by Billie Tucker Volpe I recently had a chance to speak with City Council Member Randy DeFoor. She was not happy with JEA fast-tracking a potential sale — and she was most disturbed by the potential sale of our water. And I could not agree with her more. As a consultant to the board of JEA […]
About Eye On Jacksonville
In 2009, the Tea Party Movement took the country by storm. We petitioned our Federal Government against tax increases; regulation strangulation; mandatory purchases of health insurance; and so many other freedom-losing rules impacting us as American citizens. We marched on DC and we helped Conservatives get elected to Congress. And then in 2016, we sent a businessman to DC as the 45th President of the United States and wished him well in draining the swamp.
We thought we could get back to business locally and then we discovered… while we were keeping our Eye on DC, our local government entities were having a heyday with our tax dollars and our own swamp needed draining.
We found out that some people were treated better than others. Some got special deals and others didn’t. And if you were in a certain “clique” – you got special treatment. In fact, a lot of city government decisions reminded us of our high school days when membership in certain cliques came with a price.
We don’t think that’s fair. We don’t think that’s the way our government should behave.
We live here. We raise our children here. We want the best for our neighbors. We want a beautiful city that is well known throughout the country. In other words, we have a Vision to make Jacksonville: THE PLACE …
Others want to move to because every one and every part of the community are treated fairly;
Crime is addressed at its core and handled with tough love;
Quality education is available to ALL;
Businesses flourish and jobs are abundant;
The physical blessings are managed well and maintained for the use of ALL our neighbors; and
An atmosphere of “Welcome!” can be felt when visitors enter our city.
In order to accomplish our Vision, we have to keep an attentive Eye on our government entities. And that is why we started Eye on Jacksonville.
We will be posting Opinion Pieces about various happenings in our city and we’ll give it a
Stink Eye or a Wink Eye depending on what we think. It’s our opinion and we would love to hear yours.
You never know who just might want to post an Opinion here. We have reached out to both political parties and other leaders in the community to ask their Opinions and encourage them to write those opinions here. We hope you’ll keep an Eye open for surprise guest writers! We want this site to be one where you can hear from the citizens of Jacksonville because the local media doesn’t tend to do that too often! We hope our governmental servants will also be watching us to see what we think — Wink or Stink!!
We hope you’ll spread the word and influence your family and friends to follow us. More to come as we keep an Eye on Jacksonville and those who have control of our money and resources.
Check out more about our founder at: www.billietucker.com
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Lloyd “Scoop” Brown has been writing on Eye on Jacksonville about the lack of arrests locally. It’s a big issue and one that we hope Sheriff Mike Williams will look into. Today I read that men are “having fun” with themselves in the library and many incidents have been reported. Yet very few arrests have […]
Putting stuff into the yellow-topped curbside recycling bins may make homeowners feel virtuous, but it probably isn’t saving the taxpayers any money. The popular notion is that the garbage is sold and the operation breaks even or makes a profit. Not quite. The city does get $1.5 million in revenue, but it spends $2.2 million, […]
On the day before Thanksgiving, Eye got a gift for which we are thankful. The public school system answered a question we asked last May. In August, they told us we could have the info for $107.60, which we paid. As it turns out, they gave us more than we asked for, so it was […]
The Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign in an email stated: Join Ron DeSantis and special guest, Vice President Mike Pence for a GOTV Event in Jacksonville on Thursday, October 25th at 4:00PM. They need YOU in Jacksonville to help bring home a BIG win on Election Day. RSVP below to reserve your spot to see […]
(In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of consolidation, we have written several columns on the history of that local political miracle.) During the heated process of bringing about consolidation, one of the lesser known parts was played by Pat Caddell. Today, Caddell is known as a polling genius who has worked for a number of […]
In 1973, seemingly was sitting pretty: 100 percent dependent on oil to produce electricity and invested in a long-term fuel contract to buy oil. Suddenly, a little known outfit called OPEC – an Arab oil cartel – decided to triple the price of oil. The wise men who had secured that contract now looked like […]