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Enough Is Enough

story by TERRY D. BORK Last week, the Jacksonville CityCouncil sent the Duval County School Board a list of questions to answer before it would consider putting the board’s proposed school-infrastructure referendum on the ballot. The public vote would authorize a half-penny sales tax to fund much-needed maintenance and repairs of our deteriorating schools. Currently, the facilities are so old and dilapidated that our children’s health and safety are in jeopardy. There were 94 questions with subparts. For comparison, Rule 1.340(a) of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure allows a party to ask only 30 questions, including all subparts. For …

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Bold Moves in the Bold City

story by SHELTON HULL Activists around the state are working to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2020 ballot that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes—”responsible adult use,” in industry parlance. But it’s an uphill climb, and a steep one, so steep that it’s almost fully vertical, for several reasons. While that goes on, municipalities are making efforts to evolve the law in piecemeal fashion, on a city-by-city basis. In Jacksonville, those efforts are currently led by City Councilmember Garrett Dennis, who has begun his second term in that office by pushing Bill 2019-0330. If passed, the ordinance would …

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Questions for Cusack

HIGH FIDELITY + A LIVE CONVERSATION with JOHN CUSACK 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, The Florida Theatre, Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $39.99-$150 The Florida Theatre128 East Forsyth St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by GEORGIO VALENTINO John Cusack has a new hobby/side hustle. The actor has recently been traveling the country, attending screenings of select movies and answering audience questions in person. This week, he’s in Jacksonville, where The Florida Theatre is set to show director Stephen Frears’ 2000 romcom High Fidelity, starring Cusack opposite Iben Hjejle (and featuring marvelously overplayed supporting parts by Jack Black, Tim Robbins and the star’s …

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Keep It Clean

story by LINDSEY NOLEN Encouraged by public statements from Florida’s First Lady Casey Black DeSantis, but frustrated by the last state legislative session’s failure to write environmental concern into law, Florida’s waterkeepers have launched a consciousness-raising campaign called Moms for Clean Water. The initiative was announced by the Waterkeepers Florida organization in June. All summer long, the state’s waterway watchdogs are mobilizing concerned parents to pressure Tallahassee into action. The website floridamomsforcleanwater.org is a one-stop shop for fledgling activists. The Moms for Clean Water concept was suggested by DeSantis herself, who said in a statement earlier this year, “We feel …

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