Can downtown be saved? Lori Boyer is trying

It must be tough to be Lori Boyer right now. Lori is a former City Council Member and now runs the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA). Downtown development is not easy and has been a thorn in Jacksonville's side for many, many years. Jacksonville is in a messy...

JEA Board: It’s time to Admit. Apologize. Act.

The headlines in the local newspapers created head-shaking. But I wasn't surprised. All the fingers are pointing and those who made poor decisions are looking for others to blame. It's pretty typical of weak leadership. And at this point in time, the JEA Board is weak...

Care about our city? Join this group

OurJax is a newly formed group of concerned citizens who care deeply about the governance of our beloved City of Jacksonville. Sounds like our kind of people!! Because of the recent JEA debacle and some other issues that have raised red flags about our city...

Crime rates are not as malleable as the media seems to think

The local media in Jacksonville is going through another spate of hand-wringing over the crime rate and looking for someone to blame. The usual remedy is to hire more police. That decreases response times, which means police get to a crime scene quicker. But it does...

Fight over 5G wireless technology is heating up in Jax

Residents of Jacksonville who are concerned about the new 5G technology are continuing to press the City Council over proposed changes in local law that would enable its rollout in Jacksonville. Last week at a workshop, city laws provided a comparison of what the...

Mayor Curry’s legacy: The toxicity of our City

I’ve seen Mayor Curry’s “leadership” traits before.  Sadly many of you have seen similar leadership in the workforce.  His leadership style is toxic. Books have been written about toxic leadership and in an article in Psychology Today, dated July 6, 2016, it...

All the Mayor’s Men have made a mess again

Over the weekend another news outlet uncovered information about the men around Mayor Curry. According to the Florida Times Union, Mayor Curry's political strategist, Tim Baker, sat in on numerous JEA "closed-door" meetings at the insistence of Aaron Zahn - now the...

2019 didn’t work out too well for the Great JEA Sale Caper

Demolition of the Jacksonville Landing produced a large pile of rubble but the debris was small compared to the wreckage of the JEA sale scheme. In what probably was the biggest local story of 2019, an effort to sell the city’s water and utility company took off and...

Zahn is leaving JEA post but many questions remain behind him

Aaron Zahn Aaron Zahn is out, but hold back your tears. He was named CEO of JEA last year, despite having no qualifications other than being a friend of Mayor Lenny Curry. He pretty much screwed up what apparently was his No. 1 job – selling the JEA. Despite that, he...

Two letters are sent, as the JEA issue heats up

Mayor Lenny Curry is changing course on the JEA sale, after receiving a polite but pointed letter from the Jacksonville Civic Council. The civic council’s JEA Subcommittee, consisting of Michael Ward, Bobby Stein and Jeanne Miller, asked Curry to switch from the...

City Council was in a hurry to shovel more money out the door

One of the City Council’s more preposterous actions took place recently when it passed a highly greased bill handing $850,000 in cash to a multi-billion-dollar company. Winn-Dixie is the recipient. All the company has to do to “earn” the money is open a grocery in the...

City Haul has run out of original ideas

Rendering to replace The Landing? Renderings published in the media indicate Mayor Lenny Curry is opting for a new bum magnet in the heart of Jacksonville. To replace the Jacksonville Landing – which just 30 years ago was considered the “catalyst” for downtown...

Ted Yoho Term Limited himself

Rep. Ted Yoho U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho is leaving Congress, as he promised when he ran for office. It is a loss that highlights the problem with term limits. Term limits for Congress is an idea that continues to be voiced whenever public frustration with Congress flares up...

Latest fiasco another indicator change is needed at JEA

Thank goodness for the City Council auditor and the General Counsel’s Office. Together they exposed the JEA’s boneheaded performance pay plan scheme as illegal and financially ridiculous. It was not always that way. JEA began paying for performance in 1990. Used...

Downtown making a U turn?

After decades of trying to make traffic move quicker and smoother, local officials apparently have decided to make a U-turn and slow everything down. In the 1950s, many downtown streets and streets leading to downtown from the suburbs were changed to one-way traffic....

Calm down: Another take on the JEA frenzy

There are a lot of calls in social media and elsewhere to “stop the process” of determining how much the city-owned utility JEA is worth. Why? What possibly could be wrong with determining its value? The city’s property appraiser doesn’t know. Neither does anyone...

Florida Gun battles heat up in courts and legislature

Gun grabbers in Florida are pedal-to-the-metal in their attempt to disarm victims and make life easier for criminals. Fortunately for Floridians, those who believe in the Constitution are fighting back and a Jacksonville man is among them. Channel 4 has reported that...

Is JEA taking lessons from DC Swamp?

The headlines about JEA seems eerily similar to the headlines coming out of DC. For example... Zahn vs. Biden: Could the CEO of JEA be our Hunter Biden? Aaron Zahn, friend/'supporter of the Mayor is the CEO of JEA and was recently appointed as CEO by the Board. He is...

An old discredited claim is revived again by a former First Lady

Michelle Obama, who never was proud of America until it elected her husband, continues to show her hatred for the nation even after leaving the White House. “Y’all are still running from us,” she said recently, voicing the theory of “white flight” that liberals have...

Salute (and a WINK) to Operation New Uniform (ONU)

ONU Team with Lt. Colonel Oliver North A business partner invited me to attend the Fundraising Gala for Operation New Uniform™. It was a wonderful experience and the guest speaker was Lt. Col. Oliver North. (A lovely patriot with huge battle scars, a war hero and a...

Are we too late? Can we fix politics?

I've only been involved in politics since 2008 when President George Bush bailed out the banks while my entrepreneurial CEOs were fighting to stay in business. That was when I "woke." My personal awakening about the political world changed my world. Somehow doors...

Civic leaders are not buying the JEA doomsday scenarios

As Mark Twain might say, reports of JEA’s death are greatly exaggerated. The Jacksonville Civic Council just gave the JEA and Mayor Lenny Curry a big pie in the face, accusing proponents and JEA of being secretive, uncooperative and misleading. In essence, the council...

Big talk by Jags owner is unrelated to reality

Comments by Jaguars owner Shad Khan the other day were worthy of note. First was the notion that nothing has been done downtown for 50 years. “This has been like a 50-year objective in Jacksonville to do something downtown,” Khan allegedly told local reporters. “I’ve...

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