Lenny Curry

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Susan Eastman, Folio Weekly reporter; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter.

Topics include Tropical Storm Erika, this week's Florida Mental Health Summit, and local business and civic leaders pushing for Mayor Lenny Curry to lead a community discussion about the city's Human Rights Ordinance.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.


Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he opposes a draft water plan that includes a possible withdrawal of water from the St. Johns River.

The draft plan is part of a larger strategy to deal with a projected shortfall in central Florida drinking water.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry sent a letter opposing the St. Johns River withdrawals to the Central Florida Water Initiative, a consortium of water managers and stakeholders, the last day of extended public comment on its draft plan.

Rockefeller Foundation

The city of Jacksonville plans to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program.

Mayor Lenny Curry plans to finalize the distinction applied for by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative is an effort to identify cities that show great resilience in the face of economic, social and environmental catastrophes, but may need some extra help to keep it up.

Curry’s spokesman Bill Spann says the new mayor is fully committed to the project.

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee considered funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Williams was on hand to answer council members’ questions.

“We’ve done a lot of work prior to today to prepare you know working with the council and the mayor’s office,” Williams said. “But I think this is the kind of meeting you get when you have a council and a mayor and a sheriff that really do work together every day.”

City of Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark is running for re-election this month after occupying the position for the past four years.

Mark is best known for leading the effort to pass the first and only inclusive human rights ordinance or HRO in Northeast Florida. The ordinance bans acts of discrimination against LGBT residents and visitors in Atlantic Beach.

We discuss the week's news with our roundtable of local journalists: Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry's transition committees presenting their recommendations for the administration, the first Republican presidential debate, and more.


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Today at City Hall, committees on a range of topics presented their suggestions to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

Curry convened the committees during his transition to becoming mayor.  

Nine transition committees made recommendations to Mayor Curry Thursday.  

Curry said, “Look I’m just grateful that busy people, smart people spent a lot of time, a lot of hours, a lot of manpower evaluating things, looking at how to solve some of the problems that we’ve inherited, but also looking forward.”

Duval High Schools To Receive Athletic Trainers

Jul 30, 2015
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Several Jacksonville organizations are working together to place certified athletic trainers in Duval County high schools.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and the NFL are some of the partners behind the initiative.

Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the new trainers at EverBank Field this morning.

“If parents know that when their kids are in high school, the athletics are safe, the more likely [they are] to encourage them to play sports,” Curry said.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon the city needs more money for public safety, infrastructure, and health care, among other things.

Curry invited the Duval Legislative Delegation, a group of Northeast Florida state lawmakers, to lunch at City Hall. Curry and the delegates dined and talked Jacksonville priorities without a formal agenda.

Jacksonville Democratic Senator Audrey Gibson says she’s glad to see the meetings starting early ahead of next year’s legislative session.

We discuss the week's news with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include crime and public safety in Jacksonville, a state investigation into the company that operates red-light cameras around the First Coast, and more.


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.14 billion city budget proposal to the City Council on Monday. His spending plan calls for more police officers and firefighters, as well as money for roads, bridges and libraries, among other things. We discuss the budget with regular contributor A.G. Gancarski of Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his budget proposals to the City Council Monday morning.

Curry told City Council, “I stand here willing to give the sheriff the resources that he and his people need to make sure that Jacksonville is a safe city.”

He says his top priority of safety is reflected in his proposed budget. He wants to add 40 police officers and 40 community service officers to the force. Sheriff Mike Williams says community service officers would free up police officers to fight crime.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Matthew Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry's new budget proposal, Duval County Chief Judge Mark Mahon recinding his order prohibiting photography at the county courthouse, and more.

We get a preview of Players by the Sea's production of "Aida" from director Bradley Akers.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As new Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry creates a city budget, he’s asking for recommendations from his transition committees.

 

On Monday,  Curry’s Economic Development subcommittee met at the University of North Florida to start finalizing its proposals.

 

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is heading up the committee. He says downtown growth should be a priority.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

New Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry dined with City Council members at a City Hall luncheon on his first full day in office, Thursday.

 

Curry filled the Council in about the status of the city’s budget and talked ideas.

 

 

Curry began the meeting by announcing he will be literally unlocking a door that separates City Council from the mayor at City Hall. Curry says the door has been locked up for years and puts up an unnecessary barrier between the legislative and executive branches.

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Jacksonville has received nearly half a million dollars in state grants to go toward military base projects.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a press release the grants will help toward the city’s goal of playing a larger role in the nation’s defense.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott  announced one grant will go toward an ongoing project to create a buffer at the Westside’s Whitehouse Naval Airfield.

A second grant will help with road improvements at Naval Station Mayport to help ease traffic congestion along State Road A1A.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning at the Times-Union Center.


MyFlorida.com

A former state lawmaker and a former Jacksonville Fire Chief are among the new hires at Jacksonville City Hall.

Mayor-elect Lenny Curry is announcing key members of his team, who will start work July 1.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As Lenny Curry prepares to transition into the role of Jacksonville mayor, he has subcommittees at work collecting data.

Monday morning’s Prevention, Intervention and At-Risk Youth meeting focused on programs under the banner of the Jacksonville Journey, started under former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton.


We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include the pension reform deal passed by the Jacksonville City Council this week, Jaguars owner Shad Khan's Stache Investments group starting foreclosure proceedings against the developers of the historic Laura Street Trio, and more.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include outgoing Mayor Alvin Brown's legacy, Mayor-elect Lenny Curry's transition, the issues facing the new City Council and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Cliff Davis, Florida Times-Union reporter; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include the issues facing Mayor-elect Lenny Curry when he takes office in July, the Duval County Legislative Delegation's letter to Gov. Rick Scott encouraging financial support for safety net hospitals like UF Health Jacksonville, and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Lenny Curry defeating incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown in Tuesday's runoff election, the results of the sheriff's and City Council races, and more.

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Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry narrowly edged incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown with just over 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral election. We discuss the results of all of the city races with A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist, and Marcella Washington, FSCJ professor of political science.

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Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry is Jacksonville’s next mayor. He narrowly beat incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown Tuesday with just over 51 percent of the vote. Curry says the work starts now.

"This is about one Jacksonville, about one people, and about our future. The message that I’ve carried over the course of this campaign comes from deep within me. This is what I believe. This is what we’re going to do. This will be a safe city again!" Just after conceding, Brown told his supporters he won’t stop trying to improve the city.

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City of Jacksonville

Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has been a vocal critic of Mayor Alvin Brown and a supporter of his hand-picked successor Mike Williams in the Jacksonville mayor and sheriff's races.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Public safety has emerged as a major issue in Jacksonville’s super close mayor’s race, with incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown defending his approach to this core function of government, while challenger Lenny Curry has hammered Brown’s administration on the issue of violent crime. A recent school bus shooting incident reinforced the narrative.

In particular, the Curry campaign has pounded the messaging that Brown “cut 147 police officers” from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

After strong early voting over the weekend, the candidates for Jacksonville mayor have one day left to make their case. We hear from incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown and challenger Lenny Curry. Then UNF political scientist Matt Corrigan joins us with analysis of Tuesday's elections and a look at the wide range of factors that can affect voter turnout.

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