JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Jacksonville continues to see more COVID-19 cases, Mayor Lenny Curry says now is not the time to stop regional safety measures and reopen the coast – despite some organized efforts to change the mind of city leadership.
Curry said 10 deaths so far in Duval County associated with coronavirus is 10 too many, and that is why he will not be complacent.
He said he knew the city had not yet reached its peak, but at this time, he was sure steps were being taken to keep the city safe.
Curry said he deals with beach leadership every day and they discussed the possibility of reopening the beach, but he does not see that happening anytime soon
“The likelihood of people hearing the beach open and coming from the city and everywhere and even parking blocks and flooding our beaches is a risk we don’t want to take. That’s an unnecessary risk, “Curry said. “The most important thing right now is public security and stopping the spread of this virus. We cannot have potentially unnecessary people within 6 feet of each other, wall to wall, spreading the virus. I know this is frustrating. “
The mayor looked visibly upset during his daily press conference on Tuesday when he turned his attention to the conference violent crime that is still facing this city – included the murder of a 5 year old girl who was caught in the crossfire Monday night shootout.
Curry said he worked with Sheriff Mike Williams in an effort to curb violence, and they talked every day about whether to set a curfew for the city.
“I have mentioned the problem with the previous curfew, about its effectiveness and, once again, how we are deploying resources for public safety in the way that is most well served for the community but also does not place undue pressure on our police officers and firefighters ? “Curry said. “The curfew is definitely on the table.”
Director Mike Bruno with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said, even if a curfew had been imposed, it would likely not help the child who was shot Monday night, because the shooting occurred in the afternoon.
He said it was unacceptable that a small number of people in the city saw gunfire as a way to resolve the conflict.
“We must continue to focus on them and arrest them, and that is what the Sheriff’s Office is doing,” Bruno said.
JSO announced the names of the two men accused in the shooting of the little girl’s death.
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