Neighborhood News

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

Masks in place, Park & King Area Association regroups

For months, Coronavirus measures meant that the Park & King Area Association took a hiatus from its mission of serving, preserving, and uplifting the Park and King streets area. All that began to change June 11 when the group gathered at Cool Moose Café on Park Street – masks and social distancing in place – […]

School board considers name change for Robert E. Lee High

School board considers name change for Robert E. Lee High

Riverside’s Robert E. Lee High School may soon boast a different moniker. Duval County School Board Members voted unanimously June 16 to move toward considering changing the names of six schools that now honor Confederate soldiers:  Joseph Finegan Elementary School,  Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Davis Middle School, Kirby-Smith Middle School, J.E.B. Stuart Middle School, […]

Fishweir Creek dredging to begin in 2021

Residents who remember boating along Fishweir Creek before the waterway slowly constricted can look forward to putting a boat into a deeper, more easily navigable waterway. And, hopefully, there will be manatees to see along the journey. The U.S. Corps of Army Engineers plans to begin dredging early next year to help restore the creek […]

Changes coming soon to Murray Hill

Changes coming soon to Murray Hill

Murray Hill’s thriving Edgewood corridor will soon get busier, as plans for new businesses, a new place for families to live, and preparation for new public artwork is put into place.  Residents will soon see the gap Jones College Edgewood campus once occupied fill up with a new retail storage unit complex and a new […]

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 […]

One Big Episcopal Family: merger fulfills dream of many visionaries

The story of Beaches Episcopal School, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, and Episcopal School of Jacksonville goes back to many visionaries in the Jacksonville community. The Reverend Dr. Robert Ray Parks and Jacksonville attorney and Episcopalian, Lucius Buck, had long dreamed of creating an Episcopal high school in Jacksonville, a dream that began with 265 […]

SMPS presents beautification awards during virtual annual meeting

SMPS presents beautification awards during virtual annual meeting

The San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) successfully passed the torch to a new slate of officers and congratulated nine beautification winners as it held its first virtual annual meeting June 11, which was livestreamed over Facebook Live. Former SMPS President Linzee Ott oversaw a virtual vote, which subsequently elected four San Marco residents – Chris […]

FDOT begins landscaping project on Hendricks Avenue

The Florida Department of Transportation has begun more road work on Hendricks Avenue/ San Jose Boulevard in both San Marco and San Jose. Construction on a landscaping project along State Road 13/Hendricks Avenue between La Vaca Road and Dunsford Road began June 12. The project consists of the installation of new landscape material and the […]