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Today in Jacksonville History: Feb. 15, 1939

The City Council stopped the sun.Bowing to arguments that people would have to get up earlier and movies would let out later, the council voted unanimously Feb. 15, 1939, to ignore Daylight Savings Time.The council likewise spurned a suggestion by Councilman-at-large Daniel Kirk that the people be allowed to vote on what time it should be.Leo Hill, president of the Central Labor Union, said the working man was against setting clocks ahead an hour in the spring. […]

Ethics complaint filed against Brosche

An ethics complaint filed this week against mayoral candidate Anna Brosche says she violated state law by failing to disclose about $5,300 on her financial disclosure form, which Brosche’s spokeswoman called an oversight that will be corrected.Jacksonville attorney Kyle Bedran, who has served as president of the Jacksonville Young Republicans, filed the complaint with the Florida Ethics Commission. He said Brosche “purposely failed” to list a “hidden account” at the Florida Retirement […]

Jacksonville's Urban Rest Stop provides daytime haven, showers for homeless

For three years Allan Harmala lived in his car.Finding a place to take a free shower or wash a load of laundry was a rare gift in those days, he said. So he can attest to the importance of the newly opened Urban Rest Stop at the downtown Jacksonville campus of Sulzbacher, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive services for people experiencing homelessness.They can now go to the city-funded Rest Stop on East Adams Street five days a week to not only take showers and clean their […]

Today in Jacksonville History: Feb. 14, 1929

Machine guns drowned out the Big Moo.Seven Chicago gangsters were gunned down Feb. 14, 1929, the day Foremost Dairies was born.The Chicago carnage was forever known as the Valentine’s Day massacre.Who remembers Jacksonville’s best-known dairy, and all that good stuff we grew up with, was born the same day?In Chicago, phony policemen machine-gunned the Bugs Moran gang in a North Clark Street garage. The newspapers said it was “an innovation in Chicago […]

Pension reform results show no 'surprises' so far

Two years into Jacksonville’s pension overhaul, the financial results are tracking what was expected for the Police and Fire Pension Fund, according to a report that found the troubled fund’s financial health is about the same as it was before the city sharply reduced its annual contribution. The change was part of long-range plan that includes a voter-approval half-cent sales tax for paying pension debt.Sales tax revenue grew at a faster rate than the city’s assumption, which is […]

Financial snapshot takes stock of city's overhaul

Two years into Jacksonville’s pension overhaul, the financial results are tracking what was expected for the Police and Fire Pension Fund, according to a report that found the troubled fund’s financial health is about the same as it was before the city sharply reduced its annual contribution. The change was part of long-range plan that includes a voter-approval half-cent sales tax for paying pension debt.Sales tax revenue grew at a faster rate than the city’s assumption, which is […]

Fishing Report: When can we go offshore again?

By the end of last week’s three-day stretch of flat seas, you could almost smell the fish on social media.I think it’s safe to say the offshore bite is wide open. I spent most of the weekend scrolling through photos of boat decks and fish cleaning tables lined with black sea bass, beeliners and trigger fish. I heard some boats got on the wahoo, and I even saw a video of a great white shark that swam circles around Capt. Kirk Waltz’s bay boat.I made it offshore on […]

Nate Monroe: Police, fire pension debt tops $2 billion, risks of reform plan are clear

COMMENTARY | Jacksonville City Hall’s debt to the troubled Police and Fire Pension Fund has climbed over $2 billion, its highest level ever and a cost burden that is “likely to be transferred to future taxpayers,” according to a new report by the pension fund’s outside actuarial firm.The report — which is done every year to calculate the minimum amount the city must pay to fund police and firefighter retirements — illustrates the consequential choice Jacksonville […]

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