City council finance committee chair Matt Carlucci will introduce legislation this evening to require that the Downtown Investment Authority, led by former council member Lori Boyer, conduct a thorough analysis of the proposed taxpayer subsidized Lot J development. The Lot J deal, as negotiated directly by Mayor Lenny Curry and his staff, bypassed DIA’s review process. Carlucci is calling for this development, reportedly the largest taxpayer subsidy in Jacksonville’s history, follow normal review procedures required of all downtown development projects.
In an email to council members dated November 17, Carlucci stated his intention to introduce a substitute bill which would send “the proposed Lot J development to the DIA for its customary review processes.” Explaining that “DIA was created to review all downtown projects and negotiate all economic incentive packages,” Carlucci said that bypassing the “usual” review processes “establishes an unfair precedent that treats some projects differently than others.” He also said that DIA review is “established policy,” would be “prudent,” and would help city council members “with our fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of Jacksonville.”
The agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 5 p.m., allows for presentations by the City Council auditor, Lenny Curry’s administration, and the Jaguars and Cordish Companies. The public may participate in person or by zoom, and individuals may make comments not to exceed three minutes.20201119-Agenda-Committee-as-a-Whole-
To make a comment via zoom, individuals “must register in advance by 6:00 p.m. on November 19.”
- log into meeting: (Sign up for Zoom. Type – Zoom.US – with Chrome Internet Browser. Go to: JOIN A MEETING On Dash Board Information regarding the Zoom meeting ID and meeting password is listed below:
Meeting ID: 928 0592 8205 Password: 750085. (You can LISTEN to the meeting and VIEW the meeting this way.
2. add the bill number and your name: John Doe, Ord. 2020-648
- email comments to [email protected] According to the agenda posted on coj.net, “written comments and emails will not be read into the record.”