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Florida mayor donating salary to pay his residents’ bills for trash pickup and energy

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Grover Robinson, the mayor of Pensacola, Fla., will donate his annual salary of $100,000 toward paying for energy and trash collection for his residents amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, the mayor announced he would donating his salary to Pensacola Energy as well as the town’s sanitation service, saying: “I’m not going to ask you to lose your salary if I’m not willing to do the same at this particular time.” 

The move reportedly comes days after Robinson ordered all entertainment venues in the city to close as state officials work to limit the spread of COVID-19. He also reportedly ordered all restaurants in the city to reduce their businesses to takeout and delivery options amid the pandemic, joining a number of other states and municipalities that have done the same in recent weeks to combat the outbreak.

“I wanted to at least say, for my part, I was willing to be a part of that and to suffer the same sacrifices that you and your family are going through at this particular time. We will get through this. We will find a way,” Robinson also said on Monday.

According to data from the Florida Department of Health, over 1,200 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the state, as well as 18 deaths so far.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has faced growing pressure to follow other states in issuing a stay-at-home order to prevent the outbreak from taking a stronger hold in the state.

However, the governor has closed gyms and fitness centers in the state and ordered restaurants to temporarily halt their in-dining services in response to the outbreak.

He has also said the state will implement a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those traveling from New York or New Jersey and ordered several beaches to close after getting heat earlier this month for initially refusing to do so.

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