Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. presenting local filmmaker, Heather Burky, with her award.
June 22, 2012
Heather Burky from the Art Institute of Jacksonville, and local mom of three, was one of ten U.S. students honored for excellence at the 39th Student Acadmey Awards on Saturday, June 9. Burky's documentary, Lost Country, followed three Cuban expatriates who fought Fidel Castro.

Burky's award is the first time a student from the Art Institute of Jacksonville has been honored in the annual competition organized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which administers the annual Academy Awards. The goal of the student awards is to support excellence in filmmaking for the up-and-coming generation.

Read the full article from USA Today.

Learn more about Jacksonville's thriving film community
The bow of a ship at NS Mayport
June 15, 2012
Navy Secretary announces ship buildup will begin quicker than originally planned

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the first amphibious ready group (ARG) ship scheduled to shift homeport to Naval Station Mayport will arrive in the last quarter of calendar year 2013.

The USS New York, the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Fort McHenry, will shift from their current homeport of Norfolk, Va. to Mayport. The New York will be the first to change homeport, followed by the Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry in 2014.

Mabus originally announced Feb. 28 that the ARG would arrive no later than 2015.

“This is another proud moment in our city’s longstanding relationship with the U.S. Navy. I look forward to welcoming many new Navy families and I applaud Secretary Mabus for his confidence in Jacksonville,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “The military installations in Jacksonville already supply an annual economic impact exceeding $14 billion for the region. Expanding the fleet will support even greater activity for local businesses and the Jacksonville housing market.”
Teams are working hard to clean up after the storms of the last few weeks
June 14, 2012
Updated June 14, 2012
 
The five cubic yard volume limit for yard waste collection will resume on Monday, June 18, 2012. Residents are asked to keep this in mind as they do yard work over the weekend. Teams are working hard to clean up after the storms of the last few weeks. We appreciate your patience as we work to get back on schedule.
 
Per policy, yard waste over five cubic yards will be tagged as being out of compliance, including waste that remains uncollected from previous weeks. Residents should not be alarmed by the tags; this is part of the process to return to normal collections and should not be construed as placing fault or blame on residents. Remaining waste will be collected on the next scheduled pick up or may be scheduled for a special pick up dependent upon the amount and type of debris.

As a reminder, private contractors are required by law to dispose of the debris they create. Failure to dispose of this debris by private contractors can be pursued as illegal dumping.
 
Residents are encouraged to continue reporting missed yard waste collections online at 630CITY.coj.net, by email at 630CITY@coj.net, or  by phone at 630-CITY (630-2489.)
June 08, 2012

In accordance with Ordinance 2005-361-E, the first Committee week and City Council meeting of the month of July are suspended for a summer break.  The Jacksonville City Council meeting cycle will resume with Standing Committee meetings the week of July 16, followed by the City Council meeting on July 24, 2012.

Update: Waste Collection Efforts Following Tropical Storm Beryl
June 08, 2012
Updated Friday, June 8, 2012
 
The City of Jacksonville’s Public Works Department and our yard waste haulers have been working diligently to clean up after Tropical Storm Beryl and the storms in the past week.
 
The increase in workload following the storm has residential haulers running behind on their collection routes, but they are catching up quickly. Customers are asked to be patient over the next week as haulers work to get back on schedule.
 
As a reminder, private contractors are required by law to dispose of the debris they create. Failure to dispose of this debris by private contractors can be pursued as illegal dumping.
 
If residents wish to report a missed collection, or need to schedule collection in a non-residential area, they contact the city online at 630CITY.coj.net, by email at 630CITY@coj.net or by phone at 630-CITY (630-2489.)
Jacksonville 2012 Hurricane and Disaster Guide
June 04, 2012
The City of Jacksonville, Winn Dixie and the Florida Times-Union have partnered this hurricane season to bring you the Jacksonville 2012 Hurricane and Disaster Guide. This guide provides helpful tips to help you protect your family and property this hurricane season.


This year's guide will help you find your safe room, locate a shelter, prepare for the dangers of strong winds and flooding, plan your evacuation route, and put together your disaster supply checklist.
The Eco Latino Media Group has prepared a spanish language hurricane guide, GuiĆ” de Huracanes.
June 01, 2012

City Council President Stephen Joost (At-Large, Group 3) today announced the nomination of three new members to serve on the Police and Fire Pension Fund board of trustees.

JaxReady on phone
May 30, 2012
Are you ready?  JaxReady— brought to you by the Emergency Preparedness Division and Information Technologies Division of the City of Jacksonville, Florida— will help you monitor weather threats and plan for evacuation in the event of a natural disaster. JaxReady provides access to current threat levels, weather reports, and wildfire updates, as well as up-to-the-minute news feeds for emergency preparedness and evacuation.

Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play
 
May 22, 2012
With nearly 32,000 tickets already sold, the match against Scotland on Saturday, May 26, at EverBank Field will set the attendance record for a U.S. Men’s National Team (MNT) international friendly in the state of Florida.
Protect your family and property during Brush Fire Season
May 21, 2012
The Jacksonville Fire and Resuce Department and the Florida State Division of Forestry want to help you protect your family and property during Brush Fire Season. Keep dead wood, brush and climbing vines trimmed back at least 30 feet from your home and deck. And remember, there is a ban on the burning of outdoor yard waste throughout the year.

To learn more, watch the video.
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