The consolidation legislation that created jumbo Jax also brought in a powerful, mayor-dominated government. "The mayor here is literally a chief executive officer," says Hightower, "and Jacksonville is radically different because of that." Hazouri's predecessor was Jake Godbold, who came from the wrong side of the tracks and was laughed at as "Joke" Godbold behind his back. But by the time he left office, Mayor Godbold had revived downtown, brought scores of companies to town, helped make Jacksonville one of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, begun the NFL hunt and become revered. He also paved the way for Hazouri, who is of Lebanese heritage and is called a camel driver behind his back. But the people saw what Godbold did, and they can imagine where Hazouri's enthusiasm and indefatigability can take them. So they too have climbed onto the dromedaries.
Now that Jacksonville has apparently been jilted again, Hazouri says he will simply put the troll out for another franchise. "I still have another three and a half years in office," says Mayor Tommy. Lock up your sons and husbands.