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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Waterways OKs hydrology study, Southbank marina

Published 04/04/2008
After failing to get approval from the City Council Finance Committee a couple of weeks ago, Council member Bill Bishop’s hydrology study bill was unanimously approved by the Jacksonville Waterways Commission Thursday.

The bill sets aside $100,000 for a study that will look at the long term ramifications of Central Florida draining hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the St. Johns River.

March 17, the Finance Committee voted 3-1 in favor of the bill. However, Committee member Denise Lee’s dissenting vote was enough to keep the bill in Finance. Lee objected primarily to language that would have allowed Jacksonville University “among others” to conduct the study. That stipulation, said Lee at the time, seemed to circumvent the City’s procurement process — something she pointed out the City has been criticized for during the past year.
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