Neighborhood News

Conservation nonprofit gains land, wins federal funds

Conservation nonprofit gains land, wins federal funds

After ending 2017 with donations of hundreds of acres, the North Florida Land Trust ushered in the new year with the announcement it had been chosen for $3.56 million in federal funding. Following year-end acquisitions of nearly 1,000 acres from generous donors, the Land Trust was chosen to receive the Regional Conservation Partnership Program award […]

Two bills under consideration affect parking, sidewalks

Two proposed ordinances currently before City Council’s Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee would affect parking spaces for bikes, motorcycles and cars, and the size of sidewalks. Under Ordinance 2017-806, on-street parking spaces for motorcycles would be required to be 7-feet long and 4-feet wide (the current rule is 5 x 10 feet). On-street parallel parking […]

Patrons robbed at gunpoint at Avondale restaurant

An armed robbery took place again at The Brick, a restaurant in The Shoppes of Avondale. The first robbery, Oct. 17, 2017, targeted two employees who were leaving the restaurant after it closed. A little more than three months later, after exiting the restaurant Jan. 24, patrons were accosted by a gun-toting purse snatcher.  While […]

Avondale resident pushes back against Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission

It’s tough to make changes to buildings in a historic neighborhood, as Avondale resident Virginia Harris well knows. In November 2017, Harris was turned down by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) when she submitted an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to build a two-story addition onto her 1909 one-story home on the […]

Residents threaten lawsuit unless drainage issue fixed

Residents threaten lawsuit unless drainage issue fixed

After suffering standing water and soggy grass in their backyards for nearly a year, two Madrid Avenue residents are taking legal action against the developer of San Jose Estates. On January 26, David and Lynne Robison joined their next-door neighbor Kevin Conner in hiring a lawyer to notify San Jose Estates LLC, the developer of […]

New doggy daycare to open before summers ‘dog days’ arrive

New doggy daycare to open before summers ‘dog days’ arrive

Amended Feb. 8, 2018 After housing a professional adult-attended daycare center 12 years ago, a one-story concrete building at 1075 Hendricks Ave. was proposed to be razed in 2009. Instead, for the next nine years the building languished. Now it will see new life as a daycare center for “fur babies.” The Hendricks Avenue property, […]

Locally-produced film premieres, nears movie deal

Locally-produced  film premieres,  nears movie deal

Less than 24 hours after a private showing of the latest Duane A. Sikes Productions short film, “Ortega River Rats,” Sikes received an offer for feature film distribution from a film distributor. The premiere of the “concept” film was held Jan. 21 at the Sun-Ray Cinema for a standing-room-only crowd of cast, crew and supporters. […]

Doggy daycare and ‘people’ pub proposed for Brooklyn area

Doggy daycare and ‘people’ pub proposed for Brooklyn area

Dog parks are great places to let your pooch romp with other four-legged friends, but what do you do in the meantime? Kanine Social thinks it may have a unique answer. Owners Daniel Moffatt and Dustin Fries plan to repurpose nearly 12,000 square feet of an existing 15,434-square-foot warehouse at 580 College Street for a […]