Mayor Curry speaks nonsense in eagerness to sell JEA

Mayor Lenny Curry We understand that Mayor Lenny Curry is pedal-to-the-metal on dumping the JEA, but his use of obviously bogus information in that quest is puzzling. Did Curry think no one would fact-check when he claimed JEA’s rates had shot up 71 percent? That’s...

JEA suddenly finds itself being courted

Often maligned JEA has suitors – 16 of them. That many companies made bids to buy all or part of the local utility company. The next question will be: how many are serious and how many are simply bargain hunters. Some think the company could be worth about $7 billion....

Politicians: We’ve lost trust in you

When Mayor Curry was running for re-election he stated, "I will not be introducing legislation to sell the JEA." Hear him speak here: https://youtu.be/5veZY0UMUm4 It's true, he didn't do that yet he did what other politicians do -- he had another way to do it. He used...

Jacksonville Good Guys care about our schools!

It's always nice to hear good news coming from politicians and especially when those politicians are from your neck of the woods! Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Today Governor Ron DeSantis -- a former local attorney, turned Congressman and now Florida's Governor --...

The Jacksonville Landing: “Want a piece of me?”

Do you have a desire to own a piece of The Landing? Here's your chance. DHG Wrecking has set up a facebook page to sell articles they have rescued from the wrecking ball. You can join it and inquire about the specific articles you are interested in securing. You never...

Rep. John Rutherford: How’s he doing?

Rep. John Rutherford John Rutherford, former sheriff of Jacksonville, has been in Congress two years. How’s he doing? According to the ratings of the American Conservative Union, so-so. The ACU, like its left-wing counterpart Americans for Democratic Action, rates...

Public is wary of new laws that allow the police to seize guns

Red flags you say? I don't see no red flags. Local police are using a variety of new tactics in an effort to stem violent crime, but one of the new techniques is troubling. Using the state’s “red flag” law, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is taking guns away from...

Fragmentation of government services is a problem

Potential changes in the consolidation charter were suggested recently that might have provided a different way to resolve the impasse between the School Board and city over a sales tax referendum. The Charter Revision Commission heard a presentation from Mike...

Is JEA hiring or not?

Just curious. JEA advertised on LinkedIn and stated, "If you're looking for a rewarding career with a team that values growth, excellent benefits and training, check out JEA. We are always looking for candidates with a variety of skills and backgrounds." I decided to...

Debate on the JEA sale should stick to the facts

As the debate over selling the JEA rages on, inaccurate information continues to permeate the arguments on both sides. Fact-checking one post on Facebook illustrates the point: “JEA answers to the citizens which owns the water rights and electricity. If sold you would...

While Jacksonville burns, city leaders fiddle around

Last night the City Council met to discuss a bill that would put a tax referendum requested by the School Board on a ballot. What happened next was a joke. A joke on us. Some members of the audience booed when they didn't like what they heard. Instead of throwing...

Taking a close look at police work at night in the city

While Jacksonville residents are watching TV and retiring for the night there is a lot going on in the streets. The police are out there taking care of business. But what exactly do cops do while patrolling at night? You might imagine they run from a murder to a...

Costly consequences will happen without The Landing

Free events and no permits when The Landing was in use Now that The Landing has fencing around it and her future is heading to the dump, we can all agree she will be missed. Missed for so many reasons and the biggest one for me is the fact she served a purpose no...

Jacksonville has racial injustice, too

No Justice for Stephen Anthony Orlando You hear a lot in the fake news industry about “white supremacy” and injustice but Jacksonville is where one of the great injustices is being done, and it was based on the notion of black supremacy. In 1974, an 18-year-old boy’s...

Is Mayor Curry leading or others pulling his strings?

I have worked with CEOs for more than 35 years as an Executive Coach. It's a wonderful profession and I find great joy in being around decisive leaders who fire up their staff and gather support for their vision. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a team led...

Preparing to defend Jacksonville from higher property values

I could hardly believe what I was seeing in a recent media report on the sea level rise task force in Jacksonville, formally known as the Adaptation Action Area Working Group. This temporary committee is supposed to disband later this month -- and that may be a good...

JEA: Local utility’s privatization plan is worldwide news

Plans to privatize the JEA obviously are of interest to residents of Jacksonville but why are they news in a publication written for socialists around the world? A story about JEA appeared in the World Socialist Web site this week. The site is published by the...

Appointing School Board members – an old idea is revived

Jason Fischer State Rep. Jason Fischer is getting a lot of heat for his bill to consider changes in how the School Board is constituted but it is not an idea he invented or necessarily even supports. As I read it, Fischer simply is frustrated at how the board operates...

Does the City need a Snake Charmer?

This Thursday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ed Ball Building on the 8th Floor in Conference Room 851 you can hear about a new Consultant hire for the Mayor. While there -- watch for snakes in the grass. A recent "retirement" on June 28th by the Chief Administration...

Dark times in Jacksonville? Is it time to investigate?

Yesterday was a dark day for our City. I had the following calls and/or text messages regarding these subject matters: -- JEA: My son works at JEA and has a top level position. He's telling us some crazy stuff happening over there. Can all this be true and what's...

Tear Down Lenny’s Legacy: Insane politics.

Young couple in love on the banks of the St. Johns River eyeing the Landing. I've just returned from a trip to Traverse City, Michigan. It's a small town with a lot of spunk! We just missed the Cherry Festival they put on every year and next week begins the Film...

JEA: Are the ratepayers in the dark and being tricked?

As a former consultant to the Board of JEA, I am in shock at their decision yesterday to proclaim two major deals: --- Give the unqualified, friend of the Mayor's, who was handed this lucrative job a few months ago, a huge raise to more than $520,000 because that's...

Mayor Curry bullies a citizen and gets hammered

Yesterday Mayor Curry set off a firestorm on Twitter. It started with an article posted on Jacksonville.com by Nate Monroe. He stated, "City Council members have no idea of which of @lennycurry's proposed capital construction projects will start first, or last, or...

Nose pressing and Cronyism. It’s real friends.

In a recent article by the Jax Daily Record I was stunned to see this statement by the new DIA Director, Lori Boyer, regarding the Landing plans AFTER IT IS DEMOLISHED: "Boyer said the 2015 Landing plan coordinated by the DIA board and drafted by Wakefield Beasley...

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