Newby shows leadership as council president

Newby shows leadership as council president

City Council President Sam Newby deserves a big Wink for ending a series of meetings that were counter-productive to law and order in Jacksonville. Called “Safer Together” workshops, they were held over the past year by two council members, Joyce Morgan and Michael...

City Council members hide political party affiliation

For some reason, local politicians on the City Council don’t want you to know what political party they belong to. Nowhere on the city’s Web site are the council members identified by political party. Republicans enjoy a majority, and could change this in an instant,...

Anti-police meetings serve no useful purpose

Anti-police meetings serve no useful purpose

Council Member Michael Boylan’s abrupt departure from a council assignment that serves no constructive purpose should give the council president ample reason to disband a so-called “committee.” It isn’t really a committee. The former council president just named two...

Sonny B’s Rant:  The case for ‘Right to Try’ for Covid-19

Sonny B’s Rant: The case for ‘Right to Try’ for Covid-19

This letter may come across like I’m ranting or rambling, but the lunacy of a totalitarian rogue Biden administration is conjoined chaos leading to a communist agenda, set out to destroy our freedoms under the constitution. Examples are: Blocking, demonizing,...

City’s way of disbursing extra dollars needs a tune-up

City’s way of disbursing extra dollars needs a tune-up

Clearly, the city's process for donating your money to charity is out of kilter. It was on display when the City Council voted Tuesday to give away $4.6 million to local non-profit agencies. It was passed as an emergency although the council had a year to decide how...

Citizen of the Month – Quisha King

Citizen of the Month – Quisha King

One Jacksonville mom has become a national hero for bucking government school indoctrination of America’s children. Quisha King has been featured in national publications this week for her work, which culminated with a plea for a mass exodus from government schools....

Sonny B:  My journey to become an information warrior

Sonny B: My journey to become an information warrior

I retired as a Fireman of Jacksonville. It took courage, determination, commitment, proper planning and hard work to finally get to the point of retirement. While employed with the JFRD, I became interested in food and found out I really enjoyed cooking. I became so...

Divisive efforts to revise history continue in the city

Divisive efforts to revise history continue in the city

Ben Frazier, head of a group known as the Northside Coalition, is continuing his quest to remove all traces of the Confederacy from Jacksonville but like other Democrats he may be overreaching. Frazier seems to think he has Council Member Matt Carlucci, a candidate...

Homeowners are unhappy about mayor’s recycling decision

Homeowners are unhappy about mayor’s recycling decision

Stopping the separate pickup of household items to be recycled has not been a popular decision. Online commentators have been blasting Mayor Lenny Curry for temporarily stopping the separate curbside pickup, requiring homeowners to drop off their own materials or have...

Councilman Dennis is generating unnecessary legislation, again

Councilman Dennis is generating unnecessary legislation, again

City Council Member Garrett Dennis is becoming the fountainhead of bad bills. While they may be well-intended, many are ill-conceived, counter-productive or just plain useless. The prefect example is his proposal for a citizen review board. Such boards have been tried...

Lenny’s Lawn won’t be flooded, we are assured

Lenny’s Lawn won’t be flooded, we are assured

More questions are being asked about Lenny’s Lawn, the grassy site of the former Jacksonville Landing. City Haul, which doesn’t like to be questioned, appears to be irritated. This is a reaction Eye on Jacksonville has experienced numerous times. Our own questioning...

Downtown Library:  Another mystery story from City Haul

Downtown Library: Another mystery story from City Haul

Jacksonville’s very expensive downtown library is shut down, leaving the public to wonder why it closed and how long it will be closed. This seems typical of the Lenny Curry administration these days. No one seems to know who’s on first base. “There are no immediate...

Local men begin an effort to aid in river restoration

Local men begin an effort to aid in river restoration

Two Jacksonville men are joining the ongoing effort to restore the Ocklawaha River, south of Jacksonville. That project effectively would put an end to the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. One of the oldest ideas in Florida history was to cut a canal across the state, to...

Hazouri endured through a half-century in politics

Hazouri endured through a half-century in politics

Former Mayor Tommy Hazouri “Hang in there, buddy.” That was the last communication I had with Tommy Hazouri. It was a text message I sent the day he was moved from the Mayo Clinic to hospice care with lung problems that took his life Sept. 11. About a day before he...

