World news – Jacksonville Bold for 1:14:21: Lot J not OK


These were the words of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry after the biggest setback of his five and a half year tenure, the city council’s rejection of the Lot J proposal.

The city council had 12 of the 19 votes, which were needed for what the jaguars and the mayor’s office charged as a transformation law. Curry needed 13 votes, however.

If it had been earlier in the second term, this might have passed. Opponents of the deal made those decisions largely for their own reasons, resulting in an unlikely alliance between Council Chairman Tommy Hazouri and the man he beat 16-3 last year, Danny Becton.

A great moment for legislative independence? A strike against cronyism, deal-making, etc.? Or was it really something else?

Was it this councilor who, after more than half a decade of rolling for this mayor, was so desperate that he killed the future of the franchise in spite of everything?

Jacksonville had never really the crowd for an NFL team. The sales pitch was passion. These people wanted it more so that the effort could make up for structural deficiencies compared to other NFL cities.

True enough; In the early years of the franchise, the passion cooled off sometime towards the end of the Bill Clinton era. Brief resuscitation periods showed what it could have been like … if the team had only won.

Participation is not a reliable indicator of excitement for the pandemic, but even Governor Ron DeSantis advocated the Jaguars a few months ago didn’t even sell out a socially distant seating configuration.

That bet is getting bigger now that the city won’t take the plunge into Lot J.

The favorite song of Jacksonville’s favorite son – James Weldon Johnson’s legendary « Lift Ev’ry. » Voice and Sing « – should gain even more recognition, reports USA Today.

South Carolina MP James Clyburn wants to make it the national anthem, he told reporter Deborah Barfield Barry this week.

 » It accepts Making a national anthem, I think, would be an act to bring the country together. It would tell people, « You don’t sing a separate national anthem, you sing the country’s national anthem, » said Clyburn. “The gesture itself would be an act of healing. Everyone can identify with this song. “

After last summer’s protests against Black Lives Matter, the town was renamed Hemming Park after Johnson, and it appears that a season of growing appreciation is continuing. Expect bills to be tabled before you read this.

Erick Aguilar, who never won over to Rep. John Rutherford’s challenge to Rep. John Rutherford in Congressional District 4 Republican Elementary School in 2020, has joined the Election Department of Florida filed. Few candidates have applied in the state for 2022, and so far Aguilar is alone in the area.

Assuming a) Rutherford will not run again, b) the card will be redistributed in the district, or c) Somehow bringing up Aguilar Rutherford this time, expect Aguilar to be run from the right if his Twitter feed (a compendium of conspirators) posts of the « Stop the Steal » sort are clues.

MP Michael Waltz gave this It was announced this week that he received death threats following the presidential election confirmation vote.

We have received threats. We reported these threats to the Capitol Police, ”he told Bay News 9 reporter Samantha Jo Roth in a video posted on Twitter. « I think it’s disgusting. It breaks my heart. »

« I’m used to receiving death threats from al-Qaeda and terrorist organizations when I have my background as a special forces soldier, » said Waltz zu Roth . « But receiving them from other Americans, even receiving them from Conservatives, is just heartbreaking. »

The angry calls began after Waltz changed his position on the certification of several battlefield states that Biden had won.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that several Jacksonville initiatives were cut in the final round of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) rebuilding program to rebuild the Florida General Planning Support program channeled by the HUD for disasters over the past decade .

Atlantic Beach will receive nearly $ 87,000 for updating a vulnerability assessment for tidal swamps and water features. Jacksonville will receive approximately $ 63,000 for its valuation to assess vulnerability to future disasters.

Basics Jacksonville will receive $ 718,809 for river basin restoration and a management plan for McCoy’s Creek and Hogans Creek, two tributaries of the Urban Core, which are also getting a lot of attention in the city budget.

« The resilience of the state of Florida remains a top priority for my administration as we approach the two-year anniversary of my executive order to now do more for the Florida environment » said DeSantis. « I am excited to build on our environmental achievements with this unique mitigation program that will enable communities in Florida to become more resilient to future storms. »

Expect to see the 2022 Republican primaries in northeast Florida Will be angry with the upcoming GOP, says Rep. Cord Byrd’s wife.

In a Facebook post, Esther Byrd warned members of Duval County’s Republican Women’s Club not to finish third.

« It can give a moment when moving to a third party is a viable option. But we’re not there yet, « Byrd said, urging people to stay red and » clean up the Republican Party. « 

This surge is believed to be metaphorical, but to what extent? In a series of Facebook posts published concurrently with the Capitol siege, she alleged that complaints about Donald Trump supporters quarreling with Capitol police officers reflected double standards.

« ANTIFA and BLM can burn and loot buildings and violently attack the police and citizens, « Byrd noted on her personal Facebook page. » But when Trump supporters protest peacefully, all they can do is talk about law and order! « 

Expect They that the Byrds, a political force in Republican politics in northeast Florida, will seize the moment and the aftermath as an opportunity to impose purity tests on GOP candidates.

