Jacksonville City Councilman Don Redman said he was only attempting to respond to constituents’ concerns when he filed a bill last week that, if approved, would have urged Duval County residents to celebrate Halloween on Saturday instead of Sunday.
Instead, he asked council President Jack Webb to allow him to withdraw that request, citing the conflict with Saturday’s Georgia-Florida football game among his reasons.
The vote in Tuesday’s council meeting to withdraw was unanimous.
Redman’s last-minute request, which would have been nonbinding, was widely panned as being short-sighted and an unnecessary distraction from more serious council business.
Webb was one of the first to cite the Georgia-Florida conflict as a potential roadblock to Redman’s bill. Initially, Redman had asked that the bill be considered as an emergency item Tuesday.