Lenny Curry, mayor of Jacksonville, did not show up for Jacksonville’s 200th birthday celebration. In the past few months, Curry has not shown up for:
The JaxPort harbor deepening event, which was a $400 million project that will change the way Jacksonville does business. It will put Jacksonville in position to compete with many larger ports.
Curry was not at the Memorial Day Service where four families had the names of their loved ones put on the memorial wall. He was to be the headline speaker at the Urban Land Institute’s big event. He cancelled and they scrambled to find someone else He didn’t appear at the Republican Party of Florida’s Quarterly meeting — although he is a former chair of the RPOF and this is the first time they have held this big event in Jacksonville.
We would like to ask Curry about his absences but, alas, he does not deign to speak to Eye on Jacksonville.
However, the speculation is that he is having an early onset of “whocares.” Politicians in the waning days of their terms who have no future plans for “public service” often succumb to this malady.
Curry’s eight-year reign concludes a little over a year from now. It has been marked by taxing and spending that would make a Democrat proud, although Curry is registered as a Republican.
There was also that JEA thing that still is being investigated by a grand jury.
We are publishing Curry’s photo with this piece, to remind Jacksonville voters who have missed his smiling face how he looks.