Early Voting Begins Monday

 Early Voting Begins Monday

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Early voting for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election begins Monday.

Voting is open Monday through Friday from ten to six, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to four.

Early voting ends Sunday May 15.

Here is a list of locations where you can go to cast your ballot early.

    1) Duval County Supervisor of Elections Main Office - 105 East Monroe Street

    2) Duval County Supervisor of Elections Branch Office - 5200-2 Norwood Avenue

    3) Beaches Library - 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach

    4) Highlands Library - 1826 Dunn Avenue

    5) Mandarin Library - 3330 Kori Road

    6) Regency Square Library - 9900 Regency Square Boulevard

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the Jacksonville City Council's vote to create a paid fire department, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Several fires destroyed the downtown area a few months prior to the vote, according to a timeline on the Jacksonville Fire Museum's Website.  Three volunteer firefighters were injured and a fourth was killed while trying to fight that blaze.

The website indicates that the men did not know how to use the city's new fire engine.

Months later, on July 15, 1886, the Jacksonville Fire Department became a fully paid professional department.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department click here or visit the fire museum, located at 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard.

City Budget Online Survey Announced

With the second year of Community Budget Workshops complete, Mayor John Peyton today announced an additional way for Jacksonville residents to engage in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget preparation process.  For the first time, Jacksonville residents who were unable to attend one of the five Budget Workshops (held between February and April) may now submit their city service priority rankings online at www.myjaxbudget.com.  The online survey will be available from Monday, April 18 through Monday, May 2. 

Tomorrow: Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham to Visit UNF

Nationally syndicated conservative talk analyst and bestselling author Laura Ingraham, brings her edgy political perspective live to her fans, tomorrow, April 7, 2011, at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Hall.  Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $25.00 for general admission and $100.00 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with Laura Ingraham immediately following the event.  You may purchase tickets by calling 904-470-4615 or online at www.600WBOB.com.

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.

Tax Day Tea Party Rally at The Landing, April 15

Two years ago on April 15, 2009, the Tea Party Movement was birthed in North Florida.  More than 5,000 new friends showed up at the Jacksonville Landing with their personal messages on hand-made signs and a look of fear and concern on their faces. 

Little Interest in Voting Early in Jacksonville

Little Interest in Voting Early in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's little interest in early voting in the city's upcoming election that will be held on Tuesday, March 22.

So far 31,657 ballots have been cast when absentee votes are included.

Early voting wraps up this weekend at the ten different polling locations.  This weekend the polling places are only open from noon to 4 p.m.

Early voting is held at 8 regional libraries and the downtown and Norwood Avenue locations of the Supervisor of Elections.

Thursday was the most active day in the city with 2,150 people casting their votes.

Voters are being asked to decide who should be the next mayor with six candidate names on the ballot and four write-in candidates. Several city council races are generating interest as well.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is revising his projection on turnout for this election.  He had previously predicted a turnout of 48-50%.