Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Cove Looks to Hire Lobbyist; the City Wants Help Getting Its Grant Requests through the Legislature

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Cove Looks to Hire Lobbyist; the City Wants Help Getting Its Grant Requests through the Legislature

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Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

Green Cove Springs wants to hire a lobbyist to shepherd grant requests through the Legislature and otherwise represent city interests while lawmakers are in session this year.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved a request for qualifications, which members hope will attract a seasoned lobbyist with a successful track record who is also familiar with Green Cove Springs.

"They tell our story ... and you have to know our story to tell our story," said Councilman Mike Kelter, who first suggested hiring a city lobbyist late last year.

The so-called RFQ is to be published in Florida newspapers by next week, with responses due by Feb. 5 and the council planning to review them Feb. 20. City officials have not said how much they would be willing to pay a lobbyist, but Kelter said earlier that the "cost ... depends on the complexity of the legislation involved."

The city has applied for almost $2 million in state grants this year, which would help fund property acquisition for the proposed Augusta Savage Cultural Center and improvement projects for wastewater, drinking water and storm-water systems. …

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