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For Jacksonville, Donald Trump means White House access

President Donald Trump barely carried Duval County in 2016. Yet, for Jacksonville power brokers, the Trump era has meant access to the White House.

The most recent manifestation of that was just this week, as a JAX Chamber delegation was received by one of the more important people in Trump’s orbit: Omarosa Manigault.

Manigault has a Jacksonville connection. She recently married Pastor John Newman, and she is spending many weekends here in Duval County. (Newman was also at the White House event).

Manigault organized the event, also, which had a significant guest appearance: Kellyanne Conway, the omnipresent campaign spox for Candidate Trump who now helps with messaging from inside.

The event would have had more star power: VP Mike Pence, who came to Jacksonville this year selling health care reform, had planned on being there, but the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise saw an alteration in plans.

Conway knew her audience and spoke specifically to them, lauding the size and the visibility of the Chamber, and signalling a commitment to the long-awaited river dredging for JaxPort — with federal money, sought since 2003, finally reaching the project.

“Jacksonville is better positioned now with the White House than we’ve been in a long time,” said one source who was inside the room.

Receptions are nice. But reality is nicer.

Marty Fiorentino, of the Fiorentino Group, has done significant work already with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — a relationship worth its weight in gold as Jacksonville’s crumbling infrastructure may get a restorative reprieve from the Trumpian infrastructure plan.

Susie Wiles, as campaign chair during the stretch run, arguably won Florida for Trump, rescuing a Sunshine State operation that couldn’t get out of its own way. The President and his staff won’t forget that.

Fiorentino, Wiles, Manigault: no one would have predicted that troika as having a direct line to the Executive Branch in 2016, when Trump’s political obituary was written daily as he battled Hillary Clinton.

And compared to last year’s White House reception, which our source saw as pro forma, Jacksonville representatives received a lot more enthusiasm from the Trump staff than the Barack Obama staff.

This comes just days after Jacksonville’s Mayor, Lenny Curry, made his own visit to D.C. for the White House Infrastructure Summit — accompanied by an ally of singular importance to Curry and Trump both, Florida Governor/Senator-in-waiting Rick Scott.

Curry met with staffers and Cabinet Secretaries, making the case for the JaxPort dredge, and taking the opportunity to talk about specifics with actual people in person, rather than through a proposal on paper.

Curry had been on conference calls with White House officials before, but this level of access to the White House is new.

“Relationships are evolving,” Curry said.

Two meaningful events in fewer than seven days equal one very big signal that Jacksonville has a unique opportunity on the federal level in the Trump/Pence Administration.

Northeast Florida fundraising roundup: Paul Renner’s committee leads field

Though Rep. Paul Renner’s political committee was the clubhouse leader in Northeast Florida fundraising in May with $261,500, donors didn’t shy away from other committees and candidates.

Below are those who have reported thus far with May numbers.

Among committees of note: Lenny Curry’s “Build Something That Lasts” brought in $27,000. Sen. Rob Bradley‘s “Working for Florida’s Families” brought in $20,000 (keeping it over $400,000 on hand). And “Pledge This Day,” Rep. Jay Fant‘s committee devoted now to his run for Attorney General, brought in just $9,000 in May.

On the hard money front, Fant did better, with $79,575 of new money; of that sum, $8,000 came from Fant, and $3,000 came from his political committee, “Pledge This Day“.

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Leading local Senators by default, Sen. Aaron Bean brought in $3,500 of new money, bringing him to just over $20,000 on hand. Sen. Audrey Gibson took a W.

Lots of W’s in the House: Rep. Cord Byrd, of deep-red, Beaches-and-Nassau House District 11, took one. As did Rep. Tracie Davis and Rep. Kim Daniels, Democrats from HD 13 and 14. And Rep. Jason Fischer of Southside Jacksonville’s HD 16. And Putnam County Rep. Bobby Payne in HD 19.

Rep. Clay Yarborough‘s $6,100 of May money gives him over $14,000 on hand to defend a safe Republican seat in House District 12. on Jacksonville’s Southside.

In HD 17, St. Johns’ Rep. Cyndi Stevenson saw $750 of new money. In HD 24, Rep. Renner saw $2,500 in hard money, with all the action on the committee level.

