30 July 2009|
Founded in 2004 by beaches residents, Beaches Watch has been providing 10 years of community service - and we want to celebrate this milestone! Mark you calendars and join the celebration:
Beaches Watch 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 27 6-9pm
Cobalt Moon Water Studio
Stay tuned for more information to come!
On Tuesday, August 26, beaches residents will be going to the polls to elect a new school board representative for District 2 which includes Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Beaches Watch is a member of a coalition of non-partisan nonprofits whose goal is to promote increased participation in this year's school board elections and educate citizens about the choices before them.
Coalition activities include forums, a questionnaire, a special website and other outreach.
Candidate responses to the questionnaire issued by the coalition have been posted to: www.schoolboard2014.org.
A forum for the District 2 School Board race will be held Thursday, August 7, 6:30-8:30pm at the Fletcher High School Auditorium.
The forum will be live-tweeted using #SchoolBoard2014 and live-streamed on www.schoolboard2014.org.
Beaches voters are encouraged to attend the forum and learn more about the District 2 School Board candidates by visiting the website: www.schoolboard2014.org.
In 2014, Jacksonville Beach will be having elections for two district city council seats and Beaches Watch will be providing candidate information and hosting candidate forums so you can make an informed decision when you vote.
JAX BEACH ELECTION DATES
Jacksonville Beach will be holding elections for two district city council seats. Only voters living in the district will be allowed to vote for the district representative. To determine the district you live in, CLICK HERE.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION: Jacksonville Beach voters will be going to the polls to vote in the primary for the following Jacksonville Beach district seat:
Seat 6, District 3 candidates:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 GENERAL ELECTION: Jacksonville Beach voters will be going to the polls to vote for the following Jacksonville Beach Council district seat:
Seat 4, District 1 - currently held by Steve Hartkemeyer
Seat 6, District 3 - currently held by Tom Taylor
AUGUST 14 JACKSONVILLE BEACH CANDIDATE FORUM:
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7pm, Beaches Watch will be sponsoring a candidate forum for Jacksonville Beach Seat 6, District 3 candidates at Beaches Museum & History Park Chapel, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. This 1.5 hour forum will give voters an opportunity to meet the Jacksonville Beach candidates and learn more about their positions on Jacksonville Beach issues prior to the primary on Tuesday, August 26.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH CANDIDATE INFO AND QUESTIONNAIRES:
Beaches Watch will be asking all the candidates to respond in writing to questions about Jacksonville Beach issues. Click on the office below to see the candidate websites/biographies and candidate responses to the Beaches Watch questionnaire.
In 2014, Neptune Beach will be having elections for one City Council seat and Beaches Watch will be providing candidate information and hosting candidate forums so you can make an informed decision when you vote.
NEPTUNE BEACH ELECTION DATES
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014: Neptune Beach voters will be going to the polls to vote in the general election for the following Neptune Beach Council seat:
NEPTUNE BEACH CANDIDATE INFO AND QUESTIONNAIRES:
Beaches Watch will be asking all the candidates to respond in writing to questions about Neptune Beach issues. Click on the office below to see the candidate websites/biographies and candidate responses to the Beaches Watch questionnaire.
On June 25, Jerry Holland (Duval County Supervisor of Elections) and Beth Fleet (Candidate and Records Director) presented a candidate training workshop to Atlantic Beach candidates, their campaign teams and others that are considering running for office in the future.
"An important element to a smooth election is to have informed candidates who are knowledgeable of the election laws," said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.
At the candidate training workshop, Mr. Holland and Mrs. Fleet provided a special candidate training session with handout materials about the Florida campaign laws. The training session also helped candidates understand the campaign laws for non-partisan campaigns and the "do's" and "don'ts" for online campaigning.
To view the candidate training presentation, CLICK HERE.
At the July 2014 Beaches Watch meeting, three beaches representatives provide a Beaches Budgets 101 presentation about the budgets and budget process for Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach.
To see the video of the Beaches Budgets 101 meeting, CLICK HERE.
