Tommy Hazouri

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The Jacksonville City Council and the Duval County Public Schools Board Wednesday met to discuss whether to put a half cent sales tax referendum before voters this year.  

Tommy Hazouri and Greg Rachal
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Democrat Tommy Hazouri has won the race for Jacksonville’s At-Large Group 3 Council seat, beating Republican Greg Rachal by 58.05% to 41.95% with all precincts reporting.

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Current Group 3 City Councilman Democrat Hazouri Tommy Hazouri is a former mayor, state representative, and  Duval County school board member, and says he has the support to advance up the Council leadership chain should he win the runoff election in May.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (01:25).

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. New CEO of Daniel Kids Lesley Wells (36:19) addressed the topic.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including the winner of The Masters Patrick Reed (46:00).    

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri on the issues that affected Jacksonville and City Hall this year (00:52).

Terri Andrews, administrator for Baptist Behavioral Health, and registered nurse Carol Whitefield talked about a initiative to train over 10,000 residents in three years in mental health first aid (35:23).    

Local attorney John Phillips talked about how to avoid identity theft during the holidays (46:00). 

Driver texts on cell phone while in traffic
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The Jacksonville City Council is considering sending a resolution to state lawmakers asking them to make texting while driving a primary offense.

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A Jacksonville City Councilman wants more types of businesses to be required to post human-trafficking awareness signs.

Although a 2015 state law requires the signs in strip clubs and massage parlors, labor trafficking often happens in different types of establishments.  

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Jacksonville residents and business owners have three months to register their burglar alarms with the Sheriff’s Office.

Officers respond to 45,000 alarm calls a year — and 98 percent of them are false. Officials hope the new registry, and stiffer penalties, will help.


A prominent Jacksonville clergyman is a step closer to joining the board of the community-owned utility, JEA.

St. Timothy Baptist Church Pastor Fred Newbill got unanimous approval Wednesday from City Council’s Rules Committee after Mayor Lenny Curry nominated him.  

As leader of a black church, Newbill has been a vocal champion of black civil rights, while at the same time refusing to include gay rights in civil rights.

But JEA policy prohibits discrimination against LGBT people.


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Jacksonville Democrats gathered in a vacant lot on the city’s Northside this morning to express their disdain for the pension tax referendum on Duval County’s August primary ballot.

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A fundraiser to buy a Spanish-American War fort may get some help from Jacksonville.

The North Florida Land Trust is trying to raise $400,000 dollars to keep the fort from being demolished.

City money could help reach that goal more quickly.

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.

Jacksonville City Hall
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The Jacksonville City Council is looking at how to enforce a new state law requiring human-trafficking-awareness signs to be posted in certain businesses and public areas.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri is sponsoring a bill requiring businesses to pay up to $500 if they don’t post a sign.

The required sign urges people to call a national human-trafficking hotline if they or someone they know are being forced to engage in work or prostitution and can’t leave.

Saying “retreat is better than defeat,” the most prominent supporter of expanding equal protections to this city’s LGBT community withdrew his bill on the topic last week.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants a chance to work further with city attorneys to clarify exemptions, focus on the business side of the bill and continue to educate the public about the matter.

Hazouri joins us to discuss this.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants to increase the transparency of city contracts. He says the public should be able to follow what happens after the city awards a contractor a project.


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