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(Beaumont Enterprise) When a group supporting Confederate monuments flew a banner Sunday over TIAA Bank Field before the Jaguars game, it drove home that a year after City Council pledged to make a decision on the future of a Confederate monument in Springfield Park, none of the long-promised meetings in a “community conversation” has happened.
Faced with Mayor Lenny Curry’s call for removing Confederate monuments from city parks, Jacksonville City Council President Sam Newby and Vice President Terrance Freeman both voted in January 2022 for a plan to conduct a series of meetings around Jacksonville about whether such monuments should remain on city property.
Newby took no action to schedule any of those “community conversation” meetings during his term as president that ended in June, even though the council’s written goal in its strategic plan was to have a decision by July…
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