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Civil rights history task force, CRA bills moved by Jacksonville City Council

Tuesday evening saw the Jacksonville City Council move two bills Florida Politics has covered through the process.

The reboot of the KingSoutel CRA was passed by the Council.

Hopes are that a recrafted CRA, expanding the boundary to include 1,100 linear feet of right of way on Norfolk Avenue, will drive the tax base in the Northwest Jacksonville CRA that has been slow to build up funds despite being in place since 2008.

The City Council also approved a 25 person civil rights history task force on a one-cycle emergency.

The task force proposal is a reaction to Jacksonville and Florida not being on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a cause for consternation in the meeting given Jacksonville’s civil rights history and iconic residents who were central to the movement.

The task force, a volunteer group, will report its findings by the end of June.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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