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PINE ISLAND AMERICAN LEGION POST 136

Phone Number  239-283-4434

 


July 15, 2020​

We are open again and hope to stay open for a while. We received a new email that stated as long as we continue to operate like we have been, we are okay to open again. I would like to thank the Board of Officers for handling this issue in a very timely manner. 

Ed Mitchell, Commander
For God and Country

 


 

UPDATE DBPR
(Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation)
HAS RESCINDED THE ORDER TO
CLOSE AMERICAN LEGION POSTS

July 15, 2020
 
To All Members of The American Legion, Department of Florida
 
Subject:        Order to Close American Legion Post Rescinded
 
On July 8th, the Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sent an email in which he ordered the closure of private social clubs and American Legion Posts. On July 13th, he rescinded that order. Further, our Judge Advocate Team has been in contact with a number of folks at the enforcement arm, Secretary’s office and the Chief of Staff of DBPR Mr. Thomas R. Philpot.
 
DBPR Chief of Staff Philpot has sent an email to the Judge Advocate’s Office clarifying:
 
“Amended Emergency Order 2020‐09 does not prohibit an American Legion Post from operating the premises for other organizational purposes unrelated to the sale of alcoholic beverages, though the Post is encouraged to follow other state and local guidance on sanitation and social distancing to prevent the risk of exposure and spread of illness during this pandemic.”
 
I understand that this is a very difficult time and there have been many mixed messages. I would like to ask all of you to please not email your representatives or the DBPR directly.
 
We would like to do this as an organized concerted effort from the Department. Our Department staff and Judge Advocate team has been working with a number of folks at the DBPR and some elected leaders both in local and state government. If you have some connections or have started a dialog, please contact the Judge Advocate team at JudgeAdvocate@FloridaLegion.org and let them handle it.
 
I know that a number of our Area, District and Post Commanders have been emailing and calling DBPR and our elected officials. This takes a lot of time and effort. We will do that for you. Please, let our Judge Advocate team make those calls and work at getting the changes made that we would all like to see. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact them at the same email address.
 
Once again, I am sure I do not have to remind you that all Posts are autonomous! Please read the attached two emails carefully. The guidance is clear and I hope as we continue to work with our legislators and the folks at DBPR we will have more announcements forthcoming in the not too distant future.
 

I want to thank all for what you do each and every day for our Veterans, their families and the communities in which we live.
 
For God and Country,

William "Rick" Johnson, Commander
The American Legion
Department of Florida

 
 

 

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Since our charter on July 1, 1980, American Legion Post 136 of Florida has been welcoming Veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country, and Community.

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