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Moving Jax Fairgrounds To Westside Finds Support In $430M Capital Improvement Plan

A view from the ferris wheel at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair.
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Florida Times-Union file photo
A view from the ferris wheel at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair.

The city's upcoming capital improvement program is shaping up as one of the largest in Jacksonville's history with $430 million of projects tentatively slotted for the proposed 2021-22 budget that would include city dollars to help relocate the Jacksonville Fairgrounds from the sports complex to the Westside.

The $430 million covers about 140 line items for public safety, roads, environmental projects, public buildings, and parks, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

In comparison, that portion of this year's budget totals $211 million, which already was a historically large amount when it was enacted by City Council last September.

Many of the projects carry over from the city's current five-year capital improvement plan that gets updated annually, but some projects are new such as $27.2 million over two years toward relocating the fairgrounds from its long-time home out to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center off Normandy Boulevard.

Read the rest of this story at Jacksonville.com.