Parker Leaders say new businesses are looking to come to community

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PARKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - During a special council meeting Thursday, Parker City Leaders said new businesses are looking to set up shop in the area.

Parker City Council members during special meeting Thursday. Officials say more than a dozen businesses are interested in coming to the city. (WJHG/WECP)

Parker City Leaders say more than a dozen businesses such as Aldi and RaceTrac have expressed interest in opening stores in the community.

Mayor Richard Musgrave said many buildings had to be torn down due to damage from Hurricane Michael. Now that the debris has been cleared, businesses have room to build in the city.

Musgrave said this a fast way to help boost the local economy.

"We just can't wait on federal reimbursement. It's too slow," explained Musgrave. "The way we're doing economic recovery is to try to get private investment. So we get private investors and builders to come in and start putting up some properties."

Also during the meeting, council members approved giving public works employees a $2 per hour raise.

Musgrave said he supported the plan because many departments are short-staffed and employees have had to do extra work.

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