As Florida Reopens, Brokers Confident Retail Closures Will Be Filled

Despite the fact that COVID-19 is still spreading in Florida — a tracking group’s dashboard reported 3,266 new cases and 106 deaths on Tuesday — and warnings from health officials that there could be a resurgence in cases this fall, Florida has mostly reopened under political and economic pressures. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed an executive order bringing the state into Phase 3 of his reopening plan, lifting occupancy restrictions on restaurants and businesses.

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is home to small boutiques, bars and restaurants.

The retail real estate market in South Florida has seemed to reflect an eagerness to get back to business. Although some business owners expressed nervousness that mask-wearing and social distancing requirements would now fall to individual establishments to decide, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association CEO Carol Dover told the Miami Herald that bar and restaurant owners were thrilled at reopening, and patrons packed into

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