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.)
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.
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.
Mayor Brown's Business Builder
May 09, 2012
Session two of Mayor Brown’s Business builder will take place May 17 and 18 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. This two-day session will focus on connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful and creating opportunities for small business growth here on the First Coast.

“It is encouraging to see so many people and organizations come together for the good of our small business economy," said Mayor Brown. "I’m proud to present, free of charge, this public-private partnership to help entrepreneurs better understand from experts what it really takes to get access to capital and credit, develop strategy and compete in today’s complex economy. Small businesses are vital to help put Jacksonville back to work and build a stronger sense of community in our neighborhoods.”
Admiral Victor Guillory, General Mike Fleming and Mayor Alvin Brown
April 20, 2012
Service comes through public-private partnership at no additional cost to taxpayers

Mayor Alvin Brown is launching Jobs for Veterans, a one-stop service to help military veterans transition to civilian life by connecting them with educational opportunities and job leads at veteran-friendly employers.

“In today’s economy, companies need confidence and a strong work ethic. They could use that never-give-up attitude and that sense of ingenuity that so many of our returning veterans can offer,” said the mayor. “Jobs for Veterans will be good for all of the brave men and women who have so proudly served in defense of our nation.”

Mayor Brown Introducing his Economic Development Legislation on March 27, 2012
April 19, 2012
Gives city the authority to alter or amend Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC)

Last December, the Jacksonville City Council overwhelmingly passed Mayor Brown’s government reform initiative, the first major reorganization of city government in 20 years. That legislation reformed the city’s economic development structure to make it directly accountable to the mayor and includes all city functions that could enhance the mission of creating jobs.

In January 2012, Mayor Brown and the City Council sought the approval of the Florida Legislature to alter or amend the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC) as a necessary step to evolve the city’s economic development efforts. Both houses of the Legislature unanimously provided that authority. Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the bill – CS/HB 1253 – which provided that authority.

City issues an air quality advisory
April 09, 2012
The City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department is issuing an air quality advisory today in response to smoke from fires currently burning in the area. Elevated levels of particulate matter from smoke in neighboring counties may impact parts of Jacksonville today, as winds blow smoke into the area.

Children, the elderly and sensitive individuals should take steps to avoid exposure by staying inside or refraining from strenuous outdoor activity. If exercising outdoors, substituting less vigorous exercise (a walk instead of a jog, for example) can be helpful. In addition, outdoor activities should be planned for times when particulate levels are lower.
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