City cuts ties with controversial port dredging consultant, but still must pay him

Jacksonville City Hall cut ties on Thursday with a consultant criticized by the mayor for his radical views on race. It was mostly a symbolic move as the city must still pay him for a report he wrote on the economic benefits of deepening the St. Johns River.

Herbert M. Barber received a $60,000 contract from Browns port dredging task force to analyze a past consultants predictions that the deepening project would create a significant number of new jobs.

Barber submitted the report to the city on Thursday. The city told him in a letter delivered the same day that he will be paid for his work, but they will not need any services from him in the future.

In his book, Fall of a Nation: a Biblical perspective on a modern problem, Barber blames racial integration, interracial marriages and societys abandoning of the Christian faith for the declining state of the country.

In his book, Barber calls racial integration a failed social experiment that proves God intended for different races to be separated. He also criticizes stay-at-home moms, tree huggers and do-gooders and writes that America is spiraling into socialism.

The citys letter makes no reference of his views or writing, only that its terminating the contract for convenience.

Barber, owner of the Savannah-based company Xicon Economics, said his personal beliefs dont interfere with his ability to analyze the deepening project.

Still, Brown criticized Barbers views this week, issuing a written statement strongly condemning the views....

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