Neighborhood News

All the latest news from the neighborhoods in our coverage areas.

Unity Plaza director shares big ideas, bright future

It’s already been touted as an event space and gathering location, festival hot spot, music amphitheater and, if the newly slated Executive Director of Unity Plaza had her way, it would already be complete and full of activity. “It’s really so much fun when capital, ideas and architects come together. It’s just really cool,” said […]

Public comment – does it work?

Citizens want clarification on right By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Last month The City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission sent a formal request to Attorney General Pam Bondi for a legal opinion to clarify the new “right to public comment” law (Section 286.0114 Florida Statutes, effective date Oct. 1, 2013.)  This new law requires […]

Food fight in Hemming Plaza looms

Proposed new code will restrict food truck owners adversely By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Food truck owners in Jacksonville swarmed City Council Chambers last month, fighting what appears to be ill-conceived legislation that would put more restrictions on the popular mobile eateries. Approximately 200 people – mostly opposed to the pending, far-from-final bill […]

Improving the commercial development process

Retailers, developers and city officials work through frustrations to find better solutions By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Sometimes out of the most seemingly disharmonious moments emerge unity, or, at least, a path to better communication and a deeper understanding between all parties. There is hope that this was the case during an often-contentious February […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Tues., Mar. 25, 8 p.m. – Jacoby Symphony Hall – Enjoy a special evening of authentic jazz from the Crescent City! The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. With abundant energy and a fresh approach, the […]

28th Annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting Luncheon and Silent Auction

Thurs., Mar. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center – Come join local ‘celebrities’ as they “cook for a cause” at The Salvation Army 2014 Celebrity Chef Tasting Luncheon and Silent Auction. Local politicians, media personalities, business leaders, professional athletes and other prominent community figures will be on hand to serve their […]

10th Annual CAP Spring for the Arts

Friday, Mar. 7, 6:30 p.m., Deerwood Country Club – Susan and Hugh Greene will be honored as Guardian of the Arts Award recipients. The heart of the event is a live auction with many one-of-a-kind packages up for bid. A silent and special children’s art auction will round out the evening of fine wine, dining, […]

FDOT responds to concerns voiced by residents

FDOT responds to concerns voiced by residents

The Resident contacted James M. Knight, Project Development Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation District 2, for clarification about the shoulder and median widths proposed. Knight stated in an email to the editor: The State of Florida standard is a 10’ wide inside shoulder. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standard for inside shoulders comes from the […]