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In Duval local elections, a few numbers worthy of reporting.

School Board incumbent Scott Shine is up to $13,000 banked in his 2018 re-election bid.

Running to replace termed out John Crescimbeni in At Large District 2, GOP insider Ron Salem is now over $90,000 on hand after a $13,475 May.

Other candidates in local races thus far have not demonstrated fundraising traction.

Northeast Florida delivers $260K in May to Paul Renner committee

Back in May, we reported on Northeast Florida powerbrokers going “all in” for Rep. Paul Renner as the region’s best hope for Florida House Speaker.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, essentially the model Republican of his generation in this part of the state, delivered an altar call at a Duval fundraiser. And the donor class delivered something better than Hosannas: $261,500 for Renner’s political committee, Florida Foundation for Liberty.

The Speaker’s race is, by design, difficult to handicap. Yet what’s clear here is the financial commitment from donors, which span most of the meaningful names in the donor class in the region. And what’s between the lines: it is unwise for any House members to think beyond regional priorities in the Speaker’s race.

Pacing the field: local gambling concern Best Bet, at $25,000.

Coming in with $10,000, political committees associated with Senators Rob Bradley (“Working for Florida’s Families) and Travis Hutson (“Sunshine State Conservatives”).

Meanwhile, there’s more starpower in the non-elected donors than on the starting roster of the 1927 Yankees.

All the important local corporate donors: Summit Contracting, Vestcor, Florida Blue, Rayonier, Gate Petroleum, Florida East Coast Industries, Rayonier, and so on.

And all the big names: from Mike Hightower to Michael Munz, from Husein Cumber to John Rood, from John Baker to Steve Halverson.

The lobbyists, including Southern Strategy Group’s Deno Hicks and Marty Fiorentino, still experiencing momentum from the sea change in the White House and his work of late in D.C.

And the Jax Chamber, via “JAX BIZ”, is also on board.

The road to the Speakership runs through Northeast Florida, and Paul Renner is the best shot the region has had in 20 years.

An amazing journey for a candidate who lost by three votes less than three years ago to Rep. Jay Fant, then relocated to Palm Coast for his second run.

Northeast Florida consultants and politicos are looking for coalescence; it is said that if the region unites behind Renner, it’s game over.

We understand that there is one holdout: Rep. Cord Byrd, a regional anomaly in his support for Jamie Grant.

One assumes the donor class is watching which way Byrd goes on this one. Even though he’s in the deepest of deep red seats, only one man is going to win what looks like a binary Speaker’s race.

And for Northeast Florida, there is but one choice.

The bills Jacksonville’s City Council won’t consider this week

Three bills that had been expected to highlight the Tuesday evening agenda of the Jacksonville City Council won’t.

The end result: an anticlimactic meeting, mostly because the committee process weeded out three bills that may have been sound policy, but were inconvenient politics – at best.

Extra Pension Payment? No Thanks!

Councilman Danny Becton had an idea: 15 percent of all increases in the general fund would go to the city’s $2.8B unfunded pension liability.

Becton called a public notice meeting to sway council members, and it was a big moment for him – he had complained of not getting media coverage to some reporters.

All the press was there: television, print, radio, and, well, us.

As public notice meetings go, this one began to circle the drain before adjournment. We published a piece. And as soon we did, the Lenny Curry Administration wanted to correct something.

Becton had claimed the administration was “favorable” to the bill. Team Curry – on the record, off the record, and whatever else – pushed back against that assertion, wondering how Becton could have gotten a message of support from the meeting he’d had with senior staffers.

“I don’t know where he got that. But that’s not the case,” Curry told us.

After being informed of mayoral pushback, Becton amended his read to one of being told “they were not going to help me, but they were not going to come out against me.”

Fast forward to the bill’s one committee stop: Finance.

The bill got a 4-1 no vote, with the four who voted no making very pointed remarks in debate.

Becton didn’t want to answer our one question for him: did the mayor’s office kill the bill?

Whether it did or not, the bill is dead. The mystery is why Becton didn’t pull the bill before the inevitable no vote in Finance.

TRUE Sunset? False!

