J-Bill to lower seat minimums to sell liquor in San Marco

San Marco has been included in a Florida J-Bill, which applies only to Jacksonville, to grant smaller restaurants in the commercial corridors of Murray Hill and Springfield the ability to serve a full bar instead of just beer and wine. The J-Bill, a piece of legislation before the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee, was put forth […]

In Memoriam – Betty Lucille Milne – May 1, 1921 – January 9, 2017

Betty Lucille Milne, 95, was well and truly beloved by friends and family. Her son, Douglas Milne, said he received an email from a great friend shortly after learning of Betty’s death, who said she was the kind of mother anyone would love to have. “That sums it up. Indeed, she was,” said Milne. “All […]

Policy Center leader honored for decades of work

Policy Center leader honored for decades of work

Dr. Lawanda Ravoira, president and chief executive officer of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, was honored on Jan. 10 when a room at the Center was dedicated in her name. When a naming opportunity arose at the nonprofit located in the Jessie Ball duPont Center, Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty and his wife, Inger, […]

Memorial Park preservationists celebrate 30 years of restoration and repair

Memorial Park preservationists celebrate 30 years of restoration and repair

More than six decades after Memorial Park was dedicated to the memory of 1,220 Floridians who died in service during World War I, a group of park enthusiasts and local philanthropists decided to tackle the decline and disrepair into which the historic park had fallen. In 1986, the Memorial Park Association was formed to protect […]

Annie Lytle clean-up progress done in fits and starts

Annie Lytle clean-up progress done in fits and starts

Annie Lytle – Public School No. 4, that is – will turn 100 years old in 2017, but the long-abandoned elementary school is getting a facelift from a dedicated crew of preservationists who have spent a decade cleaning it up. For many years, a dozen or so volunteers have met almost every Saturday with shovels, […]

Whiteway Deli granted exception for liquor permit

New Whiteway Deli owner Scott McAlister received the stamp of approval by the Planning Commission Jan. 19 to begin the process of moving toward dinner service and the sale of wine, beer and liquor at the iconic Park and King neighborhood deli. McAlister, who owns three bars and lounges on King Street, with plans to […]

Culvert projects still awaiting start dates

Motorists and pedestrians on two local roads will be detoured for approximately eight weeks during construction on aging culverts in the Fishweir and Lakeside neighborhoods. Both projects were slated to begin in late January, according to Public Works Department project status reports provided by Tia Ford, public information officer for the City of Jacksonville. Lakeside […]

Waterlogged eyesore to be removed from Ortega River

Waterlogged eyesore to be removed from Ortega River

It will be good news for residents on McGirts Boulevard in Ortega when a waterlogged eyesore is finally hauled up and away. Waterways Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville Jim Suber said he is currently going through the process to obtain funds from the City of Jacksonville to have Class Action, a 51-foot motor vessel, […]

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