Coronavirus Florida: Laid-off restaurant worker to walk to Tallahassee

Coronavirus Florida: Laid-off restaurant worker to walk to Tallahassee

Wendy Rhodes @WendyRhodesFL Apr 15, 2020 at 3:47 PM Florida says navigating the unemployment system is getting easier. Beau Guyott disagrees. And he’s out to prove it — one step at a time on a long walk to Tallahassee. * TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. Please support local journalism by subscribing to The Palm Beach Post. If you want breaking coronavirus news directly in your inbox, sign up for our Coronavirus Newsletter. * WEST PALM BEACH — Beau Guyott is unhappy with Florida’s unemployment system. Namely, because he’s one of untold thousands of workers, left jobless in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, who find themselves unable to access any benefits. With no job prospects and no unemployment money coming in, Guyott is at the end of the road. So, he’s decided to follow a new path — one that leads north to Tallahassee. And he’s walking it. The 417-mile trip is estimated to take 12 days, assuming he covers 40 miles each 14-hour day of walking. A goal, he said, is to cast a spotlight on the many people suffering hardship as governments flounder. “The social media stories are going to reiterate the fact that all this money that is being spent is apparently not winding up where it should be,” he said. Guyott was laid off in mid-March from the newly-opened The Ben Hotel in West Palm Beach, where he had just started working as a server after three years at The Colony Hotel on Palm Beach island. >>Unemployment forms available at Palm Beach County libraries A career restaurant worker, Guyott, 46, is eligible for up to $275 per week in state unemployment and another $600 per week in federal benefits. […]

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