Questions and Answers/ Discussion:
Opinion on a dedicated source of funding for parks?
Delaney is opposed to the idea, because he thinks it leads to a lack of incentive and hard work. He recommends justifying the level of funding annually.
Funding Landscape: Through partnering with the state?
The park systems will grow with the COJ investing in NPS land. Duval County is still receiving the short end of the funds for preservation land acquisition from the state compared to contributions. The SJRWMD's acquisition strategy has been big, wet, and cheap, but we should convince the SJRWMD that Jacksonville's land is selling so fast, that it must be acquired now or never.
Redesigning the management of park system?
Governing board: The most accountable would be elected officials. Council members know what the citizens want but park operations should go through the Administration. JEDC as model for governing board.
Public access for the preservation lands?
Do on a case-by-case basis, but more access is better than less. Council woman Jenkins encouraged creating areas for JSO Stop Stations in more remote parks to create a security presence.
What are your thoughts on the potential location of the cruise terminal in the Timucuan Preserve?
The thought bothers him, and he thinks another location would be better.
What is your reaction to park user-fees?
Mr. Delaney feels that entrance to a preserve with trails should be free, but if there are amenities such as restrooms, a canoe launch, boat ramp, camping, programs, etc. then fees are fine. Ensure that fee collection costs are not higher than revenues.