Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mayport Partnership Debates Its Funding; Ideas on How to Raise Money for the Waterfront Advisory Board Draw Criticism

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mayport Partnership Debates Its Funding; Ideas on How to Raise Money for the Waterfront Advisory Board Draw Criticism

Article excerpt

Byline: DREW DIXON

MAYPORT - Even though the Mayport Waterfront Partnership was set up as an advisory board to be funded by Jacksonville City Hall, some members say the panel should start raising its own funds.

When the partnership appointed Jim Powell to the board this month, he suggested raising funds rather than relying on taxpayer dollars.

Powell said the group could hold fishing tournaments and other events where participants are charged for participation and the proceeds could go to the partnership to help pay for operations.

Partnership Chairman Gary Crumley said Jacksonville cut back funding for the partnership in 2008 when former city staff planner Ed Lukacovik was reassigned and no longer performed any duties for the waterfront board.

At the Waterfront Partnership meeting Feb. 16, Crumley said it would be nice to get governmental funding from Jacksonville and Atlantic Beach, but that isn't happening.

"Until such time that they consider us worth their funding and worth their time and willingness to partner with us again, we're left with very little recourse," said Crumley, adding that he travels on behalf of the partnership and that there are regular costs just to keep the panel functional.

"We incur about $3,000 a year in administrative costs that's been unfunded for the last four years," Crumley said. "Also the cost of travel ... I've had to take these expenses out of my own wallet."

Crumley said he often travels to other waterfront partnerships that are part of a statewide system established in 1997.

The Mayport panel meets once a month to decide on projects for the Mayport area and advise the Jacksonville City Council, which ultimately funds the projects.

Crumley said he's attended 15 meetings in the past four years that cost him about $20,000 out of his own pocket.

"I'm not a rich man, I'm just a self-employed landscape architect. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.