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Mayor Alvin Brown (Jacksonville, FL) - African American Mayors Association

Mayor Alvin Brown (Jacksonville, FL)

Mayor Alvin Brown was elected the first-ever African-American Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida in 2011. During his tenure, Mayor Brown has focused on promoting economic opportunity, attracting companies such as Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen, and revitalizing the city’s urban core through a Downtown Investment Authority.

In addition, Mayor Brown has been a committed and dynamic founding member of AAMA’s Board of Trustees. As chair of AAMA’s Business Council, he has overseen the Council’s growth in its inaugural year while also ensuring that both mayors and business members realize tremendous value from our partnerships. To learn more about AAMA’s Business Council, please click here .

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Helping an �Agent of STEAM� Achieve Her Dreams

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Helping an “Agent of STEAM” Achieve Her Dreams

The efforts of educational institutions assisting students in their academic
quests should not end when the last school bus leaves, or the last car pulls
away from the schools doors for summer break.
There should still be opportunities for learning, educational challenges to
keep the mind sharp, the integration of technology to enhance much needed
technology skills and even opportunities for collaboration in STEAM / STEM
learning.

The competitiveness of entering into higher educational institutions, starting
of career choices and even earning Internships and scholarships is shown to
boost the academic achievement levels of students.
Students like Taylor Richardson of #Jacksonville, #Florida have high altitude
dreams and aspirations of becoming one of the first astronaut to travel to Mars,
these dreams and aspirations are what drives dreams to become realities.

This nation was built on dreams of millions of men and women that wanted
to make a difference, not just for themselves, for their children and humanity.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants travel to this country to live their
dreams, to take advantage of the educational and technology resources.
After slavery Black developed similar dreams, they saw the same chances
through education.

The exploration of space is expanding, young people like Taylor are needed
and should be encouraged and supported to help maintain a strong
presence for the United States of America in the quest for further cosmic
exploration.
As an educator it is encouraging to see students in elementary school
that are transitioning to middle school have such a strong passion and
long term goals. Having known Taylor for several years she possesses
a fire of excellence and a passion for learning that too many adults
do not have, and other kids that do not have similar passions hate on.

Taylor’s involvement in the community of Jacksonville, Florida has
inspired students not just at her school, students in other
elementary schools and all socio-economic levels. Taylor has a wisdom
and understanding that even though at a young age and transitioning
from elementary to middle school she understands through the
teaching and guidance of her mother that she has a responsibility
to “give back” to her community. Taylor’s “compassion” has led her
to positively influence other children through her talks, her academic
achievements and her courage to not listen to those that carry the
burden of jealousy and hate, because they either don’t have the
courage Taylor has or their support system is not as supportive
as Taylor’s mother Latonja S Richardson, my mother had a similar
passion, love and drive supporting her three children. So I
understand the challenges and successes that Taylor and her
mother experience.

When youth have this drive “it takes a village” has a new meaning
and the village has a responsibility to support, encourage and make
sure that its youth does succeed. Success shows other youth that
they can reach their dreams, they can achieve their desires in positive
ways that bring a new sense of purpose and power to achieve
and grow. Too many youth, teens and young adults feel that they
have no opportunities to help them grow out of their situations.
They need support, encouragement and love….

Too many children do not have hope, do not think they can afford
to dream and even suffer from depression because they do not see
faces like theirs succeeding. Too many parents seem to have
given up on their children, but continue to hate on others that
work hard to achieve their goals. This must stop if we as a
community and nation can grow in the Black community.

Taylor is a typical young lady: she is involved in Girls on the Run,
Journey into Womanhood, Girl Scouts, Triathlete, Jacksonville
Youth Symphony violin player, Honor Roll student and volunteer.
She is a 2014 winner of Mayor Alvin Brown essay contest, selected
as a 2015 Jacksonville Achiever and member of her school’s
Principal Advisory Council at Chets Creek Elementary.
Taylor has stated, “I want to be a scientist and astronaut when I
grow up. I also want to be the first African American female to go
to Mars.” Her goals are cosmic which in this nation, all our children
should be provided educational and economic opportunities.
Taylor also states that, “I would like to visit all the US Space Centers,
all 14 of them in the United States of America.”

“I’m hoping to be the first African American to visit all the centers by
my 12th birthday which is July 15, 2015! I have been to the Kennedy
Space Center and attended last summer space camp in Huntsville, AL.
Which was the best experience ever! I have attended several STEM
events in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida, James Weldon
Johnson Middle school and most recently Expanding Your Horizon
Young Women excelling in Math and Sciences. I love space and the
unknown in our universe!”

