Wednesday May 20 at 10:30am join the protest at City Hall in downtown Clearwater. Here is an email that is circulating among Pinellas/Pasco bar owners … Bar owners have been hit the hardest through out this Covid-19 pandemic. The government has asked us to close, we have complied, we have no ability to work from home, or have to go orders , we were not even allowed partially open in Phase one. We have our licenses, we are zoned properly, we collect and pay sales tax, we pay our taxes and we create jobs, we have not seen any financial relief at all, the bills are still mounting.
Companies like Amazon, Walmart, Costco, and Liquor stores have been allowed to stay open through out this process. Malls are opening this past weekend, Macy’s, Dillard’s and other mass retailers are open.
Restaurants with bars are open and they are packed along with beaches drawing a mass of amount people.
With all that said, we are not allowed to open in any capacity and we are not given a timeline when we can open. It is now time to take matters into our hands as we need to come together and organize. I would like to form a formal protest and hope the governor of the Great state of Florida listens to our needs. We need to be heard, we need to stand together or we will fall together. I am asking all bar owners to stand up and rally for your business that has been a constant in your local community, LETS DO THIS TOGETHER!