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River health rates high on new Jacksonville City Council president’s list

River health rates high on new Jacksonville City Council president’s list Jack Webb said his year as Jacksonville City Council president will focus on the health of the St. Johns River, fiscal reform and revising the city charter. Webb acknowledged during his installation speech Thursday that leading the council through another tough financial year will be a challenge. “This is one of, if not, the most difficult times to be a public servant,” he said.

He said he was prepared to lead the group of 19 without letting personal agendas or vendettas get in the way of doing what is right for the city.

Webb said signs that an algae bloom was forming in the river and recent fish kills should worry all Jacksonville residents. The government should be encouraging water conservation, environmentally friendly landscaping and low-impact development, he said.

“If we value our quality of life and the economic prosperity that the river provides to us, we must each do our part to preserve its health,” Webb said.

He also pledged the council would review the Charter Revision Commission’s recommendations, which were submitted in March. Webb said he would push for ethics reform, as the commission has suggested.

Both Webb and Stephen Joost, who was installed as council vice president, said pension reform was an unavoidable reality for the upcoming fiscal year.

Joost, who enjoyed strong union support when elected in 2007, pleaded for his “union brothers” to agree to benefit reductions. He said the city’s pension debt is roughly $200 million in one year.

Even if a new mayor and 19 new council members were elected, Joost said, “It simply will not change the math.”

Joost wore a suit he said one of his Firehouse Subs colleagues gave him back when the company was in its infancy and he was not yet drawing salary. He got the suit tailored for $60.

“I wear this suit to keep it real,” Joost said. “And I think in a lot of ways it symbolizes what this city is going through. We have to make do with what we got.”

Article by Tia Mitchell taken from the Florida Times Union

BMD's 2018 Florida Rising Stars

BRENNAN, MANNA & DIAMOND is proud to announce ALESSANDRO A. APOLITO, MATTHEW T. JACKSON and JOSHUA R. La BOUEF, have been selected as 2018 Florida Rising Stars for Business Litigation.

How bringing baseball to Akron launched a career of dealmaking

Baseball changed Tony Manna’s life. More specifically, bringing minor league baseball — and a new stadium — to Akron. “When I completed that deal, I remember a guy told me, ‘Your whole life is going to change because of this deal and the notoriety that comes with it,’” recalls the CEO of real estate developer Signet LLC. “He was absolutely right about that.” In this week’s Master Dealmaker, Tony shares his approach to dealmaking, the team he’s built and how pillow talk can play in the success or failure of a business deal.

Social Enterprises Show Us that Business with a Purpose is Possible

On Feb. 17, the Young Lawyers Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association held its Ninth Annual Young Lawyers Section Chili Cook-Off at the Riverside Arts Market, which benefited Rethreaded, a local nonprofit.

BMD's Daphne Kackloudis Drafting Legislation Seeking Additional Funding for Children Born Addicted to Opioids

BMD's Daphne Kackloudis has been working with her client, Brigid's Path, to help them gain access to additional federal funds for their mission. She has drafted legislation which would do just that. The CRIB Act would amend the Social Security Act to allow Medicaid reimbursement for residential pediatric recovery centers such as Brigid's Path. Congressman Turner is going to ask Sen. Portman to amend his opioid bill (CARA 2.0) to include the CRIB Act.

BMD Seeking Recovery for Opioid Losses on behalf of Summit County and its Political Subdivisions

As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on our community, its resources and straining the already tight budgets, Brennan Manna & Diamond, on behalf of Summit County and its political subdivisions, filed a complaint against those companies that make or distribute prescription opioids seeking recovery of the County's losses as a result of the opioid crisis.