The 2/2/13 Jax 2025 Draft Vision Statement had me standing in the middle of the room with a facilitator and I'm saying to myself "eanie, meanie, minie, Mo, Which table do I want to go."
Everyone had a choice of 1 of 10 categories. Ultimately everyone participated in two of the 10 categories. Some of the choices were Arts and Entertainment, Transportation, Governance, Economy, Education, Neighborhoods/Downtown, Clean and Green the Environment is where I started.
We had a good represented table of people that put together a bold statement that should have everyone sitting up in their seats after you read it. Forget about getting busted with that 16 oz. fountain drink. The two words that stick out for me in our two sentence statement that I'm still thinking about is "Environmental Ethics".
I'm sorry but didn't we have a Code of Ethics in our city charter in 1968 and was removed 4 years later in 1972 and it was just recently because of the Charter Revision Commission recommendation that the Code Of Ethics that was removed now be brought back. Palms Fish Camp! There has to be something environmental with that one. I digress.
So on to table two and the next categories for me was Neighborhoods and Downtown. I know Scott Wilson was there for this one because he was at our table. As was a representative with the Mayors office. The discussion was primarily about Downtown, Parking, Homeless, One fellow talked about the River and I'm saying to myself "keep going man". made sense to everyone that was there. Some frustration on his part for sure. As for me I used the word Welcome. I don't feel Welcomed Downtown especially when it relates to the river and I shared with the group a recent opinion rendered by the general councils office to support that conclusion. Scott, please jump in here and share your thoughts about our table.
Props to Mayor Brown. He was there the whole time and took the time to see everyone and is engaged in the process. Ben Warner is doing a nice job in continuing to gather the information. Ben, you are going to have to auction off that tie at the end of this thing. Looking forward to the next one.