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Brickbats to the City of Jacksonville

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Brickbats to the city of Jacksonville for failing to meet its commitments to tell the state how it will rid the St. Johns River of algae-causing pollution. Drew Bartlett, director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Environmental Assessment & Restoration, said the city, along with officials in St. Johns, Clay and Putnam counties, had signed an action plan for the lower St. Johns River in 2008, and Jacksonville had not followed through on commitments it made under the river basin management plan. In a letter to Bartlett, City Public Works Director Jim Robinson wrote that the city takes the agreement seriously but is having financial challenges meeting the requirements.

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