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Sunshine Ace Hardware boosts inventory to prepare for hurricane season, sales tax holiday

Sunshine Ace Hardware has increased its inventory of hurricane supplies and is featuring key items to help customers prepare for hurricane season.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. Forecasters are predicting another above-average storm season, with as many as 18 named tropical systems.

“We have stocked up so you can stock up,” said Sunshine Ace President Michael Wynn. “The key to hurricane preparedness is to take action long before Florida is in the forecast cone. That allows you to focus on your family and safety immediately before a storm instead of trying to find flashlights and batteries, and it also allows retail stores to replenish inventory throughout hurricane season.”

Sunshine Ace has worked with its suppliers to procure additional supplies if the region is included in the forecast track of a tropical storm or hurricane.

Florida’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 29 and extends through June 4. Sunshine Ace Hardware has created special product displays and signage outlining items that qualify for a sales tax break, including special light and lantern combo kits. Sunshine Ace’s “Helpful Hardware folks” are available to help customers find and purchase necessities to replenish hurricane supplies for both personal and business use.

Items not subject to Florida’s state sales tax during the seven-day holiday include:

Selling for $10 or less:

  • Reusable ice packs

Selling for $20 or less:

  • Portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand crank or gas)
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns

Selling for $25 or less:

  • Fuel containers, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:

  • Six types of batteries (including rechargeables): AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (non-electrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Two-way and weather band radios (powered by battery, solar or hand crank)
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarps
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Selling for $750 or less:

  • Portable generators


About Sunshine Ace Hardware

Family owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware serves Florida with nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County, and are staffed by a long-term, friendly and knowledgeable team. Focused on customer service, Sunshine Ace employees are best known for building relationships and going above and beyond to help solve a home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job. For in-home support, Sunshine Ace provides a range of professional services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. Free delivery and assembly is also provided on items such as grills, power tools, mulch, soil and more. Sunshine Ace offers a wide variety of products including plumbing, hardware and electrical supplies, houseware, fishing gear, power equipment, paint, painting supplies and more. Sunshine Ace proudly carries quality brands including Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, STIHL power tools, Weber and Big Green Egg grills, as well as Penn and Shimano fishing gear. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors in managing and growing their business. For locations and hours, visit www.SunshineAce.com.

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