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Mayor Brown Proposes Legislation To Ease Regulations For Events

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown  has filed legislation to make it easier for organizers to plan and promote events in the city.

The bill, which will be introduced to the city council on Oct. 22, would modify insurance regulations, allow for faster approval of permits and give further discretion to city officials to streamline the process.

The city's risk management division recently met with community stakeholders who talked about their concerns with the city's insurance code requirements being cost-prohibitive and burdensome.

Organizers have long been privately complaining about how difficult it can be to put on events in the city due to the city's regulatory processes.

Mike White, president of Client Focused Media, co-produced last weekend's Jaxtoberfest at the shipyards. A dozen vendors pulled out of the event due to city regulations.

White said the new legislation will make it easier to put on events like Jaxtoberfest.    

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Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.