I woke up, grabbed a cup of coffee and turned on my computer to read the daily news. I was excited about today because we were going to be out and about speaking about Eye on Jacksonville and not only that – the economy is booming, people are back to work and there is a feeling of hope and goodness in the air. It was the beginning of a great day and then…
this headline ruined it all. Jacksonville Jax Festival headed to court(house).
The article mentions the ICONIC building seen in hundreds of thousands of pictures and used by hundreds of celebrities in the past such as Presidential candidates – The Landing – would not be used for the Jazz Festival this year. It was now going to be moved to the Courthouse – Jacksonville’s NEW ICONIC building per the city:
“Utilizing an iconic backdrop like the courthouse emphasizes the sense of community built into this great event.”
Mayor’s office spokeswoman Tia Ford
Really? The COURTHOUSE creates a sense of community and is now considered our new iconic building? Can’t wait to see the pictures from Visit Jacksonville with the Courthouse as our ICONIC building. Ridiculous decision! Yeah people would rather look at a Courthouse during the Jazz Festival than the beautiful St. Johns River and the skyline. Really Mr. Mayor?
I smell a rat. A stinking rat. And not only do I smell one, Mayor Curry told us he was going to use dirty rat tactics to take back The Landing. These are his words, not mine. Last June Mayor Curry told us – in his own words – “We’ve got a plan internally to put the screws and keep pushing this.” In other words, he had a plan to take back The Landing and he was going to use “screws” to do so.
His administration has already done their dirty deeds by squeezing the boaters away from the docks at The Landing. See the recent article we wrote about that subject. No docks for you The docks are the city’s responsibility to fix and the Landing owners recently went to court to get the city to fix them. They were concerned people would be hurt and the city was totally ignoring the problem. Sounds like a screw tactic to us. Let the docks rot and no one will go there.
And then let’s not forget the City was in violation of their lease with the owners of The Landing by not providing parking. That’s why the Rouse Company who built the Landing left town. They couldn’t deal with the nasty politics in Jacksonville. Could this be another screw tactic? If you can’t find a place to park, residents won’t go there.
My stomach is in knots. I ache for my city. I abhor the screw tactics used by this administration to put the big squeeze on those they don’t like and hand off millions to those they do. It’s disgusting.
Eye on Jacksonville was formed with a Mission to Promote Integrity and Transparency and Expose Corruption and Cronyism. It’s a good thing we decided to start this online platform because using “screw” tactics is being exposed and it is corrupt and filled with cronyism. Should a Mayor use screw tactics to get what they want? In the world we live in – we call that – being a bully. And we also call that — wrong and childish.
But my friends it is important to call out this behavior. Why? Because it isn’t fair to the city and to others the Mayor or his administration may not like. That means they will pick Winners & Losers and if you aren’t on their team – you get screwed. You lose.
Sounds like something right out of a movie about the mafia, doesn’t it?
People ask me if I worry about what “they” will do to us because we want to create a better city for ALL residents of Jacksonville. I tell them, “I don’t care. It’s our civic duty to pay attention and become involved in our own backyard. Otherwise, it will stink to high heaven if you let them loose and not hold them accountable.”
Well, my friends, it’s Stinking in Jacksonville today and Mayor Curry’s internal plan to put the screws to the people’s choice for entertainment downtown – is working.
How much do you want to bet the streets to get to the Landing will be roped off and no one will be allowed to go there this weekend? If there was another “screw” in the toolbox that would be one to use.
It’s a sad day in Jacksonville. Mayor Curry, you really “screwed” up. You should never, ever tell us what your plans are to screw us because we don’t forget and we’ll be watching you.
UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 26th – The Mayor’s Internal Plan is now taking the next step and sent a Letter to take possession of the Landing. TAKE POSSESSION OF THE LANDING. That means those businesses that are down there are going to lose patrons, employees are going to lose jobs and the iconic Landing might be boarded up while this lawsuit continues on.
If I didn’t know better, I would believe Mr. Mayor has taken some lessons from the SWAMP in DC because it smells like a swamp move, looks like a swamp move and STINKS like a swamp move.