Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pablo Beach Activist Named to Code Board

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pablo Beach Activist Named to Code Board

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Marjorie Holloway's property is tidy and

her home immaculate, which makes it stand out from many of the

public housing units that nearly surround it.

Holloway, who recently accepted an appointment to the city's

Code Enforcement Board, said her concern for the appearance of

her own neighborhood -- Pablo Beach South -- motivated her to

volunteer for the board.

She has been warned that her new civic duties could involve

enforcing property maintenance laws against some of her

neighbors. But that doesn't bother her.

"It doesn't matter if it's your relatives or friends. They have

to abide by the same rules," Holloway said. "People should have

pride in where they live. I try my best to keep my property up,

and I think everybody should."

The board of seven citizens meets once a month to decide if city

nuisance or zoning laws have been broken and how to encourage

violators to comply with the laws. Generally, those coming

before the board have been issued violation notices by city

officials and been given at least 20 days to fix the problem,

code enforcement officer Jud Spence said.

Spence said he encouraged Holloway to apply for the position

because he had worked with her and she seemed genuinely

concerned about the city's appearance.

"She expressed interest in improving the community. She didn't

report specific violations, she asked what she could do to

help," Spence said. "I think she'll definitely be an asset."

"She's a very credible candidate," Mayor Bill Latham said of

Holloway, who is an African-American. Latham promised during

last year's campaign that he would make an effort to seek racial

and neighborhood diversity on city boards, something that has

not seemed a priority in the past.

"It's a good thing to have somebody [from Pablo Beach South] on

a city board. We should have more of that," Latham added.

Holloway grew up at the Beaches, a few blocks from her home at

the west end of First Avenue South. …

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