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Historical Society launches music history museum, concert venue

Historical Society launches music history museum, concert venue

The Jacksonville Historical Society and aficionados of music genres rooted in Northeast Florida, particularly Jacksonville, have taken on an ambitious and alluring project that is sure to draw bands and musicians to perform at a new venue in 2021.  One part museum, one part intimate concert venue, the as-yet-unnamed venture will leverage the memories and […]

Historic Doro building to be replaced by modern apartments, retail

Historic Doro building to be replaced by modern apartments, retail

Plans to demolish a historic 115-year-old building near Jacksonville’s shipyards and erect apartments in its place are moving forward even though some civic organizations and community members have called for a halt to progress on the project.  The George Doro Fixture Company building – with its unusually formal façade and ornately outlined windows and sign […]

Episcopal schools become one family

Episcopal schools become one family

A marriage of three beloved Jacksonville schools, long awaited, has finally taken place. Students who attend St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School and the Beaches Episcopal School are now part of the wider student body of Episcopal School of Jacksonville. The mergers have been planned since 2018. As one school, students and families will have the […]

City Council seeks residents for resiliency committees

With so much coastline, City may be primedfor flooding Concerned about the prospect of increased flooding and more intense hurricanes, members of the City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency are looking for community volunteers to join three new sub-committees that will be tasked with finding ways to prepare the City for disasters.  The sub-committees are […]

First Coast Relief Fund grants $3.3 million in COVID-19 assistance

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund has surpassed the $3 million mark in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations responding to immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 85 agencies are recipients of nearly $3.3 million since grantmaking began in March. The Fund is a collaboration between The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jessie Ball duPont […]

City offers financial lifeline to seniors, disabled

The City of Jacksonville launched the Senior and Disabled Financial Assistance Program on June 20 to provide support to senior citizens over the age of 72 and anyone receiving Social Security disability benefits. “These direct benefits are for our senior and disabled citizens who have experienced a reduction in income or increased expenses during the […]

Small business grant program depleted funds on first day

Less than a week after the Jacksonville City Council passed a bill authorizing $2,000 grants to small businesses whose incomes were crushed by the Coronavirus, all 4,500 grants available had been spoken for and there was a waiting list. On May 26, City Council members voted unanimously to approve The Small Business Relief bill sponsored […]

Plans for pedestrian-friendly JEA headquarters move forward

Plans for pedestrian-friendly JEA headquarters move forward

The Jacksonville Electric Authority is closer to starting construction on a sleek new multi-story headquarters and parking garage downtown, after the Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) gave its final approval to the project June 12, although the final version will not be as tall as developers had originally envisioned. Last year, plans for the headquarters […]

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