• President’s Message: Adapting to the New Normal

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    April 29, 2020
    As I write this, we are anxiously anticipating the release of Governor Ron Desantis’ plan to reopen the Florida economy. If Florida were its own country, our 1.2 trillion dollar economy would be the 17th largest in the world. It’s very important to have this powerful economy up and running again.
     
    In the past six weeks, I have been on numerous statewide web meetings, numerous local web meetings, and numerous Destin Chamber board web meetings. One common theme on all of the meetings has been to restart the economy the correct way so that we can recover the correct way, while maintaining a “safety first” philosophy for Florida’s residents.
     
    Yesterday, the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners, upon recommendation from Commissioner Kelly Windes, formed a task force to look at how to reopen our economy. The task force will have one representative of each of the four Okaloosa County chambers and one appointment from each commissioner. This task force will have to move quickly and accurately to assist in restarting our economy, advising the commissioners on ideas, thoughts, and plans.
     
    In addition, the four chambers and the EDC of Okaloosa County formed a task force. We will work together to provide suggestions and ideas to the county task force. This is the best way for the business community to have input into the best practices we need to put in place.
     
    The Destin Chamber board is also considering forming a local task force to focus on Destin’s economy. Restarting our economy in a safety-first direction based on facts and science and not fear is our main focus. Stay tuned to DestinChamber.com and our Weekly Wave e-newsletter so you will know how this is developing.
     
    As we begin the phase-in of reopening both Florida’s economy and our local economy, it must be safety first for employers, employees and customers. It’s vital that we reopen the economy for the good of all businesses in Florida, their employees and the families of those employees. We look forward to working with the Governor, our local elected officials, our local businesses and those who create the great quality of life we have. It’s important we follow all guidelines put in place for the reopening of Florida’s economy so that the quality of life we all enjoy can be reopened as well. 
     
    Working together, we can rebuild our economy, and continue to build this world-class community one business at a time.
     
    Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP
    President & CEO
    Destin Chamber
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