Breaking news warranted a temporary halt on aid for solar plant

Red China has made it clear that it intends to dominate not only Asia but the rest of the world.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has said, not on my watch.

He just signed three bills from the Florida Legislature addressing the Communist state’s advances.

The bills deal with the purchase of farmland or any land that is close to military bases or critical infrastructure, digital networks and influence in education.

DeSantis called Florida’s pushback on the nation that recently sent spy balloons over America “the most ambitious of anywhere in the country” and said they could be a model for other states.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, a company called JinkoSolar is building solar panels at a plant in Cecil Commerce Center. JinkoSolar is owned by a company in Shanghai, China.

The City Council is considering incentives for the company to increase the size of its operation here. It is on the council agenda for final action after being approved by the council’s Finance Committee, Mayor’s Budget Review Committee and Office of Economic Development.

But Monday, the FBI served a search warrant on JinkoSolar, according to News4Jax. The FBI said it was assisting the Dept. of Homeland Security. News4Jax said it recorded the event with a drone.

JinkoSolar is one of several companies being investigated for circumventing U.S. trade rules, News4Jax said. It also has sued the government over trade rules.

Cecil Commerce Center is about 15 miles from NAS Jacksonville.

It is virtually impossible not to do business with China today, since it has become an economic powerhouse. Also, the JinkoSolar business does not appear to be covered by the new Florida law, which deals primarily with farmland ownership.

JinkoSolar is a private company but any company in China is under the control of the Communist Party.

Bottom line, there seems to be enough unanswered questions for the council to delay final action on financial aid for the company.

Accordingly, the City Council voted Tuesday to delay action on the $2.3 million grant for Jinko Solar’s expansion until more information is available.

Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.

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