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Utuado mayor defends use of COVID-19 funds for ice skating rink


“We have to return to the emotional part for children, for the elderly -- the recreational part,” Utuado Mayor Jorge Pérez Heredia said.

By The Star Staff


Utuado Mayor Jorge Pérez Heredia on Monday defended the use of $100,000 of COVID-19 funds for an ice skating rink.


“I don’t think the exact amount will ever get there. But regardless of where the funds come from, the COVID part is not just for alcohol and sanitizer. There’s also the part of returning to normality after the pandemic -- we have to return to the emotional part for children, for the elderly -- the recreational part,” the mayor said in a radio interview. “My [political] adversaries are always looking for something; because they did nothing in eight years, they are looking for a way to attack me. These are funds that are destined for that [purpose].”


“All mayors are doing this,” Pérez Heredia added.


He noted that as of Monday the ice rink could be used and that it was quite crowded on the weekend.


He said the people who use it presented their proof of vaccination, and those who had not been vaccinated could take a rapid test for the virus.

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