Jacksonville, FL. (July 10, 2018) - District 11 Councilman Danny Becton attended the First Coast Manufacturers Association’s, “FCMA” recent Government Relations Committee luncheon on Tuesday, July 10th as the Special Guest Speaker.
It was an opportunity for Councilman Becton to share recent and upcoming news of City Council with FCMA members, as well as, discuss all the current and upcoming projects happening throughout District 11.
The committee meeting was held in FCMA’s office conference room at 1615 Huffingham Road, Suite 2 32216 with approximately 25 members in attendance, including representatives from Advance Disposal and Atlantic Logistics, as well as the President of First Coast Manufacturers Association, Lake Ray, who sat next to Councilman Becton during the meeting.
Ray served on Jacksonville’s City Council as District 1’s Councilman from 1999-2007. Shortly after his two terms, he was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2008 and later ran for Congress in 2016. Ray is now running for Duval County Tax Collector.
The meeting kicked off at noon and was led by Florida Power and Light’s and Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Jim Bush. After some brief introductions and the approval of the committee’s previous meeting’s minutes, Bush handed the floor to Councilman Becton.
During his speech, CM Becton highlighted some of the big projects and plans that are currently in the works in District 11. He discussed a Baymeadows project named Baymeadows Park (a Tapestry Park type development), a 14-year project that is finally unfolding to revitalize the Old Baymeadows Golf Course. Also, CM Becton discussed new developments including, e-Town, Southside Quarter, Wells Creek and new mixed-use development rezoning’s currently underway for Gate Parkway & Burnt Mill and Gate Parkway & Point Meadows. In addition to those topics transportation projects were of interest as to traffic concerns that are addressing growth in the area. Those projects discuss included: the interchange design and construction at JTB-Gate Parkway, improvements for Baymeadows Road, I-295 East Express lanes, Deerwood Parkway bridge widening, traffic light additions and the future new Kernan Blvd. extension along with many others.
Following his speech, Councilman Becton opened the floor for questions. Some of the topics brought up were development application concerns, the city pension, city council term limits and even the sunshine law, which Becton and Ray both covered from a city and state perspective.
In his closing remarks, Councilman Becton thanked the committee for inviting him to speak on behalf of Jacksonville City Council and giving him the opportunity to interact and have discussions with the members. Councilman Becton says he is always open to hearing from his constituents and is continuously invested in finding and implementing new ways to benefit District 11 and the City of Jacksonville.
According to the website, FCMA is a non-profit trade association for manufactures. The organization started in 1989 and is now made up of nearly 300 companies. FCMA’s mission is “to serve manufacturers. We save members time and money through advocacy, networking and resources – providing workforce development training, fostering networking and business relationships through committees and special events, and continuing to be a respected voice in local, state and federal government.”
For more information about The First Coast Manufacturers Association, go to http://fcmaweb.com/.
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Posted on Tue, July 10, 2018
by Carol D'Onofrio