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In FL non-compete agreements may be enforced by the employer so long as they are reasonable with regard to time and geographical area, and protect a legitimate business interest of the employer as defined by Florida statute. Generally, restrictions of up to two years and covering areas where the employer actually does business will be considered reasonable by a court. So, the non-compete agreements you describe would typically be enforceable.
I agree that this makes it difficult for you to compete and that it's a bit unfair, but you have to find a way to work around this, either by offering to "buy out" these employees from their non-competes (paying the other salon an agreed upon sum in exchange for release from the non-compete), attempting to recruit the graduates of the school before they sign their non-competes with this salon, or recruiting from out of town.
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