Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville to Take Another Look at Litter Problem

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville to Take Another Look at Litter Problem

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Following a six-month study by a local think tank, the City Council will examine ways to clean up Jacksonville's litter -- and the city's image.

Jacksonville Community Council Inc., which conducts two major studies a year, released recommendations from its "Making Jacksonville a Clean City" study last week. The 27-page report urges the city to take a "zero-tolerance litter policy" and further education on the issue.

The study comes in conjunction with "Clean It Up Jacksonville Day," a city-wide event held yesterday, and a new advertising campaign unveiled last month.

The city spent $250,000 on the ads and has used $450,000 to triple litter prevention crews in the past year.

Other study recommendations include further increasing the litter prevention budget, adding more trash cans at bus stops, parks and other public areas, as well as combining the efforts of non-profit organizations such as Greenscape and JaxPride.

Two City Council committees will study the JCCI recommendations and look at how the city can incorporate those in its budget for the 2002-03 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

"We don't want to clean it up for just a couple of weeks," Councilwoman Gwen Yates said. "We want our city to be clean everywhere, all the time."

COUGH DROPS: Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder was out of the room Tuesday when the other 17 council members in attendance unanimously voted Councilman Lad Daniels as vice president designate.

"I was coughing," Lockett-Felder said.

So would she have voted for Daniels?

"Probably not," she said. "I support people who support issues for all the people and Lad doesn't do that."

Daniels said each council member has to make his or her own decision when it comes to leadership, but disagreed with Lockett-Felder's assessment of his views.

"I would hope that at the end of the day, Pat would come to understand I represent people and care about people as much as she does," said Daniels, whose one-year term begins July 1. …

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