Dear OurJax Members,
In our continuing effort to keep you informed, as well as remind you of the impact your engagement with OurJax has made, I want to share a recent discussion I had with Jaguars President Mark Lamping.
Our meeting followed the City Council’s failure to pass the Jaguars Lot J development proposal.
Mr. Lamping said the Jaguars have learned valuable lessons from Lot J, knowledge that they will apply as the organization advances future proposals.
The Jags, he said, have also benefited from frank discussions with those that opposed to the Lot J development. “We are committed to find the Win-Win solution for downtown that our community deserves,” Mr. Lamping told me.
As the Jags advance the Shipyards development plan, Mr. Lamping said they look forward to going through the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) process in the same manner as every other developer. He said they will embrace the transparency the DIA process mandates.
After meeting with him, I’m very encouraged. Mr. Lamping shared that the Jaguars remain absolutely committed to Jacksonville and downtown.
But the proof is in the pudding.
The truth is we all have everything to gain from a successful partnership with the Jaguars. OurJax will be the first to welcome a future Jaguars proposal that is fair, equitable, transparent, and goes through the proper channels.
Because of your support and engagement, I believe we are on a road to a much better outcome.
Thanks for believing in Jacksonville.