Manuscripts/Mixed Material [St. Elmo W. Acosta]
“Another progressive measure I fathered was the construction of a span from Hogans Creek
“As another means of relieving traffic across the river, I firmly believe in the re-establishment of the ferry service. Mr. Gibs still has the franchise and is perfectly willing to operate his former ferry service from the Flagler Street docks to this side.
“Former Mayor, John Alsop, and myself were the first to advocate the Riverside Viaduct and the Davis Street Viaduct, and I started things moving which later resulted in the establishment of the Beaver Street Viaduct, also the Duval Street Viaduct to the [east?] Jacksonville section, although Johnny Callahan actually completed the latter.
“I took over the city zoo when it consisted of a bear or two, a fox, and a few birds and an alligator, moved it to its present Main-Street location and made it into one of the best zoos in the country. I spent two years collecting three thousand dollars by public subscription and donations from school children to buy 'miss Chic’ - the elephant - which has afforded so much pleasure to the younger element.
“During my administration I enlarged the city park system to a grand total of about 300 acres. I had all the land donated to the city for the widening of Main Street and [Talleyrand?] Avenue, and urged the buying of Boone Park, 32 acres, Kooker Park, 3 acres, and several other little parks where they were needed.