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...

Fathers and mothers are important, despite what critics say

Fathers and mothers are important, despite what critics say

Recently, I met a remarkable guy. The most remarkable thing is that he voted for Trump. The most unremarkable thing about him is that his skin is black. Like millions of other Americans, he enjoyed Father’s Day Sunday with his wife and three children in their...

Not everything old is priceless

Not everything old is priceless

The Jacksonville Historical Society has published another list of buildings it says the city cannot afford to lose. Why not? Comment in Daily Record: “Save anything that is old? Except offensive statues, of course? What is the purpose of saving something if it doesn't...

There’s a lot of trash talking in Fernandina Beach

There’s a lot of trash talking in Fernandina Beach

Trash rules seem to apply to city residents and businesses, but not to the city or the City Manager.  It is apparent we are living in the "do as I say not as I do" world in Fernandina. For instance, in a recent article titled "Talking Trash" by our City Manager,...

The Skyway, a hand-me-down from the days of double-knit suits

The Skyway, a hand-me-down from the days of double-knit suits

Mass transit fans may have been dismayed when funding for the Skyway was diverted to a new fad, but they shouldn’t fear – bad projects almost never die. The Skyway dates to 1972, when mass transit enthusiasts discovered the federal government was throwing away money...

Flush with cash, local politicians may demand even more

Flush with cash, local politicians may demand even more

With property values soaring and many new developments in the queue, it is difficult to see what would justify an increase in the property tax rate in Jacksonville. Insiders on the City Council say there are discussions about increasing property taxes. That would be a...

Eye hands out a WINK to local mom, Quisha King

Eye hands out a WINK to local mom, Quisha King

There is a movement in the air and it involves Moms who are not happy with what's going on in America. I'm reminded of the old saying, "When Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" Moms in America are not happy with many issues facing families today. But one of the...

Lori Hershey:  You might be a RINO if…

Lori Hershey: You might be a RINO if…

Every election cycle politicians clamor for the votes of hardworking taxpayers. They make promises and many wear masks to hide who they really are at heart. Here at Eye on Jacksonville, we believe that you shouldn’t take all of the campaign hype at face value - voters...

Downtown boom should include a new park featuring a Navy vessel

Downtown boom should include a new park featuring a Navy vessel

On this day in history, June 6, 1944, the Battle of Normandy resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. This day was known as the beginning of the end of war in Europe. More than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day...

Looking for John Locke

Looking for John Locke

In a rhetorical flight of fancy upon the passing of a new tax, City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Jacksonville had embarked upon a new “era of enlightenment.” He was referring not just to the doubling of a tax that will hit the poor hardest but also the work of...

The sun has not set on taxing and spending in Jacksonville

The sun has not set on taxing and spending in Jacksonville

One City Council member sees a disturbing pattern in city government of taxing and spending with no end in sight. “I’ve been warning about taxes,” Council Member Al Ferraro told Eye on Jacksonville. The latest in a string of tax increases is a local option boat...

Life is full of risk, and retention ponds are just one example

Life is full of risk, and retention ponds are just one example

Politicians and the local media are becoming aware of a problem Eye on Jacksonville highlighted more than six months ago. Retention ponds are dangerous. Two children have drowned in them recently. They also collect pollutants and, while they might not actually pose a...

Just another day in Jacksonville – higher taxes again

Just another day in Jacksonville – higher taxes again

Mayor Curry's video announcement of the passing of the gas tax sent spikes under my skin. I wanted to give him a little CEO Coaching on the delivery of the message. But, alas, as you have been informed, Mayor Curry's Administration has no desire to hear from Eye on...

Local Republicans teamed up with Democrats to tax and spend

Local Republicans teamed up with Democrats to tax and spend

City Council does have Republican members, believe it or not. They even constitute a majority. Wednesday, when the council voted to double the local gas tax, it was hard to believe. If the vote had been split on party lines the tax increase would have been defeated....

Rebel Yell: In Praise of Confederate School Names

Rebel Yell: In Praise of Confederate School Names

Guest writer, Marcos Protheroe, is a teacher and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. We appreciate his thoughtful and well researched article on the truth behind Confederate symbols. ***** The fuss over Confederate symbols should have ended in 1995. That year,...

Different perspectives, different results

Different perspectives, different results

There’s nothing politicians like better than to spend your money. They call this “investing.” But, somehow, profits never land in your bank account. You know what actually is investing? It’s Dun & Bradstreet coming to Jacksonville. It is the River’s Edge...

“The Great Septic Tank Mystery”  by Lenny Curry

“The Great Septic Tank Mystery” by Lenny Curry

Mayor Lenny Curry wants to be known as the Septic Tank Slayer. So, how’s he doing? Curry took office in June 2015. From 1/1/2015 to 5/25/2021, there were 2,739 new Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposals System (septic tank) construction permits issued in Duval...

Is the Mayor’s office feeding us a baloney sandwich?

Is the Mayor’s office feeding us a baloney sandwich?

Mayor Lenny Curry has done a good job of holding down the number of city employees since he took office, but he might want to add one new position: A fact-checker. It is something the media should be doing all the time, but in this case they are uninterested, to a...

Emerald Trail: Expensive Project among homes of sex offenders

Emerald Trail: Expensive Project among homes of sex offenders

Probably no word has been employed by city boosters more often than “catalyst.” Every new project, from Riverwalk to Jacksonville Landing to the now defunct Lot J has been described as a “catalyst” for bringing downtown back to life. Here’s the latest: “The Emerald...

Mayor playing defense on gas tax increase after poll setback

Mayor playing defense on gas tax increase after poll setback

Eye on Jacksonville managed to break through Mayor Lenny Curry’s Wall of Silence this week by attending a town hall meeting on the Billion-Dollar Plan. We got an answer – sort of – to one of the questions we’ve been asking. City Council Member Randy DeFoor – who said...

What do these three women have in common?

What do these three women have in common?

Eye on Jacksonville discovered that a local city council member -- a Republican -- financially supported the campaign of Debbie Wasserman Schultz LAST YEAR in 2020. As most of you know, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a rabid, liberal Democrat and has not been friendly to...

An amiable and able politician has moved on

An amiable and able politician has moved on

Ralph Turlington,  a longtime politician in Florida, has died at the age of 100. He was from Gainesville, served in World War II and Korea, and had a Harvard degree. Unlike some legislators who are always “busy” except when lobbyists want to talk, he would always...

Fighting communism still is important

Fighting communism still is important

Eye on Jacksonville is read in Sweden. We learned of this via a comment from an opponent of communism who lives in Sweden and reacted to this column on American vs. Communism. Bertil Haggman also was delighted that the Florida Legislature this year tried to require...

Business leaders say: skimp on Skyway funding

Business leaders say: skimp on Skyway funding

Not surprisingly, an organization of local business leaders is supporting a proposal to double the local gasoline tax. In a letter to the mayor and City Council president, the Jacksonville Community Council President Jeanne Miller expressed support for the tax...

Newspapers unhappy as subsidy ends

Newspapers unhappy as subsidy ends

A Jacksonville legislator who has been opposing a $100 million subsidy to the newspaper industry in Florida has won his four-year fight. Newspapers once had sources of revenue that were fairly reliable. They included classified ads, subscriptions, display advertising...

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