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Mayor-elect Brown Highlights Public Safety, Jobs and Education on Westside Tour
June 17, 2011
Mayor-elect Alvin Brown toured the Westside this morning, visiting Fire Station 32, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Baldwin Middle/High School and several businesses with Council Member Doyle Carter and Fire Department Deputy Director Randy White.
“Today was a great opportunity for me to highlight our Westside community and those creating jobs and working hard for Jacksonville,” said Brown. “Cecil Field and Cecil Commerce Center have great potential for job creation, and I will work with many of the business leaders I met with this morning to make sure that potential is reached.”
The mayor-elect began the day at Fire Station 32 with Lt. Enock Skidmore, Lt. Todd Pelletier and several other firefighters, thanked them for their service and discussed public safety issues. Brown then visited the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, met with former Council Member Alberta Hipps, JAA Chief Operating Officer Bob Simpson, JEDC Executive Director Ron Barton, Ray Rivera of Flightstar, Michael Stewart of JAA, Flightstar COO Tucker Morrison Flightstar and Rusty Chandler of JAA and toured Cecil Field and a Flightstar hangar. The group discussed Cecil Field’s current operation and future prospects. Brown continued his tour at Baldwin Middle/High School and met with Principal Rhonda Motley, Baldwin Mayor Stan Totman, teachers and staff. They discussed education issues and economic opportunities in the Baldwin area. The mayor-elect also stopped at several local businesses.
Submitted by Rachel Leitao, First Coast News Staff