Jacksonville Beach Mayor

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Jacksonville Beach Mayor


PENNY CHRISTIAN

Age: 68

Education: Bachelor's degree, Vanderbilt University; master's, University of Tennessee

Family: Husband, Sam (36 years); children, Blair, Amanda

Previous elected offices: 2004-present City of Jacksonville Beach City Council

Qualifications: A strong record of protecting the character of our city, reducing crime, and maintaining a healthy business environment during the economic downturn.

Most important issues: The most important issues in this election are experienced leadership, protecting our quality of life, and carrying out the vision and values of our citizens.

How would you deal with budget cuts? Voters can see my approach to this. We have repeatedly cut the budget to avoid tax increases while maintaining essential services.

What do you propose as the best way to deal with the ongoing parking issues with some paid areas in Jacksonville Beach? The paid lots eliminated the loiterers, freed up parking for business patrons, and funded on-site security. I'm opposed to banning non-residents from parking east of 3rd Street because it will kill our downtown businesses. I have proposed allowing residents to park for free in the paid lots.

CHARLIE LATHAM

Age: 52

Education: Fletcher High School; bachelor's degree, University of Florida

Family: Wife, Kathryn; daughters, Katie, Kelly

Previous elected offices: None

Qualifications: 1) Former Naval Lt. Commander, 2) Successful corporate officer (1996-2003), 3) Successful business owner, 4) Member, Legislative Steering Committee (Environmental Industries Associations).

Most important issues: 1) Crime/Public Safety, 2) Local economy is in peril. We must improve commercial tax base through economic development.

How would you deal with budget cuts? I would borrow against the reserve funds for the initial capital shortfall, and then aggressively create economic development programs to stimulate local business and increase the commercial tax base. …

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