For crying out loud, Mayor. Please Make Jacksonville Fun Again!

Once again the Mayor’s office is shutting down fun in Jacksonville.  Now he’s attacking college football guests who come to Jacksonville for fun, fellowship, football and no stinking drama!

The Florida Georgia game is a week away and the city is stalling on permitting this big, well attended, well known, long standing event/party at the Jacksonville Landing.

We’ve written about the Mayor and his staff messing with The Landing owners over and over again and they are not stopping.  Remember this article:

The citizens of Jacksonville are weary of this fight.

We are watching mobs nationally and it appears instead of using professional negotiation tactics, the Mayor’s office likes the mob way better.  We are weary of this.  We want leadership.  We want professionalism.  We want the Mayor to stop campaigning for his next run as Mayor — and do his job.

What is at stake if he can’t make this behavior change:

  • Jacksonville’s perceived image across the nation.  We already have problems with the downgrading of our credit rating because of a failure to lead and negotiate well.
  • Loss of revenue.  Potential guests and potential conferences will find another place to go.  Who wants to get caught up in political fighting when planning fun, lively events?
  • Trust.  His inability to lead without bully tactics causes many of us to distrust him and wonder what else may be going on behind the scenes.
  • Fun.  A city surrounded by waterways and close to the beach should be fun.  We are losing fun and dang it people – we need to have fun again!

We call on the Mayor to get that permit done.  The Florida/Georgia guests are days away and you have a chance to rebuild our image NOW.  Make us proud and for crying out loud, can you please … Make Jacksonville Fun Again!


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]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 [/author_info] [/author]

Billie Tucker Volpe

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


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