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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.  
 
August 24, 2021
Long time beloved Councilman Tommy Hazouri has been hospitalized due to complications from his lung transplant surgery last year. While he is being treated at The Mayo Clinic, the Hazouri family asks that you keep Tommy in your prayers and that their privacy be respected during this time. 
 
Photo of Council Member Garrett Dennis, District 9.
August 16, 2021

“As we continue to struggle with the overwhelming impact of the Delta variant, we are seeing long lines for COVID testing throughout Jacksonville. This level of demand is exactly why I introduced emergency legislation to provide free testing sites, and I’m grateful my colleagues supported an effort to meet the extraordinary needs of our community.” Dennis said.

Photo of Council Member Garrett Dennis, District 9.
August 04, 2021

With the uptick in COVID cases and long waiting lines at current testing sites. Councilman Dennis is proposing the addition of 3 testing sites to be located at Shoppes at Sherwood, Lane Wiley Center, and College Park Center in Arlington. He is  asking for emergency funding in the amount of $5 million.
 
“As a community, we must make testing not only widely available, but also convenient with accessibility to public transportation. Identifying those infected will obviously prevent the continuous spread by requiring immediate quarantine.” Dennis said.
 
Jacksonville is currently leading Florida with COVID cases.   

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