I'm glad that Jax had consolidated with Duval County; I don't see anything "bad" about it. Talk about an identity crisis, we can't even accept the fact that we're consolidated.
There are advantages and disadvantages to a lot of things in our lives. Yes, consolidation streamlined our city and county governments. It is not truly consolidation, however, because the Beaches (As was their right to do so) chose not to give up their respective municipal governments. In my opinion, the Beaches have much more responsive governments than the City of Jacksonville. I work at the Beaches and see daily that their residents are more engaged in local politics.
Consolidation also placed minorities into an awkward situation. The black community could have easily seen Jacksonville elect its first black mayor during the course of the 1970s or 1980s. Instead, their political power is diluted and it is limited to a few token seats on the city council. Yes, Nat Glover was sheriff, but I do not sense the same need for a 'fresh start' that we had when Delaney and Glover were both elected respectively mayor and sheriff.
Speaking of dilution, even downtown has to contend with having a city councilman whose interests are spread over a district with about as Detroit, MI and Davenport, IA.
Overall, consolidation was good, but it was not perfect.
Are there people who can't accept the fact that we're consolidated? Well, there are lots of people wh can't accept lots of things. In the end, reality rules. So, they can wear their 'black hats' and pray to Mayor Ritter on a daily basis, but we remain consolidated.