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Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit www.jaxparks.com before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

City of Jacksonville Pools to Open Following Drain-Lid Recall

City of Jacksonville Pools to Open Following Drain-Lid Recall

MORE: Which drains are recalled?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville will open its 33 swimming pools, after a delay due to a nationwide drain-cover recall. 

The city of Jacksonville received updated information from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding their pool drain covers.

Since city pools have a gravity system, not a direct suction system, the city's 33 pools are exempt from the recall.

Cecil Aquatic Center will open today. The other 32 pools will open Saturday.

City Pools Open Saturday

City Pools Open Saturday

The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks) will open pools for the start of the summer swim season this Saturday, June 4. The Cecil Aquatic Center will reopen today.

Last weekend, the opening of the city’s public pools was postponed due to a nationwide manufacturer recall on drain covers currently installed at the pools. After careful evaluation based on information from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), city officials have confirmed that the city pools’ drain covers are exempt from this recall. According to the CPSC the city’s 33 pools are exempt because each are equipped with a gravity feed drainage system.

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced their 2011 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites list at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, in Central Florida, on May 19, 2011. The sites are not ranked in any particular order.

 

Fire Station # 5, Jacksonville

Fire Station #5 is the oldest and most recognized historic building on Riverside Avenue in downtown Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.  It was designed by Robert Lee Sevil in 1910. The land on which the building stands was sold by the city to Fidelity National Financial, Inc. in 2009.  The building is currently vacant, unmaintained, and has been the target of repeated vandalism.  Some city officials are in support of the preservation of the building but are concerned over costs for relocation and rehabilitation. The site is added to the 2011 list due to the potential for demolition caused by redevelopment pressure.

 

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

JaxParks Summer Camp Lineup

The City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programming Division (JaxParks) summer camp program registration period will open Tuesday, May 17.  Registration for all camps will be conducted online only unless indicated otherwise. It will remain open until all seats are filled.  Free public online access is available at all Jacksonville Public Libraries.