Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Opposition to Cruise Ship Terminal Wants to Use Film

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Opposition to Cruise Ship Terminal Wants to Use Film

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MAYPORT - A new film documentary opposing a proposed cruise ship terminal could be enlisted as a public relations weapon.

Mayport Waterfront Partnership members Tuesday said they want to use part of the 41-minute film to fend off the Jacksonville Port Authority's plans to build the $60-million terminal on the Mayport waterfront. The film was shown to a packed theater Feb. 12 in Atlantic Beach.

"The movie that was done was absolutely fabulous," said partnership member Alyce Decker. "It deserves to have a wider audience, regardless of the subject matter."

Partnership Chairman Gary Crumley said that because the JPA has incorporated an economic study that says the terminal would improve the local economy, the partnership should start its own public relations campaign to fight the terminal.

"They did a great job," Crumley said of the film.

The film was produced and shot on digital video by Neptune Beach resident Justin Anderson and Josh Hansbrough, a filmmaker who has shot surf documentaries. Anderson is the son of attorney Warren Anderson, who represents the Mayport Village Civic Association. That group, representing about 70 property owners, has sued the JPA and Jacksonville to block the terminal.

Partnership member Sandra Tuttle said the film could be shortened and packaged for use by terminal opponents. "There are just so many opportunities to show this," Tuttle said.

Justin Anderson said he's amazed a government body such as the Waterfront Partnership wants to use his film.

"We are a little surprised. We knew it had a lot of potential," Anderson said Wednesday. "We were waiting to see a reaction from the community and they seem to have responded well to it. We were enthralled and we didn't think we were going to have that much support. We want to get the message out."

JPA spokeswoman Nancy Rubin said she understands why the partnership wants to use the film, but said the JPA has always wanted to maintain the history and ambience of Mayport, founded in 1562.

"I haven't seen the video. I would welcome the chance to see it. If the point of the video is to suggest Mayport is a place worth preserving, we have always stated that the cruise industry's interest hinges on preserving Mayport," Rubin said. …

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