Campaign Leader Saves Live Music in Jacksonville, FL

Campaign Leader Saves Live Music in Jacksonville, FL

Campaign leader Les Targonski, a production manager for concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of millions of people in the world that enjoys live music every year. Earlier this month, Les learned that a councilman in his city proposed a bill to end ticketed concerts at Metropolitan Park, one of the havens for music in Jacksonville. Les, passionate to save an epicenter for culture in the city, launched a campaign on Causes.com to help defeat the bill…and won!

Les created his campaign in advance of a public hearing to discuss the bill. He told us in an email last week that “the city councilman that was pushing this ordinance to be passed, was flying below the radar. I actually caught wind of this through a conference call that I had with festival promoters. It seemed that the city was holding up forward progress on the event permits until this bill was voted on. They were doing this after making earlier agreements in good faith, prior to the last event held in the park.” According to Jacksonville.com, bill 2013-8 would have “deleted a city law that allows waiving the city’s noise ordinance and some alcoholic beverage rules at a dozen concerts per year.”

Metropolitan Park was built in 1982 and is home to dozens of concerts each year. A consequence of repealing permits for live music would mean a potential loss of millions of dollars for the city. ”The return to the city via taxes and business revenues from hotels, restaurants, bars, parking, tent vendors, stagehands, equipment rentals, fuel stations, etc… was calculated somewhere around $6,000,000.00 for a single 2-day concert,” Les said.

After two weeks, Les’ campaign gathered 6,400 signatures and he presented them during a public hearing on January 23. On the ground, people were encouraged to call and email officials to voice reservations about the bill. “We wanted to shake up all of the City Council members with our opposition. That is why we were urging everyone to bombard their offices with phone calls and emails…One councilman stated that they were having trouble getting anything done due to fielding all of the emails and phone calls.”

In the end, the bill’s author (councilman Don Redman) withdrew his submission. “I felt very proud that 6,400 petitioners felt as passionate for this cause as I did. Local media outlets picked up the story and had links to our cause, which made a huge difference,” Les said.

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  • Alicia

    That is awesome that you did this Les. I hope that your proud of your self for doing this good work maybe you’ll think about doing more helpful things like this for your city. Well good job have a good say.

  • Alicia

    That is awesome that you did this Les. I hope that your proud of your self for doing this good work maybe you’ll think about doing more helpful things like this for your city. Well good job have a good say.

  • Kathy

    Way to go, Les! I think some of my most favorite memories are of attending the free concerts the city used to do at Metro Park.

  • Kathy

    Way to go, Les! I think some of my most favorite memories are of attending the free concerts the city used to do at Metro Park.

  • http://www.facebook.com/southerngirl1108 Christy Lynn Ogletree

    Jax. wouldnt be the same w/out Metro. Park and the Awesome concerts/events. I “signed” you’re petition to save Metro Parks music and Its GREAT to hear this wonderful news. Thanks for drawing up this petition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/southerngirl1108 Christy Lynn Ogletree

    Jax. wouldnt be the same w/out Metro. Park and the Awesome concerts/events. I “signed” you’re petition to save Metro Parks music and Its GREAT to hear this wonderful news. Thanks for drawing up this petition.

  • Raquel

    Well good for the citizens and Les saving his own lifelyhood.

  • Raquel

    Well good for the citizens and Les saving his own lifelyhood.

  • Fabi

    Live concerts are health for the community. Keep it going.

  • Fabi

    Live concerts are health for the community. Keep it going.

  • Evee

    This is good for those that attend and the economy in this town. It also brings many different people together to bond with something they all like. Save IT for the future of those yet to experience such a thing. I hope this venue will continue for many many more years.

  • Evee

    This is good for those that attend and the economy in this town. It also brings many different people together to bond with something they all like. Save IT for the future of those yet to experience such a thing. I hope this venue will continue for many many more years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikita.ford Nikita Ford

    That is awesome that you did this Les. I hope that your proud of your self for doing this good work maybe you’ll think about doing more helpful things like this for your city. Well good job have a good say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikita.ford Nikita Ford

    That is awesome that you did this Les. I hope that your proud of your self for doing this good work maybe you’ll think about doing more helpful things like this for your city. Well good job have a good say.

  • TRISH

    I BELIEVE MUSIC IS THE PORTAL TO PEOPLES SOUL AND WHEN WE GET TOGETHER AND SOULS MEET RATHER THAN SALARIES MADE..BRANDS OF CARS DRIVEN…ETC IT IS SO RELAXING AND I THEREFORE AM IN FAVOR OF THIS PARK STAYING THE WAY IT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS. VERY IMPORTANTLY ALSO IT IS REVENUE FOR A THRIVING TOWN…NOW IS THE TIME IN AMERICA TO LET OURSELVES BE HEARD SO LETS SHOUT IT OUT…LEAVE OUR MUSIC AND OUR PARK ALONE ….PLEASE !!

  • TRISH

    I BELIEVE MUSIC IS THE PORTAL TO PEOPLES SOUL AND WHEN WE GET TOGETHER AND SOULS MEET RATHER THAN SALARIES MADE..BRANDS OF CARS DRIVEN…ETC IT IS SO RELAXING AND I THEREFORE AM IN FAVOR OF THIS PARK STAYING THE WAY IT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS. VERY IMPORTANTLY ALSO IT IS REVENUE FOR A THRIVING TOWN…NOW IS THE TIME IN AMERICA TO LET OURSELVES BE HEARD SO LETS SHOUT IT OUT…LEAVE OUR MUSIC AND OUR PARK ALONE ….PLEASE !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianvanderzwaag.bruin Brian Vander Zwaag Bruin

    Way to go Les!! I lived in Jax for 20+ years and my son and I attended many concerts and festivals down by the river Leave it to the dirty politicians in Jax to try and mess things up! Keep your ears open. If I return to Jax I will want to attend more fun activities at the Park!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianvanderzwaag.bruin Brian Vander Zwaag Bruin

    Way to go Les!! I lived in Jax for 20+ years and my son and I attended many concerts and festivals down by the river Leave it to the dirty politicians in Jax to try and mess things up! Keep your ears open. If I return to Jax I will want to attend more fun activities at the Park!

  • Tina

    You have my support! Music is a way to express your self and you shouldn’t be restricted in any when when trying to do so!

  • Tina

    You have my support! Music is a way to express your self and you shouldn’t be restricted in any when when trying to do so!

  • Paul

    Good work.

  • Paul

    Good work.

  • Ehsan choudhry

    Democracy wins

  • Ehsan choudhry

    Democracy wins