The top priorities for the city of Jacksonville are crime, downtown and residential development, transportation, Education and infrastructure. The northwest region is developing with industry and residential areas. But developers are not investing in shopping and recreational projects. Jacksonville is a medium large city with a major NFL team, and 10 colleges, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida State College At Jacksonville, and HBCU Edward Waters University are among the most noted. A strategic approach to put priority in undeveloped areas is key to a successful and balanced city.
Every citizen in Jacksonville is effected by crime in some manor. The Sheriffs Office must have the resources needed to get crime under control. Good pay and benefits are a start to gaining and retaining good public safety workers. No door should be completely shut when it comes to a civilian review boards. I believe as long as the Sheriffs Department maintains policy and operational powers, community leaders input should be on the table to add recommendations to assist the sheriffs department on behalf of the community.
The city of Jacksonville schedules capital improvement projects in five-year intervals to meet the city’s infrastructure needs and to comply with state mandated growth management. But these projects have proven to be unbalanced initiatives when it comes to curtain areas of the community. We must look at short and long-term goals to develop growth in every part of the city. 5, 10, and 20 year objectives should visible to the our communities. Annual budgets should priorize and better fund projects that have lingered over 50 years with marginal to poor planning to complete, such as the issues with septic systems.
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