Here in Jacksonville
Florida... we have a City/County government that's run by
"Big Business". 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
We are now
investigating downtown 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. (Including STRAWMEN being involved) 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 to seven 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 Boondoggle of a 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
great to have major league teams based in your hometown city...
and its not only wise but 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).
- a number of multi-level (10 or more) parking complexes
and Exit Arteries for Sports Fans and Show Goers
Facilities to accommodate the present flotillas but with
additional docking for the future
Emergency Services during these events
Owned Marinas east of the Railroad Bridge
Bridge Replaced NOW before tragedy strikes
A true, full
service facility to provide shelter for all the City's
Fire Prevention and Battling Equipment
Up to Date
Medical Supplies for Fire Emergency Paramedic Teams (much is
now outdated and expired)
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
Do Not Need:
A fancy new Courthouse
Choked Highways from
The Mathews Bridge
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
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, its
rumored this goof or his suspected (John Thrasher) 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 built for folks to remember who put them in place.
New: Courthouse, Baseball Stadium, Coliseum, etc... In reality, all they will
be remembered for is setting the taxpayers up for another hit in
Johnny Boy has to
find the money for his toys elsewhere... more efficient City
Government? What a Unique Idea!!
Delaney has jumped up once again.... trying to sell the idea of a
boondoggle funded by a sales tax increase levied upon the taxpayers of Duval County... Hey
you really are a "Boy Wonder" of a mayor!! Grow UP
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.
of Duval County BEWARE!!
Your very considerate
and thoughtful Mayor has made the arrangements to have the
Sales Tax Increase Voter Referendum on the September Primary
Ballot. This is being done for a number of reasons but
in our opinion, the biggest reason is, the Primaries
rarely have a strong voter turnout. Thus, if they
(The Delaney Bunch) instigate enough of their supporters out
to vote.... this TAX Increase will
Happen! If you want this tax
increase defeated... GET OUT AND VOTE!
geeks 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
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! (Over a quarter million
dollars found laying around in city offices) - [Mr. Taxpayer, If
you believe that... you'll believe anything!--- That sort of story
reeks of diversion and cover-up] Delaney's Administration warrants
a thorough investigation.
the voters in Duval County GET OUT and VOTE.... this THING
can be defeated!! Its up to each and everyone of us to get out
there and make ourselves heard by voting.
mentioned "Strawmen" above, that means those who were
"employed" by the local profiteering power and money
brokers (crooked politicians) to buy the parcels of land downtown that are destined to
be bought by the city to build the new Courthouse and
Library... Delaney will be left holding the bag if.... the
strawmen and their connections are ever exposed.
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 and others 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 (approx $85.00 -
$145.00+ per year) on the Disabled, 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 really good people who'd like to "talk" to you
when you are tipsy. Where's MADD when you need them?