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City Council To Consider Armory Redevelopment Agreement With Planned $23M Investment

Sep 21, 2020
The Armory Building at 815 N. Market Street.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council will consider approving a lease and redevelopment agreement between the city and REVA Development Corp. for the Armory Building and an adjacent 3-acre site at its Sept. 22 meeting. 

Council President Hazouri Returns To Work Following Lung Transplant

Sep 3, 2020
City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Tommy Hazouri is back in the saddle as City Council president after stepping away for lung transplant surgery in late July.

Jacksonville City Council Votes Against Property Tax Hike

Jul 29, 2020
Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday voted 11-6 against an attempt to tentatively boost the property tax rate by 2%.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

At-Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci said Tuesday that City Council President Tommy Hazouri is “recovering very well” from a lung transplant over the weekend at the Mayo Clinic.

Council President Hazouri Has Lung Transplant Surgery; Newby Becomes Acting President

Jul 27, 2020
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

City Council President Tommy Hazouri’s team announced Saturday that he underwent “successful surgery” for a lung transplant.

Mayor Curry Submits $1.34B Budget To Jax City Council; No Tax Rate Change

Jul 15, 2020
Jacksonville City Hall

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry offered a $1.34 billion budget Wednesday that leaves tax rates unchanged and represents nearly status quo spending after a year of extraordinary challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Tommy Hazouri's Facebook page

City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Tuesday it concerns him greatly that Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration may come to the City Council with a “hurry up offense” for part of the Republican National Convention being held in Jacksonville.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Initially, Jacksonville city officials thought they received $159 million in Federal CARES Act funding. 

Jacksonville Skyline, featuring a large ship on the bank, and some tall buildings.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Finance Committee is looking at new sources of revenue for the city.

Sheriff Mike Williams walking in the center, surrounded by some security, and people around him, with a sign to his right that says "a moment is not a movement"
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s Office will be the focal point for the release of body camera footage involving police shootings at the local level, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

People holding up a Northside Coalition sign, someone in the back holding up another sign, outside of the courthouse
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Nine Jacksonville African American Civic and Social Organizations are urging the black members of the City Council to form a Black Caucus to represent underserved communities in the city. 

Mayor Lenny Curry walking in a crowd of people down the street toward the Duval County Courthouse.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

As Jacksonville officials look for answers and policy changes to address local racial inequality issues, the City Council is forming a new Social Justice and Community Investment Committee.

The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 to 4 Tuesday to expand the city’s human rights protections.

Two flags waving in the wind off of a pole, on top is the U.S. Flag, and on the bottom is the LGBTQ+ flag.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

The refined Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity and sexual orientation made it through it’s first City Council committee Monday afternoon. 

Jacksonville City Hall

There’s more stimulus money headed for people in Jacksonville following a vote by City Council on Tuesday night.

Hazouri Elected City Council President In 16-3 Vote

May 27, 2020
City Council President-elect Tommy Hazouri is pictured in this 2019 file photo.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Despite political pressure on his supporters, City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri, a Democrat, won election as the Council president for the 2020-21 year by a majority Republican Council.

Becton speaking in front of a glass podium in a hotel, a bunch of decorations in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Danny Becton is running for the Council presidency. 

Councilman Rory Diamond tweeted a letter from Becton declaring his candidacy. He will run against current councilman and former Jacksonville mayor Tommy Hazouri. 

Councilman Ron Salem sitting, looking out past a bench he is sitting at, there is a small mic in front of him. Painting in the background, and someone sitting to his right.
Via Ron Salem City Council Facebook Page

Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem on Monday outlined his proposed legislation that would put more power in the council’s hands when it comes to short-term incentive plans for the utilities’ employees, if voters approve a change to the city charter. 


Now that changes to Jacksonville’s human rights ordinance (HRO) have been struck down in a Florida appeals court, what happens next?

Jax Council President Wilson Calls For Special Election To Fill His District 4 Seat

Apr 29, 2020
City Council President Scott Wilson

City Council President Scott Wilson filed legislation calling for a special election to fill his District 4 seat as he prepares to run for Duval County Clerk of Circuit and County Courts in 2020.


The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency held its second meeting Thursday afternoon, looking back at some of the previous findings from city-appointed groups on sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Invoices Faked, Checks Split With Katrina Brown, Say 2 Witnesses In Fraud Trial

Sep 26, 2019
file photos
The Florida Times-Union

White-collar crime turned human when two Jacksonville men told jurors Wednesday they cashed checks worth thousands of dollars and handed most of the money to a woman behind the payments, former City Council member Katrina Brown.

At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci

The proposed special election for a half-cent sales tax referendum is slated for a vote Tuesday evening by the Jacksonville City Council.


Jacksonville At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci is in the process of lining up co-sponsors for his non-binding resolution calling on the council to let voters decide whether members on the Duval County Public Schools Board should be appointed by the mayor.

City of Jacksonville

Suspended Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown were back federal court Monday. 

Jax City Council Elects Wilson As President, Hazouri As Vice President

May 29, 2019
City of Jacksonville photos

City Council member Scott Wilson said Tuesday that when he becomes council president July 1 his goals will include expanding mentoring programs for young people, fighting neighborhood blight and boosting sports-related tourism.

Screengrab from "Cops for Curry" / CURRY CAMPAIGN

A bill that would bar city employees in uniform from appearing in campaign ads is set to be introduced and council members will celebrate the legacy of a long time city administrator at Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting.

State Attorney Finishes Jacksonville City Council Sunshine Law Probe; No Charges Filed

Feb 12, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The State Attorney’s Office issued a report Monday concluding a year-long investigation of potential Florida Sunshine Law violations by City Council members during the last two council leadership races.

Jacksonville City Council Strikes Down Proposed Transparency Reforms

Nov 28, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday struck down a package of transparency reforms that would publish emails and text messages lawmakers exchange with lobbyists and force city officials to reveal details about trips they take on the dimes of political committees, which are shrouded under existing disclosure requirements.

Transparency Reforms Face Stiff Opposition From Jacksonville City Council

Nov 27, 2018
Florida Times-Union file

A package of government transparency reforms, which would require the city to publish text messages and emails exchanged between council members and lobbyists and shine new light on discreet trips officials have taken on the dimes of opaque political committees, will face an uphill fight when it goes before the City Council for approval Tuesday.