June 28, 2022
 AMENDED: Public Hearings regarding Bill 2022-464
Adult Arcade Amusement Center

JACKSONVILLE, FL. - Public hearing for bill 2022-464 regarding the reestablishment of Adult Arcade Amusement Center will NOT be held at the upcoming city council meeting on 6/28/22.

Due to the changes to the Zoning Code, there are additional public hearings required by state law. This bill is also sent to Planning Commission and then to LUZ so the timing of the hearings are different than a regular non-LUZ bill. The Council public hearings on this item are July 26 and August 9.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard on this issue.

Garrett L. Dennis

June 17, 2022
Jacksonville, FL – Council Member Reggie Gaffney is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Juneteenth bill he sponsored. This bill adds a holiday, June 19 (Juneteenth), to the list of dates the City observes as legal holidays.

Juneteenth, which is short for June 19th, commemorates the day when Union General Gordon Granger commanding the Headquarters District of Texas, issued General Order 3 informing the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free.

This important milestone was a critical juncture in the fight for African American freedom, and the first of many important social justice achievements in the United States.

As someone who cares daily for marginalized individuals in the community, Council Member Gaffney felt the personal need to ensure Juneteenth was observed by the City of Jacksonville, honoring that occasion.

As someone who cares daily for marginalized individuals in the community, Council Member Gaffney felt the personal need to ensure Juneteenth was observed by the City of Jacksonville, honoring that occasion.

June 07, 2022
Jacksonville, FL - Councilman Reggie Gaffney, Ms. Sharon Coon and the Friends of Brentwood Public Library, Inc., will hold a press conference at 1:00PM on June 8th, 2022, at the Jacksonville Public Library located at 303 N. Laura Street to announce the James Weldon Johnson Young Writers Festival Where Students Can Win Up To $6,400 in Cash and Scholarships and Show Off Their Poetry/Playwriting Skills. Registration is happening now.

“Ms. Coon and her team is an exemplary example of supporting education, especially our youth’s education. Education is an important tool we all should find easily assessable through a variety of ways. And we want to thank and congratulate each student who participates in this lifelong learning opportunity.” said Gaffney.
June 02, 2022
In accordance with provisions of Council Rule 4.103, as Council President, I hereby call a Special Meeting of the City Council to be held on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 12:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor City Hall-St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and consider action upon the following pending Resolution:

2022-0430:   RESO Concerning Vacancy in the Office of the Sheriff for Duval County; Prov for Spec Election, Pursuant to Sec 8.03, Charter, to Fill Said Vacancy; Providing for a Qualifying Period from 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 6/10/22 through 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 6/17/22; Providing for a 1st Election to be Held Tuesday, 8/23/22, & for a General Election, if Necessary, to be Held on Tuesday, 11/8/22; Providing for the Establishment of a Qualifying by Petition Deadline of Monday 6/13/22; Req Mayor to Notify Governor of Vacancy and Request Appt of Acting Sheriff; Req Emergency Passage Upon Intro (Teal) (Introduced by CP Newby)
June 01, 2022
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville City Council will meet for the purpose of hosting the 2022- 2023 Installation of Council Leadership Ceremony scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2022, Ritz Theatre and Museum located at 829 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Immediately following the installation ceremony a reception will be held in the Museum and Jazz Hall located within the Ritz Theatre and Museum.   
The event is being held for the 2022-2023 Installation of the Honorable Terrance E. Freeman as the Council President and Honorable Ronald B. Salem as Council Vice President for the Jacksonville City Council. In accordance with Council Rules the positions will become effective July 1, 2022. (Invited attendees will include the Jacksonville City Council Members, Constitutional Officers, Judges, Duval Delegation, and Congressional Representatives, appointed Board and Commission members of the City of Jacksonville as well as the public at large.)

Invitations are not required to attend this event and all interested parties are invited to attend.

Please contact the Legislative Services Division at 904.255.5122 for additional information.

June 01, 2022
Jacksonville, Fla. – June 1, 2022 LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Jacksonville has awarded a majority of the $1 million grant it received from the City of Jacksonville to multiple small businesses from Jacksonville’s most under-resourced communities. The $1 million grant, which was secured by Jacksonville City Council President Samuel Newby, supported LISC Jacksonville’s Small Business Equity Fund, an equity investment fund the organization created to empower these small businesses, help them grow, and seed wealth building in challenged neighborhoods.
JAXPORT connects local businesses with strategies for success during fourth annual Small Business Appreciation Day.
May 25, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 24, 2022) – Today, 150 small business supporters and representatives received valuable education and resources during JAXPORT’s fourth annual Small Business Appreciation Day.

During the free event, participants discussed strategies for creating a diverse supplier base, developing a digital business modal, and securing available financing. JAXPORT’s Procurement Director Lisa Gee joined procurement leaders from other Jacksonville agencies in a panel discussion focused on strategies for securing bid opportunities at the city’s public agencies.

In addition, Jacksonville City Council Vice President and small business advocate Terrance Freeman discussed how Jacksonville’s growth, and the growth of our region’s transportation and logistics industry, benefits the small business community. “You’re sitting at one of the best organizations in the city when it comes to creating opportunities for small businesses,” Councilman Freeman told attendees. “Jacksonville is a city on the rise because of the sound foundation that has been laid by our small business community.”

JAXPORT has a number of growth projects underway that create opportunities for small businesses, including $70 million in terminal enhancements on Blount Island and the public-private partnership to relocate and expand Southeast Toyota Distributors’ Jacksonville operations from JAXPORT’s Talleyrand terminal to Blount Island.

May 24, 2022
Jacksonville, Florida - Council Member Reggie Gaffney opposes JEA’s budget proposal for a 17% fuel hike and is exploring legislation to curtail it.
May 23, 2022
Jacksonville, Florida - Council Member Reggie Gaffney will hold a press conference today. May 23, 2022, at 11:00am on the steps of City Hall to announce Bill 2022-0401.
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