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January 18, 2022

Notice is hereby given that the Honorable Brenda Priestly Jackson, Chairperson, schedules a PUBLIC HEARING ON REDISTRICTING by the CITY COUNCIL RULES COMMITTEE for Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Ed White High School auditorium, located at 1700 Old Middleburg Road in Jacksonville. All interested parties are invited to attend.
 
Information about the redistricting process can be found at the following web site:
https://www.coj.net/city-council/standing-committees/redistricting-special-committee
 
The proposed City Council 14 district maps can be found here: http://apps2.coj.net/City_Council_Public_Notices_Repository/2021_1027_DRAFT.pdf
 
The proposed City Council 5 at-large residence area maps can be found here:
http://apps2.coj.net/City_Council_Public_Notices_Repository/at_large_2020_vDRAFT2.pdf
 

New pilot program for free JTA bus rides for Duval County students launches Tuesday.
January 03, 2022

Students attending school in Jacksonville will have more transportation options starting Tuesday, thanks to a new partnership between Jacksonville Transportation Authority, the city and Duval County Public Schools. 

Local leaders went into details regarding the My Ride 2 School pilot program — which will provide free bus trips to middle and high school public, charter and private school students in Jacksonville — at a news conference hosted Monday morning. 
Two week Driver’s License Reinstatement Expo to serve as one-stop shop event .
December 29, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (December 29, 2021) – Since the suspension of curbside recycling services beginning October 4, 2021, a satisfactory result has not yet been achieved in the collection of yard waste or recyclables. Because our city deserves better, additional conversation concerning the state of Jacksonville’s solid waste services are necessary to move toward solutions.

In an effort to shine light on this issue affecting citizens across our city, in mid-January, I will host an open-to-the-public noticed meeting at City Hall to discuss accountability, transparency, and expectations related to these fee-based solid waste services. Council members, representatives of our contracted haulers, and members of the Administration are invited to attend. The meeting will include a time for public comment.
October 08, 2021

Congratulations to Council Member LeAnna Cumber, 2021 Eve Award Recipient. 

The EVE Awards, established in 1969 (52 years ago) by The Florida Times-Union, are given to women who contributed the most during the past year to the community. The first and most esteemed awards for women bear the name of the first woman.

EVE is the woman at the pinnacle of her achievement. She wears many faces and is first in extraordinary ways. Whether educator, chairwoman or entrepreneur, EVE's legacy is first and always citizen, catalyst, leader, mentor and role model.

EVE sees needs and fills them. She is a visionary; a problem-solver, a force for change; and a barometer of the times. EVE is legendary. She will always be a positive force...continuing the tradition.

Two week Driver’s License Reinstatement Expo to serve as one-stop shop event .
October 07, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 7, 2021) – Building upon the successes of previous Operation Green Light events, the Duval County Clerk of Courts announces it will be holding a Driver’s License Reinstatement Expo later this month. LET’S DRIVE JAX! will take place from October 25 – October 29 and November 1 – November 5 at the Duval County Courthouse. The goal of the event is to provide a one-stop shop for citizens to work directly with all appropriate state agencies and/or the Court to determine how to reinstate their driving privileges and get back on the road. Participating agencies include: the 4th Judicial Circuit, the 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney, the 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, the Florida Department of Revenue, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, the Duval County Tax Collector, and the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida.
 
Photo of Council Member Garrett Dennis, District 9.
September 21, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Councilman Garrett Dennis has introduced two bills for voter referendum, to be added to the ballot during the upcoming Special Election to be held February 22, 2022. “It is my goal to give the opportunity to help eliminate government waste by cutting the size of government and save taxpayers millions of dollars.” Dennis said.

(EEE) Eliminating Excess Elections- Designed to align the Spring Election with the Gubernatorial Election, this will save the taxpayers approximately $4 million.

(GRB) Government Reduction Bill- Reducing the size of the City Council from 19 members to 14 members to represent each district (eliminates 5 At-Large council seats). This minimization of the size government will save taxpayers approximately $885,000 annually. 

Proposed Legislation - Government Reduction Bill
Proposed Legislation - Eliminating Excess Elections

September 13, 2021
The Hazouri family will be accepting guests for viewing of the Honorable Tommy Hazouri, Sr. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Legacy Lodge Event Center at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn located at 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32207.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church located at 11844 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223.

We ask that you keep his family in prayer, send words of comfort, and sympathy.

Information about the Celebration of Former Mayor Hazouri’s Public Service to the City of Jacksonville will be shared at a later date.
September 11, 2021
Greetings, everyone.  I pray this missive reaches each of you doing well. 

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the late former Jacksonville City Council President, and Council Member, the incomparable, Mr. Tommy Hazouri. I extend my prayers and condolences to his family and loved ones.
 
Council Member Hazouri’s sharp wit, wisdom and humor will be sorely missed. I pray for  us all who knew and loved him. 
 
September 11, 2021
It is with profound sadness that the Hazouri family announces the passing of our devoted husband and loving father, Tommy Hazouri, on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  

A son of Jacksonville, Tommy spent a lifetime helping his neighbors build a better community. Those who knew him understood he could not have had it any other way.  

He spent his final days at peace surrounded by his family and friends; and in typical Tommy fashion, there was no shortage of laughing, reminiscing, and holding loved ones close. He is survived by his wife Carol and son Tommy Jr. 

Tommy lived his life with a certain mantra in mind. In times of intense fury, overwhelming sorrow, or unpredictable turmoil, he always insisted people put differences aside and come together. This optimism was especially important to him in recent years. 

As we grieve Tommy’s passing with the Jacksonville community, we ask that you honor his memory by doing something good today for someone with whom you may have had a quarrel or a disagreement. There are infinite opportunities to help each other in our daily lives, but only a finite number of days to do it. 

We will miss Tommy dearly, but we know his legacy will live on through the people — and the city — he loved so much.
August 25, 2021
Councilman Tommy Hazouri will be released from The Mayo Clinic later today and will return home under hospice care.   Tommy deeply appreciates all the thoughts, well wishes, and prayers from the Jacksonville community.  While his lungs may be failing him, his heart remains full for the people of this city.  The Hazouri family asks that you continue respecting their privacy in this difficult time.  
 
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