Another failed reform bill: a measure to lower the number of members on Jacksonville’s TRUE Commission for 18 to 11; that bill would have sunset the appointed fiscal watchdog body.

That bill didn’t make it out of the Rules Committee last week.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri, who co-sponsored the bill along with Rules Chairman Garrett Dennis, saw the writing on the wall during the May meeting – at which the bill was deferred.

Hazouri saw the writing on the wall during the May meeting, when Dennis described his “change of heart” on the bill, a change occasioned by pushback from a variety of community stakeholders.

Whatever reforms might happen with TRUE, Dennis doesn’t want to push them forward.

“I don’t want to carry the water on this one,” Dennis said.

No Appointment Necessary

Here’s more water no one wanted to carry in the end, from last week’s Rules Committee, where the panel withdrew its own bill requiring Ethics Commission nominees to be confirmed before sitting.

The impetus for this: a controversial nominee who was withdrawn from consideration after a Facebook spat with the head of the local police union.

The bill illustrated the maxim: hard cases make bad law.

Despite the seeming initial will of the committee to push this bill through, speakers’ opinions ran in the other direction, and the committee flipped toward withdrawal soon thereafter.

Mary Bland Love, voting on the Ethics Commission despite not being confirmed yet, spoke against the bill, saying the current setup allows for a “probationary period to see how a commissioner would perform.”

The goal: keeping the commission “independent.”

“If you had a situation where someone was appointed who was otherwise qualified but for whatever reason someone wanted to sit on the appointment,” Love said, it could hamstring the committee.

Ethics Director Carla Miller likewise spoke in opposition, addressing similar themes regarding the need to keep the committee independent, including noting that in other jurisdictions there is no legislative approval process (with constitutional officers making the appointments).

Former Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci, the current chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, spoke up also, lauding the “independence” of the local ethics commission, which was borne in the wake of a grand jury investigation.

That independence, housed in the city charter, was reaffirmed via referendum two years ago.

“It was deliberately discussed,” Carlucci said, “that these appointed members would be able to go ahead and begin work.”

“Anything that chips away at the special independence that any ethics commission has taken away from its ability to execute its mission,” Carlucci said.

Council members took a hint and turned against their own bill.

Hazouri floated the motion for a withdrawal of the bill, noting that optics would look bad if the committee voted against its own bill.

Relationship building: Lenny Curry discusses infrastructure meeting with Donald Trump

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry just returned from Washington D.C., with the highlight of his trip being a Thursday afternoon meeting with Pres. Donald Trump and other elected officials on infrastructure.

Jacksonville has myriad infrastructural needs. And Curry (who attended the meeting along with Gov. Rick Scott) has been arguably the most high-profile supporter of President Trump in any big-city mayor’s office.

Trump, Cabinet officials, and staffers were “soliciting ideas from states and cities on how to get things moving,” Curry said.

Of especial interest — feedback on regulatory and permitting experiences, both positive and negative.

Among the Cabinet members on hand: Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao.

After small-group breakout sessions, the members debriefed with Pres. Trump.

A big priority Curry pushed: the need for JaxPort funding.

Ultimately, though, Mayor Curry saw the meeting as more than just a one and done opportunity, as his political philosophy is predicated on relationship building — and this was an opportunity to talk about specifics with actual people in person, rather than through a proposal on paper.

Curry had been on conference calls with White House officials before, but this level of access to the White House is something Jacksonville lacked with the previous mayor … but is in position to capitalize on currently.

“Relationships are evolving,” Curry said, and federal officials want to understand local needs, to help local officials navigate the system, and to help the system change to facilitate easier processes.

One issue is very familiar to Curry: that of there being “so many agencies that don’t talk to each other,” creating siloes.

Curry says the White House is “working to make sure the regulatory environment is smooth, quick, and smart,” when it comes to getting projects moving forward.

Audiences with the President, for even mayors of major cities, are real. Curry called this one a “special time.”

Surprisingly absent from the afternoon: discussion of James Comey‘s testimony earlier that day.

The meeting was about infrastructure. And relationship building.

The city has already seen some benefit from the new team in the White House; JaxPort is already slated to get $17.5M of long-awaited federal funding for its delayed dredging project.

