Q: What is the latest on the COVID vaccinations being held at the Mandarin Senior Center?
A: The Mandarin Senior Center has been successful in handling COVID-19 vaccinations and we want to give a special thanks to Darryl Parks and the fine staff at the senior center for their coordinating efforts in administering the vaccine. As of Jan. 20, all new vaccinations will be solely administered at the Regency Center; however, anyone who received their first shot at the Mandarin Senior Center should plan to return to the Mandarin Senior Center for their second shot when it’s the proper time.
Q: What can you tell us about the new construction on San Jose Boulevard at the old JTA Park and Ride lot?
A: I am sure everyone has noticed the land being cleared at the corner of Marbon and San Jose — we are getting a Daily’s gas station and a new single family home development. Both are in the construction phase and have an estimated completion date of fall 2021.
Q: What is the timetable for the City Council to consider redistricting?
A: Census results will come out in April and with that, redistricting will begin. I have appointed Garrett Dennis as the chairman of this committee along with Councilmembers Randy DeFoor, Brenda Priestly Jackson, Reggie Gaffney, and Randy White. The committee is charged to produce logical and compact districts and to consider significant physical boundaries, and political boundaries with considerations of race, gender, and economic status. Their first committee meeting was on Jan. 14 and they will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month through June.
Q: What are your thoughts on the now defeated Lot J proposal?
A: The vote is in and it came down to six of my fellow colleagues and myself who felt that the Lot J deal was not the best deal for Jacksonville.
Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?
A: They can email me at THazouri@coj.net or call (904) 255-5217.