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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Guest column: Mayor declares war on crime, continues cleanup of the river

Published 7/20/2008
We have no greater gift than the St. Johns River. The 45,000 jobs it provides, the tourism it draws and the ecosystem it feeds are crucial to the prosperity of our city.

But our river is sick. The algae blooms two years ago were a clear indication of its failing health. The health department labeled 54 of its 71 tributaries as unsafe or hazardous.

For years, Jacksonville leaders have talked about the need to clean up our river. We are committed to that effort and will invest $700 million, along with our partners, over the next 10 years to restoring the health of the lower St. Johns.

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