« In the coming civil wars (We, i The people against the radical left and We, the people who clean up the Republican Party) are filling the team lists. Each elected official in DC will choose one. There are only two teams … with us [or] against us, ”Byrd mused. « We, the people, will NOT forget! »

Schisms in the GOP are nothing new, of course, but it will be interesting to see how or if any of these will come into play in the 2022 campaign cycle. When Byrd is in a competitive elementary school, expect unique games for the more villainous elements of the Republican base. And expect opponents of the rampant rhetoric to be painted as backsliding RINOs.

With HD 12 Rep. Clay Yarborough planning a run for the Republican nomination in SD 4 next year, HD 12 opens, and one Former city council president keeps an eye on the Southside Jacksonville seat.

« It is worth considering when Rep. Yarborough will vacate the seat, » said Republican Scott Wilson, who was elected with comfortable margins twice before taking the seat left to run for Duval County Court Clerk last year. Wilson did not clear the August primary.

Wilson was a former adjutant to Councilor Don Redman who fell short in the 2016 primary for the then-open seat in Yarborough.

No one has submitted yet HD 12 contestant. Yarborough faced both primary and general election opponents last year, but presented no serious challenges.

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« The work of art captures it in the glow of the sunrise over Matanzas Bay, » says the advertising copy.

The fort was built in the 17th century by Spain and Taken in the 19th century when Florida was a US territory. It was given an Anglicised name and then renamed the original Sobriquet under the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

An increase in vaccinations did not go smoothly this week, causing the Mayor of Jacksonville to express disapproval on social media.

Curry responded to long lines and shot to vaccination stations in two senior centers on Monday. He said the city only got enough of the shot to get around.

Lenny Curry is not happy with the interference with the vaccine extension. Image via A. G. Gancarski. Image via Jacksonville Daily Record.

Curry said Jacksonville is « giving & COVID-19 vaccinations that deplete our daily supply. We don’t control the supply. We can only deliver what we have every day. “

Suppliers are skimpy though, an apparent charge against the distribution of vaccines at the federal and state levels compared to Jacksonville.

 » Nearly a thousand citizens are being vaccinated every day while supplies last and when more supplies is available for our city, we will pursue additional locations, « said Curry.

With nearly a million people in Duval County, that pace would result in vaccinations being completed sometime after the next mayoral election in 2023. </ During a Jax interview with Action News on Tuesday, Curry said his government had secured 11,000 vaccines and there were supplies for filing. However, he continues to note that supply chain issues determine how many can be vaccinated.

The mayor stressed his « great relationship » with the governor and suggested that any fault on the way not to Tallahassee but to Joe Biden’s Washington goes.

JAX Chamber has launched its annual Small Business Owner of the Year List, which recognizes commercial operations from the west side of the city to the beaches.

Daniel Davis, President of JAX Chamber, welcomes the best to Jacksonvilles small business. Image about Florida Politics.

One of the 12 business leaders named Small Business Leader of the Year 2021 under the name of JAX Chamber President Daniel Davis and other dignitaries during a breakfast reception at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville on February 2nd.

The Jacksonville Transit Authority is working with the North Florida Region of the American Red Cross to promote National Blood Donation Month.

During the week, the Acosta Bridge will glow red every day to encourage the communities in Jacksonville To donate blood in 2021.

The Acosta Bridge is dipped in red to urge Jacksonville to donate blood. Image via JTA / Fred Ortyl.

The American Red Cross of North Florida serves approximately 3.8 million residents in 35 counties covering the chapters of Northeast Florida, the Capital Region, and Northwest Florida.

Approximately 1.2 million US Dollars will be distributed to 117 First Coast charities to help fund costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Community Foundation for the Northeast Florida Respond, Adapt and Recover Fund began distributing the funds Tuesday to the agencies that look after people in six counties. The Community Foundation’s funds are paid out through grants of between $ 500 and $ 50,000.

This is the latest round of charitable grants in the special fund set up by the foundation in the fall to cover those caused by the COVID-19 outbreak To cover costs. The funds will be used to cover costs incurred by the pandemic such as personal protective equipment, perspex, testing, social distancing and hygiene measures.

« These nonprofits, many of which had limited budgets prior to the pandemic, have suddenly been overwhelmed , faced unplanned costs that were essential to the continued care of their customers, « said Kathleen Shaw, vice president of programs at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

In the COVID-19 crisis, nonprofits faced tough choices to make says Kathleen Shaw. Image via Community Foundation.

« We’ve seen them make the agonizing decisions to ensure a safe environment for employees and customers, and we know these grants will help alleviate some of the ones caused by the pandemic reduce financial burdens, « Shaw said.

Reads and sounds like it will be Florida Democrat Blue in 2022! Attention Rutherford, Byrd and Duffus Desantis! We will not be forgotten!

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