at 941-417-2890 or email

Thank you for your help in our continued effort to conserve water.