Helping youth like Taylor should not be a question of “if,” it should
be a statement “All the time, whatever is necessary.” The United States
is in competition with growing global powers and is dependent on the
abilities and successes of students like Taylor. Our children are models
for others, Taylor’s model is Mae Jemison the first African American
female to go to space, what better way to extend academic excellence
and promote fields of STEAM/STEM/STREAM/CSTREAM and other
educational initiatives.

“My idol is Dr. Mae Jemison who was the first African American female to go
to space! I hope you will help me achieve my goal. The monies raised for this
trip from the East coast to the West coast will cover travel and lodging for me.
Thanks for your support! Taylor aka #StarBright” #spacecenters #teamtaterboo,
Looking for sponsors for Taylor to help her dream of going to Cali, TX and
VA this summer!
U.S. space centers www.visitnasa.org

Mayor Alvin Brown presents Bill Cosby - The Florida Theatre

Mayor Alvin Brown presents Bill Cosby

Mayor Alvin Brown presents Bill Cosby

William H. Cosby, Jr. was born to William and Anna Cosby on July 12, Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Calling himself a “late bloomer,” he did not realize the value of a formal education until after the first four days of boot camp in the U.S. Navy. Cosby said, “Four years later in May, when I got out of the Navy, I hit the ground running from Norfolk, VA and immediately enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia.”

Bill Cosby is well known for his commitment to education. He emphatically believes that the best assurance for a satisfying and rewarding life begins with knowledge. Cosby himself went back to college, long after he had achieved much of his success to obtain a masters degree as well as an Ed.D. He has, in fact, applied this further education in his professional life.

He has never stopped realizing the importance of challenging himself. “People always say ‘You don’t need money, why are you still working?’ My answer is that it isn’t about money. That’s academic. It’s about accepting the challenges of one’s own ideas, clarifying the unanswered questions and pursuing the excitement of discovery.”

“It is always a pleasure to see those fresh faces of the new graduates. It’s also fun to notice the relieved smiles of the parents who are wondering, ‘Are they going to be all right?’ The unanswered questions are now really directed at them.”

Mrs. Cosby is equally passionate about the importance of education and she too has attained an Ed.D. Together, they have strived to promote the importance of a good education. They have donated funds to a wide range of universities and delivered commencement addresses to further emphasize the importance of learning.

“Rationem educationis tuae reddere debeas.”

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Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown (December 15, 1961) is the former mayor of Jacksonville. Florida. He was elected on May 17, 2011. [1]

When he was sworn in on July 1, 2011, Brown became the first African-American mayor in Jacksonville's history and the first Democrat to be elected to the position since 1991. [2] Brown was defeated for re-election by Lenny Curry in May 2015.

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Brown holds a B.S. and MBA from Jacksonville University. His professional experience includes working as an Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University’s Davis School of Business, president and CEO of the Willie Gary Classic Foundation, chairman of the board of the National Black MBA Association, senior advisor for Urban Policy and vice chair of the White House Community Empowerment Board in the Clinton administration and executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund. [1]

The city of Jacksonville, Florida. held elections for mayor and city council on May 19, 2015. A primary took place on March 24, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in this election was January 16, 2015. All 19 city council seats were up for election. [3]

In the mayoral primary, incumbent Alvin Brown (D) and Lenny Curry (R) advanced past Omega Allen (I) and Bill Bishop (R). Brown faced Curry in the general election on May 19, 2015. Curry was the winner. [4] [5] [6]

Mayor of Jacksonville, General Election, 2015

Петиция · Mayor Alvin Brown: A Quarter Mile of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Should be Designated as Clothing-Optional ·

A Quarter Mile of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Should be Designated as Clothing-Optional

Naturism promotes a positive body image, boosts self esteem, and is directly non-sexual. It is beneficial to the individual and can produce a very positive impact for the local economy. Naturism serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom, gives one relaxation, and produces overall well-being. Although you may not be one to "bare your buns" on the beach, we ask that you respect each belief, and make a place for everyone. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a local park and beach that is owned the city of Jacksonville, and we see that a quarter mile section of this beach would be an ideal location to designate as clothing-optional.

You may have heard through word of mouth about a petition for Jacksonville Beach asking that a section of the beach be designated as clothing optional. This petition gained much support and reached news media/radio/newspapers all over the area, and even appeared in some UK websites:

As of course with anything, there were also people opposed to the idea. The petition has since, it's beginning in mid-May, gained almost 2,500 signatures from people of all over. Therein lies the problem though; as most of the signatures were not coming from Jacksonville Beach. I understand Mayor Latham when he said that Jacksonville Beach is a residential community, and it is not in our wishes to force this beach onto a population that does not want it. That would not be right or fair.

