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Every November, as our nation pauses to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, I think about the men in my family who served our great nation.
It was a little over a year ago when I joined City Council members in a classroom to sign legislation creating the Kids Hope Alliance (KHA). I still remember the sign over the whiteboard that read, “No Slacking Any Time.”
 
Few things are more enjoyable than hopping on my skateboard and riding around the block with my family. My wife, Molly, might say it’s one of the scariest for her.
 
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In 1960, Mayor-Commissioner Haydon Burns sealed a time capsule filled with Jacksonville history. City Council President Aaron Bowman and I had the pleasure to open the time capsule as part of a week-long set of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jacksonville’s Consolidation.
Last Tuesday, my fourth budget was unanimously approved by my colleagues on City Council.
I recently had the opportunity to join former mayors of Jacksonville during a special forum hosted by Jacksonville University and WJXT.
 
I recently had the honor of attending a membership luncheon for the Jacksonville Bar Association where I presented a proclamation to celebrate Pro Bono Week in Jacksonville.
 
Public safety is my top priority, and that commitment extends to ensuring resources are provided to support the needs of every neighborhood in Jacksonville.
 
Recently, City Council Vice-President Scott Wilson and I joined a team from our Public Works Department to repair a road cave-in in the Beachwood community.
 
This summer, more than 400 young men and women in our city were afforded the opportunity to gain skills and experiences to prepare them to pursue their dreams.
Earlier this year, I shared my thoughts about turning downtown’s potential into action. The recently released 2017 State of Downtown Report demonstrates these actions.
 
This week, I presented my fourth budget as mayor of Jacksonville.
Friday brought good news to youth-serving organizations throughout Jacksonville.
 
Jacksonville is a proud and patriotic city. You could see that reflected in the faces of the thousands of citizens who came downtown to watch the annual July 4th fireworks display.
 
Last week, Jacksonville’s Military Affairs and Veterans Department held its second annual Vetrepreneur Summit.
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Summer is upon us. Kids are out of school, days are getting longer, and it is time for another Hurricane Season.
Summer is fast approaching, and my family is counting down the days.
 
“All gave some. Some gave all.”
 
This simple phrase is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military.
 
A solemn duty I face as mayor is the responsibility of helping our city honor our fallen heroes.
I came to Jacksonville the same way many people in our city did – through the Navy.
Every May, Jacksonville joins cities across the nation to observe Older Americans Month, recognizing the many contributions that senior citizens make in our communities. The successes we enjoy today are built upon the strong foundation these amazing citizens helped build.
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are some of the most important.
 
Jacksonville is on the move. That fact was on full display at the grand opening of Amazon’s JAX2 Fulfillment Center in northwest Jacksonville this month.
 
Logistics is big business in Jacksonville. And it keeps getting bigger.
I recently joined the First Coast YMCA to help break the tie with our rivals in Tampa in the Treadmill Tuesday Challenge.
Great things are happening in Jacksonville and key people are taking notice.
Our first responders have a difficult job. They respond to tragic events and scenes – car accidents, house fires, and medical emergencies – often multiple times per day. Bearing witness to that level of trauma isn’t easy.
Earlier this month, I was honored to witness the amazing heights modern technology has reached. I am inspired by the bright future that lies ahead for the City of Jacksonville due to the innovation and leadership taking place within our community.
 
Every morning, I watch my kids enter the school yard. When they do, I feel a sense of safety and security because I know they are in the care of adults I trust to teach and care for them.
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the “Steiners” – a group of promising students from the University of North Florida.
 
City Councilman Al Ferraro and I were privileged to spend some time with an amazing group of men on Wednesday. We joined a Public Works crew conducting pothole repairs along Whittaker Road on the northside.
Last week, I joined the Jacksonville University community to announce the Master in Public Policy Minority Fellowship program, and it was an honor to be included in a monumental moment that will benefit the City of Jacksonville in the many years to come.
 
As individuals, we might not believe that we can change the world by ourselves; but if we all make a conscious effort to have a positive impact in at least one person’s life, we are well on our way.
One City. One Jacksonville. is a promise for our entire city. Not just for downtown, but for every community in Duval County.
 
