Lenny Curry talks 90 Day Audit and council text scandal

Lenny Curry Seafood

Before a Thursday afternoon event promoting October as “Seafood Nutrition Partnership Month,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry spoke with reporters about  other issues.

On the current controversy regarding Jacksonville City Council members texting with Fire Union Chief Randy Wyse about possible mechanisms to restore firefighter pay during the council’s budget meeting in September, Curry was typically direct.

“They should be following the law, and not texting in meetings,” he said.

He reminded reporters that the mayor’s office members “abide by the Sunshine Law,” and that there “shouldn’t be a question” about how necessary it is to “do the right thing” and “be transparent.”

From there, Curry discussed the draft version of the 90 Day Audit that his campaign had prioritized, and that he implemented during the mayoral transition period in June.

Next week, Curry said, the final version will be released. He spoke about the “financial crisis” created by the unfunded pension liability, a familiar trope for those who have heard Curry say that if Jacksonville’s pension peril is unaddressed, the city could be the next Detroit.

There are, he said, “conceptual ideas in place” to deal with what the audit suggested was an impending fiscal crisis.

He was not specific about those concepts.

For those interested, he was more specific about seafood.

“Life’s about balance,” Curry told the crowd assembled to celebrate “seafood nutrition.”

Curry extolled the nutritional virtues of seafood, talking about how on the campaign trail, his diet had deteriorated, before submitting to a test of his Omega 3 levels.

If only the city’s other issues were so easily addressed.


A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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