Last January, Florida Gov. Rick Scott used the backdrop of Miami's Shell Lumber and Hardware to announce his plans for a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday for the 2014 hurricane season.
It starts this Saturday and runs through June 8.
During this holiday period, qualifying items related to hurricane preparedness are exempt from sales tax.
Some of the items in the tax exempt status include portable lights, tarps, radios, first aid kits, generators, batteries, coolers and storage containers for gasoline.
Jesus Guzman, president and chief operating officer of Shell Lumber and Hardware off U.S.Highway 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue in Miami told Local 10 they will have fliers posted around the store of the qualifying items and added personnel to field questions over the phone.
Selling for $10 or less:
• Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
Selling for $20 or less:
• Any portable self-powered light source
• Battery-powered flashlights
• Battery-powered lanterns
• Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil or similar fuel)
• Tiki-type torches
Selling for $25 or less:
• Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas and kerosene containers)
Selling for $30 or less:
• Batteries, including rechargeable batteries and excluding automobile and boat batteries (listed sizes only)
• Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
• Self-contained first-aid kit (already tax-exempt)
Selling for $50 or less:
• Tarpaulins (tarps)
• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths and other flexible waterproof sheeting
• Ground anchor systems
• Tie-down kits
• Bungee cords
• Ratchet straps
• Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
• Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
Selling for $750 or less:
• Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage