Jacksonville to mull making city property a hit free zone


Physical violence will be expressly prohibited on city property in Jacksonville if a resolution filed by Councilman Garrett Dennis this week to the City Council passes.

Resolution 2018-171 would support policy designating city property “hit free zones.” This would create “areas in which no adult shall hit another adult, no adult shall hit a child, no child shall hit an adult, and no child shall hit another child.”

This would include parks and community centers, city buildings, and presumably municipal arenas and stadiums.

To that end, signs would be posted, and city employees would be trained in best practices regarding “supportive intervention.”

Hit free zones are often called “no hit zones” also, and in application, they call for employees to interrupt the behavior and get help.

The proposed legislation offers no penalties for violations of the hit free zone policy, as it is a resolution of conceptual support.

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


  • Austin Cassidy

    March 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

    They ought to change the proposed signs to “Violence Free Zone” as “Hit” is probably a little too easy to vandalize.

  • Brendan

    March 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Maybe people just need a way to vent societal frustrations. Instead, let’s legislate that one park be designated as an outlet for aggression. We can call it Thunderdome Park. No laws will be enforced. We can set up a calendar where every special interest group gets a day at the park and is free to do and say as they please. Just please don’t put it in Mandarin.

  • Samuel Shank

    March 18, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    For the no-hitting zones, just let Jacksonville do what they want regardless of what others think. It is certainly more than stupid to blame the lack of spanking on youth violence, even with today’s school shootings. Even American criminals (robbers, thugs, gangsters, shoplifters, rapists, murderers) were spanked as children and even the mentally ill people were spanked as children, that doesn’t make a difference in the motives of the criminal.

    Outlaw cannibalism, too, it’s among the unnecessary rights we have in the United States alongside the right to spanking children and the right to keeping slaves.

  • James

    March 24, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Hit free zones that’s genius. Why have we never thought to make it illegal to hit people. It would have prevented tons of assaults and abuse. Honestly it’s embarrassing that with all the problems we face this is how we spend our time.

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