JTA Wins Federal Clean Fuels Grant; Paves Way for First Hybrid Buses in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) today announced that it has received a $4 million federal grant to purchase
hybrid buses as a part of JTA’s ongoing fleet replacement program.

The grant is funded through the Clean Fuels Grant Program Funds, a program that supports the U. S. Department of Transportation’s environmental sustainability efforts. JTA was the only Florida agency that received funds.

Status of 17,364 Duval Voters Changes From Active to Inactive

Duval County Supervisor of Elections, Jerry Holland, is announcing that 17,364 voters have been moved from “active” voter status, to “inactive.” This brings the total number of active voters in Duval County to 513,955. The total number of inactive voters is now 52,638.

Florida Board of Education Meeting postponed for Duval County

In a joint decision, Superintendent Pratt-Dannals and Florida Commissioner of Education Smith decided to postpone the meeting to consider Duval County’s Intervene option plans before the State Board of Education, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2011 until a further date that has yet to be determined.

Free Fish Fry for Mayoral Candidate Mike Hogan is this Saturday

What:   Mike Hogan Fish Fry Hosted by George Grosse


When:   Saturday, February 12, 2011

                 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Where:  George Grosse Farm

                  8691 Commonwealth Avenue

                  Jacksonville, FL
                 (2 Miles West of 295N)

Ordinance 7996 Update

From the Office of the Mayor, City of Jacksonville Beach: At the Jacksonville Beach City Council meeting on Monday, February 7, I voted to approve Ordinance 7996 that would serve to make alcohol vendors in Jacksonville Beach responsible for their actions should they violate existing Florida Statutes or city ordinances regarding the sale of alcohol.

In the week before our February 7 meeting I contacted the Jacksonville Beach City Attorney and asked her to advise me if I had any possible conflict of interest in voting on Ordinance 7996. After researching the issue she informed me that there was no conflict and I could vote on the ordinance.

Community Budget Workshops and Updated Budget Website Announced

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton today announced opportunities for Jacksonville citizens to again actively engage in the fiscal year 2011/2012 budget preparation process with five upcoming community budget workshops and an update of the city’s comprehensive budget website, www.myjaxbudget.com.

Jacksonville Beach One Step Closer to Earlier "Last Call"

Jacksonville Beach One Step Closer to Earlier "Last Call"

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- When city council meets again in two weeks, they'll make the final decision on an ordinance that would change the rules for alcohol sales in Jax Beach.

They're considering moving up "last call" at bars from 2 a.m. up to midnight.

Tonight, councilmen heard from several businesses, including Evan Rajta, Jam Rock Bar and Grill Owner and Chicago Pizza General Manager Jimmy DeMarco, who said this would negatively impact their sales.

"It's ridiculous.  We vote for these people to get into office because we want to eliminate red tape effecting our businesses. They say Jacksonville Beach is friendly to business.  That is highly wrong," Rajta declared.

Police Chief Bruce Thomason was the impetus behind the ordinance, after he wrote a letter to City Manager George Forbes that said the restaurant and bar area north of Beach Boulevard is bordering on being out of control, especially on weekends late into the evening.