He's on a roll. One week after opening Duval County beaches, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announces a local stimulus package that would provide relief to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus relief is meant to help individuals with their mortgage, rent, and utility payments.
"Tomorrow my team will file legislation with the city council to allocate nearly $160 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide relief to citizens and support our ongoing response to COVID-19," Mayor Curry said in a media briefing on Thursday. “The program would provide $1,000 in relief to 40,000 households that meet certain criteria.”
Qualifications mandate that the individual be a Duval County resident who makes $75,000 a year and has lost at least 25% of income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The relief program will provide $35 million towards COVID-19 testing, testing sites, and other health care infrastructure needs.
“The only way we get back to work at some level is to have the ability to test, to test rapidly and to test widely for a sustained period of time”, Curry continued.
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The package will also allocate $20 million in economic relief for entities that are managing or operating city-owned facilities or functions on behalf of the city.
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The mayor made headlines last week after Duval County was the first in Florida to reopen their beaches and parks.
Shortly after his decision, police apprehended a fugitive who was found loitering in the dunes.
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The legislation will be introduced on Friday, and Jacksonville City Council is expected to consider emergency action next Monday.