Jacksonville City Council

Claire Heddles / WJCT News

An election will be held in December to fill Tommy Hazouri’s seat on the Jacksonville City Council, a date the Council decided on Tuesday. The former Jacksonville Mayor died on Saturday following complications from a lung transplant last year. 

City To Consider Shutting Down Mascaras Gentlemen’s Club

Sep 14, 2021
Mascara's Gentlemen's Club

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to discuss a measure to permanently shut down Mascara’s Gentlemen’s Club on Southside Boulevard at its meeting Tuesday night. A vote could come at that time as well.

Tommy Hazouri’s Funeral Set For Thursday. A Special Election Will Fill His Council Seat.

Sep 14, 2021
Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

Funeral services will be Thursday morning for Tommy Hazouri, a former mayor who served decades in public office.

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan’s Four Seasons Proposal Headed To City Council

Sep 13, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to introduce legislation Sept. 14 for a nearly $114 million incentives deal with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan for his plan to build a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences and an office building at the former Kids Kampus site along the Downtown riverfront. 

Sky LeBron / WJCT News

The sponsor of a citizen review board proposal said to expect a rewritten version and Jacksonville City Council vote by the end of 2021. Councilman Garrett Dennis introduced the citizen review board ordinance almost a year ago, proposing a council-appointed board to review police misconduct claims after JSO’s internal investigations end. 

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council will vote this month on the proposed spending plan for the upcoming year. Council is set to discuss the budget Sept. 14 and finalize it Sept. 28 before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.  

Councilman Ron Salem speaking to firefighters and JSO officers ahead of his election.
Ron Salem's City Council Facebook page

The Jacksonville City Council began the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday, with the Finance Committee meeting for its first of seven scheduled budget hearings. 

USS Orleck
Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA)

Jacksonville is set to welcome the USS Orleck, a naval museum ship that while in service was awarded 18 battle stars, enough to make it the most decorated post-World War II ship ever built.

City Council Designates Porter House Mansion, 112 E. Forsyth Landmarks

Aug 11, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council designated the Porter House Mansion in Downtown Jacksonville’s North Core and a building at 112 E. Forsyth St. near the Florida Theatre as local landmarks.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.4 billion budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to City Council Tuesday, placing an emphasis on public safety.

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 officials are looking for ways to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases in Duval County as the highly-infectious Delta variant spreads throughout the country.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry’s office and the Jacksonville City Council are exploring solutions to a recent spate of deaths involving children and retention ponds.

Jacksonville’s next election for City Council seats isn’t until 2023, but the race is already heating up. 

Democrat Joshua Hicks announced Monday he’s running in City Council’s 3rd District, which is bordered on the west and east roughly by Kernan Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. The seat is currently held by Republican Aaron Bowman. 

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council is considering sending $16.7 million to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) and Jacksonville and Fire Department (JFRD) to reimburse the departments for employee overtime pay since March 2020, which is when Jacksonville and much of the United States started implementing COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.

Jacksonville City Hall

Jacksonville’s City Council will meet Tuesday to consider the redevelopment of the Florida Baptist Convention Building and the Old Federal Reserve Building. 

Jax Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has elected Republicans Sam Newby and Terrance Freeman as the body’s next president and vice president. 

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council has a busy week ahead. Here are three big items on the agenda:

The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday night and plans to discuss the local gas tax hike proposal. That’s the six-cent-per-gallon tax the city could levy to fund infrastructure projects.

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 Pastor Appeals Order Ending His Lawsuit Over City Council Muting

Apr 21, 2021
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A Jacksonville pastor’s attorney is appealing a federal judge’s decision ending his lawsuit about his microphone being turned off as he delivered an invocation at a City Council meeting.

Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo.

The Jacksonville City Council Tuesday approved a bill renaming the baseball field at J.P. Small Memorial Park Stadium in honor of baseball great Henry L. “Hank” Aaron.

Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to discuss a plan Tuesday evening to rename a historic Jacksonville baseball field in honor of the late baseball great Hank Aaron.

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.

Gold Rush Inn

The Jacksonville City Council has passed a bill to create a new code enforcement board with the power to shut down businesses deemed a public nuisance. 

If signed by Mayor Lenny Curry, the bill would create a nine-member review board will have the power to declare a business or property a public nuisance and then work with the property owners to address the issues. 

The board will also have the authority to issue fines and eventually shut down businesses that don’t comply. 

Council President Hazouri Draws Line On 'OK' Sign Associated With White Supremacy

Feb 25, 2021
City of Jacksonville / Via Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri put a member of the public on notice he will be be barred from speaking to City Council during its meetings if he continues to make the "OK" sign that has been used by white supremacists.


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday a $26.8 million investment towards phasing out septic tanks in three Northside neighborhoods. It’s on top of a $30 million investment made in 2016, and still far short of estimates of the project’s total cost. 

Peter Haden / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri wants $100 million to replace more septic tanks with sewer lines.

This 2017 file photo shows a flooded San Marco street during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has begun its search for a Chief Resiliency Officer, posting the position on its list of current job openings.

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond
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Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond plans to introduce a bill that would remove council members’ salary increases from the annual budget bill.

The Lot J bill fails to get the 13 vote majority needed to pass.
Mike Mendenhall / The Jacksonville Daily Record

A $245.3 million taxpayer funded incentive package for Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J development failed to get the support it needed from the Jacksonville City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.