FL - Firestorm 2000 that's what its called and here's where its
happening. Duval County and Jacksonville are one and the
same. The Mayor of Jacksonville John Delaney is on his way
out due to term limits. This guy... in his apparent fervor
to leave some sort of memorial to his administration has come up
with the "Boondoggle of the Century!"
While thousands of acres of
wooded land around Duval County are going up in flames... and
after this county experienced the same sort of threats and damage
last year... our illustrious mayor comes up with a plan called "The Better Jacksonville Plan" aka
"The Delaney Boondoggle". Mayor Delaney
would better serve the citizens and taxpayers of Duval County by
instituting a plan that would provide BUILT IN
Protections against future firestorms...
How? That's easy... Fire Hydrants! Fire Spray Walls
and River & Ocean Fire Emergency Sump Systems. But
no this goof is busy wanting to build a new courthouse, baseball
stadium, library, and pave some roads. DUH!!
What's he gonna do? Make sure the next Mayor of Jacksonville
has well paved roads for the the folks who are under threat of
wildfire to flee on while going to the new baseball park to be
used as a temporary dwelling as they watch their homes, places of
business and schools burn to the ground?
Why is this Mayor so near
sighted?? What is it going to take to wake this egomaniac
up? A neighborhood in ashes? A few toasted taxpayers?
WHAT will it take???
threat of wildfires multiplying in the area, several Jacksonville
neighborhoods want to know why they don't have any fire hydrants
are concerned about their safety. Some neighbors say they are
speaking out now before it's too late. They say that with dry
conditions feeding more and more wildfires, the danger becomes a
reality sparking fears in their community. When
firefighters battle a blaze, fire hydrants are usually found in
nearby neighborhoods to protect families from becoming a victim. But,
Ernest Clayton says that is not the case in his Westside
Ernest Clayton, CONCERNED RESIDENT: "I'm not really
sure the fire department is aware they they would have to drag hoses over a mile to get here
so there could be a serious problem with no
place to hook up."
Also, in the Ortega Hills Community, No Fire Hydrants.
Zilla, CONCERNED RESIDENT:
"The water truck which comes from downtown takes about 20-30
minutes to get here and look what can burn down in 20-30
Randy Crouse, CONCERNED RESIDENT: "The first thing
the insurance company asked me is, do we have fire hydrants, and I
said no and that makes my insurance higher."
Residents believe they
have a valid argument since more than 500 families live with absolutely no defense against wildfires or any
other kind of fire. So, what can residents do if they feel
helpless as more and more wildfires begin to burn across the
Dugan, JEA: "Homeowners
can get together and do what's called a special assessment and if
65 percent of the homes agree to it we'll come in and install
bigger lines and fire hydrants that sort of thing."
Here's the catch; JEA says that neighbors
will have to pay for part of the cost of installing fire
hydrants. If you are interested or have questions about
getting fire hydrants in your neighborhood you can call JEA at
- WHO PAYS??? - WHY???
& Mrs. Duval County Taxpayer, The Joke's On You!
The homeowners and business
owners in these threatened areas are TAXED to DEATH as it
is!! Put these projects in with or, instead of the full
Delaney Boondoggle and perhaps the Sales Tax Increase will make it
through and do something truly worthwhile for taxpayers and the
City. Why must the people in the street always get it in the
neck? Forget the NEW Courthouse and Library!! Use
THAT MONEY to install New Fire Hydrants, Purchase Fire Spray Wall
Equipment and High Power Fire Emergency River & Ocean Sump
Pumps. Then perhaps, we can all rest a little bit easier
when the dry season comes along and not be overly concerned with
the threat of being toasted alive.
The Boy Wonder
Mayor, John Delaney (R)... has tried to pull the wool over the
taxpayer's eyes... AGAIN! This past month, amidst all the
Superbowl 2005 hoopla, this highly trained professional Attorney
allowed the rumor... that's right, RUMOR get started
that the NFL's Superbowl Committee had taken Mayor Delaney's
"Better Jacksonville Plan into consideration in justifying
whether or not a Superbowl Game would be played in Jacksonville in
the year 2005.
Committee could care less about a better Jacksonville... They care
about the Bottom Line.... $$$$$ How much will the Game
generate and will the Superbowl be positively effected by the
entire event in Jacksonville. John Delaney is a
This Guy should KNOW BETTER than to play on
rumor mongering!! How DARE He allow people to think his Goofy Plan
has had an influence on the Superbowl Committee!! He's
guaranteeing failure to his plea to increase the Sales Tax in Duval County to PAY for his
Grandiose Boondoggle! Talk about contributing to Inflation!
As a result of this
and his BS about "once "The Better Jacksonville Plan is
paid for, ($1.5 BILLION) the
TAX will be rescinded" clause is written into the tax
increase referendum. Has anyone, in their entire lifetime, EVER
seen a Sales TAX or ANY TAX reduced or removed??? Especially
at the local level?? Then comes the story that Delaney's
cohorts are out to restore the TOLL BOOTHS Mayor Tommy Hazouri
shut down and removed. Folks if that happens or, is even
remotely hinted at as going forward, I strongly suggest that Delaney
KISS His Political Career Goodbye.
the Senior Citizens on a fixed income?? They're going to go to Rock Shows and
Baseball Games? Maybe, but not likely Yes sir, Mayor Delaney has really taken time to study
the overall effect of a sales tax increase on the Retired Folks,
Senior Citizens and the Poor... I don't think so! Atta Boy
Johnny! Way to Go! By the way, keep your eyes wide
open John... there's a few good people who'd like to talk to you
when you are tipsy. Where's MADD when you need them?