JAXPORT IGNORES PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTS FOR PROFIT
Jacksonville Port Authority aka Jaxport continues to ignore the writings on the wall while placing many of its citizens health at risk all for the sake of profit. when confronted with these reports, Jaxport points to the jobs it relied upon doctored reports given to Martin Associates, the port costs involved in shuting these foreign flagged ships.are to high besides Jaxport is only the landlord and has no authority to direct compliancewhy should we bite the hand that feeds us.
Ship traffic in Jacksonville annually released about 128 tons of fine particles of airborne grit and more than 1,800 tons of sulfur dioxide early in the decade, the EPA estimated. That represented 11 percent of the fine particles entering the area's atmosphere from vehicles and mobile engines and 52 percent of the sulfur dioxide, according to EPA estimates.
Both kinds of pollution can cause breathing problems for people with asthma.
Duval County residents go to emergency rooms with asthma attacks more often than most Floridians. By far the highest rate of those visits involved residents of the core city, which includes neighborhoods around the Talleyrand port, according to a 2007 report from the Duval County Health Department So once again the public loses while the Port continues to play with your child or grandmothers health. Carnival Fascination has repeated violations according to the City of Jacksonville dated Feb 26, 2009 yet Carnival states it did not violate the law but rather their word according to MOU signed into law by the Governor. Its all about the money given enough you can do anything according to one Port official.But in Northeast Florida, the changes haven't sparked much discussion among marine businesses, said Don Lewis, executive director of the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange. another interesting article found How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world
looking out off Jacksonville beach you can see 8 to 10 ships daily no wonder why we have an alarming rate of hospital visits daily at our hospitals, Wake up Jacksonville call your public officials