Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Busy Mayor Quits Think Tank

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Busy Mayor Quits Think Tank

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Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney resigned last month from a Tallahassee-based think tank, citing a lack of time because of his participation in two other statewide organizations.

Earlier this year, the James Madison Institute had absorbed the Foundation for Florida's Future, a non-profit foundation founded by Gov. Jeb Bush in 1994 and then handed over to Delaney after Bush's election last year. Delaney had chaired the board of the combined group.

Delaney said his recent appointments to head the Florida Forever Advisory Council, which will oversee the state's land preservation program, and to the board of the Florida League of Cities will better serve Jacksonville's interests.

Bush had used the foundation as a vehicle to build a statewide base between runs for governor; however, Delaney said that he couldn't use the James Madison Institute, which has a more academic bent, for similar purposes.

"That would be more awkward for me to do," Delaney said yesterday. The mayor said that he will continue to support the group and that he "may go back on the board in the next few years."

The institute, known for its conservative views, has done studies of tax policy, charter schools and tuition vouchers since it was founded in 1987 by Stanley Marshall, a former president of Florida State University.

Local board members include Dano Davis, chairman of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., former CSX Transportation executive Marty Fiorentino, and John Rood, chairman of Vestcor Equities Inc.

OFF THE COURSE: City Hall is no longer in the golf course business.

After several weeks running the 18-hole course at Cecil Field Naval Air Station, the city will turn it over to a private management firm Monday, officials said.

Lakeland-based Meadowbrook Golf Group Inc. had been slated to take over the course from the Navy in mid-September, but a dispute over greens fees had delayed the contract, said Susan Wiles, the mayor's chief of staff. …

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