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Should gated communities be open in emergencies?

When officers caught up with Brandon McCrory, he was leaving his wife's condominium in a gated community off Bartram Trail Boulevard.
When officers caught up with Brandon McCrory, he was leaving his wife's condominium in a gated community off Bartram Trail Boulevard.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The city of Jacksonville wants gated communities to be required to keep their gates open during emergencies.

A proposal before the City Council would amend an ordinance about clearing roadways for emergencies to include a provision that "when a hurricane warning is issued or a disaster emergency is declared, all private communities with entrance gates shall open the gates and keep them open until otherwise determined by the mayor or the mayor's designee, to allow for access in the case of an emergency."

The amendment, which was introduced at the request of the Mayor Lenny Curry, also says that within the first 70 hours after an emergency has been declared, the city will be allowed to clear and push debris from public and private streets to allow emergency vehicles to move as needed.

The amendment will be introduced to be considered by the council on Tuesday.