City brings in consultant to address San Marco Square parking

San Marco merchants stress about not having enough parking spaces for their customers. Nearby residents complain about the people who park in front of their houses because they can’t find spaces in San Marco Square. And everyone is worried about the impact new development — coming in the not-so-distant future — will have on merchants […]

Chance Partners begins construction for new San Marco housing

Chance Partners begins construction for new San Marco housing

The long-awaited construction on the former Jackson Square property – now christened San Marco Promenade – begins this month and may soon be getting a new neighbor. San Marco Promenade will have 284 apartments in two four-story buildings fronted by a 10,000-square-foot commercial building along Philips Highway. The apartments will include one-, two- and three-bedroom […]

Southbank developers still working toward property purchase

Perhaps it was too much financial wrangling, a proposed appointment of a special City Council oversight committee, taxpayers voicing reluctance to “hold the note,” or a less than enthusiastic approval by the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) that caused Elements Jacksonville to back out of their proposed plan to involve the City of Jacksonville in the […]

Parking problems persist despite spending, striping

For many of the three dozen or so people who attended a community meeting last month on the issue of parking in Riverside and Avondale, it was a flashback to five years ago. And, as several participants noted, not much has changed since 2013. Some streets in the historic district were striped to demarcate legal […]

City still working to make April deadline for ADA compliance

Five years after the City of Jacksonville reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the April 2018 deadline to get public buildings, parks and sidewalks into compliance fast approaches. When the agreement was made in April 2013 under Mayor Alvin Brown, the City originally […]

Landscape foundation founder speaks at annual Memorial Park meeting

Landscape foundation founder speaks at annual Memorial Park meeting

The Memorial Park Association held its annual meeting Jan. 23 at the Haskell Building where guest speaker Charles A. Birnbaum, President, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), gave a witty yet thought-provoking presentation to over 120 attendees on the goal to change the way the association looks at landscaping and how they […]

World-renown soprano leaves symphony guests glowing with praise

World-renown soprano  leaves symphony guests  glowing with praise

The Jacksonville Symphony’s “Evening of Grandeur” began with a VIP reception before a performance of classical and contemporary works starring guest artist Renée Fleming, and conducted by Music Director Courtney Lewis. The GRAMMY-winning soprano wowed the audience with selections from Strauss, Puccini, Dvořák, Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” and George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” […]

Baseball executive draws large crowd at Florida Forum

Baseball executive draws large crowd at Florida Forum

Baseball executive Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, was the Florida Forum’s second keynote speaker in its 2017-2018 series, held Jan. 16 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Epstein, who led the Cubs in 2016 to their first World Series title in 108 years, drew 1,300 to the lecture, […]

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