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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jul. 29, 202111:10 AM EST

JaxPort receives $13.7 million state grant

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It is part of a $250 million program to help cover revenue losses caused by the pandemic.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in state grants for Florida’s ports July 29 to assist in recovery from decreased revenue in 2020 and to invest in infrastructure.

JaxPort will receive $13,716,224 from the program.

“From the cruise industry, to cargo, to supporting military operations, our ports provide nearly 1 million jobs for Floridians. This $250 million investment in our ports is a commitment to our future economic prosperity for generations to come,” DeSantis said in a news release.

The largest grants are $72.2 million for Port Canaveral; $66.9 million for PortMiami; and $58.3 million for Port Everglades.

The Port of Fernandina in Nassau County is among the recipients of the smallest grant amount, $806,772.

Subject to approval by City Council, Mayor Lenny Curry is proposing an $8 million contribution to JaxPort to mitigate economic harm related to the pandemic, part of the $171.8 million the city received this year from the federal American Rescue Plan.

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