However, after counting the signatures gained thus far, (one by one, very tediously), I found out that actually most of the signatures, in fact, came from Jacksonville! Nine-hundred and forty-two to be exact, and that is not including Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, or Orange Park. Although Jacksonville Beach did not favor the proposal, it is very clear that there is a demand for a clothing-optional beach here in Jacksonville, and it is something to be excited about!

We believe that a section of Hanna Park would serve as the best location for this beach. Not only is it secluded, so as to not disturb any residents, but because it has a central location where people pay to enter. Haulover Beach, for example, is the only legalized clothing optional beach here in Florida and that beach brings in OVER A BILLION DOLLARS in revenue to the city (including gas, parking fees, hotel fees, etc.) Wouldn't that be a shot in the arm to the local economy?

The beach of course should be managed and mentored to promote "Nude Beach Etiquette ". This is standard protocol for naturists around the world and basically common sense. Where adopted, Nude Beach Etiquette results in respect for the environment and users of both clothing-optional and clothing-required public beaches. It empowers people to speak up for standards and discourages those that behave inappropriately and with illegal intentions. More information on Nude Beach Etiquette can be found on the American Association of Nude Recreation website linked below:

Effective management by both a naturist mentoring group and local government is key for safe growth. If the park raised the entrance fee by 1$, this extra money could go to hiring beach patrol to monitor the beach, as they do at Playalinda Beach in Titusville. (Playalinda Beach is on federal land and has a clothing optional section of its beach).

Haulover Beach is another prime example of how to manage a clothing optional beach. I have attended Haulover Beach Ambassador meetings in Miami so as to see how they regulate the beach. These meetings are attended by Miami Dade police officers, Miami Dade Fire Department's Beach Safety lifegaurds, South Florida Free Beaches members, B.E.A.C.H.E.S Foundation members, and the Haulover Beach Ambassadors as well. The Beach Ambassadors have vowed to volunteer time (a minimum of 8 hours a month) to welcome and educate people who come to the beach. They hold quarterly training sessions with local managers of the park, lifegaurds, and police. These training sessions update everyone on how the beach is going and what there is to improve on. It's a parntership that has worked for twenty-three years!

If our proposal for a clothing optional section of the park was accepted, either of these ideas from Playalinda or Haulover Beach could be implemented.

You still may be thinking though "Why would anyone want this in the first place though? Why does everyone seem to care so much about being naked?" Well it is quite simple really. Nudism/Naturism (Whatever you want to call it) is about:

-Freedom/Liberation - an American creed that harms no one.

-Promoting positive body image - as many people only see "perfect
tens" showing skin on television, this denotes an unrealistic and negative message to people, especially our children.

-Builds confidence - (Goes along with positive body image)

-It is directly NON-sexual in its nature and environment - This is necessary in this day and age where anything and everything has been over-sexualized. This is especially beneficial to women within our society. Naturism is a direct rebuttal and antithetical to that. It is really only in our minds where we connect the simple naked body with sex.

-It's comfortable! - Skinny-dipping is much more comfortable than a saggy/expensive bathing suit.

This is also not a "new concept" either. It should also be noted that in cultures around the world, nudity is not seen as strictly as it is here in the States. Rick Steves, a journalist with the Chicago Tribune wrote within one of his articles,

"Americans may be taken aback, but Europeans think nothing for shedding their clothes at the beach or in a public bath. Nudity is the norm."

-(In Europe, Strip Off All Your Inhibitions).

Most importantly though, we are not asking that you necessarily agree with us, but that you respect our request for a designated area in Jacksonville. Nude recreation is considered a recreation as all others, and deserves a spot in this city just the same. Hanna Park Beach holds over a mile of sandy beach and we only want a section of it. Most of the beach would be kept as clothing required, as we only want 1/4 of a mile.

And finally, thank you for your time and consideration. If you have liked what you read, please do sign the petition and spread the word! You can also check us out on our Facebook page linked below.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely, Angela Anderson

More reading on the subject:

- http://www.socalnaturist.org/forum/NudityBible.html - This is a Christian man's depiction of nakedness in the Bible in a legal symposium speech.

- https://suite.io/larry-darter/2y562jf - "Stereotypical Naturism", an article on naturism by Larry Darter

Mayor of Jacksonville, FL Mayor Alvin Brown

A Quarter Mile of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Should be Designated as Clothing-Optional
Naturism promotes a positive body image, boosts self esteem, and is directly non-sexual. It is beneficial to the individual and can produce a very positive impact for the local economy. Naturism serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom, gives one relaxation, and produces overall well-being. Although you may not be one to "bare your buns" on the beach, we ask that you respect each belief, and make a place for everyone.Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a local park and beach that is owned the city of Jacksonville, and we see that a quarter mile section of this beach would be an ideal location to designate as clothing-optional.

