Florida: Reddest State Bails! Won’t Protect Monuments!

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All options remain for Confederate monuments after state bill dies in committee

An attempt to stop local governments from moving historic monuments and memorials off public land didn’t come up for a final vote in this year’s session of the Florida Legislature, leaving all options on the table for decisions about the fate of Confederate monuments that have polarized communities.

State Rep. Dean Black, R-Jacksonville, said he will bring the measure back up in the 2024 session.

“We’re going to make some policy changes to it and some refinements,” Black said. “It will definitely be refiled in the next upcoming session.”

Cities and counties across Florida have been determining whether they will remove Confederate monuments from public spaces. In Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry supports relocating the “Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy” monument from Springfield Park. Curry ordered the removal of a Confederate soldier statue in 2020 from James Weldon Johnson Park in downtown…

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