Politics

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education Advocates were up in arms today after Governor Rick Scott released his budget proposal.

Colleen Wood, the Executive Director of Save Duval Schools, questioned his message. "He said we have to do this for our children and our grandchildren. But my question is: Whose children is this for?"

In Duval County alone, Wood estimated 90 million dollars will be cut from the public school budget to make up for Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget cuts.   "It's important as a community that we decide what our priorities are," Wood said.

Though Governor Scott contends cutting taxes is priority number one.  "We can't spend more than we take in, we can't," he said.

His budget proposal contained more than four billion dollars in budget cuts, one-point-four of that being property taxes, which largely fund public school education.

Jacksonville Beach Wants to Change 'Last Call'

Jacksonville Beach Wants to Change 'Last Call'

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Last call for alcohol could be coming two hours earlier at Jacksonville Beach.

Monday night the city council will take up a proposal to stop alcohol sales at midnight, instead of 2 a.m.

Business owners will be able to apply and pay for special licenses to keep the beer and liquor flowing longer. One bar owner says most, if not all, businesses that sell alcohol will apply for the license. However, many say the proposed ordinance is unfair.

"I get nervous anytime government steps in," said Jimmy DeMarco, General Manager of Chicago Pizza.

DeMarco is "nervous" because Monday at 7 p.m. city council members will review a proposal that's been hotly debated here for months--changing last call from 2 a.m. to midnight.

However, the proposal says businesses can opt to pay about $75 a year for a license to serve alcohol til 2 a.m. DeMarco said most business owners that sell alcohol will apply for the license.

Journalist Juan Williams to Speak at UNF Feb. 24th

Journalist Juan Williams to Speak at UNF Feb. 24th

Award-winning journalist, political commentator and author Juan Williams will be the featured speaker at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. He will discuss “Eyes on The Prize: America and The Dream,” which looks at civil rights then and now, historical foundations and contemporary realities.

The scholarship luncheon, presented by the University of North Florida’s Intercultural Center for PEACE, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the University Center Banquet Hall on the UNF campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Supervisor of Elections Office Set to Register Duval Students

Duval County Supervisor of Elections office partners with local high schools, colleges and universities to register students in the 2011 Countywide Student Voter Registration Drive. This year's drive is a three day event scheduled for Tuesday, February 1st through Thursday, February 3rd.

Ten Candidates Qualify for Jacksonville's Mayoral Race

Ten Candidates Qualify for Jacksonville's Mayoral Race

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city's spring election is right around the corner with 10 candidates qualifying to have their names on the ballot for mayor.

The runoff election is scheduled for March 22 with the general election held in May.

Qualifying ends at noon today with candidates having a week to file necessary paperwork and pay the fee to have their names on the ballot.

According to the Supervisor of Elections Office 10 people have qualified for the mayor's race  Six he says will have their names on the ballot the other four are write- ins.

Those who have qualified either by petition or fee: Alvin Brown,  Mike Hogan, Stephen Irvine, Warren Lee, Audrey Moran, Rick Mullaney.

The write in candidates: Andy Bryan, David Crosby, Christopher Hills and James Moser. 

Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee Public Meeting Notice

The Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee

Meetings

  • November 18, 2010, 4:00 pm
  • December 16, 2010, 4:00 pm
  • January 20, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • February 17, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • March 17, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • April 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • June 16, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2011, 4:00 pm

Alhambra Plans New Year's Eve Party With Patsy Cline

The new Alhambra Theatre will usher in 2011 with a New Year’s Eve Party like none other in Jacksonville.  This one-time-only event will feature the hit show, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” starring Gail Bliss.  Prior to the show, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres.  A special dinner will be prepared my Executive Chef Matthew Medure.  Following the performance, guests will enjoy dancing to live music and a New Year’s champagne toast.  For those who have worked up an appetite, The Alhambra will also roll out a breakfast buffet at about 11:00 PM.