Former mayor blasts current mayor, board over potential sale of JEA

Jake Godbold prints open letter to City Council as JEA announces replaces negotiation team

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold took out a full-page advertisement Monday in the Florida Times-Union, blasting JEA and Mayor Lenny Curry over the potential sale of JEA, then spoke to a City Council committee discussing the future of the city-owned utility.

“We could stop it here today,” Godbold said. “The Council could stop it and we can get on with running the JEA properly.”

In Godbold’s open letter to the Jacksonville City Council, which was printed in the newspaper ad, he asked council members for a no-confidence vote in the JEA Board and its CEO.

“For those of you who are either supporting the sale or sitting on the proverbial fence, you need to really pay attention to what JEA’s customers -- your constituents -- are saying,” Godbold wrote. “If this charade continues much longer, I predict there will be a citizens revolt and you will most certainly meet their anger and wrath head-on.”

He suggested the outright removal of the board members and CEO might be called for, and blamed Curry for replacing the previous JEA board members “with his own hand-picked cronies.” Godbold claimed Curry chose the board members with the express purpose of selling the utility.

“End this now! Don’t be on the wrong side of history. And, for God’s sake, don’t fail Jacksonville,” Godbold wrote.

Godbold ended the ad by encouraging voters to tell the council how they feel and included the phone number and email for each City Council member.

The ad showed up on breakfast tables throughout Jacksonville on Monday as the City Council prepared to hold the second in a series of fact-finding workshops on JEA. The meeting was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday.

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