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Contact Pinellas County Commissioners NOW – Say No to Stay Home Order for Golf Courses

March 25, 2020

Sorry for the late notice, but the Pinellas County Commissioners will vote on a Stay at Home Order that requires most all businesses, including golf courses, to close.  This is contrary to many other orders around the country that have recognized golf as a healthy and safe activity during these difficult times.  If you are a Pinellas County resident, please email them now (you can email all of them easily at one time) to urge them to continue safe public recreation.

Here is how to email them:

1.  Go to http://www.pinellascounty.org/commission/default.htm

2.  On the left side, click “email” under “Board of County Commissioners

3.  Check the boxes by each County Commissioner

4.  Write your message and fill out the rest of the blanks

Here are some talking points.  It is best to put things in your own words.

  • We are with you, County Commissioners, on the critical need to simultaneously keep our citizens safe and keep the economy going.
  • In the face of mandatory closures of restaurants, clubhouses, and other indoor entertainment businesses, the fields of play (the golf courses themselves) like parks should be permitted to stay open as safe places for people to get out recreate; and dining operations should be limited to any rules commensurate with the restaurant industry (such as take-out only).
  • Golf courses everywhere are taking all health advisories seriously and adjusting their operations by closing clubhouse amenities and restaurants (take out only), but they need the ability to keep the golf courses open to remain economically viable. Operators are complying with all CDC Social Distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of those citizens seeking to enjoy golf as a safe respite with family and friends from these very difficult times.
  • Golf courses touch thousands of jobs, facilitate millions in charitable giving and offer open space preservation. If golf courses are forced to shut down completely, many will not recover – and the cascade will be felt by thousands of employees, charities and entire communities.

Please amend the proposed Stay Home Order to keep Pinellas County golf courses open.

Thank you for your help,

Bill Place 

Owner, Ace Golf

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