New kayak launch sites to improve access, maybe perceptions

Paddle sport enthusiast Keith Keller is hoping the Jacksonville City Council’s decision last month to spend almost $3 million to create public access points on the river will help launch not only more kayaks but a change in public perception about using personal watercraft downtown. Keller, who grew up in San Marco, has spent his […]

Oaklawn Cemetery expands with new facilities

Oaklawn Cemetery expands with new facilities

Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel and Cemetery plans to expand its facility located on San Jose Boulevard to include a new chapel, Life Well Celebrated Center, a spacious funeral reception area, and expanded parking facilities for funerals and memorial services. The planned expansion will take place on six acres formerly owned by the Shad family, which has […]

St. Nicholas residents differ about LED streetlight installation

New LED street lights have been coming to St. Nicholas, and not all residents are happy about it. In early 2016, the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Electric Authority launched a multi-year effort to upgrade all existing high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights with new LED lights, said Gerri Boyce, media relations coordinator for […]

Master plan aims for zero bike/pedestrian deaths

When it comes to walking and bicycling, Jacksonville – which notches nearly 40 bicycle and pedestrian fatalities each year – has a reputation of being one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. To transform the city into the kind of walkable, street-friendly place where future businesses may settle and millennials might want to […]

Riverkeeper serious about fighting dredging project

After five years of negotiations with the Jacksonville Port Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers, the St. Johns Riverkeeper is ready to take off the gloves and file a lawsuit within 30 days regarding the proposed St. Johns River dredging project, said Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. Rinaman discussed the dredging issue and two other legislative […]

First Watch planned for Brooklyn/Riverside

First Watch, the “daytime” café, which has three locations already in Jacksonville, is coming to Brooklyn Station. The breakfast-brunch-and-lunch restaurant will take over the more than 4,000-square-foot free-standing building that formerly housed the Corner Bakery Café at 192 Riverside Ave., said Eric Davidson, a spokesman for Regency Centers, which owns the shopping center. First Watch […]

Stroking checks to help leave strokes behind

Stroking checks to help leave strokes behind

A “Florida Affair: Citrus Groves and Salt Water Coves,” was the theme for the 2017 Heart & Stroke Ball, held March 4 at the Sawgrass Marriott. The 59th annual ball brings together two organizations – the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association – which will benefit from the support given by guests, sponsors […]

Tebow takes stage for Florida Forum season’s final event

Tebow takes stage for Florida Forum season’s final event

Jacksonville residents love their Florida Gator quarterback, two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow. This was never more evident than on March 13 when Tebow was the final speaker of the Women’s Board 25th Annual Silver Anniversay Florida Forum Speaker Series. Tebow, who now plays for the New York Mets organization in their […]

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