Of the three cities in Florida that made our top 10, Jacksonville Beach was the least dangerous. This Jacksonville, FL suburb of 21,817 people ranked 21st overall in terms of murders per 100,000 residents in 2012 with five.
“Every now and then you’re going to get these negative hits because these are not by people living in Jacksonville Beach, rather people looking at spreadsheets and quantifying status’ from different organizations and cities. Sometimes you get the good, sometimes you get the bad,” Charly latham
And didn't the mayor and council just hire a California company to study a way to make JB more "Hospitable"
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2014 7:26:05 GMT -5 by JB.i Staff
JB City Council suggested City Manager George Forbes to hire a California consultant to assist the city move towards what Mayor Latham has described as a "More Hospitable Downtown."
the plan is to "involve" citizens both through events such as training and information sessions, downtown tours, and surveys conducted both in person and online. The survey results will be compiled to serve as a guide to determine the type of people that the city would like to see downtown,idea is to determine what is in need and what is not with the focus on developing an "action plan for a Hospitable Downtown Jacksonville Beach." The plan will focus on:
Parking and Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Special Events, Business Recruitment, Public Safety, Code Enforcement And "things that make a High Quality of Life"
Forbes has decided he would like to hire to help with the process. He proposed paying Jim Peters, president of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, a fee not to exceed $19,000 for his services over the next year.
All but one council were in favor of hiring the consultant, though Councilman Keith Doherty said that he would rather what Retail Strategies, the company that was hired to help identify ways to improve the retail situation in Jacksonville Beach, comes up with before engaging another consultant. "Retail is the key to moving beyond being a bar and restaurant zone," stated Doherty .
Mayor Charlie Latham "step back and say what we want downtown, and we can't really do that without some outside help. This is an investment in the comprehensive improvements in the quality of life in Jacksonville Beach. This is really important for the evolution of our city."
Doherty later brought up the fact that the city has hired consultants before, and "they gave us excellent advice." However the city never implemented the suggestions. "I don't want to see $19,000 wasted," exclaimed, Councilman and businessman Keith Doherty.
Councilwoman Christine Hoffman said the consultant is likely to make some difficult recommendations, "and we have to be ready to act on their suggestions."
The council approved Forbe's recommendation to hire Peters' firm, with only Doherty opposed, BRAVO Mr. Doherty.
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2014 7:25:03 GMT -5 by JB.i Staff