Neighborhood News

Proposed budget cuts cliffhanger for local libraries

By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – Next month, the Jacksonville City Council will vote on Mayor Alvin Brown’s proposed $4.6 million budget cut — an event that could mean big changes for neighborhood libraries like Willowbranch, Murray Hill and San Marco. Council members will vote on the budget Sep. 29. Kathy Lussier, […]

2012 Primary election draws small crowd, big results

The Duval County Supervisor of Elections office reported low turnout for the primary election Aug. 14, but winners emerged. Now politicos across the neighborhood are gearing up for the Nov. 6 general election. For voting information and polling locations, visit The results of the primary elections are: United States Senator: Connie Mack, REP, 63.1 […]

Councilwoman to host community meeting

District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Sep. 10 at Southside Baptist Church in San Marco Square. Many issues affecting San Marco and San Jose residents will be discussed including kayak launch sites, the San Marco Streetscape, the Overland Bridge project and a proposed artificial reef for […]

District 3 School Board runoff: Jenkins vs. Smith Juarez

Despite low voter turnout, competition narrows for local candidates – By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – The August 14 primary elections yielded a runoff between two candidates for the District 3 School Board seat — former city councilwoman and Englewood activist Suzanne Jenkins and Ashley Smith Juarez, a five-year Bolles School educator […]

Voices carry– Talk of Publix-anchored development rekindled

By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – The whispers began last month — several residents indicated that St. Joe Co. and Regency Centers might be taking another look at the long stagnant East San Marco mixed-use development at Atlantic and Hendricks boulevards. And of course, anything that includes new word of the long-awaited […]

bb’s rooftop garden a culinary delight

The rooftop at bb’s restaurant in San Marco is a hotbed of freshness. Literally. In the growing heat of May, bb’s executive chef Joshua Agan started a raised-bed garden on the flat roof of the restaurant. Chris Bredenhoeft helped install the bed frames and bring up the organic soil, compost and worm casings. Agan and […]

Fostering community: Performers Academy cultivates FSS talent

he Performers Academy, based in St. Nicholas, hosted 15 foster children from neighbor organization, Family Support Services, for a three-week Cultural Arts Camp. The program included individualized programs for the teenage students — and helped the 16- and 17-year-olds express their own experiences through dance and music. Each camper worked with a professional artist, dancer, […]

Labor Day: Neighborhood a historic job center

Labor Day: Neighborhood a historic job center

  By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – September is time to celebrate fall and get back into summer mode with the long Labor Day weekend. On the first Monday of September, residents show their appreciation for their jobs and life’s daily grind by stepping away from them — perhaps with a getaway […]