Even though we are getting near the end of the year, there is still much to do.
The Council meets to vote on agenda items twice each month (only once in January and July due to holidays). We also have Council Briefings to discuss items that will be coming before us for a vote, receive updates from City staff, and to discuss items we would like to see on future agendas.
In November, the Council met on the 2nd. Some of the items we voted on that may interest you were:
- Updated Golf Course fees
- Prohibiting fires on the beach
- Prohibiting vending carts on the beach
Prohibiting commercial vehicles from loading/unloading on 1st st. in the Central Business District, as well as other areas in the CBD.
At the Council Briefing on November 9, we discussed (video below):
- Allowing food trucks to operate in HOAs and City Parks
- The use of e-scooters in the City, and if allowed, how they should be regulated.
The second voting meeting (Nov. 16th) will be to swear in the new Council members, and the following week at the Briefing (Nov. 23rd), Council will review the findings from the City's Listening Sessions that were conducted to help Council agree on our City's Vision of its future.
Once the Jax Beach's Vision is determined, we will next develop a strategic plan to ensure that all departments in the City are working together to achieve the City's identified goals. This will include updating the City's Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. I will keep you updated on the progress in all these stages.
There have been many changes in the operation and leadership of the City over the last two years. If you have an issue you think Council should discuss, please contact us, and not just your District Councilperson. The Mayor and the At-Large Council members were voted into office to represent you, too!
After you make contact with your Council members, each one will decide if he or she wants to discuss it with 1) the City Manager (many issues are handled this way. For example, a missed trash pick up); or 2) have it placed on the agenda for a Council Briefing to get feedback from other Council members.
At the Council Briefing, after a topic is discussed, Council provides direction to City staff on how to proceed. If a majority of Council Members do not agree that the topic should move forward, it does not move forward.
Due to FL's strict Sunshine Laws, Council members cannot discuss any items that may come before us to vote on or that are currently in front of us for a vote outside a publicly posted meeting, and this includes any item that you want Council to address that requires a vote. We cannot meet individually, email, make phone calls, or even text each other. This is why it is important for you to contact more than just your District Representative.
Below is our contact information: