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Statewide disability rights group raises concerns over Jax zoning

In a letter to the office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry last week, Disability Rights Florida raised concerns about difficulty getting a land-use permit in the Springfield Historic District.

David Boyer, investigations director for the group, observed that there was “difficulty” getting a permit through the Jacksonville Zoning Board, and then observed that such difficulty contravenes the Fair Housing Act.

Boyer stated that “all citizens have equal rights” to “reside in neighborhoods,” and “creating laws or policies that prevent people [with] disabilities from living in some parts of the city is discrimination and a violation of the Fair Housing Act.”

Boyer’s letter is intended to “strongly encourage” the city to fulfill its obligations to “individuals with disabilities as equal citizens.”

We have contacted the Curry administration for comment and its action plan. Check back for updates.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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