It’s no picnic being a police officer in Jacksonville

Criminals continue to conduct violence, as they always have and always will. Jacksonville is employing one new approach designed to limit the violence. Will is work? That remains to be seen. Proponents claim it has helped elsewhere. Cure Violence has worked in places...

Lobbyists are not the enemy the media portrays them to be

Media’s fascination with lobbyists continues, most recently with the Jacksonville Business Journal reporting breathlessly on the amount spent by lobbyists. This is “news” only by a stretch of the imagination. It could more accurately be called a conflict of interest....

Letting perverts off the hook. A big cultural change!

Lloyd "Scoop" Brown has been writing on Eye on Jacksonville about the lack of arrests locally. It's a big issue and one that we hope Sheriff Mike Williams will look into. Today I read that men are "having fun" with themselves in the library and many incidents have...

Too much crime and not enough arrests, latest crime stats show

Jacksonville is not the crime capital of Florida, despite the occasional hysteria in the local media, but it could do better. That conclusion comes from examining the 2018 crime statistics now available from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Duval County was...

No Rhyme or Reason

Jacksonville is a town which engages, supports and educates. Up until now it has been a town using good judgement when hosting events. But Saturday June 29th the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is scheduled to host a Gay Pride event complete with performances by...

Rising sea levels: Inciting Panic in Florida?

Depending on whose number you wish to use, Florida has 1,197 miles of coastline.  Or 1,350. Or 8,436. In any case, any rise in the sea level would mean a reduction in the land area of the state  - which is 54,252 square miles according to the governor’s...

Good teachers deserve higher pay yet Unions say “No.”

Florida legislators continue trying to reward good teachers with higher pay. Powerful union bosses continue to try to block those efforts. Why would they try to prevent good teachers from being rewarded? In Jacksonville, about half the teachers in the public schools...

They’re back!!! Once-hated toll roads.

Tolls are coming back. The Florida Dept. of Transportation will begin collecting tolls on the First Coast Expressway in a few weeks. This is sure to ignite grumbling by motorists, especially those who remember and disliked the tolls that were once common in...

If I had a dream…

I have a dream! It is a dream for a Jacksonville leadership team who cares more about serving the community than their own self elevation. It is a dream that infuses servanthood ingredients throughout the phrase “public servant.” It is a dream where leaders model...

“Price Gouging Narrative Season” begins

Hurricane season began June 1, so Florida residents can brace themselves for the annual storm of “price gouging” accusations. This great bogeyman comes into play every year, and one highlight of it is the loud promises by politicians to protect Floridians from the...

Duval County has its share of turkeys.

Yesterday the organization Florida Tax Watch in Tallahassee published its report "The 2019 Budget Turkey Watch Report: An Analysis of the Transparency and Accountability of the Budget Process." Per their wording on the report they state: "The report started in 1983,...

Charter school critics lack accurate information

Those knocking charter schools and other forms of school choice might want to do their homework before sounding off. School Board Member Warren Jones was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that charter schools are not...

Democrats Justice Reform upends the Rule of Law

This is what is coming to America Dallas County, TX District Attorney will not prosecute certain crimes.  This includes low level drug crimes, probation violations and thief of items under $750 if for personal use.  He says he is ending the criminalization...

For your summer reading list: Politics

There are a number of political biographies recently out or soon to be out that rehash the old days in Jacksonville. Former State Rep. John Forbes produced his autobiography with Susan Brandenburg, titled “Unlikely Partnership,” referring to the union of Forbes and...

The Crystal Ball spoke truth: Duval County Schools

In May 2018, Eye on Jacksonville welcomed Diana Greene to Jacksonville as Duval County School's new Superintendent. In that article, Lloyd Brown noted that we did not need an increase in taxes but an increase in standards. Did Lloyd Brown have a crystal ball? Check...

Jacksonville renamed to Hughestown?

Brian Hughes The breaking news yesterday was: Sam Mousa, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville is retiring. Sam, a highly qualified professional with deep roots in Jacksonville is being replaced by the only person in Jacksonville that our Mayor...

History is made as the Times-Union fails to publish a paper

For the first time in most people’s memory the daily paper was not published today. This note to subscribers was posted on the paper’s Web site: “Because of technical issues, most copies of the Florida Times-Union were not delivered to subscribers Monday morning....

STUDENT GROWTH IS SMALL BUT SPENDING GROWTH IS NOT

The School Board is contemplating building 30 new schools -- not because the schools are being flooded with new students but because buildings are aging. Dollars are growing faster than children in the local public schools. Since the 2007-08 school year, there has...

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