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CM Becton Speaks at Exchange Club of Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL. (July 12, 2018) - District 11 Councilman Danny Becton was the Special Guest Speaker at the Jacksonville Exchange Club luncheon on Thursday, July 12th.

The luncheon started at noon at the River City Brewing Company. The local organization hosts their meetings at the downtown restaurant every first, second and third Thursday of the month. According to its website, the meetings “feature civic, business, and athletic leaders from our community, and as such provide an excellent overview of current happenings.”

Councilman Becton shared recent and upcoming news of City Council with the Exchange Club members, as well as, discussing all the growth happenings throughout District 11 during his speech.

“The previous IKEA on Gate Parkway and now Bentley Motors, which he announced was opening their 46th US dealership at J.T. Butler Blvd and I-95 recently are more than two new international businesses that have come to our area,” CM Becton explained. “These companies are important because they are well-known companies that will have a regional draw. They will bring visitors to our city from as far north as Hilton Head, SC and South from Daytona. These visitors will likely stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and enjoy surrounding amenities of Jacksonville. Enjoying places including the beaches, the Town Center and perhaps sporting events like a Jaguar game. Just like many of you and including me, come to our city, fall in love with what we have to offer and perhaps, decide to move here.”

Councilman Becton touched on some of his future workshops and town halls happening in July for anyone interested to attend. He shared some of the information he plans to go over at the Baymeadows Town hall on July 19th, which revolves around the Baymeadows community Councilman Becton brought up several proposed projects that will revitalize the area around Baymeadows Circle West, such as the mixed-use development, Baymeadows Park, the upcoming neighborhoods being built on the old Baymeadows Golf Course, and the conversion of the old, run down Hotel Inn of Baymeadows.

He said the projects are benefiting the district and taking care of problems that have been ignored. An example Councilman Becton pointed out the code enforcement problems for the old golf course hotel and storm water retention problems for the entire Baymeadows Golf Course properties. He said the new residential development being built by D.R. Horton will help begin to resolve some of those over-due issues.

Councilman Becton explained the improvement projects for the Baymeadows Circle W communities have been proposed and put in place to help solve some of the issues in the area, well as, prevent other issues from evolving into a greater matter.

A Q&A portion followed his speech, which lead to interactive conversations with the members touching on different topics. One of the questions brought is one Councilman Becton receives often, the traffic. He discussed various projects like FDOT’s redesign of the interchange for JTB – Gate Parkway which will fix the Town center off ramps plus a proposed FDOT on Baymeadows Road in conjunction with the upcoming Baymeadows redevelopment which in addition to other improvements will add an additional lane going west between Baymeadows Circle East to Western Way. This he commented will drastically improve traffic in that area.

He wrapped up his time at the podium by thanking the organization for inviting him to speak on behalf of the City of Jacksonville and District 11.

According to the website, the Exchange Club of Jacksonville was founded in 1923 and is one of the oldest service organizations in North East Florida. The organization focuses on several areas of service, such as Americanism and Child Abuse Prevention, and has won multiple national awards. Find more information about the Exchange Club of Jacksonville and becoming a member on its website, https://jaxexchangeclub.com/.

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