It seems like a nice, neighborly gesture. The United Arab Emirates donated $3 Million dollars to Jacksonville to help in the recovery efforts from damages caused by Hurricane Irma last year.
Why would anyone question such a generous gift? Well, maybe …
- It’s how the Mayor responded when the Ambassador was asked some tough questions about Human Rights in the UAE.
- It’s how the Mayor took the Ambassador behind closed doors and would not allow any interviews.
- It’s where the money is going to be spent:
- — a local playground that looks perfectly fine
- — for A. Philip Randolph Career Academies for their Construction and Architecture Career Academy
- — for Mobile Medical Clinics for The Sulzbacher Center
It appears to us that if the money was to be spent for fixing damages caused by Hurricane Irma, then that money should be spent for those issues. How about fixing the docks along the riverbank so Jacksonville residents and guests can enjoy the downtown events. Downtown seems to be so important to our Mayor you think he would have used the money for that. There are also drainage issues all over town that still need to be addressed.
This gift smells funky. Or maybe the gift was great but those dividing up the spoils got a little too carried away with their pet projects and forgot what the money was to be used for.
What a mess.
For more about this, check out the great reporting done by Channel 47 here: