As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Floridians still need help. Congress and President Joe Biden are still debating the size of the next federal aid package as local businesses continue to struggle while they wait. With the economic downturn in the pandemic, some companies are holding closed for renovation work along International Drive, pedestrian and vehicle traffic still lagging along the normally busy corridor. A number of central Florida attractions, restaurants, and shops, depending on tourism, may have failed to see the economic boom they were anticipating.Companies are counting on more federal aid to stay open and pay employees. The December aid package provided more than $ 280 billion for the paycheck protection program. Federal dollars have helped Benzer Enterprises keep its half-dozen stores open and keep 35 employees on its payroll since the first aid money came out last April. “This is our traditional slow season so it will be the worst right now,” said Nikhil Nandu. Nandu says his family is again seeking help to stay afloat. “It was definitely very helpful. Without this government support, it would have been quite difficult for us to stay open,” said Nandu. “But with the second round of PPP funding coming up, it’s definitely very important to us and we hope to get approved in the second round.”

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Floridians still need help.

Congress and President Joe Biden are still debating the size of the next federal aid package while local businesses continue to struggle while they wait.

As the economic collapse of the pandemic is keeping some companies closed for renovation work on International Drive, foot and vehicle traffic along the normally heavily frequented corridor continues to remain behind.

A number of Central Florida attractions, restaurants, and shops, depending on tourism, have not seen the economic boom they expected.

These companies are counting on more federal aid to stay open and pay employees.

The December aid package provided more than $ 280 billion for the paycheck protection program.

Federal dollars have helped Benzer Enterprises keep its half-dozen stores open and keep 35 people on its payroll since the first aid money came out last April.

“This is our traditional slow season so it will be the worst right now,” said Nikhil Nandu.

Nandu says his family is again seeking help to stay afloat.

“It was definitely very helpful. Without this government support, it would have been quite difficult for us to stay open,” said Nandu. “But with the second round of PPP funding coming up, it’s definitely very important to us and we hope to get approved in the second round.”