Jerry Holland ends the speculation

Jerry Holland ends the speculation

Local voters who were looking forward to Jerry Holland running for mayor were dismayed when he announced he is running for supervisor of elections again. Currently the property appraiser, Holland was supervisor from 2005 to 2015. The current supervisor, Mike Hogan, is...

Parents are fighting back to defend their rights

Parents are fighting back to defend their rights

In Florida, as in other states, parents finally are rising to oppose liberal politicians determined to indoctrinate children or otherwise compel them to do things contrary to parental wishes. It is a matter of parental rights. Fortunately for Florida parents, there is...

Jacksonville now the “gateway city” for illegal immigrants

Jacksonville now the “gateway city” for illegal immigrants

Jacksonville’s airport is one of those being used to dump people who have invaded America at the southern border. U.S. Rep. John Rutherford confirmed to Eye on Jacksonville reports that the “refugees” were being brought here. He said about 1300 have offloaded here,...

Smile: you’re on Classroom Camera!

Smile: you’re on Classroom Camera!

"The pandemic has challenged our education system nationwide, yet it has also opened new doors for innovation, flexibility and customization for every learner. We must continue that transformative work on behalf of all students as we confront ongoing challenges...

Follow the yellow brick road

Follow the yellow brick road

Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail project is under way – expensive, unnecessary and potentially dangerous but still widely admired. It will wind for 30 miles through the urban core, providing Jacksonville citizens with an unique opportunity to stroll through some of the...

Coronavirus patients are herded into the city’s main library

Coronavirus patients are herded into the city’s main library

An alert Eye on Jacksonville reader has posed some interesting questions for the folks in City Haul. People infected with the Red Chinese virus are being given doses of Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment, at the public library in the heart of busy downtown....

Local politics and science clash again

Local politics and science clash again

Yet another politician has set himself up as an expert on public health and an opponent of parental rights. School Board member Darryl Willie has asked the school superintendent for an emergency meeting of the board to enact a mandatory face mask rule. That would...

Voters don’t always choose the winners

Voters don’t always choose the winners

Questions remain about the unusual shuffle in a race for a Florida Senate seat from Jacksonville. Three House members had an eye on the position, all conservative Republicans. The public could not have lost by choosing among the three. But they didn’t get the chance....

Anti-police efforts get a boost from one City Council committee

Anti-police efforts get a boost from one City Council committee

Another special committee of the City Council created for dubious reasons is muddling along. It has issued its “final report” but continues to exist. That makes no sense, but neither does the committee’s existence. The two-member committee was created last year and...

Parental rights go to court

Parental rights go to court

Episcopal School of Jacksonville is violating the rights of parents by requiring face masks on unvaccinated students, Jacksonville residents whose children attend the school claim in a lawsuit. A group of parents is asking for an injunction to stop the school from...

Sheriff’s race now includes a conservative Republican

Sheriff’s race now includes a conservative Republican

The position of top cop will be open in the 2023 city elections, and with two left-wing Democrats already in the race, a no-nonsense Republican has filed. Matt Nemeth says he is running “to protect the ideals and values we all cherish. Not Republican or Democrat...

Pro-vax public defender’s letter warns employees

Pro-vax public defender’s letter warns employees

The Far Left is all in on mandatory vaccination. Joe Biden, acting president of the United States, announced last week that federal workers must attest to being vaccinated or be required to wear a mask and be tested. Political opponents are pushing Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Sonny B:  CRT is really “Communist Racist Tactics”

Sonny B: CRT is really “Communist Racist Tactics”

What is critical race theory (CRT) in a nutshell? Do you want the truth? Or do you want to hear the misinformation and rhetoric the progressives try to drive deep into our psyche? Okay, I’ll give it to you straight, because I don’t like to filibuster around, something...

City Council votes for higher property taxes

City Council votes for higher property taxes

City Council has made it official. Property taxes will go up. The tax rate will remain the same, but as Eye on Jacksonville noted earlier, values have increased and those who enjoyed an increase in value will pay higher tax bills. The council had the option to roll...

Jax gets art

Jax gets art

Mayor Lenny Curry’s choice of “art” for a new public park is generating a large response on social media, not all of it adulation. Some who obviously are not on the same high intellectual plane as the art lovers in City Haul think the additions to Lenny’s Lawn at the...

Mayor’s proposed budget contains the usual blarney

Mayor’s proposed budget contains the usual blarney

People are catching on. In comments posted below a local media story online about the new city budget, someone said: "The mayor singled out the long-overdue septic tank project, saying it was a promise made to local neighborhoods decades ago. Now, he said, thanks to...

Another downtown proposal that bears watching

Another downtown proposal that bears watching

Every day, it seems, more and bigger plans are being announced for downtown. But more and bigger isn’t always better. The ones to watch closely are those that require too much public “investment” (a euphemism politicians use when talking about spending your money)....

Will Lee High rise again one day?

Will Lee High rise again one day?

Congratulations! Jacksonville is now a safe space for snowflake protesters. The Duval County School Board is purging the district of six Confederate school names, including the storied Robert E. Lee High School. Instead of references to Southern history, the schools...

Readership keeps plunging as the press toes the liberal line

Readership keeps plunging as the press toes the liberal line

Newspapers, once a dominant force in the media, continue to shrink. Tellingly, most of the mourning comes from the left. In the 1950s, newspapers were king. They feared the threat of television news but never saw the Internet coming, which proved far more menacing....

Curry fumbles his message, again

Curry fumbles his message, again

Mayor Lenny Curry is recruiting new residents for Jacksonville but, as is often the case, his message is unclear. He is shopping in cities where a majority of the residents are liberal Democrats, putting up billboards suggesting that people buy a one-way ticket to...

Rebellious schoolteachers in Jacksonville should answer to parents

Rebellious schoolteachers in Jacksonville should answer to parents

Teachers in government schools around the nation – allegedly including 10 in Jacksonville -- are vowing to teach their students – by example – to flout the law. The teachers have pledged online do disobey state laws prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory – a...

Social justice warriors have completed their tasks in Jax

Social justice warriors have completed their tasks in Jax

It looks like the “era of enlightenment” is over, and if you don’t feel totally enlightened you’re not alone. Last year, the City Council president, Tommy Hazouri, created the Social Justice and Community Investment Special Committee, saying it heralded a new era of...

Need a good laugh?  City Haul is now “Woke” – no joke!

Need a good laugh? City Haul is now “Woke” – no joke!

While making a routine check in the central government complex formerly known as Cohen Brothers, Eye on Jacksonville learned the politicians have a new rebranding effort under way. The city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is getting a new label. The reason is...

Good Lord! Deliver Us from Diversity Drama

Good Lord! Deliver Us from Diversity Drama

I guess it was just a matter of time. My professional organization, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), adopted a "diversity, equity, and inclusion" statement. (I know, I know. Foreign-language group names tend to be wordy.) Anyway,...

Getting building permits in Jacksonville requires patience

Getting building permits in Jacksonville requires patience

Jacksonville was once the best place to get a building permit and now has become one of the worst, according to someone who has been in the building business nearly half a century. Chip Williams said the deterioration has taken place over the past 25 years and while...

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