C O U N C I L M A N B E C T O N ' S
DISTRICT 11 NEWSLETTER
Dear Colleagues, Constituents and Friends,
 
The new year is off to a great start and I am excited to announce that my new neighborhood bill has finally passed City Council unanimously after almost a year’s work. When someone said “all good things come to those who wait”, I can now say that I know what they mean, first hand. Not only did we get this long overdue bill passed but a second initiative regarding the definition of truck route mapping for our city also became an equally challenging task and passed as well. Both bills, were issues that had roots right within District 11 that will help improve public safety and help build better neighborhoods across our city.
 
Another exciting event that helped wrap up the first quarter is the closing of the property for our new upcoming Fire Station #63. Having passed Council in August of 2018, getting the property ready for the final closing turned out to be not so easy. My appreciation goes out to the administration and our real estate team for getting us across the finish line. Now onto the building of the station itself, first, a temporary facility and then the permanent one. The temporary station should be up and running in about 90 to 120 days; helping our Baymeadows East neighborhoods with enhanced coverage for fire and rescue with the added benefit of reducing insurance costs within 6 months.
 
As you will see in this quarter’s newsletter, a lot has been going on and I am eager to share it with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. Tiz, my executive assistant also looks forward to assisting you and is extremely responsive. Tiz has helped many of you and has made many new friends along the way.
 
Ps. Thank you for your vote of confidence! I have the privilege and opportunity to serve you for four more years! It’s hard to believe that the first term is coming to an end but with so much more to do, you will be hearing more from me soon.
 
Remember, to keep up with all the latest news and initiatives in District 11, please visit my website often! Please tell your friends to connect with us too.
CITY COUNCIL PASSES 2018-271 UNANIMOUSLY
After nearly 10 months of research, meetings and negotiations with various interested parties, Jacksonville City Council passed Councilman Becton’s Bill 2018-271 unanimously on February 26th.

The bill improves standards for building better neighborhoods, public safety access within those neighborhoods and protects tax payers from unnecessary expenses incurred from construction. It also establishes inter-connectivity requirements for new and existing commercial and office corridors.
NEW BAYMEADOWS IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE
Councilman Becton is wrapping up his first term on City Council with an initiative he has been working on for nearly 18 years for the Baymeadows area – The Baymeadows Community Improvement District (BCID).

The BCID, also referred as a Dependent Special Assessment District (DSAD), is a plan to address local issues of failing infrastructure where improvements are desperately needed on private roads, storm water and drainage systems, sidewalks, signage, and lighting on streets to name a few.
SKINNER FAMILY: KERNAN EXT. DEVELOPMENT
District 11 is looking to grow, again! The Skinner family is looking to sell the last largest piece of the family’s land located at the Southeast corner of J. Turner Butler Boulevard and I-295.

The family’s negotiation to sell the nearly 1,000 acres with two buyers was announced in a press release on February 22nd but did not report the names of the potential buyers.

CITY CLOSES NEW FIRE STATION #63 PROPERTY
Its official, the City of Jacksonville has officially closed on the purchase of property that will be the new home of Fire Station #63 on Gate Parkway near Burnt Mill Road.

City Council passed Bill 2018-459 in August of 2018 to approve the Purchase and Sale Agreement for a new Fire Station #63 in District 11. After months and years in the making, the agreement for the land purchase to build a much-needed Fire Station in the Baymeadows East area was approved.
BILL 2017-802 ESTABLISHES JAX TRUCK ROUTES
Jacksonville City Council approved legislation on Tuesday, January 22nd, to help regulate where large commercial trucks and semis can and cannot drive within the City of Jacksonville.


The city’s Context Sensitive Street Standards Committee introduced the bill back in 2017, but Councilman Becton has been involved in the legislative process since the beginning and helped guide the bill to its approval.
CM BECTON TOURS DISTRICT 11 FACILITIES
ABOVE ATHLETIC CENTER
 A new athletic facility has opened in District 11, and unlike most athletic businesses, this multi-use property is home to dozens of sports teams and programs. “The ABOVE Athletics facility is a state-of-the-art youth sports complex”, stated Councilman Becton. “This type of facility is in high demand and provides flexibility of uses for many team sport options that are becoming big business in and around District 11”.



 BARTRAM LAKES ASSISTED LIVING
Councilman Danny Becton took a tour of one of District 11’s most impressive assisted living facilities, Bartram Lakes, which encompasses 58 acres of beautiful grounds including lakes, wetlands and living facilities, all in the heart of the Bartram Park community. Bartram Lakes is part of the Brooks Rehabilitation organization and specializes in Rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.


OTHER NEWS & UPDATES
NEWS:
  • Jacksonville Transportation Authority and multiple city leaders celebrated the Dames Point Bridge’s 30th Anniversary on Monday, March 11th. JTA hosted an event to recognize the tremendous impact the bridge has made on the City of Jacksonville. It took place at the El Faro Memorial Park, which is located directly under the north end of the Dames Point and offers a clear view of the iconic bridge.

  •  The Jacksonville Public Library is starting off the New Year with new extended hours. Jacksonville Public Library Director Tim Rogers made the announcement in an email and explained the new hours of operation will extend service at nine branches and ensure that all libraries will be open at least six days per week.

  • During the first City Council meeting of the new year, Councilman Becton voted against procurement bills 2018-791 and 2018-792 citing this process is being performed backwards.Councilman Becton’s vote to deny these bills was not against the landscape projects themselves, but how the projects were being funded and approved by City Council prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Councilman Becton voted against bill resolution 2018-594 after Council denied his proposed floor amendment at the first City Council meeting of the new year. The bill by resolutions, formally adopts a City Council 1-year, 3-year and 5-year non-binding strategic plan.
ROADWAY:
  • Councilman Becton attended Florida Department of Transportation’s Public Hearing regarding its’ San Pablo and J Turner Butler interchange project. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed plans of the area to residents and drivers and explain how it would improve safety and help the congestion on San Pablo.

  • Jacksonville Transportation Authority has a new ride-sharing service for users to be picked and dropped off almost anywhere they like – ReadiRide. JTA sums up the new transportation as an affordable service “that puts customers in control of when and where one would want to be picked up and dropped off.”
LAND-USE:
  • Councilman Danny Becton had an on-site meeting in Baymeadows with City officials, homeowners and D.R. Horton's Senior Vice President to address the resident's concerns about the new development being built right behind their homes. The meeting took place behind the Linkside neighborhood on the construction side and allowed residents to show the city and developer what their concerns are regarding the proposed development.
Since our last newsletter, a lot has transpired and I encourage you to visit the District 11 web site at www.dannybecton.org. It is here for you to be informed on the changes in District 11 and our city. The media does not cover all the important happenings and details of changes and the story line of legislation being crafted. It is my commitment to bring you those important legislative stories and what you need to know as well as my position on the specific topic. 

Please take a moment and visit the web site If there is something missing or you want to know about, please do not hesitate to contact me at: DBecton@Coj.Net.

As always, I want to thank you again for being a concerned citizen, a connected friend and if my office can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We’ll stay in touch!


Best Regards,
Danny Becton | District 11 - Jacksonville City Council | 904.630.1383
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