Breaking News: Letter to Gov. DeSantis asking for National Guard on Jacksonville streets

State Sen. Audrey Gibson and State Rep. Tracie Davis, both Democrats, representing Jacksonville in Tallahassee have sent a joint letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis requesting help to fight crime in Jacksonville.

They cited the number of murders since 2019 began and they believe this is the answer to keeping our streets free of crime.

They stated: “We are a city in a ‘State of Urgency’ emergency. We cannot sit on the sidelines allowing crime to continue to take over our city, risking the safety of the citizens of Jacksonville.”

They have called on the governor “to act immediately by activating the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida National Guard to assist local law enforcement.”

This has never happened before and is an odd request. Eye agrees crime is the biggest issue we face as a community. Our concern is how these two representatives are by-passing our Sheriff and our Mayor to demand the Governor do something.

It certainly will put everyone concerned into an adversarial position and will cause drama between the parties. Posturing, Politicking and Public demands while bypassing local leaders doesn’t seem to bode well for “bringing the community together.” Can’t we sit down as adults and figure this out? Seriously. If you want to lead and run for public office – learn how to fix things, make things happen and bring people together for the benefit of the whole.

What do you think?

Billie Tucker
Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles.
She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics.
In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway.
That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies.
With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America.
She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money.
She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts.
She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election.
She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America.
Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed:
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

Billie Tucker Volpe

Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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