Even with the Vehicles for Hire committee cancelled this week, the Jacksonville City Council is still hearing the case for ridesharing.
An ad in the B section of the Florida Times-Union Tuesday included an “open letter” to the council, which has struggled with legislation related to Uber and Lyft.
“Jacksonville is positioned to become a world-class destination with regional and national business headquarters,” reads the copy, “and Uber and Lyft are changing the landscape by providing safe and reliable transportation options and flexible economic opportunities for thousands in Jacksonville.”
The ad, signed by “members of the business community,” urges that the council “establish a framework for ridesharing” in Jacksonville by adopting “forward-thinking legislation that removes barriers to entry and allows innovation to thrive.”
Among the dozens of signatories to the letter:
- John Delaney, former mayor and current president of the University of North Florida
- Marty Fiorentino, president of the Fiorentino Group
- Steve Halverson and Preston Haskell, of the Haskell Company
- Michael Munz and Peter Rummell
- Paul Renner