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Murphy Announces Nearly $14 Million for Orlando Sanford International Airport Recovery Efforts

Altogether, Murphy has announced at least $88 million in federal investments in SFB

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Washington, November 3, 2021 | comments

WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is granting nearly $14 million to the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to help as the airport continues to recover from the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. SFB is receiving this funding as a result of the Murphy-supported American Rescue Plan Act that President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021. Altogether, Murphy has announced at least $88 million in federal investments for SFB. “I worked to pass this federal funding earlier this year to help communities in Florida and across the country recover quickly from the economic and health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Murphy. “Orlando Sanford International Airport is a key economic driver in Central Florida and this investment will give it the support it needs to keep workers employed, airport retail businesses open, and our tourism economy thriving.” SFB will use this funding to help keep people safe and employed by covering operational expenses and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens like COVID-19. Specifically, one of the grants provides $12.5 million to help cover personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and operations costs, as well as debt service payments and efforts to combat the spread of diseases at the airport. A separate grant for $1.37 million can be used to support businesses located at SFB, in the form of rent relief and minimum annual guarantees. For more information on each of the grants, click here and here.

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U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

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