Heavy effort by local GOP brought out conservative voters

Heavy effort by local GOP brought out conservative voters

In the last hour of voting Tuesday night, Dean Black got word from a member of his team that the substantial Democrat lead in voting had been cut – to 32 votes. Black was exultant. This was a big win. For decades, Democrat voters have outnumbered Republicans in...

Local government access is available to “some”

Local government access is available to “some”

Our story on media access to local government brought an interesting response from a long-time reporter for a local TV station. Jim Piggott of News4Jax said, “I've been covering City Hall for 35 years and, yes, I remember when things were much more open.” Yet, he says...

“Freedom” of the press means little in Jacksonville

“Freedom” of the press means little in Jacksonville

The hoary story about the frog who was placed in a pot of cold water on a stove and stayed there contentedly while the water was raised to boiling seems relevant in the case of Jacksonville’s media. Over the years local newspapers and television news outlets have...

Council member wants another shot at the local gas tax

Council member wants another shot at the local gas tax

One member of the City Council has stepped up to protect the city’s residents from a rapidly growing tax burden being heaped on them at all levels of government. Council Member Leanna Cumber told Eye on Jacksonville she will file a bill seeking to rescind the local...

Once again, the size of the police force is debated

Once again, the size of the police force is debated

The perennial argument about the size of the police force has come up again. This go-around, it is about making it bigger, rather than smaller. At a meeting of the Taxation, Revenue, and Utilization of Expenditures (TRUE) Commission Oct. 7, there was a discussion of...

Deegan is in the race, and is a threat to conservatives

Deegan is in the race, and is a threat to conservatives

As expected, former TV talking head and liberal Democrat Donna Deegan has announced she will run for mayor in the 2023 elections. She has no experience in office. She ran for Congress in 2020 and was slaughtered by former Sheriff John Rutherford. Anything can happen...

School Board:  Much ado about nothing

School Board: Much ado about nothing

Tuesday’s School Board meeting produced unanimous agreement on words written on a piece of paper that seemingly said nothing, meant nothing and accomplished nothing. That’s progress, perhaps, although it left a lot of observers puzzled. On the board’s consent agenda...

News4Jax story didn’t fool the viewers

News4Jax story didn’t fool the viewers

Another hopeful sign for Jacksonville: the local media’s pathetic bias is becoming evident to readers and viewers. See this piece from News4Jax. To begin with, this is not an investigation. The Florida Highway Patrol compiled the database, in an effort to be...

Council members finally are bucking the cancel culture

Council members finally are bucking the cancel culture

There may be a backlash forming in the City Council against the unending demands from the Far Left. The local signs mirror what may be major turning points nationally. The first of those is the Republican win in Virginia, a clear repudiation of the liberal agenda. In...

Think policing is easy? Find out for yourself and ride along

Think policing is easy? Find out for yourself and ride along

After a lapse related to the Red Chinese virus, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is once again offering the city’s residents a chance to ride with officers while they are at work. I took one this week and I highly recommend it for others – especially those who...

Committee with a loud voice wants to be louder

Committee with a loud voice wants to be louder

In an unintentionally hilarious “news story,” First Coast News is supporting the efforts of a group of local liberals seeking to hamper law and order in Jacksonville. The so-called Jacksonville Community Action Committee held a demonstration to urge the city to...

Schools keep child’s gender confusion secret from parents

Schools keep child’s gender confusion secret from parents

Government schools in Jacksonville are using a pamphlet on “gender identity” that specifically directs employees to withhold vital information from parents. This latest assault on parental rights was confirmed for Eye on Jacksonville by an administrator who said the...

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

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...

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