JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –The answers range from simple suggestions, like more amusement parks and snow, to the more serious -- like fewer people getting shot. These are just some of the preliminary responses to the JAX2025 survey, the city’s vision for itself 12 years down the line.
"The goal of the survey is to have people around the community tell us what we need to think about as we decide what does Jacksonville want to be when it grows up,” explained Jacksonville Community Council Inc.’s chief executive officer Ben Warner.
The questions were posed to people community-wide, from children to seniors across every race and every ZIP code. And according to Warner, the responses were record breaking.
"Right now, we're at over 13,000 and they're still coming in,” he said late Friday afternoon.
The survey’s broad questions range from “what do you like most about Jacksonville?” to “what are the biggest challenges facing Jacksonville today?”
"They're telling us about the way that we treat each other and then they're also getting down into some very specific ideas for what could make Jacksonville truly great,” said Warner.
From a sneak peak at some of the responses, Warner says it seems it’s going to take the entire community to help bring the city to where it wants to be.
"This isn't somebody else's plan. This is our plan as a community and that's why the community has to build it together,” he said.
The deadline for entries is midnight. You can go to JAX2025
to complete a community survey.
After all of the entries are in, the results will be presented at a community meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Prime Osborn Convention Center.