With myriad needs and a President who wants to reform national infrastructure, Curry’s relationship with President Trump is worth watching. Despite the criticism he takes for supporting Trump, there is no reason for him to do anything but back a Republican President who is in position to help Jacksonville do things with federal dollars that might not fit into the city’s general fund.

Slow May fundraising for Jay Fant political committee

Jacksonville State Rep. Jay Fant wants the GOP nomination for Attorney General.

He announced in May, yoking himself to Pam Bondi‘s legacy, only to find Bondi endorsing his primary opponent, Ashley Moody.

Endorsements aren’t everything, of course. Money helps.

Yet, after a splashy entrance into the race, which included a statewide tour of media markets, a look at the money in Fant’s “Pledge This Day” political committee shows more hat than cattle as of the end of May.

Fant’s committee didn’t even hit five figures in May, with just $9,000 brought in from one donor (J.B. Coxwell Contracting) — sobering news for those Northeast Florida diehards who believe that the man without a country in the Florida House can somehow storm a statewide race.

Of that $9,000, $5,750 went out the door: $3,000 to Fant’s own campaign account, and the balance to Front Line Strategies.

It remains to be seen how much buy-in Fant will get from locals.

At a recent meeting of the Duval County Republican Party, Fant served up red meat, saying that Mayor Lenny Curry — a political ally, up until that point — should have “done more to stop the HRO.”

The HRO, or Human Rights Ordinance, was expanded by a veto-proof majority in February to codify LGBT rights. It is unclear what Curry could have done to stop it.

However, sources familiar with Mayor Curry’s thinking indicate Curry’s displeasure with Fant’s comments. It remains to be seen how adversely that displeasure will affect the dispensation and generosity of the local donor class.

One suspects that it won’t help, however, as Curry may be the most aggressive political operator in Jacksonville in decades, and generally takes note and action when people volunteer criticisms of his governing style.

As the AG field fleshes out this summer, Fant is going to have to show fundraising strength. While self-financing is always an option for the well-heeled Fant, other candidates in the race are certain to demonstrate fundraising momentum … and it is in Fant’s interest to show such a commitment from his Northeast Florida base.

Jax Council committee downs extra pension payment bill; Lenny Curry wins again

Councilman Danny Becton‘s bill (2017-348) obligating the city of Jacksonville to earmark 15 percent of all budget increases to paying down pension debt until 2031 has not met favor with Mayor Lenny Curry.

It did no better in the Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee … where it was panned by most members before the bill was “put out of its misery” — to use Becton’s words.

The bill went down 4-1, with Council President-Designate Anna Brosche, chair of Finance, the only yes vote.

Becton, who compared the city’s historic pension reform package that he voted for to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, pushed the bill in an inconclusive meeting with Councilors Monday.

That was a dress rehearsal, however. Wednesday’s Finance meeting was the real deal, and a measure of whether Becton’s calls for more money for pension obligations was any match at all for the political capital Mayor Curry brings to the table.

Becton, a visitor to the committee, contended that “this bill picks up from … the historic pension reform bills we passed a month ago.”

“I look at those [pension reform] bills as the cake that we made, and this is the icing on the cake,” Becton said.

Becton hit the expected points, including his contention that the Curry pension reform kicks the majority of debt to future generations (via the 1/2 cent sales tax that kicks in in 2030), and his belief that the city’s credit rating will be imperiled if his bill does not pass.

Without his bill, Becton contended, the city is essentially making “minimum payments” on its “credit card” that is the $2.8B unfunded actuarial liability.

“The specifics of this bill is to use 15 percent, and that would leave 85 percent for the city,” Becton continued. “If revenue declines, so would the percent decline of this payment.”

Becton’s math says the city could save $571M over the course of his plan, when compounded interest is included.

Councilors had concerns, and it was soon clear the bill was leaving Council Chambers in a body bag.

Bill Gulliford ruled out support, especially in light of the homestead exemption referendum that could decrease the city’s ad valorem revenues, and in light of the 1/2 cent sales tax being “strictly limited” to the unfunded liability.

“We got the best deal out of the Legislature we could possibly get,” Gulliford said, advising Becton to introduce this during the budget process, rather than at the end of a fiscal year in a standalone bill.

