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Editorial: A Hard Look at the Lot J Deal


Editorial: A hard look at the Lot J deal
The Florida Times-Union, 11.10.20

It’s understandable that the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t want to negotiate with 19 City Council members as well as the mayor over the Lot J deal.

But it’s clear that the current deal on the table requires some changes.

City Council Member Randy DeFoor, a veteran lawyer, said that her research showed that the proposal is a “sweetheart deal” as opposed to a good marriage.

DeFoor said an extension of the lease is needed as well as a guarantee of a certain number of home games.

She has public opinion on her side, according to a poll conducted by Barcelo & Company for News4Jax.

The poll showed 70 percent objecting to the city’s large stake in the Lot J project. Specifically, respondents were concerned about no approval by the Downtown Investment Authority, pollution on the land, no agreement on design and no lease extension past 2030.

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