Jacksonville Budget

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Timothy Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal (01:12). We heard about the upcoming TEDxJacksonville event with director Sabeen Perwaiz and Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, or “Dr. Q,” who will be one of the speakers (35:04). We head a preview of this weekend’s China Cat Sunflower Festival with organizers Christina Parrish and Brenda Walker. Christina’s daughter, Hadley Parrish-Cotton, will perform at the festival and gave us an in-studio musical preview (43:37).   



Michael Dunn, Mayor Alvin Brown and Senator John Thrasher are making headlines this week.

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The City Council will take a final vote Tuesday night on next year’s city budget following months of back-and-forth between the group and Mayor Alvin Brown's office.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement Thursday condemning former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse against his fiancé. The shocking violence was recorded on an elevator video camera.


A lean city budget is threatening funding for the Jacksonville branch of the Local Initiative Support Corporation; a national, nonprofit organization that helps grassroots and other nonprofits transform communities into healthier places to live.

Janet Owens, executive director for LISC Jacksonville LISC, said LISC is an economic development engine aimed at attracting people to the community by improving the quality of life for families to thrive and businesses to grow.

The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee will wrap up its work on Thursday, in part because it doesn't really have a choice in the matter.

The committee has been holding hearings for almost a month but it has until Thursday afternoon to come up with a proposed budget for the full city council..

The full council will hold a public hearing and  tentatively vote on the budget  Tuesday night, but the Council Auditor's office needs the numbers by Thursday to complete its work on time.