Removal of Confederate monument fails in Jacksonville City Council Third Committee – Action News Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The city of Jacksonville’s plan to remove a statue from Springfield Park appears to have died on arrival after a third committee did not approve the $ 1.3 million measure.
Tuesday morning’s vote by the finance committee failed by 3 to 4. On Monday, two other committees rejected the city’s $ 1.3 million plan to remove the âHomage to the Women of Confederationâ statue of Springfield Park. The plan was presented to the Neighborhood, Community Services, Public Health and Safety Committee on Monday morning, and then sent to the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee on Monday afternoon.
âI am not in favor of this, and I am concerned about removing history of any kind. I think it’s important to say all sides, otherwise we’re going to repeat the story, the bad parts, and I don’t want to do that. City Councilor Al Ferraro said at the commission’s first hearing. Later adding, “I’m concerned about telling the story, the good part and the bad part.”
Councilor Aaron Bowman also spoke in favor of rejecting the plan, saying, âI fully supported the removal of the Hemming monument. It had no place in the public domain, but this monument I think is very different. It shows the harsh realities of war on entire families.
Springfield Park is a public park.
The idea of ââdestruction was briefly mentioned but was shot down. The city of Jacksonville has insured the statue for $ 808,000 and the destruction plans are said to be “in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Mayor Lenny Curry had previously promised to remove Confederate monuments and markers from all property in the city. But the Springfield Park monument was only wrapped in a tarp due to previous acts of vandalism.
Brian Hughes of the mayor’s office told members of the finance committee on Tuesday that a private business owner had offered to house the Confederate statue in Springfield Park. Hughes says this is the same property where a Confederate statue in downtown St. Augustine was previously moved. It is now on display at Trout Creek Fish Camp on State Road 13.
If the entire city council passes the bill to remove the monument, it would take a super majority of the 19 council members. In view of the three votes in committee, it would appear that he does not have the necessary support.
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