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There's a GREAT DEAL MORE than meets the EYE!
05/12/00

Here in Jacksonville Florida... we have a City/County government that's run by "Big Business" too... Our "Mayor" John Delaney, seems to jump to tunes coming from a number of the big BUX interests in the city... In the past 60 days... we've seen the city embarrassed by two different departments in City hall BOTH times for money mismanagement.  To the tune of over a half million dollars... 

Yes... this is a carry over from last week with more details... We are now investigating the property purchases, donations, transfers, seizures etc., in the areas of Jacksonville's Downtown District that is affected by Mayor John Delaney's "Major Facelift" proposal. Especially where the NEW Courthouse is supposed to go. Incidentally, there is a petition being circulated among the City's Trial Attorneys about rejecting the new courthouse plan.  According to our sources well over sixty signatures are already in place.    Rumblings are being felt and heard that there may be a few "favored sons" who've put themselves in a position to more than simply benefit from having "earned what they have".

A large number of downtown Jacksonville Real Estate parcels have changed hands in the last five years and its a given that this monumental plan of the Boy Wonder's has been in the making for at least that long.  If it hasn't... then its a given.. its a fast shuffle designed to provide windfall profits for a few at the expense of many.  Either way, there is something very fishy about this whole affair... A new Courthouse??  Where?  Who owns that property now and how much will all this "NEW" benefit them? This Grandiose Plan comes on real fast ...much too fast!!... Since the plan deals primarily with the Image of Jacksonville... with an ancillary goal of attracting a Major league Baseball team it needs to go before a series of public meetings and hearings and then to a voter referendum.  If Johnny Boy wants a legacy of bringing a baseball team to Jacksonville, all well and good but not at the direct expense of the taxpayers. 

Sure it's  great to have major league teams based in your hometown city... and its even greater having a traffic grid capable of handling the flow and surge generated by immense sporting events like NFL games and Major League Baseball.  Jacksonville's answer is double and triple time police on the job directing traffic throughout the downtown area because all regular traffic flow patterns (one-way east and west) all go special for the games.  That's just for starters.... Then comes the myriad of DIRT parking fields located all around the stadium.  Twisted ankle, lumpy root and rock pitfall laden parking lots charging outrageous VALET RATES $20.00 per vehicle.  The traffic congestion is abominable. If a game is at say, 4pm you had better leave at noon or shortly thereafter to get there parked and in the stadium for kickoff.

What..... will this City do if.... there is a Major League Baseball Game, an NFL Football Game and a Big Name concert all happening the same day?  CHOKE!! That's what'll happen..

The Boy Wonder wants to build a new Baseball Park (of Major League Proportions) a New Coliseum (Major Headliners have complained the present one is far too small).

We NEED:

  • Better parking - a number of multi-level (10 or more) parking complexes strategically located

  • Better Access and Exit Arteries for Fans and spectators

  • Better Docking Facilities to accommodate the present flotillas but with additional for the future

  • Better Emergency Services during these events

  • Repaired Riverwalk Facilities

  • Large, City Owned Marinas east of the Railroad Bridge

  • I-295 widened

  • The Mathews Bridge Replaced NOW before tragedy strikes

  • A true, full service facility to provide shelter for all the City's Homeless

  • Better sewers and drainage for all areas of the city - With lower MUCH lower water rates or, unbound water rates from sewer charges. Pool owners are getting raped by the current rate structure.

  • A much Improved Transportation System; the current efforts of the JTA is a flaming JOKE... Buses run "whenever"... the TRAM or, whatever one wishes to call that "Toonerville Trolley" thing that carries no-one to no-where... and finally, the the mean joke of the year;  Community Transportation

We Do Not Need:

  • A fancy new Courthouse

  • Choked Highways from Toll booths

  • The Mathews Bridge Collapsing

  • A Power Station on Expensive Riverfront Property

  • A School Board Building on Expensive Riverfront Property

These things are all crying for help, improvement or revamping and funding but the Boy Wonder wants to build a group of Grandstanding Playtime Facilities that'll further cripple the city at the drop of a hat traffic wise.  Of course I realize the benefits of having what amounts to a major league sports complex and a highly competitive Coliseum attracting top name performers ... what I do not realize is why.... the Boy Wonder must go for a sales tax increase?!?

Sure the Sales Tax increase has an expiry clause but  ..and this is a BUT... have you ever seen a tax go away?  I haven't.  Next, it been bandied about that this goof or his suspected successor has flapped off about putting the Toll Booths back on I-95, JT Butler and Emerson.. these guys have no hearts at all. They want monuments build for folks to remember who put them in place.  New; Courthouse, Baseball Stadium, Coliseum, etc... All they will be remembered for is setting the taxpayers up for another hit in the neck!

Johnny Boy has to find the money for his toys elsewhere... more efficient City Government? What a Unique Idea!!

Just this past week Delaney has jumped up once again.... trying to sell the idea of a sales tax increase to the taxpayers of Duval County... Hey John... you really are a "Boy Wonder" of a mayor!!  Tell Tom Petway to fork over some heavy green and leave the poor working stiffs of this County alone!  Make the The Weaver Machine (Jaguars) cough up a bigger piece of their action. 

You political geeks all do the very same thing... "Wait until you cannot run for re-election and then stick it HARD to the voters/taxpayers!!   Pretty Cute "Parting" Shot... 

John Delaney....  No matter what you Run for in the future... You'll NOT get my vote.  Money Interest Lackeys will always finish last.

Sales tax increases are not the answer!  We need a County/City Government that's run with intelligence and efficiency.  The money is there Johnny Boy... your current staff has no way to find... let alone SEE it!  They've already proven that!

 
 

 

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