Mobility fee numbers don’t add up for moratorium extension

Deadline one month away – By Steve DiMattia – Resident Community News – The deadline for the year long moratorium on the 2030 Mobility Plan fee is October 10, 2012 and to date the figures would not justify an extension, according to many – but not all – involved on both sides of the issue. […]

You Asked For It: What can citizens do about residential visual pollution

By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News After reading last month’s article about the Neighborhood Inventory of Visual Pollution survey conducted by City Beautiful Jax and Riverside Avondale Preservation, one reader asked whether the survey includes residential areas and then what citizens can do to address concerns about visual pollution on private property. To find the […]

St. Nicholas organization leads state in adoptions

St. Nicholas-based Family Support Services of North Florida is ranked first in the state for the number of children adopted from foster care last fiscal year, according to recent reports. The lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties was successful in placing 318 foster children in permanent homes […]

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 […]

Neighborhood advocates, national experts gather for San Marco by Design event

Neighborhood advocates, national experts gather for San Marco by Design event

  By Susanna P. Barton – Resident Community News – Representatives from San Marco Preservation Society, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and Healthy Kids, Jacksonville/Blue Cross Blue Shield gathered at Southside Baptist Church last month to release findings of the San Marco by Design project, a yearlong study that looked at design parameters […]

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 […]