State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando Don’t know about you, but I haven’t owned a printer in like a decade. I know I’m not alone in that, but right now, Florida’s fantastically shoddy unemployment benefits website is making that a problem. Because so few people are able to sign on to the shit-sandwich site to complete the application for unemployment benefits – and that’s by design; see above tweet – the state will now begrudgingly accept paper applications mailed to the Tallahassee Department of Economic Opportunity. Hilariously for those without printers, there’s now a link on the DEO page “download paper application.” (Neat trick!) Ever down-to-earth and ready with a common-sense solution, state Sen. Linda Stewart announced Friday that her Orlando staff would print off a stack of the seven-page applications and make them available at her office door at 1726 S. Bumby Ave. Stewart’s staff are working remotely during the quarantine, but you can reach someone at 407-893-2422. “This has become a very difficult time for all of us and we hope to be able to provide some assistance and streamline as much as we can,” said Stewart in a statement. “Be safe, wear a mask outside, and I am hoping in time we will be able to return to some normalcy in our lives.” Mail completed applications to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity P.O. Box 5350 Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350 — Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication . Consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps .
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