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Duval Courthouse Move: Council Approves $750,000 In New Furniture

11:51 AM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City Council approved through overriding the mayor's veto Thursday night to spend $750,000 to get new furniture for the hearing rooms at the new Duval County Courthouse.

There was a last-ditch effort by Mayor Alvin Brown to convince the Council that the existing furniture would work, but it took the Council about 15 minutes to vote 15-2 to override the veto and get the new furniture. 

LINK: Information on the Duval Courthouse Move

On Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., the move officially begins the transition from the old Duval County Courthouse to the new one.

Movers already have boxes in place and courthouse employees already have their goods marked and ready for the move.

"We are ready to go. We are excited," said Court Administrator Joe Stelma, holding a phone that he is constantly on to help make sure all bases are covered.

What has to be moved is 50 plus years of court business on Bay Street.

"It is going to take over a hundred tractor trailers to get us out of here. So that's going to be a real effort," said Stelma.

Next week during the move, the nearby Courthouse Annex will be pressed into action for emergency filings and court businesses.  The Clerk of Courts Office in Neptune Beach will be open, as well as the Courthouse Branch located at 3470 Beach Boulevard.

Waiting for a green light to move from the old courthouse to the new one is hotdog vendor Shane Hall, who has operated outside the back door for nine years.

"I don't have slightest idea when I will move, don't nobody know," said Hall, who is waiting for approval and a permit to relocate to the new courthouse on Adams Street.

The new Duval County Courthouse is scheduled to be open for business after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 29.   

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