Published: Jul 24, 2010 12:20 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 23, 2010 7:32 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Charlie Crist issued an executive order approving unemployment benefits in Florida. This circumvented the need for state leaders to hold a special session. Floridians no longer have to wait until September to receive their checks. 

The order extended to 250,000 Floridians. It was signed on Friday during Crist's visit to the Lee County Emergency Operations Center where Tropical Depression Bonnie is being tracked.

Benefits will be retroactive until June 5th. The new program pays up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to those who have previously used up the 79 weeks of state compensation. The benefits will extend until December 4th.

Floridians were worried they were not going to receive any benefits while the rest of the country did.

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