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Update from the Convention Center Task Force
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:00:00 AM »
Update from the Convention Center Task Force

The latest white paper report by the JCCI Convention Center Task Force has been released and so far the recommendations fall in line with what Metro Jacksonville has been saying for over a year.

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Correction: This is not "The Final Report"
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 04:48:35 PM »
As the Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) facilitator for the Convention Center Task Force, I want to assure you the Convention Center Task Force (CCTF) is still very much alive and operating.

The White Paper mentioned above is the second of six white papers we expect to generate as the CCTF's work proceeds.  Future committee work will include an assessment of possible convention sites (including the Prime Osborn), financing, facility operations, and community return on invest/community impact. We expect the CCTF's report to the Mayor and community in November.

The Task Force's next meeting is 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., 28 June at JCCI, where the group will hear the results of Phase I of a two-phase report from CSL International, the firm hired to do a convention center feasibility study in parallel with the Task Force's committee work.  The following week the Site Selection Subcommittee will begin meeting to determine what sites might make sense for expanding or building a new center.  They will report their results (White Paper) to the full CCTF on 26 July.

Public input is vital to the CCTF process.  All meetings are open.  In addition, people can voice their ideas through our website or Blog, as well as phonecalls or snail mail.  As Bob Barker used to say... (Well, you know.)

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007, 04:57:35 PM »
According to the Convention Center Task Force Web Site it appears that the group will be meeting through October. As a matter of fact there is a meeting on June 28th. I copied the information from the task force website...

Next General Task Force Meetings
June 28, 2007 (4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Review Convention Center Feasibility Study @ JCCI
(JCCI directions:

July 26, 2007 (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Site Selection report to the Task Force
@ Jacksonville Public Library (Main Branch - Downtown)

August 23, 2007 (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Finance report to the Task Force
@ Jacksonville Public Library (Main Branch - Downtown)

Next Subcommittee Meetings
July 5, July 12, & July 17 (5:00 – 6:30 p.m.)

Site Selection Subcommittee @ JCCI
(Charlie Appleby, Chair)

August 2, August 9, & August 16 (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
Finance Subcommittee @ JCCI
(Mark Wood, Chair)



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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 05:50:45 PM »
Thanks for the correction.  We'll eliminated "final" from the article's title.
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Convention Task Force is right, OUR VISION IS DEAD!
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007, 11:29:51 PM »

Our "trolleys" are potato chip trucks painted to look something like a trolley, they will attract history buffs, railroad and transit fans when pigs fly. Get real, give us a REAL Heritage Trolley to tie it ALL together. Make the ride part of the Jacksonville Experience.
Other Cities have Heritage Trolleys, why not one with a great museum, power house, tours, restoration workshops, gift shop, the whole nine yards.

Our City is the home of the FIRST professional Negro Baseball League, yet we have no hall of fame, no home field, no exhibition team made up of volunteer pros from around the league that could play "pride" games against REAL pro teams.

We have a maritime museum, a step in the right direction, but it is a very small operation, without ships, cruises, or world class size. We could use a Submarine unlike any one else has, we need  a Nazi U-Boat! Let's tell the story of how we were the scene of the a German invasion during WWII, when Nazi Submarines landed SS and Gestapo agents on our beaches. Why don't we shout our unique history?

We have fantastic (and about the only) real War of Yankee Aggression History in Florida, and a small private Museum of Southern History, yet over a dozen great War sites remain unmarked, without parks, brochures, visitors center anything... Yellow Bluff, Hemming Plaza, St. Johns Bluff, Mandarin, Camp Milton, Camp Finnegan, Brick Church, Dunn's Creek, Battle of MC Coy's Creek, Battle of La Villa (Brick Church)...2011 starts the 150Th celebration, we'll miss that party too?

Every other major City in the State, indeed the South, has attracted a Hard Rock, Hotel and Casino. We have the Seminole Tribe of Florida, right under our noses, with a huge hotel operation, why haven't we jumped on this and tied it  to a SOUTHERN MUSIC hall of fame, a one of a kind WORLD CLASS attraction?

We were once Hollywood East, so why isn't the Riverwalk lined with lifelike statues of Oliver Hardy, Billie Burke and dozens of others that either filmed in Jacksonville or called her home. Better yet, why not create a "Universal Studios Tour" only circa the Silent Film era, studios, theater, features from our past, museum, gift shop and the chance to take home a DVD filmed by a real "old time" camera!

Why don't we work just as hard as we did with Carnival or the Jaguars, to attract a couple of those "small ship" cruise lines? Why not work with Sanford, Green Cove Springs, Palatka, and re-establish tropical cruises from our downtown landing? What if it was promoted in the Northeast, Amtrak to Jacksonville-Ship to Sanford-Motor Coach to the Mouse/Shamu/ET and Busch Gardens...

Of course there was our own "Worlds Fair" at Dixieland Amusement Park, once upon a time on our Southbank. This park was Epcot before Disney. Built in classical styles with a midway, gardens and expo grounds that were covered by a host of buildings, such as "World Foods", "Industrial Progress" etc... Why not rebuild a Worlds Fair park circa 1925? I'll buy the first tickets.

They are right, we have the bones to build on. But does anyone in our City have the will to make things happen? Time to step up to the plate, maybe the Convention Center disaster is our salvation.