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Jax City Council President Bishop Clears Chamber

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Kevin Meerschaert

After repeated disruptions at Tuesday nights city council meeting by supporters of concerts at Metropolitan Park, Council President Bill Bishop cleared the room.

During public comment, "public displays" like signs, boos, shouting and applause are prohibited under council rules.

The public was sent out of council chambers into the Lynwood Roberts and Donald Davis rooms and brought in to speak three at a time.

After about 90 minutes, Bishop let everybody back in, but reminded them to abide by  the rules.

Bishop blamed a local radio station (not WJCT), charging they had riled up their listeners on a false claim that the city council was looking to get rid of rock music at Met Park.

In the end, the upcoming Welcome to Rockville and Funk Fest concerts were given waivers to the city's noise ordinance.


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