Tag: Scott Wilson

A.G. GancarskiSeptember 14, 2016

Jacksonville has well-documented blight issues: so well documented, in fact, there was a city council special committee to deal with that issue alone. Though legislation was passed earlier in 2016 regarding the city’s inventory of 436 tax-reverted parcels, the reality is that the number of properties with active liens on them dwarf that. Liens can be imposed […]

A.G. GancarskiSeptember 6, 2016

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council’s Neighborhoods, Community Investment, and Services committee had a light agenda. Just one bill came up — a proposed transfer of $422,441 from the “Pinnacle-Fidelity Global Project” to public investment policy funds for economically distressed areas. The committee voted in favor of that, 3 to 1, with Chairman Scott Wilson the no vote. […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 6, 2016

Former Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford, a Republican in Florida’s 4th Congressional District race, rolled out key endorsements Wednesday. “I am proud to release this list of elected officials supporting my message of reforming Washington. Americans are sick and tired of a federal government that does not respond to their needs,” Rutherford said. The endorsers: Tax […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 15, 2016

Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside have seen better days. Their infrastructure — and their buildings — would be eligible for Social Security if they were people. Meanwhile, the neighborhoods nearby likewise suffer. Parental Home Road. Hogan Road. Grove Park. The northern stretch of Touchton. Windy Hill. These neighborhoods fall into a netherworld. They clearly […]

A.G. GancarskiMay 24, 2016

In the Jacksonville City Council leadership elections, the main event was anticlimactic. Everyone knew current Vice President Lori Boyer would be voted in as president-designate, offering meaningful continuity after the presidency of Greg Anderson. However, the VP-designate race between Doyle Carter and John Crescimbeni offered considerably more drama, with both men deadlocked at eight pledges each ahead of the special […]

A.G. GancarskiMay 12, 2016

The Jacksonville City Council’s special committee on solid waste addressed on Thursday recycling in business, commercial, office, and multi-family dwelling units of 10 or more. Discussion revolved around the boom-or-bust nature of the recycling industry, as well as problems created by commodity prices and people’s approach to single-stream recycling. Councilman John Crescimbeni noted, mentioning several Florida municipalities, that […]

A.G. GancarskiMay 10, 2016

Passage of 2016-300, which authorizes the referendum to extend the half-cent Better Jacksonville Plan sales tax to address the city’s $2.7 billion unfunded pension liability, seemed to be a certainty before Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting. After public comment, hand wringing from some council members, and tub thumping from others, it was approved 19 to 0 […]


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