JSO approves new neighborhood watch group

The Memorial Park Neighborhood Watch area has been approved by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and will include the area between Goodwin Street and Lomax Street, between Riverside Avenue and the St. Johns River, plus the San Juline, Napier, and 1661 Riverside condominiums and Bell Riverside apartments, according to Tim Burleigh, a member of the Memorial Park Association Board of Directors.

Together with Mary Jarrett, who lives at the San Juline, Burleigh has worked to get a petition to submit to the JSO. At least 40 percent of the residents in the subject area were required to sign the petition.

“We want to establish the Neighborhood Watch to promote the safety of those who live around the park and enjoy it almost daily, as well as visitors, and to keep a watch out to deter and report vandalism, both in the park and in its immediate neighborhood,” stated a flyer circulated with the petition. “We hope our Block Watchers can be eyes and ears for the park and its neighbors over and above what the JSO can reasonably be expected to offer.”

The watch group’s block captains include Ginny Greenland, Broadview Terrace; Patti Langenbach, Park Lane; Mary Jarrett, San Juline; Mike Williams, 1661 Riverside; Chad Bearden, The Napier; Tim Burleigh, Park Plaza; Joyce Devillez and Barbara Drake, Broadview Towers; Anna Quintana, Bell Riverside, and Susan Ober, who represents individual residences on Lancaster Street and Lancaster Terrace.

Burleigh is coordinating a meeting with a representative of the JSO, who will discuss with potential Block Watchers how the program works, what they should look for, and what they should do when they see inappropriate activities. The JSO will also distribute crime prevention materials.

The Watch Group meeting with the JSO will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. in the Park Plaza condo common room, 514 Lomax St.

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