Key Committee Votes 5-1 To Repeal Jacksonville Ordinance
EAAers Hopeful Of Full Council Vote Tuesday
September 18, 2007 — Chalk up another positive development for Jacksonville, Florida-area EAAers and homebuilt aviation enthusiasts. The city's Land Use & Zoning committee voted 5-1 in support of City Bill 955, which would repeal the city ordinance that prohibits parking, storing, repairing, and operating flying craft and airboats in residential districts.
"One more meeting and vote to go," said Milford Shirley, EAA Chapter 193 president who's been aviation's point man in efforts to overturn the ordinance since it was enacted in June 2006. "We're optimistic that we'll have good news to report next week."
The full Jacksonville City Council meets on Tuesday, September 25, to vote on the bill. Shirley figures there are nine council members currently on record as being in favor of repeal, led by CB 955 sponsor, Councilwoman Glorious Johnson. With 19 members on the council, and a 75 percent majority required to repeal an ordinance, they need 13 votes overall (four more) to succeed.
It looks good, but you never know in politics," Shirley noted. "It could go either way, but we're confident we've made the case." The council meets at City Hall beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.