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A DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO NOVEL CORONA VIRUS 2019 COVID-19 PANDEMIC
WHEREAS, the State of Florida, by action of Governor DeSantis, declared a State of Emergency (Executive Order 20-52; March 9, 2020) due to the spread and effect of Novel Corona Virus 2019 (Covid- 19); and
WHEREAS, in similar response to Covid-19, Nassau County, by action of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (Resolution 2020-35; March 18, 2020) declared a State of Local Emergency for all territory within the legal boundaries of Nassau County, including all incorporated and unincorporated areas; and
WHEREAS, under the provisions of Florida Statute Chapter 252, Section 38 (Emergency management powers of political subdivisions), it is an innate responsibility of the governing body of each political subdivision to safeguard the life and property of its citizens.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY DECLARED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA, THAT:
SECTION 1. Under the recognition of the responsibility described in Florida Statute Chapter 252, Section 38, and due to the growing and ongoing threat to the City of Fernandina Beach, a State of Emergency is hereby declared for all areas within the corporate limits of the City of Fernandina Beach, effective 1:00 PM, March 19, 2020.
SECTION 2. This Resolution and declaration must be confirmed by the duly elected City Commission of the City of Fernandina Beach as the first item of business at the next scheduled (regular or special) meeting of the City Commission.
SECTION 3. In accordance with Florida Statute 252, Section 38(3) and for the purpose of continuing local government operations as budgeted and approved by the City Commission, the City Manager (and his designees) may exercise the powers and authority granted therein.
SECTION 4. In further accordance with Florida Statute 252, Section 38, and State of Florida Executive Order 20-52 (Section 5[D]), the City may waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required pertaining to: 1) performance of public work and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community, including but not limited to, modifications to the conduct of public meetings and public participation at said meetings; 2) entering into contracts; however, political subdivisions are cautioned against entering into time and materials contracts without ceiling as defined by 2 CFR 200.318(j) or cost plus percentage contracts as defined by 2 CFR 200.323(d); 3) incurring obligations; 4) employment of permanent and temporary workers; 5) utilization of volunteer workers; 6) rental of equipment; 7) acquisition and distribution, with or without compensation, of supplies, materials, and facilities; and, 8) appropriation and expenditure of public funds.