Matt Schellenberg also ruled out support for the measure, urging catching up on quality of life issues, which have been neglected for years.

Aaron Bowman concurred, noting “serious infrastructure and safety concerns,” the Shipyards project, dredging, and other big-ticket items.

Katrina Brown joined the chorus.

“Most Americans and citizens I run across look at tangible stuff they can see,” Brown said, advising the city focus on “a lot of catching up to do.”

Becton found the comments from the committee “disappointing but not surprising,” given the bill “made too much common sense.”

A future generation, Becton said, will “look at this day and wonder what kind of decisions they made for us.”

“There will always be another reason to spend every dime that comes in here and ignore the debt that lays before us,” a visibly wounded Becton said.

After the down vote, we attempted to ask Becton if the mayor’s office killed his bill.

Red-faced, in retreat, Becton refused comment.

We asked Brosche, who was at Monday’s noticed meeting, her thoughts on the vote.

She “didn’t expect as much resistance as there was today,” she told us. However, not all Finance Committee members showed to the noticed meeting, she added.

And if there was pressure from the Mayor’s Office to vote against the bill, it never reached her, Brosche added.

In the end, Curry said it was up to Becton to convince the City Council.

And Becton couldn’t get the bill through one committee.

Collision Course for Danny Becton, Lenny Curry?

A question worth watching: is Jacksonville City Councilman Danny Becton on a collision course with Mayor Lenny Curry?

Certainly, there is reason to question whether the first-term Councilor is on the same page with the priorities and agenda of the Mayor.

Consider a bill that will be considered in Finance Wednesday morning: Becton’s 2017-348, which would require that 15 percent of all general fund money beyond the baseline FY 16-17 budget go toward defraying the city’s $2.8B unfunded actuarial liability on pension.

At a Monday public notice meeting discussing the bill, Becton revealed how far apart he was from the top Republican in the city on matters of budgeting and – just as importantly – presentation.

Becton asserted that the Lenny Curry administration, via CFO Mike Weinstein, had a “very favorable” read on the bill.

That account was disputed. Strenuously. By Mayor Curry.

“I don’t know where he got that. But that’s not the case,” Curry told us minutes after we published a piece on the meeting … while the meeting was still going on.

Curry demurred from addressing Becton’s other contentions, which included a comparison of his pension reform package to Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and a description of the city’s pension-related spending habits as being like someone with a credit score of 500 or 600 paying the minimum on his credit card.

However, Curry did, via the Florida Times-Union, make a point that was hard to miss regarding his reform package: “It seems [Becton] needs to convince the majority of the council to see if they agree with him.”

Translation: good luck with that – especially given that many of Curry’s strongest relationships on Council are with Democrats.

After being informed of mayoral pushback, Becton amended his read to one of being told “they were not going to help me, but they were not going to come out against me.”

If that is the Councilman’s definition of favorability, one wonders what unfavorable looks like.

Those following this administration closely know its fiscal policy: a belief in low-interest rate, long-term loans for capital projects; pay-go wherever possible; and not obligating cash for the sake of obligating it.

Even when some Council members moved, months back, to boost the emergency reserve from 5 to 6 percent after noting favorable budget variances, cold water was splashed on that move.

Despite Curry and Becton both being Republicans, the most notable thing about that meeting Monday arguably was that no administration members sat at the table with the Councilors … but Bill Bishop, one key irritant to Mayor Curry, was in attendance.

Recall, if you will, the fractious nature of the 2015 mayoral campaign. Bishop was frustrated by lost endorsements, claiming that the machine lined up being Curry. And Bishop got his revenge after being eliminated from the mayoral race –  crossing party lines to endorse Alvin Brown, and then campaigning heavily with Brown down the stretch, while neither Brown nor Bishop denied that the termed-out Councilman was in line for a key role in Brown’s second term.

Of course, Brown lost that election. But Curry – who once talked to his lawyer after a pre-endorsement conversation with Bishop, in which he claimed Bishop lobbied him for a job – doesn’t forget these things.

Bill Bishop being brought in for a policy meeting in Curry’s City Hall: one optical problem created Monday.

A second optical problem: for members of the Curry administration, Becton going rogue has to remind them of the pushback the Councilman offered during the amphitheater discussion over a year ago.

