BOUQUETS TO LOCAL MUSICIAN GOLIATH FLORES for scoring a Hollywood feature film. California Winter focuses on socio-political issues of immigration, the housing bubble, and the current state of American politics. The producer saw Flores performing in Springfield’s Three Layers Café while visiting from California. She was so impressed, she went back to Los Angeles and introduced Flores to the director Odin Ozdil; the rest is cinematic history.
BRICKBATS TO THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH for its faux beach access. The city labels more than 40 spots on the Atlantic Ocean as beach accesses, but only 23 of them offer public parking and many don’t allow access at all. On many of the places where a sign declares beach access, the path to the beach is blocked because one can’t actually get over the dune and onto the beach without trespassing on private property or treading over a dune, in violation of state law.
BOUQUETS TO THE ART IN PUBLIC PLACES COMMITTEE for taking on the staggering $866,000 arts budget bequeathed by a city of Jacksonville ordinance that earmarks 1 percent of the budgets from large-scale building projects to be allocated for art. The huge sum will go toward art at the goliath Duval County Courthouse. The Cultural Council is gearing up for a call-to-artists aimed at local and international creatives, while The Art in Public Places Committee is seeking locals’ opinions and suggestions with the hashtag #courthousepublicart.
BRICKBATS TO ALEX PATTON The Gainesville Republican political consultant used a loosely based affiliation with a suspect website, pausepot.org, to insert himself into Jacksonville City Council’s “debate” on the distribution of a non-euphoric, medically engineered strain of marijuana. According to the Florida Times-Union, after successfully convincing Councilmembers a moratorium was necessary, Patton registered as a lobbyist the very next day.