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A City Council vote is expected tonight on whether to reappoint UNF professor Parvez Ahmed to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

The council will also hold a public hearing on an ordinance to freeze a fee for construction projects.

Ahmed’s reappointment was approved last week in the Rules Committee. Opponents of his reappointment point to his former position with the Council on American-Islamic Relations while his supporters say he has long worked for understanding between religions.

    Two more feet of space for ships to travel the St. Johns River may mean the difference in bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic development to JAXPORT.

The JAXPORT Board of Directors today (Monday) voted to seek dredging the St. Johns River to 47 feet, instead of the 45 feet recommended by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Marine economic development consultant John Martin says the extra two feet would allow for larger cargo ships to use MAYPORT.

Jacksonville is one of 35 cities the U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted about their interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Though this invitation for a chance to bid for the privilege was just announced yesterday, city leaders and local business owners are already looking at what they would need to do to make it feasible. After a successful bid to host the Super Bowl in 2005, could Jacksonville be chosen for this international event?

St. Augustine singer/songwriter Laurel Lee performs "Why Don't We Don't Get Married" on First Coast Connect, December 10, 2011.

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