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Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner delivers letter to Gov. DeSantis requesting move to Phase 2

County requests moving to next phase incrementally
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner (right) meets with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Posted at 1:05 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 13:15:27-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner met Thursday with Gov. Ron DeSantis and delivered the letter requesting the county move to Phase 2 of reopening.

County commissioners met Tuesday and agreed by a vote of 4-2 to send the letter to the governor requesting to make the move in five steps.

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Kerner met with DeSantis in Atlantic Beach, Florida, during the governor's visit to the 2020 National Fraternal Order of Police Fall Board Meeting, the county said in a written statement.

Palm Beach County officials said they also sent the letter to the governor late Wednesday, which asks that they move to Phase 2 in staggered increments beginning around Sept. 8.

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Moving to Phase 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen like movie theaters and bowling alleys.

The staggered reopening will allow officials to analyze health metrics and evaluate if there is a surge in coronavirus cases, according to the letter.

Click here to read the full plan to move to Phase 2 in Palm Beach County.