Jacksonville’s Cast and Blast

By Nathan & Ted Miller The Cast Inshore fishing can be fantastic this time of year. Coming off the heels of the Coastal Conservation Association Committee (CCA) and The Creek Wars inshore fishing tournaments last month, many anglers will continue their pursuit of the “inshore slam” – trout, flounder and red fish – as the […]

San Marco in the 1960s

San Marco in the 1960s

By Laura Jane Pittman Resident Community News Regular Way We Were contributor David Gum has moved us into the 1960s, providing a wonderful comparison of today’s San Marco Square to the Square of fifty years ago. Thanks, David, for the memories! Elegant shops, upscale restaurants, Balis Park, personalized sidewalk bricks, lion statuary – these images […]

Post WWII Dinner Club closes after 66 years

By Linda Silfies The nation faced economic hardship during The Great Depression and World War II. Despite the effects of the war, Jacksonville leaders and visionaries saw the need to organize a formal, members-only dinner club to boost morale. Who could have known that the newly formed dinner club would not only thrive, but have […]

Suzanne Teate

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Q.  Your career and volunteer work at the local, state and national levels – beginning in the ‘70s – focused on building liaisons between government, business, education and cultural arts. Bring us up to date? I’ve become the primary fulltime caregiver for my 96-year-old mother Merle Dekle Teate […]

Jacksonville: Known as a city of givers

Philanthropy alive and well on First Coast By Nancy Lee Bethea Resident Community News In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul reminds his readers Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. The phrase is often repeated during the holidays as parents try to restrain toy-consumed kids, and pastors, priests and rabbis […]

Saved by the budget bell, Balis Center still under threat of closure

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News Potential uses and management of the Balis Community Center are being brainstormed by residents concerned with the threat that if the Center continues to be underutilized, it will likely be closed. The future of Balis Community Center was discussed at a town hall meeting held in the Center and […]

Balis Park draws crowds, surely good for area business

San Marco residents surely love a good party. Just a week after the well-attended Fletcher Park fall concert, and two weeks after a nearly standing-room-only town hall meeting, local residents came out in good numbers for the celebration of the “official” re-opening of Balis Park. With drum roll, District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer officially opened […]

Proposed East San Marco units nearly double previous plan

Developers following trends in real estate, financing By Lara Patangan Resident Community News At a town hall meeting last month at Balis Community Center, San Marco residents learned that developers intend to change the proposed East San Marco development from 125 condominium units to a 240-unit apartment complex. The St. Joe Company, Regency Centers and […]

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