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Calling the Question

So, maybe you know your city council member. Maybe. Such a low amount of voters actually voted in the last election that we wouldn’t put it past you if you didn’t.  That’s why Folio reached out to our elected officials to get the inside scoop on what goes on inside city hall. Each of the 19 council members were sent a survey,  here are the ones we recieved back.  Introducing the guide to City Council. 

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UNF Returns to a New Normal

Heydi Ortiz Coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket throughout the state of Florida and along with that so do the fears of students and faculty who say they don’t feel safe going back to campus. How will The University of North Florida prevent its students and faculty from becoming infected during the duration of fall semester?   Almost a month after deciding to switch to remote instruction, UNF turned its focus to reopening for the fall, despite an increasingly alarming amount of coronavirus cases in the state of Florida. On June 8,  Florida universities were required to provide reopening plans deemed …

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Ax Handle Saturday: Sixty Years Later

Shelton Hull Saturday, August 27, 1960 was a fairly normal day in post-war America–for a while, anyway. The Olympics were going on in Rome, where a couple of world records were set in swimming. The day was not intended to mark a moment in history, but that is often how history works out. Summertime in Jacksonville is always hot, but it was about to get much hotter. The 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday occurs during a summer largely defined by widespread protests over police brutality and systemic racism, protests of a size and scale unseen since the 1960s, if …

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You Can’t Live to Depend

Robin Franks When Delphine Brock finishes teaching, she sits for a few moments, alone in silence. “I just need to sit, because it’s so much. It’s overwhelming.” It is a rare but needed pause in her unending relay of meeting the critical and varied needs of her adult students. For nearly 15 years, Brock, 64, has led a national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification course held at the Kids Hope Alliance. The class is free for local childcare workers and certification helps students earn more money, allowing them the possibility of opening their own childcare business. It is a raise …

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Talking Tall

Susan Armstrong Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has starred in so many local videos that some folks call them “The Sheriff’s Reality Show.”  Daniels is running for re-election, so his intended audience for the voluminous videos is typically Clay County residents and the 6 and 11 0’clock news.   But on Tuesday, June 30th he stepped up his game. In a videoed press-release to the entire nation, the sheriff appeared to be channeling Walking Tall tough-talking cowboy, Tennessee lawman Buford Pusser. In his 3-minute video, Daniels, much shorter than Pusser, stood in a parking lot on a hot Florida day with …

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The City Destroyable

John Aloszka In an ill-advised move to position Jacksonville as the bland new city of the south, the Curry administration adopted the slogan It’s Easier Here. I don’t need to tell you why that’s a horrible slogan—you are reading Folio, which means you are a functioning human.  Some cities adopt slogans that unify, like Columbus Ohio’s cheeky Columbus campaign. Or uplifting slogans, like Orlando’s The City Beautiful.  These send a succinct overarching message to visitors, businesses, and citizens. It’s Easier Here is just a lie.  May I suggest for Jacksonville: The City Destroyable. After all, it seems that City Council …

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No Decline? Then stay online.

Lindsey Nolen What started as a small Facebook group comprised of parents worried about the implications of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic has become a collective voice of opposition. With more than 3,100 members, the Duval Schools Pandemic Solutions Team has been able to consistently share information and updates, plan rallies, and call for action. The idea for the group began after the release of the Duval County Public Schools’ preliminary back-to-school plan on June 23. In response, Marla Bryant, a parent of an incoming DCPS, reached out to parents who have served on different DCPS task forces over …

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Baking it Through a Pandemic

Lindsey Nolen One year ago, Jen and Ray Ezenbacher decided to turn their favorite late night snack into a Jacksonville Beach small business, having never anticipated the challenges coming their way. Despite dealing with a global pandemic, the couple credits devotion to improvement and a supportive local community as to what has helped them survive. Back in 2019, the Ezenbachers were simply thinking about how much they loved cookies, especially Jen’s. She grew up in a family that loved to bake, and was constantly testing recipes from friends. After meeting Ray, it turned out he didn’t mind being a taste-tester. …

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Love in the Time of COVID-19

Isa Barrientos  Coronavirus arrived through air and lungs in early 2020. Since then, we’ve cut out most nonessential interaction with strangers and loved ones. Even with loosened restrictions in Florida, many of us choose to stay home and social distance to protect ourselves, our friends and our families. Romance is resilient, though, through pain and pandemic. While we were stuck at home, alone with our thoughts or spending every waking moment with our domestic partners, most of our economy and social scene were on pause. This has forced single people to adapt. “Dating from home” could mean keeping your new …

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