SMPS spring meeting hosted at Aardwolf Brewery

Nine receive awards and recognitions

Immediate past president Diane Martin opened the spring meeting of the San Marco Preservation Society with the comment, “Now I know what it takes to raise the attendance at these meetings!” Aardwolf Brewery was a packed house on May 20 for the annual beautification awards and election of officers.
Historian Robin Robinson presented historic awards to the San Marco Movie Theater for 75 years of operation, Assumption Catholic Church for 100 years, accepted by Father Fred Parke, and the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church also for 100 years.

In recognition of 75 years of providing residents with movies, David Blue and the San Marco Movie Theater received an historic award from the San Marco Preservation Society – Photo by Heather Stine

In recognition of 75 years of providing residents with movies, David Blue and the San Marco Movie Theater received an historic award from the San Marco Preservation Society – Photo by Heather Stine

Robinson shared that the original plans for San Marco Square were laid out in 1926, which was an appropriate segue into a special recognition to Doug Skiles, project engineer for Balis Park. “This was the fastest a project has ever been conceived, approved, funded, constructed and completed,” said Martin. Skiles noted that one year ago almost to the day he pondered the traffic flow issue in conjunction with the proposed San Marco Streetscape and took some ideas to past SMPS president Rob Smith.
Beautification awards were presented to Aardwolf Brewery, The Grape and Grain Exchange, Maple Street Biscuit Company, the Bath/Blackman residence at 2555 Laurel Road, and Thomas and Ames Kohn’s home at 1805 Naldo Avenue.

New officers for 2013-2014 include Reese Riggle, president; Mary Toomey, president-elect, Heather Stine, secretary, and Jim Stevens, treasurer.

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