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Confederate monument will remain in park — for now

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Bill Bortzfield
The Confederate monument in Springfield Park is titled "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy."

The Confederate monument in Springfield Park will remain in place for at least as long as it takes City Council to have a "community conversation" this year after council member Matt Carlucci came up short Tuesday in winning support for removing it.

Council voted 13-6 against his legislation, marking the second time in a month council has rejected legislation that differs from the plan it approved in January for a series of public discussions about the future of all Confederate monuments and historic markers on public land in Jacksonville.

“Our city will never move ahead unless we have improved race relations, and we had that chance tonight to take a step forward," Carlucci said.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.