You can also see the budget presentations presented at the meeting:
COMING SOON: Atlantic Beach Proposed 2014-2015 Budget
Budget Workshop dates:
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5pm, Commission Chambers
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5pm, Commission Chambers
COMING SOON: Jacksonville Beach Proposed 2014-2015 Budget
Budget Tour of the City:
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 1:30-5pm
Council Budget Workshop dates:
Monday, August 4, 2013 at 4pm, City Council Chambers
Budget topics: Executive & Legislative, Planning & Development, Finance and Human Resources
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6pm, City Council Chambers
Budget topics: Public Works
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 6pm, City Council Chambers
Budget topics: Police and Fire
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6pm, City Council Chambers
Budget topics: Beaches Energy
On April 2, the Beaches Watch Board of Directors hosted the third annual Beaches Watch member social at the Jacksonville Beach Golf club Hero's 19th Hole Restaurant. The turnout was great and everyone enjoyed food and fun and many won fabulous raffle prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.
We would especially like to thank the businesses and individuals who supported Beaches Watch by donating over $850 in raffle prizes! We hope you will support these businesses with your patronage:
Lynch's Irish Pub
Marlin Moon Grille
Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas
Tim's Wine Market
At the February 5, 2014 Beaches Watch meeting, a distinguished panel of experts spoke about the proposed dredging of the St. Johns River. If you were unable to attend this meeting, you can watch the meeting video: February 2014 Beaches Watch Meeting Video.
The proposed dredging panelists consisted of the following:
Lisa Rinaman (St. Johns Riverkeeper); Dr. Quinton White (Executive Director Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute); Eric Summa (Corps of Engineers); Nancy Rubin (JAXPORT)
For more information about the proposed dredging of the St. Johns River:
Corps of Engineers dredging information:
DRAFT study under review/decision and final posting:
JAXPORT dredging information:
St. Johns Riverkeeper dredging information:
The University of Florida Center for Building Better Communities has created the "Florida Planning Officials Handbook". This handbook has a lot of great information to help citizens better understand Florida growth management and the planning process. To see the handbook, click on the link below:
Recently, Jacksonville has questioned whether beaches residents pay enough taxes to the county in exchange for servies provided by the county. As a result, Jacksonville elected officials and auditors have decided to audit the interlocal agreement between Jacksonville and the beaches.
The interlocal agreement was created in 1982 after the beach cities fought with the City of Jacksonville over the ways taxes and government services were shared. In 1996, the interlocal agreement was amended after the beaches filed a lawsuit against Jacksonville for breach of the 1982 interlocal agreement.
Where do your tax dollars go?
If you look at your property tax (TRIM) documentation, you will see that your property taxes are distributed as follows:
For Jacksonville Beach residents:
35% to Jacksonville
21% to Jacksonville Beach
41% to Schools
2% to St. Johns River Water Management District
0.2% to Florida Inland Navigation District
For Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach residents:
37% to Jacksonville
17% to Atlantic Beach/Neptune Beach
43% to Schools
2% to St. Johns River Water Management District
0.2% to Florida Inland Navigation District
According to the 1982 interlocal agreement, your tax dollars pay for Jacksonville to provide the following services:
Supervisor of Elections
Health (except nuisance contron and abatement)
Sports Complex and Auditorium
Construction Trades Board
Jails and Prisons
Sheriff (except police operations)
County Road Construction and Maintenance
Traffic Engineering on County Roads
Recreation-Regional and County-Wide Recreational Facilities Only
If you wish to learn more, you can read the interlocal agreement and amendments:
1982 Interlocal Agreement
1996 Jax Beach Amendment
1996 Atlantic Beach Amendment
1996 Neptune Beach Amendment
Special thanks to Andy Miller, Executive Director of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida (www.publictrustlaw.org), for being our guest speaker at the November 3, 2010 Beaches Watch meeting. Andy gave a presentation on Florida's Sunshine Law and what every citizen needs to expect from open government.
Transparency in government is a constitutional right in Florida that is protected by the Sunshine Law and public records law. It is important for citizens to understand these laws so they can ensure their constitutional right is protected.
To learn more, CLICK HERE to see the presentation. (Note: this is a large file, so it will take some time to open.)