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Juror parking is more than two miles from new Duval County Courthouse

11:58 AM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Since construction began on the new courthouse, parking has been an issue. Now, there is still concern over where jurors will park long-term.

The juror parking lot is downtown across from EverBank Field.  It's more than two miles from the new courthouse, and some say, that's too far.

"It's like way too far. I think it should be closer to the courthouse," Shawnec Perry said.

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Perry wants to know why jurors have to park so far from the new courthouse. "It's very inconvenient for them to be parking so far," she explained.

Juror parking has been a topic of much discussion. City Council President Bill Bishop is also on the Courthouse Oversight Committee.  We asked him why the Committee he is on has not gotten any answers.

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"It was my understanding that it was all pretty much worked out, it's kind of a surprise that it's not at this point," Bishop said. "When we ask about it, the answer is typically, 'we're working on it, we expect to have a solution soon.'  Apparently, there's not a solution yet, and I don't understand why."

Buses transport jurors from the downtown lot to the new courthouse. Until the city figures out a new parking plan, some are more understanding.

"If they have transportation to come here, and there's no other convenient spots in the immediate area here, I guess that's the only thing that can be done," Earl Outlaw said.

We asked for an interview with someone from the City of Jacksonville. They referred us to Chief Judge Donald Moran's office.  His office referred us back to the City. We are still waiting to find out who is responsible for planning the future of juror parking.

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