Infrastructure

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
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The Jacksonville City Council listened as people spoke out Tuesday night during public comments on a proposed 6-cent gas tax hike.

Jacksonville City Council Planning May Vote On $930M Gas-Tax Plan

Apr 22, 2021
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has used a local gas tax to pay for roadwork like this widening of Collins Road on Jacksonville's Westside.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville’s City Council could vote next month on a $930 million public works plan that depends on doubling the local gas tax to 12 cents per gallon and extending its lifetime.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

One item on Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council agenda would result in millions of dollars being invested in infrastructure improvements on parts of the Westside and Northside.

A Tesla Model S (foreground) and Tesla Model 3 are pictured charging at the Cummer Museum parking lot on Riverside Ave. in this 2018 file photo.
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A set of bills filed in the Florida legislature would implement a flat tax on the purchase of electric vehicles. The revenue from that tax would fund new electric vehicle charging stations around the state and address the drop in tax collected from gasoline sales.

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

The Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Taskforce met Thursday to discuss how the region’s infrastructure could be strengthened.

The group’s goal is to connect county and city governments across the region in a joint effort to not only recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but build back stronger from it.

Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee members met for the first time Friday.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s new Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee met for the first time Friday afternoon and members agreed their first order of business will be to take a look at the rules and regulations surrounding new developments in the city and how to retrofit existing infrastructure.

Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about the JAX Chamber’s upcoming Infrastructure Innovation Summit with Chamber Vice-President for Entrepreneurial Growth Carlton Robinson and Amin Toufani, CEO of T Labs in Silicon Valley who will be one of the event’s speakers (01:03).    

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and David Cawton (01:10), reporter for the Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record. Duval Audubon Society Education Director Brett Moyer (38:48) told us about the large flock of purple martins that have been roosting in downtown Jacksonville the past several weeks, and artist Gabriel Dawe (45:19) discussed his new exhibit on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s atrium.  


Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable featuring Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:08). Jacksonville’s Director of Military Affairs and Veterans Services Bill Spann, administrative aide Kenneth Johnson and Jeff Shuford (32:15) from Tech From Vets told us about the upcoming Jacksonville Vetrepreneur Summit. Florida State College at Jacksonville philosophy professor Nick Michaud (39:08) talked about the cultural impact of the hit movie “Wonder Woman” and Apex Theatre Studio Managing Director Ian Mairs (46:03) told us about their Summer Theatre Series kicking off Saturday with “The Ultimate 80’s Dance Party.”  


Jessica Palombo / WJCT

U.S. roads and bridges aren’t getting enough maintenance to keep drivers safe. That was the message the U.S. Transportation Secretary delivered in Jacksonville today. Secretary Anthony Foxx says the solution is a proposed spending bill called the Grow America Act.

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The collapse of a section of Liberty Street in downtown this weekend is brining renewed concern about Jacksonville's roads and bridges. The state of the nation's infrastructure is also an issue in the proposed budget announced by President Obama this week, with the president calling for nearly half  a trillion dollars in transportation construction spending. We look at infrastructure concerns and possible solutions with Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, and A.G. Gancarski, columnist for Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.