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Hillsborough leaders ask for your input on how to help you during COVID-19 pandemic

Commissioners also asking to contact governor
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Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 07:50:59-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- A commissioner in Hillsborough County is asking people to take the time to email county and state leaders to ask for "careful, prudent actions" to help local leaders safeguard the most vulnerable and help get people back to work.

"Opening the gates without preparation by our business community will keep schools from opening this fall, kill our economy and tourism and forfeit any of the progress we have made to reduce the number of people that have died from this virus," said Commissioner Kimberly Overman in a Facebook post.

She's encouraging people to submit a public comment to Hillsborough County's Emergency Policy Group at

Those emails will be entered into the official record, Overman said.

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She is also encouraging people to contact Governor Ron DeSantis' Re-Open Florida Task Force to share thoughts about what is needed to re-open the state's economy.

The Re-Open Florida Task Force recently launched a public comment submission portal open to all Floridians.

Public feedback will be a critical component of the Task Force's final report to Governor Ron DeSantis, according to the governor's office.

All interested Floridians are encouraged to submit their ideas regarding the safe re-opening of Florida's economy.

Floridians may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida's economy. That includes the impacts to small businesses, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation, sports and construction.

Previous Task Force meeting agendas and presentations are provided online at

Audio recordings for all previous Task Force meetings are available online at