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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to Times-Union suburban writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385.

NASSAU

STUDY OF MOBILITY FEES NEARS END

A task force studying the use of mobility fees to replace impact fees as a way to help pay for new streets, sidewalks and intersections is finalizing a plan to preset to the County Commission. The mobility fees, designed to involve developers in paying for the infrastructure improvements, would initially be applied to areas east and west of Interstate 95 and inside Rayonier's planned Yulee development A joint meeting between the commission and task force last week offered some details of what to expect.

CLAY

SCHOOL TEACHER FIRED AFTER CHARGE

The School Board has fired Plantation Oaks Elementary School teacher Ashlea Meshel Eucker, who was charged with possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia on campus April 24. Eucker, 23, of Orange Park, has pleaded not guilty. The Sheriff's Office arrested her after a school counselor found a small bag containing a white powder suspected to be cocaine, and a straw cut to the length of a few inches, inside her purse in her classroom. The board voted unanimously last week to fire Eucker, who was in her first year with the school district.

LINCOLNVILLE

CITY HALTS PLANS FOR CARRIAGE-HORSE PADDOCKS

The city last week nixed the idea of building five carriage-horse paddocks in Lincolnville's Eddie Vickers Park after about 50 residents of the historically black community voiced strong opposition. The residents expressed fears of horse smells, environmental damage and street congestion. "They've been doing stuff to us down here all our lives," cried Solomon Eubanks, 69. Four of the five horse carriage companies in the city share a small piece of city-owned land at the south end of Riberia Street. The new facility would have more than doubled the size of the current 4,000 square foot site. "We went over the pros and cons and decided that it wasn't worth a fight," said Assistant City Manager Tim Burchfield. …

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