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Serena Summerfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Kona Skatepark is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It’s the world’s oldest privately owned skatepark, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The concrete park opened in 1977 and has seen famous faces like Tony Hawk and Mitch Kaufman skate through. Kona Skatepark owner Martin Ramos said his parents dedicated the park to the youth of Jacksonville.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford introduced a bill in June that would have made skateboarding illegal in most of downtown — and skateboarders weren’t happy.  


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Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville skateboarders are hoping to turn city-owned land into what they’re calling ‘DIY skate spots.’

Councilman Bill Gulliford, eight skateboarders and a real estate agent were sitting around a long conference table Monday morning at City Hall. The skaters met with Gulliford to talk about skate locations.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford says he’s willing to compromise with skateboarders on an ordinance he introduced in May.

Skaters rolled up to City Hall Tuesday afternoon to meet with him.

Gulliford introduced a skateboard-regulation bill after he said a skateboard defaced government property by taking a chunk out of the marble exterior of City Hall.  

“Then I’ve had several people that have indicated they were almost hit by skateboards in the general vicinity of City Hall,” he said. “I thought, ‘We’ve got to protect our building; protect our people.’”

Tommy Hazouri

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he will introduce new legislation to update the city's human rights ordinance to provide legal protection for LGBT residents.

Hazouri withdrew a similar bill earlier this year because there were not enough votes on the Council to pass the measure.

Now though, as the world mourns the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Hazouri says the HRO has fresh urgency in Jacksonville.

Tommy Hazouri joins us to discuss the issue.