Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown’s 1st Annual City Basketball Tournament

Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown’s 1st Annual City Basketball Tournament
To culminate a week filled with inaugural events, Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown would like to invite the community to attend the City’s first annual "5-on-5 Basketball Tournament.”

The event will be held on Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Ed Austin Regional Park at 11751 McCormick Road. The event is free and open to the public.

"This is a great way for athletes and non-athletes to celebrate Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown’s inauguration and join him for a fun-filled day," said event Co-Chair Marcus Ferrell.  "Everyone is invited to enjoy free popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. Other food will be available for purchase as well, with all proceeds benefiting the Police Athletic League.  For kids, activities include bounce houses, bubbles stations, and arts & crafts."

Gov. Rick Scott & Community Leaders to Celebrate Grand Opening of Keystone Terminals

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and its economic development arm, Cornerstone, will join Gov. Rick Scott, newly elected Mayor Alvin Brown and community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the recently constructed, world-class Keystone Port Terminals and welcome Vulcan Materials Company on Wednesday, July 6.

City Hall Gets Online Budget Feedback

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As mayor-elect Alvin Brown prepares a spending plan for the city, taxpayers spoke out online where and how they want their tax dollars spent.

This spring, the city for the first time offered online budget participation by outlining 170 areas of local government and the amount of tax dollars budgeted for each.

The online opportunity attracted nearly 1,000 taxpayers who scored services as either "must have" or "need less." Other scoring options between those extremes were offered as well.

The results public safety scored well as did environmental services.


Scott Appoints Replacement for Late Judge Morrow

Scott Appoints Replacement for Late Judge Morrow

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Judge Kevin Blazs will fill the seat left vacant by the death of long-time Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jefferson W. Morrow.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed the Jacksonville native Monday.

"Throughout his impressive 24-year legal career, Judge Blazs has defended, prosecuted and presided over both criminal and civil cases, providing him with a vast knowledge of the law and procedure," Scott said.

"Equally impressive is the fact that Judge Blazs has continued to pursue advanced education during his time as a lawyer and judge - endeavors that are reflected in the wisdom of his rulings. I am confident that he will continue his record of judicial restraint and will evaluate every case that comes before him with integrity and objectivity."

Blazs has been a judge in Duval County since 2006, and was previously an assistant state attorney for the county. 

Mayor-Elect Brown Reappoints Laquidara as General Counsel

Mayor-elect Alvin Brown today announced his intention to reappoint Cindy A. Laquidara to the position of General Counsel.  Her reappointment, which is subject to City Council approval, will be effective on July 1, 2011.

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Future

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce honored the past and celebrated the future with 300 community leaders today at its annual City Council Appreciation Luncheon.

First Coast Republicans, Tea Partiers Weigh in on GOP Debate

First Coast Republicans, Tea Partiers Weigh in on GOP Debate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  As seven of the Republican candidates for President of the United States squared off in the New Hampshire debate, dozens of First Coast Republicans and Tea Partiers looked on.

"I haven't quite made my mind up yet. I want to see what else is out there. I wanna hear what's going on," said Chuck Berlinghoff, a member of the First Coast Tea Party.

He has been looking forward to the Republican presidental debates and waiting for a candidate to earn his vote.

"I know what we've got now is wrong, and I just don't trust a lot of the ones running," he said.

Berlinghoff said he's been disappointed in his party's candidates lately, both nationally and here in Jacksonville.

"I don't think we had really good choices for the mayoral run we had here," he said.

So who would he be happy with?