As the old adage says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” I’m appreciative of Jacksonville heroes who open their homes and their hearts to children in need.
 
My family and I couldn’t imagine our lives without Blake and B. Those faces you see in that photo greet us every day, reminding us of the special bond and incredible love only pets can provide.   
 
For too long, Jacksonville has been described as a city with “great potential.” It’s time to turn that great potential into actions that produce great results for our citizens and communities.
 
While I’m not thrilled about how the AFC Championship game played out, I’m blocking my hurt and thinking about the guys that played the game.
 
Too many kids in Jacksonville are facing hopelessness. In the past two and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with some incredible young people. But some of these same kids have faced unfathomable hardship; they have dealt with a friend being shot, seen a parent incarcerated, or struggled with homelessness.
 
Kooker Park has a long history in Jacksonville’s historic Eastside community, and one man is a big reason why. 
 
Success is built on getting the right talent together around a common vision, putting in the time and preparation, and executing the plan. The Jaguars are leveraging these principles into a winning season, earning support and generating enthusiasm all over the city.
 
Each week, I issue birthday and anniversary letters to citizens, celebrating the milestones they’ve reached in their lives or their organizations. Last week was incredibly special in that I was afforded and opportunity to recognize a long-time anchor in the community.
Jacksonville is well known for taking bold steps. That also rings true for the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD).
Though I never served, I learned to honor those who have from my experiences with those in my family who answered the call. I had the chance to honor one of those heroes – my dad – during this year's Veterans Day Parade.
Some of the most valuable insights I receive happen when I get out of my office and meet people face-to-face. That’s how I can learn about citizens’ daily lives and challenges.
There was a sign on the wall, just above the whiteboard, in the classroom at Daniel Academy where I signed the Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) legislation into law. It read, “No Slacking Any Time.”
 
Every October, we gather to honor the lives and service of 22 individuals who gave their all in service to this city. I was proud to join the men and women of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) on Oct. 10 to pay tribute.
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With two years and now our third budget behind us, Jacksonville continues to send a strong message that we are united and committed to addressing key priorities.
During the long campaign for mayor, I promised the kids that we could get a dog. I won, and so did they.
You can tell a lot about a people by how they respond in times of challenge. These events can be defining moments for communities. Hurricane Irma has proven, once again, that Jacksonville is a resilient city full of resilient people.

Since the start of hurricane season on June 1, we have already seen eight named storms form in the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s back-to-school time in the Curry household. A lot changes when the school bell rings, signaling the start of a new year.
Starting a small business can be a daunting experience. 
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be an NFL linebacker. It was a dream many would describe as wild, but my parents always supported and encouraged me. Jacksonville should be doing the same to help our kids in our city reach for their dreams.
Earlier this month, I met a future leader in our community. Her name is Alexandria Andrade, and she’s a rising 5th grader at Sallye Mathis Elementary School. 

Having been a CPA, I’ve long known that budgets are about priorities. You can tell a lot about what an organization cares about by how it allocates resources. 
Is your family prepared for the next storm? Do you know your evacuation zone? Is your supply kit stocked? Get the answers to these questions and make sure you’re JaxReady this hurricane season. 
Edward Waters College (EWC) should be a beacon of light for our community. Not just because of its historic significance, but because of its many valuable contributions to our city. Today, we announced plans to strengthen those contributions.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I occasionally share motivational quotes. One of my favorites is from Tony Robbins: “The path to success is to take massive determined action.”
How many of you remember Jacksonville’s old tagline, The Bold New City of the South? While I was not a city resident at the time, I am certainly inspired by the bold history and legacy it represented.
One thing you learn as mayor going door-to-door to talk with residents: they keep it real.
Jacksonville is a city on the move, and we’re not stopping! Just look at these numbers…
 
Growing up can be tough. As the parent of three school-age kids, I know. It helps having someone who believes in you, motivates you, and keeps you focused on the path to success. 
At a recent ribbon cutting for the new YMCA at Baptist North, I joked about the gym being my second office. I was only half joking.