JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "There's still a lot of angry people out there, and they want to send a message. And we need to be prepared for it," said Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt.
He says terrorism is still a real threat in Jacksonville, and losing the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant increases the risk of an attack.
"By cutting our funding, that makes us the largest communities that aren't funded. And so that's our concern. We really believe the dollars are important," said Senterfitt.
Over the past six years, the grant has been worth more than $40 million dollars to Jacksonville. But this year's federal budget cut $780 million dollars to security grants across the country, so the bigger cities with a perceived bigger threat got the leftover money.