Neighborhood News

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SMMA, SMPS members mingle amidst twinkling city lights

SMMA, SMPS members mingle amidst twinkling city lights

The weather could not be more perfect when more than 100 members of the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) and the San Marco Merchants Association (SMMA) gathered for a social early evening get-together on the rooftop of the Museum of Science and History Jan. 16. Twinkling city lights and soft, unseasonably warm winter breezes surrounded […]

Planning Commission green lights Park Place at San Marco

Planning Commission green lights Park Place at San Marco

In January South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church moved one step closer to receiving approval to have its nearly three-acre San Marco Square property rezoned so that a developer can purchase and build a multi-family apartment complex and parking garage on the site. After receiving approval from the Jacksonville Planning Department to transform its zoning into a […]

With new City resiliency committee, Carlucci aims to mitigate flooding

With new City resiliency committee, Carlucci aims to mitigate flooding

It’s no secret Jacksonville is a city that is dangerously flood prone. In many areas of the historic districts, summer showers cause nuisance flooding. Even a weak hurricane can cause potentially catastrophic damage. In 2013, a Duval County report showed a 20-foot storm surge along the St. Johns River could be caused by a Category […]

Roundabouts, changes could come to Herschel, St. Johns

Roundabouts, changes could come to Herschel, St. Johns

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is floating plans to slow traffic and add greenspace to Herschel Street and St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, and area residents have so far expressed a mix of reservation and optimism. FDOT presented proposals at the end of January to replace two stoplights with roundabouts, narrow roadways and add […]

FIS headquarters, Florida Blue Parking garage moving toward construction

FIS headquarters, Florida Blue Parking garage moving toward construction

The new $145 million world headquarters of Fidelity Information Services – FIS – is well on its way to starting construction, with developers working with the City of Jacksonville to iron out some final details, such as sidewalks and the kind of trees City officials would like to see around it. At the same time, […]

Cummer CEO, director to leave museum

Adam Levine, Ph. D., George and Kathleen Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, has resigned his job at the museum to return to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in Toledo, Ohio, it was announced Jan. 30. Levine will fill the role of the Edward Drummond and […]

New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

Demolition was concluding Wednesday morning in the Shoppes of Avondale in preparation for a 7,000-plus square foot combination coffee shop, wine bar, market and art gallery. Southern Grounds & Co will include 187 seats and has been the focus of both excitement– it will replace vacant storefronts —  and apprehension as its footprint is larger than […]

Celebrating “sisterhood” through philanthropy and community leadership

Celebrating “sisterhood” through philanthropy and community leadership

Three of the “Grand Dames” of Jacksonville, Helen Murchison Lane, her younger sister, Margaret (Muffet) Murchison Corse, and longtime friend Joannie Wellhouse Newton, joined The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John’s Cathedral, in celebrating their many years of friendship, philanthropy and a love of their church, during a very special luncheon at the […]