It’s all about 9/11 today and it should be

It’s all about 9/11 today and it should be

It's been 20 years since Americans were shocked and glued to their tv watching the attack on America by Muslim extremists.  We could focus more about them and their ideology and how it is reflected in today's culture but we'll leave that for later.  Today it...

The FDC, CDC and News Networks:  Enemies of the people

The FDC, CDC and News Networks: Enemies of the people

I am a proud black American citizen of this great country and I believe the mainstream media is trying to ruin it. I tell you of my ethnicity, because I want to inform you that all blacks are not captivated, mesmerized, brainwashed and controlled by the media zombie...

Reporters pose as cops

Reporters pose as cops

This was posted on Facebook recently by a local nurse: “I am under ‘investigation’ by News4Jax after fellow healthcare professionals reported me to the police and media for doing a park pick up for my elderberry elixir/colloidal silver and my willingness to help some...

Jerry Holland ends the speculation

Jerry Holland ends the speculation

Local voters who were looking forward to Jerry Holland running for mayor were dismayed when he announced he is running for supervisor of elections again. Currently the property appraiser, Holland was supervisor from 2005 to 2015. The current supervisor, Mike Hogan, is...

Parents are fighting back to defend their rights

Parents are fighting back to defend their rights

In Florida, as in other states, parents finally are rising to oppose liberal politicians determined to indoctrinate children or otherwise compel them to do things contrary to parental wishes. It is a matter of parental rights. Fortunately for Florida parents, there is...

Jacksonville now the “gateway city” for illegal immigrants

Jacksonville now the “gateway city” for illegal immigrants

Jacksonville’s airport is one of those being used to dump people who have invaded America at the southern border. U.S. Rep. John Rutherford confirmed to Eye on Jacksonville reports that the “refugees” were being brought here. He said about 1300 have offloaded here,...

Smile: you’re on Classroom Camera!

Smile: you’re on Classroom Camera!

"The pandemic has challenged our education system nationwide, yet it has also opened new doors for innovation, flexibility and customization for every learner. We must continue that transformative work on behalf of all students as we confront ongoing challenges...

Follow the yellow brick road

Follow the yellow brick road

Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail project is under way – expensive, unnecessary and potentially dangerous but still widely admired. It will wind for 30 miles through the urban core, providing Jacksonville citizens with an unique opportunity to stroll through some of the...

Coronavirus patients are herded into the city’s main library

Coronavirus patients are herded into the city’s main library

An alert Eye on Jacksonville reader has posed some interesting questions for the folks in City Haul. People infected with the Red Chinese virus are being given doses of Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment, at the public library in the heart of busy downtown....

Local politics and science clash again

Local politics and science clash again

Yet another politician has set himself up as an expert on public health and an opponent of parental rights. School Board member Darryl Willie has asked the school superintendent for an emergency meeting of the board to enact a mandatory face mask rule. That would...

Voters don’t always choose the winners

Voters don’t always choose the winners

Questions remain about the unusual shuffle in a race for a Florida Senate seat from Jacksonville. Three House members had an eye on the position, all conservative Republicans. The public could not have lost by choosing among the three. But they didn’t get the chance....

Anti-police efforts get a boost from one City Council committee

Anti-police efforts get a boost from one City Council committee

Another special committee of the City Council created for dubious reasons is muddling along. It has issued its “final report” but continues to exist. That makes no sense, but neither does the committee’s existence. The two-member committee was created last year and...

Parental rights go to court

Parental rights go to court

Episcopal School of Jacksonville is violating the rights of parents by requiring face masks on unvaccinated students, Jacksonville residents whose children attend the school claim in a lawsuit. A group of parents is asking for an injunction to stop the school from...

Sheriff’s race now includes a conservative Republican

Sheriff’s race now includes a conservative Republican

The position of top cop will be open in the 2023 city elections, and with two left-wing Democrats already in the race, a no-nonsense Republican has filed. Matt Nemeth says he is running “to protect the ideals and values we all cherish. Not Republican or Democrat...

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