Tag: Stephen Joost

A.G. GancarskiAugust 29, 2016

The last eight months in Jacksonville politics have been dominated by one referendum. County Referendum 1, which would allow Jacksonville to extend a current 1/2-cent sales surtax past its sunset and to dedicate it to a $2.8 billion unfunded pension liability, is that referendum. Mayor Lenny Curry and his political machine have done everything they could […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 24, 2016

What if someone called a press conference and Jacksonville City Council “public comment” broke out? That was the scene Wednesday as a half-dozen opponents of County Referendum 1 — the so-called “pension tax” vote, which would extend a current half-cent sales tax past its current sunset date in 2030 and devote it to the $2.85 billion […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 11, 2016

Though two former Jacksonville City Council presidents, Bill Bishop and Stephen Joost, went to the press in opposition to County Referendum 1, which would authorize the extension of the half-cent sales tax through 2060 to deal with the $2.8 billion unfunded actuarial liability on public pensions, five more came out in support of the measure Thursday. Former […]

A.G. GancarskiJanuary 7, 2016

In the House District 16 money race, rumors of the demise of Dick Kravitz have been exaggerated. December was his second straight month of five-figure fundraising. The $10,025 haul brings the Jacksonville Republican’s total up to $59,150, against $3,864 spent. Notable Kravitz backers include Councilman Jim Love, Jax Chamber Chair-elect Audrey Moran, and former Councilman Stephen Joost. Of the […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 22, 2015

Last week, Florida Politics published an article about the Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee reversing its previous support of a seismic testing moratorium. The catalyst for that reversal: Councilman Stephen Joost, who changed his position from a vote two weeks prior. We asked Joost via email last week about what went down. On Monday morning, his […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 16, 2015

In Jacksonville City Council’s Rules Committee on Monday, John Crescimbeni’s resolution [2015-350] against seismic testing off of Jacksonville’s coast was voted down by a 4-3 margin, just two weeks after it passed in this same body. The deciding vote last time, Stephen Joost, was for it before he was against it. No votes were Robin Lumb, Joost, […]


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