Rising sea levels: Inciting Panic in Florida?

Depending on whose number you wish to use, Florida has 1,197 miles of coastline.  Or 1,350. Or 8,436. In any case, any rise in the sea level would mean a reduction in the land area of the state  - which is 54,252 square miles according to the governor’s...

Good teachers deserve higher pay yet Unions say “No.”

Florida legislators continue trying to reward good teachers with higher pay. Powerful union bosses continue to try to block those efforts. Why would they try to prevent good teachers from being rewarded? In Jacksonville, about half the teachers in the public schools...

They’re back!!! Once-hated toll roads.

Tolls are coming back. The Florida Dept. of Transportation will begin collecting tolls on the First Coast Expressway in a few weeks. This is sure to ignite grumbling by motorists, especially those who remember and disliked the tolls that were once common in...

If I had a dream…

I have a dream! It is a dream for a Jacksonville leadership team who cares more about serving the community than their own self elevation. It is a dream that infuses servanthood ingredients throughout the phrase “public servant.” It is a dream where leaders model...

“Price Gouging Narrative Season” begins

Hurricane season began June 1, so Florida residents can brace themselves for the annual storm of “price gouging” accusations. This great bogeyman comes into play every year, and one highlight of it is the loud promises by politicians to protect Floridians from the...

Duval County has its share of turkeys.

Yesterday the organization Florida Tax Watch in Tallahassee published its report "The 2019 Budget Turkey Watch Report: An Analysis of the Transparency and Accountability of the Budget Process." Per their wording on the report they state: "The report started in 1983,...

Charter school critics lack accurate information

Those knocking charter schools and other forms of school choice might want to do their homework before sounding off. School Board Member Warren Jones was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that charter schools are not...

Democrats Justice Reform upends the Rule of Law

This is what is coming to America Dallas County, TX District Attorney will not prosecute certain crimes.  This includes low level drug crimes, probation violations and thief of items under $750 if for personal use.  He says he is ending the criminalization...

For your summer reading list: Politics

There are a number of political biographies recently out or soon to be out that rehash the old days in Jacksonville. Former State Rep. John Forbes produced his autobiography with Susan Brandenburg, titled “Unlikely Partnership,” referring to the union of Forbes and...

The Crystal Ball spoke truth: Duval County Schools

In May 2018, Eye on Jacksonville welcomed Diana Greene to Jacksonville as Duval County School's new Superintendent. In that article, Lloyd Brown noted that we did not need an increase in taxes but an increase in standards. Did Lloyd Brown have a crystal ball? Check...

Jacksonville renamed to Hughestown?

Brian Hughes The breaking news yesterday was: Sam Mousa, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville is retiring. Sam, a highly qualified professional with deep roots in Jacksonville is being replaced by the only person in Jacksonville that our Mayor...

History is made as the Times-Union fails to publish a paper

For the first time in most people’s memory the daily paper was not published today. This note to subscribers was posted on the paper’s Web site: “Because of technical issues, most copies of the Florida Times-Union were not delivered to subscribers Monday morning....

STUDENT GROWTH IS SMALL BUT SPENDING GROWTH IS NOT

The School Board is contemplating building 30 new schools -- not because the schools are being flooded with new students but because buildings are aging. Dollars are growing faster than children in the local public schools. Since the 2007-08 school year, there has...

Oh to be a fly on the wall in Mayor Curry’s office

Democrats took a drubbing in Jacksonville’s city elections but a couple of them still are alive. Republicans made a sweep in citywide races except for Democrats Tommy Hazouri and Lisa King, who led in their races. Now all eyes are on Mayor Lenny Curry. Who will he...

Troubling signs about our guns. Pay attention.

There are troubling signs that local politicians may be inching towards gun control under pressure from one rich and powerful gun-grabber and others of like minds. Jacksonville, and Florida, have been until now staunch supporters of the rights enshrined in the U.S....

Jacksonville: A city without a vision

So far - as of yesterday - Jacksonville's local elections have a pathetic voter turnout. Only about 75,000 people have cast their vote which is a measly 12% of the population of Jacksonville. Check out the statistics here:...

Guest Writer: My vote for Mayor and why.

Eye recently gave an opportunity to use our platform for anyone who wished to explain why they were voting for their candidate for Mayor. We reached out to all candidates and suggested they have someone write about them. We wanted to be fair and give everyone a...

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