30 July 2009|
On May 19, Duval County voters will go to the polls to vote in the General Election for the Jacksonville elections. Early voting for the General Election will be held:
May 4 - May 17, 2015
Beaches Branch Library
600 3rd St.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
MAYOR & SHERIFF CANDIDATE FORUM:
Prior to the General Election, Beaches Watch hosted a candidate forum so beaches voters can learn more about the Mayor and Sheriff candidates.
If you missed the April 16 Mayor & Sheriff Candidate Forum, you can watch a video of the forum here:
AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM:
Mark you calendars and plan to attend a candidate forum hosted by Beaches Watch for the At-Large City Council Candidates:
At-Large Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7pm
Jacksonville Beach Elementary School Cafetorium
315 10th St. S., Jacksonville Beach
CANDIDATE WEB SITES & QUESTIONNAIRES:
Beaches Watch is also providing the candidate's website and responses to written questionnaire regarding issues important to beaches voters.
To learn more about the candidates, click on the office/seat below:
On April 1, the Beaches Watch Board of Directors hosted the fifth annual Beaches Watch member social at the Beaches History Museum. 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 $1,300 in raffle prizes! We hope you will support these businesses with your patronage:
Beaches History Museum
North Beach Fish Camp
Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas
The Island Times
Two Dudes Fresh Seafood
Founded in 2004 by beaches residents, Beaches Watch has been providing 10 years of service to the beaches communities. On Saturday, September 27, the Beaches Watch 10 Year Anniversary Celebration was held at the Cobalt Moon Water Studio to celebrate this wonderful milestone.
During the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Beaches Watch recognized Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Pruette for her years of service to the beaches communities by presenting her the Beaches Watch 10 Year Anniversary Cultivator Award!
Watch the video honoring Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Pruette: CLICK HERE
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Atlantic Video Production
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke
First Coast Consumer Law
Tom & Donnalea Goeltz - Cobalt Moon Center
Green Room Brewing
Lynch's Irish Pub
Jim & Kathi Overby
The Kurtis Group
Conch Systems LLC
Gene & Cindy Funkhouser
The Galarneau Family
Geometric Marine Services
Richard & Edie Arthur
Gerald & Valerie Britt
Chris & Kerry Chin
Jim & Sandy Golding
Mary & Richard Keene
Steve & Beth Kilgore
Judith & Denny Leroux
Lillie's Coffee Bar
Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute
Darrell & Brenda Shields
Dr. Richard & Sylvia Simmons
Van & Toni Van Orman
Jane Wytzka & Rex Brand
Congratulations to the following candidates who have been elected to the Jacksonville Beach City Council on November 4, 2014:
Seat 4, District 1: Bruce Thomason
Seat 6, District 3: Lee "Beach" Buck
To determine the district you live in, check out the Jax Beach Council District Map.
GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM VIDEO:
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Beaches Watch and the Jacksonville Beach Elementary School PTA co-sponsored a candidate forum for the Jax Beach candidates on the general election ballot at the Jacksonville Beach Elementary School cafetorium. The Jacksonville Beach candidate forum gave voters the opportunity to meet the candidates and learn about their platforms and positions on Jacksonville Beach issues prior to the general election on November 4.
If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the video of the 2014 Jax Beach General Election Candidate Forum.
AUGUST 14 CANDIDATE FORUM VIDEO:
On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Beaches Watch sponsored a candidate forum for Jacksonville Beach Seat 6, District 3 candidates at Beaches Museum Chapel, 505 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. This forum gave 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. If you were unable to attend the candidate forum, you can watch the video of the Jax Beach Seat 6, District 3 Candidate Forum.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH CANDIDATE INFO AND QUESTIONNAIRES:
Beaches Watch has asked 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.
Congratulations to Richard Arthur who was elected by a historical "game of chance" after votes were tied for he and his opponent, Rory Diamond.
GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM:
On Thursday, October 16, 2014 Beaches Watch sponsored a candidate forum for the Neptune Beach candidates on the general election ballot at the Neptune Beach City Hall Council Chambers. The Neptune Beach Candidate forum gave voters the opportunity to meet the candidates and learn about their platforms and positions on Neptune Beach issues prior to the general election on November 4.
If you were unable to attend the forum, you can watch the video of the 2014 Neptune Beach General Election Candidate Forum.
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
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.)