Statement from JAXPORT CEO Eric Green on State of Florida’s COVID-19 relief for JAXPORT

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Jul 29, 2021 | Press Releases
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A message from JAXPORT CEO Eric Green regarding the State of Florida’s allocation of $13.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for JAXPORT:

“JAXPORT is extremely grateful for the long-standing support we have received from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault over the years and throughout the pandemic. As it has for everyone, this last year has been a particularly challenging one for our industry, with the pandemic bringing cruise business to a halt and reducing cargo volumes and revenue for Florida ports. Through this historic investment, JAXPORT is well-positioned to not only protect Florida Jobs but to also continue to grow our port and the positive impact we have on the economy of our region and state.”

The state’s funding will be allocated through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The criteria for how the funds can be used will be determined by FDOT.

Florida’s seaports are critically important to the state’s economy. Cargo and cruise activity through Jacksonville’s seaport alone generates nearly 139,300 jobs and more than $31.1 billion in annual economic impact for the region and state.

JAXPORT is Florida’s No. 1 container port by volume and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports.

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