The 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, at The Florida Theatre with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection Piano & Organs, and will last throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The festival will feature more than 35 performers, four stages, and a vibrant street festival atmosphere.
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Jacksonville added 21,600 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year to 4.3 percent.
According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Jacksonville ranks 12 in both the most populous and largest numeric increase categories for American cities. From July 2014 to July 2015, the city’s population increased by 13,000 residents, bringing the 2015 total to 868,031.
During the 2016 Senior Expo on May 19, Mayor Lenny Curry presented awards to three outstanding seniors who have enhanced their community through service and leadership.
With unanimous support, the Jacksonville City Council has cleared the way for voters to approve the pension solution to appear on the Aug. 30 primary election ballot. The referendum extends a half-cent sales tax dedicated to paying down the City’s unfunded pension liabilities. The approval came with all 19 City Council members signing on as co-sponsors of the bill (2016-300
). The vote is the final step in the legislative process Mayor Curry’ led to address the challenges and limitations created by the City’s crippling pension debt once and for all.