BRICKBATS TO DAVID MING PON The Florida ophthalmologist was convicted of 20 counts of healthcare fraud, essentially ripping off Medicare for more than $7 million, according to The Florida Times-Union.
BRICKBATS TO MAYOR LENNY CURRY After two JEA board members asked that the meetings scheduled with the mayor’s team be conducted in the sunshine, the mayor refused the request and instead insisted on the resignation of JEA board member Lisa Weatherby — a local investment banker, longtime community servant, and … ahem … Alvin Brown supporter.
BOUQUETS TO THE STEAM CULTURAL PASSPORT PROGRAM With additional funding from CSX, the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Duval County School Board have partnered to provide on-the-water learning opportunities for approximately 4,500 low-income Duval County
students during the 2015-’16 school year through the STEAM
cultural passport program.
BOUQUETS TO JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARIES As a result of a $1 million budget increase (some of which was proposed by former Mayor Brown and axed by City Council in 2014), the libraries have increased operational hours by 10 percent in locations where residents depend on
the libraries’ resources the most.