ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — St. Johns County leaders are wooing Elon Musk and Tesla to relocate to the First Coast.
The Tesla CEO tweeted earlier this month the company would relocate to Texas or Nevada after what he called "ignorant" actions "contrary to the governor" of California, the president, "our Constitutional freedoms and just plain common sense" in ordering Tesla's Alameda County facilities to remain closed through at least June 1.
Musk later tweeted, "Tesla is restarting production today (Monday, May 11) against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me."
Now, St. Johns County leaders are inviting Musk and Tesla to consider relocating there.
County spokesman Michael Ryan told First Coast News the details of the offer are still "under development."
He said the county has some of the "big picture" things that Tesla would need such as access to interstates, the railroad and open land.
"Tesla, Inc., is hereby respectfully and enthusiastically invited to consider St. Johns County, Florida, as a potential destination in the relocation of its headquarters or any future programs," a resolution passed by the county commission Tuesday morning says.
The full text of the county's resolution can be read below.
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