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

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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  1. This would be a great reason to put a statue of a famous black citizen from Jacksonville, who was instrumental in the civl rights movement in Hemming Park, thus making the park more diverse and a historical park. It would then tell all of Jacksonville’s history and become a tourist destination, which would help our businesses downtown.

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