Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

White House Still Considering Invite

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

White House Still Considering Invite

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NO BURNING QUESTION: Visits to clean-coal power generating plants apparently are on President Bush's back burner.

Mayor John Delaney has asked Bush to visit the JEA's electric generators that burn coal at cooler temperatures to produce more energy but less pollution.

"This clean coal project is an excellent example of how your national energy policy and environmental goals can be achieved without disrupting economic growth," Delaney wrote Jan. 18.

Bush -- with whom the mayor flew on Air Force One on Sept. 10 -- has given no answer. His director of scheduling, Bradley A. Blakeman, wrote Delaney on Feb. 1 and said the office is considering the appointment. The White House will let the city know what the decision is, he wrote.

The mayor's office reported no decision last week.

"I have no clue [if the visit will happen], no idea," Delaney said.

ANTI-SMOKING SIGNS COMING: A group of teenagers have gotten city approval to post signs in city parks discouraging smoking during youth activities.

The group, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), originally approached City Council President Matt Carlucci about outlawing smoking at parks. That idea was scrapped when the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had concerns about how much the ban would actually be enforced, Carlucci said.

The council voted last week to allow the signs, though the exact wording must be approved by the parks department.

IF IT'S THAT IMPORTANT. . .: Carlucci found an interesting way, with a touch of humor, to deflect a question from Councilman King Holzendorf during Tuesday's council meeting.

Just after the council voted unanimously to spend more than $1 million to replace a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office helicopter that crashed in July, Holzendorf asked if any parts from the totalled chopper were reused.

When no one responded, Holzendorf directed the question to Carlucci. …

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