The city and Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan both ponied up $45M each for stadium improvements, including the new amphitheater and a covered practice field for the Jaguars.

While the deal was presented to Council, it was one of those deals that the mayor’s staff and Khan’s people had hashed out already.

Becton, by far, offered the most pushback, questioning the administration’s use of low-interest rate loans and noting that bed tax revenue barely covered the interest on the $43M Jacksonville had borrowed just two years prior for the world’s largest scoreboards.

All that pushback in committees was just theater, however. In the end, Becton caved.

Jags’ lobbyist Paul Harden talked to Becton, it turned out, though they couldn’t agree on how long the conversation was. Becton said it was half an hour and Harden sais it was 90 minutes.

Beyond that, both men basically agreed that the gist of the conversation was along the lines of “how can I flip your vote?”

The vote, of course, flipped. And one expects that, in the end, Becton will see the extra pension payment issue the way the folks in the mayor’s office did also.

More summer camp money provided for ‘at-hope’ Jacksonville kids

An issue among Jacksonville City Council members in recent weeks: how to get the funding needed for summer camps for at-risk  youth?

A “major announcement” was delivered by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Friday on that subject, with 24 more sites being funded (bringing the total to 72 citywide, down from 98 previously), $958,000 more being allocated, and 1,700 more kids being served than would have previously been possible.

Last year’s Summer Camp program included 98 sites serving 6,258 youth, asserted a press release from the Mayor’s Office.

For Curry, the matter was part of fulfilling a campaign promise of prioritizing prevention and intervention, to keep today’s at-risk kids — or as he has taken to calling them, “at hope kids” — out of the criminal justice system.

Curry was “frustrated” and  “surprised to learn of significant cuts” to per-capita camp allocations.

While the $958,000 was a “band aid,” Curry said that he would introduce reforms to ensure that this doesn’t happen again, including ensuring alignment between the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Jax Journey — his administration’s key anti-crime initiative.

When asked if the two could be merged, Curry said “all options are on the table,” depending on the “best interest of kids.”

How did we get here? As is often the case, it was a slow drift through various layers of administration.

In January, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission made the decision to devote finite resources to more intensive, longer summer camps, after discussions with service providers.

That decision, reports the Florida Times-Union, was made despite no plans to add more money to the pot. And a problem was created.

“When the results became public, some non-profits, including giants like Communities in Schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, were left with fewer dollars than in past years and locations that once had programs were without,” the Times-Union report continued.

Lenny Curry: Paris Accord ‘has no teeth to it’

Breaking with most big city mayors that have thus far opined on President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

campaigned on American jobs, cutting regs that killed those jobs &he won.He’s doing what he said he would do. ,” Curry Tweeted Thursday evening.

Curry, during a press conference Friday morning discussing summer camp funding, explained his Tweet, which he said “spoke for itself.”

“I didn’t take a specific position,” Curry said about the Paris Accord, saying his Tweet was a “general statement of support” for Trump’s actions.

Rather, Curry supports President Trump’s commitment to “American jobs.” But he did outline qualms with the agreement itself, including no obligation imposed on China until 2030, which means “13 years on the backs of American workers.”

And other European countries, Curry said, are seeing their emissions go up, even as American emission levels decrease.

The Paris Accord, Curry added, “has no teeth to it.”

We asked Jacksonville City Council President-Designate Anna Brosche her take on Curry’s Tweet on Thursday evening. She said she had “no opinion”, as she was “focused on local politics.” Democratic Councilors, such as Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown, likewise were less than specific.

One City Councilman who was willing to take a position: Curry’s fellow Republican, Councilman Jim Love.

Love, a believer in climate change, said it was “shortsighted … to pull out of the whole thing,” even as some points need revision, as “Florida will bear the brunt” of climate change.

Curry has been willing to fly in the face of seeming scientific consensus on climate change issues before.

Curry drew criticism in 2016 for leaving the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, which offered $1M grants for city-level actions against climate change.

As Jacksonville deals with flooding, as it has this week, expect that at least some out there will demonstrate chagrin at Curry’s aligning with President Trump on this issue.

Curry has already exchanged banter with local media on Twitter, which he saw as editorializing on this matter.

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