Blog Posts

Last week, I had the pleasure of stopping by and helping out at Back to the Grind, a new coffee shop and small business in Downtown Jacksonville. He even let me try my hand at the espresso machine!
Today, I convened a meeting with six Jacksonville business owners and local leaders with vested interest in Downtown Jacksonville to openly discuss ways to improve the urban core. Every Jacksonville resident has a vested interest in a strong and vibrant urban core for our community.
In the fall of 2022, an iconic new park in Jacksonville's historic LaVilla community is set to open to the public, honoring two of our city's greatest sons: James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson. 
Last week, I joined Numa Saisselin and Leslie Gordon from the Florida Theatre to highlight their capital campaign to renovate and restore this historic cultural and performing arts center ahead of it's 100th anniversary. 
Earlier this year, when I said that you won't recognize Dowtnown Jacksonville in four years, I meant it. I believe that our downtown is the heart of the city and that we need a vibrant, growing core to help grow the entire community.
Earlier this month, our city witnessed the implosion of the Old City Hall Annex building on Bay Street.
 
Last Tuesday, my fourth budget was unanimously approved by my colleagues on City Council.
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.