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Bill Withdrawn To Reimburse Federal Grant Money For Metropolitan Park

Via Jacksonville Daily Record
The Shipyards, Lot J and Metropolitan Park areas near TIAA Bank Field are pictured.

City Council’s Finance Committee voted unanimously Aug. 18 to withdraw Ordinance 2020-0555.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported that if enacted, it would have appropriated $1.725 million to reimburse the state and federal governments for grants awarded in 1981 that were used to create Metropolitan Park.

Brian Hughes, Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief administrative officer, said the bill no longer is needed because it was introduced to start a dialog with state and federal partners.

“The dialog continues,” Hughes said.

He explained that the property along the St. Johns River near TIAA Bank Field has state and federal encumbrances that would be at issue if the park is incorporated into the proposed Shipyards development project.

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