Ventures Development approvals appealed by adjacent property owner

The proposed 13-story apartment project by Ventures Development Group has hit a bump in the road in its plan to develop a riverfront parcel on Prudential Drive. GV-IP Jacksonville Owner LLC, which owns the Aetna building, is appealing zoning deviations granted in August by the Downtown Investment Authority and in July by the Downtown Development […]

Women’s Center celebrates gift at opening of new center

Women’s Center celebrates gift at opening of new center

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville received a special gift Oct. 10 during a pre-construction tour of the new Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (S.A.F.E.) Center at 5300 Emerson St. J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, of Riverside, donated $500,000 to help renovate the building and offered an additional $500,000 matching grant for the project. “The Women’s […]

Attempted abduction, robbery at gunpoint

Dania Fadeley is, to borrow a phrase from super spy 007, shaken not stirred. A bartender for the past four years at The Brick Restaurant in the Shoppes of Avondale, Fadeley was robbed at gunpoint Oct. 17 after getting off work at 11 p.m. Surveillance cameras captured the crime scene, showing two men racing toward […]

Councilwoman Boyer shares plans for river activation

City Councilwoman Lori Boyer’s plan to activate use of the St. Johns River picked up momentum in the new city budget, though Hurricane damage will slow things down. Her goal is to have “rich, embellished landscaping with iconic features” along the downtown riverfront to help tell Jacksonville’s story and engage people in the river and […]

Downtown Dwellers taking active role on Riverwalks

The Downtown Dwellers sipped wine and mingled, saw their new website, heard about what’s going on downtown and asked lots of questions at the first membership meeting of the year at the Museum of Science and History. A year ago, the group representing Riverwalk residents disbanded, only to reconstitute itself and try again. It is […]

Riverside Avondale Preservation reveals luminaria plans for lighting up historic district

From one man’s simple idea to raise funds for a community organization, the annual Riverside Avondale Preservation luminaria night tradition has grown into an anticipated – some would say dreaded – neighborhood event. This year the event will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at dusk. Yes, luminaria night has, over the years, grown into a […]

World War I serviceman rubs elbows with aviation pioneers

World War I serviceman rubs elbows with aviation pioneers

Airplanes first caught Bernard “Toby” Overby’s eye during World War I and when he came back to the States he decided he was going to learn to fly one. He already knew how to drive a car. He told his son, Robert, that as a teenager he worked in the afternoons parking cars in Richmond, […]

Civic Orchestra opens second season at St. John’s Cathedral

Civic Orchestra opens second season at St. John’s Cathedral

When pipe organ soloist Timothy Tuller played his opening chords from Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C Minor at the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s season opening performance, goosebumps rose. Even the orchestra members who had not done a full rehearsal with the pipe organ were thrilled. “This is an extremely difficult piece. I was […]

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