You may have heard through word of mouth about a petition for Jacksonville Beach asking that a section of the beach be designated as clothing optional. This petition gained much support and reached news media/radio/newspapers all over the area, and even appeared in some UK websites:

As of course with anything, there were also people opposed to the idea. The petition has since, it's beginning in mid-May, gained almost 2,500 signatures from people of all over. Therein lies the problem though; as most of the signatures were not coming from Jacksonville Beach. I understand Mayor Latham when he said that Jacksonville Beach is a residential community, and it is not in our wishes to force this beach onto a population that does not want it. That would not be right or fair.

However, after counting the signatures gained thus far, (one by one, very tediously), I found out that actually most of the signatures, in fact, came from Jacksonville! Nine-hundred and forty-two to be exact, and that is not including Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, or Orange Park. Although Jacksonville Beach did not favor the proposal, it is very clear that there is a demand for a clothing-optional beach here in Jacksonville, and it is something to be excited about!

We believe that a section of Hanna Park would serve as the best location for this beach. Not only is it secluded, so as to not disturb any residents, but because it has a central location where people pay to enter. Haulover Beach, for example, is the only legalized clothing optional beach here in Florida and that beach brings in OVER A BILLION DOLLARS in revenue to the city (including gas, parking fees, hotel fees, etc.) Wouldn't that be a shot in the arm to the local economy?

The beach of course should be managed and mentored to promote "Nude Beach Etiquette". This is standard protocol for naturists around the world and basically common sense. Where adopted, Nude Beach Etiquette results in respect for the environment and users of both clothing-optional and clothing-required public beaches. It empowers people to speak up for standards and discourages those that behave inappropriately and with illegal intentions. More information on Nude Beach Etiquette can be found on the American Association of Nude Recreation website linked below:

Effective management by both a naturist mentoring group and local government is key for safe growth. If the park raised the entrance fee by 1$, this extra money could go to hiring beach patrol to monitor the beach, as they do at Playalinda Beach in Titusville. (Playalinda Beach is on federal land and has a clothing optional section of its beach).

Haulover Beach is another prime example of how to manage a clothing optional beach. I have attended Haulover Beach Ambassador meetings in Miami so as to see how they regulate the beach. These meetings are attended by Miami Dade police officers, Miami Dade Fire Department's Beach Safety lifegaurds, South Florida Free Beaches members, B.E.A.C.H.E.S Foundation members, and the Haulover Beach Ambassadors as well. The Beach Ambassadors have vowed to volunteer time (a minimum of 8 hours a month) to welcome and educate people who come to the beach. They hold quarterly training sessions with local managers of the park, lifegaurds, and police. These training sessions update everyone on how the beach is going and what there is to improve on. It's a parntership that has worked for twenty-three years!

If our proposal for a clothing optional section of the park was accepted, either of these ideas from Playalinda or Haulover Beach could be implemented.

You still may be thinking though "Why would anyone want this in the first place though? Why does everyone seem to care so much about being naked?" Well it is quite simple really. Nudism/Naturism (Whatever you want to call it) is about:

-Freedom/Liberation - an American creed that harms no one.

-Promoting positive body image - as many people only see "perfect
tens" showing skin on television, this denotes an unrealistic and negative message to people, especially our children.

-Builds confidence - (Goes along with positive body imag

-It is directly NON-sexual in its nature and environment - This is necessary in this day and age where anything and everything has been over-sexualized. This is especially beneficial to women within our society. Naturism is a direct rebuttal and antithetical to that. It is really only in our minds where we connect the simple naked body with sex.

-It's comfortable! - Skinny-dipping is much more comfortable than a saggy/expensive bathing suit.

This is also not a "new concept" either. It should also be noted that in cultures around the world, nudity is not seen as strictly as it is here in the States. Rick Steves, a journalist with the Chicago Tribune wrote within one of his articles,

"Americans may be taken aback, but Europeans think nothing for shedding their clothes at the beach or in a public bath. Nudity is the norm."

-(In Europe, Strip Off All Your Inhibitions).

Most importantly though, we are not asking that you necessarily agree with us, but that you respect our request for a designated area in Jacksonville. Nude recreation is considered a recreation as all others, and deserves a spot in this city just the same. Hanna Park Beach holds over a mile of sandy beach and we only want a section of it. Most of the beach would be kept as clothing required, as we only want 1/4 of a mile.

And finally, thank you for your time and consideration. If you have liked what you read, please do sign the petition and spread the word! You can also check us out on our Facebook page linked below.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely, Angela Anderson


More reading on the subject:

- http://www.socalnaturist.org/forum/NudityBible.html - This is a Christian man's depiction of nakedness in the Bible in a legal symposium speech.

- https://suite.io/larry-darter/2y562jf - "Stereotypical Naturism", an article on naturism by Larry Darter