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Carrier-based jet fighters to train out of NAS Jax

Carrier-based jet fighters to train out of NAS Jax

Navy training schedules indicate carrier-based jet fighters and other types of aircraft will be conducting training out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville July 9-21, according to the Public Affairs Office at NAS Jacksonville. Aircraft participating in the training are currently arriving on station. Residents in neighborhoods surrounding NAS Jacksonville will notice an increase in aircraft […]

Waterfront property on Ortega River for sale with PUD

A Lakeside property and its corresponding Planned Unit Development (PUD) is on the market for $4.8 million. The Ortega River Club Condominiums is marketing a 1.27-acre parcel that was zoned for an 80-unit condominium in the early 1980s as Phase 2 of the Ortega Yacht Club Condominium complex at 4401 Lakeside Dr.             Originally part […]

Tax collector prepares to move Westside branch

The Duval County Tax Collector’s Westside office, currently located in Cedar Hills at Blanding and Wilson Boulevards, is making plans to relocate to larger space about five miles southeast at the Super Target plaza on Roosevelt Boulevard.             According to a legislative summary prepared by the City Council’s Research Division, the current location is too […]

Utility conversion from ‘poles to holes’ not popular with everyone

Undergrounding lines: cosmetic vs. critical A petition signed by 75% of the property owners in Ortega Point and some blocks south of the Point will assess 100% of 122 parcels more than $20,000 each to convert overhead electric, telephone and cable television lines to underground utilities.             For some property owners, the plan to move […]

Flashing warning signals installed on Yacht Club Road

Ortega Boulevard intersection site of many accidents Ortega and Venetia residents know all too well the perils of driving through the intersection of Ortega Boulevard and Yacht Club Road. Stop signs are posted on Yacht Club Road, but it is not a four-way stop intersection.             Within the past 15 months three accidents have occurred, […]

Work on Fuller Warren shared-use path is on schedule

Much progress is being made as far as the Florida Department of Transportation’s Fuller Warren Shared-Use Path project is concerned. “We are really, really on schedule right now,” said Daryl Goss, community outreach specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation. “We’re over half-way complete. We expect to have the project completed in late 2020.” The […]

After reviving a ‘dying parish,’ Assumption’s Father Fred retires

After 17 years at the helm of Assumption Catholic Church and School, Rev. Frederick R. Parke – lovingly known to parishioners as “Father Fred” – is ready to retire.             As of July 1, the longtime parish priest handed over Assumption’s reins to Father Jason Trull, former pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church […]

San Marco author learns about life through care of disabled son

San Marco author learns about life through care of disabled son

The life that Chris Gabbard shared in his new book, “A Life Beyond Reason: A Father’s Memoir,” would seem like a nightmare to most people. Yet within his memoir, the Colonial Manor resident goes beyond a feel-good story about how to make lemonade if life hands you lemons. Instead he recounts how, by diligently caring […]

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