Neighborhood News

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

Dames’ museum receives high state designation

Local ladies from the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida were on-hand in St. Augustine last month to celebrate a special award from the Florida State Bureau of Historic Preservation. The Colonial Dames own and maintain the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum on Aviles Street in St. Augustine’s city […]

TED coming to Riverside

The Riverside-Avondale area received a nod from thinkers across the globe. TED, a nonprofit and international conference that aims to share “Ideas Worth Spreading,” has branched into Northeast Florida with the upcoming TEDxRiversideAvondale event — a first for the area. The daylong event will be held at Riverside’s Friday Musicale venue on Oct. 20. The […]

Society plans historic purchase

Group seeks to replenish funds through membership, fund push By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News The Jacksonville Historical Society, which warehouses many archived collections from the city’s Historic District, is under contract to purchase two 19th century buildings near Everbank Field. The group’s acquisition of the old St. Luke’s Hospital and the Florida Casket […]

Original Deluxe Cleaners building to house Snap Fitness

New facility has historic feel By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Pressed pants are about to give way to bench presses at the old Deluxe Cleaners. Six years after starching its last shirt, owner Anthony Saleeba has rented part of the location to Snap Fitness and the site is currently undergoing a total build-out. All […]

New superintendent for DCPS

After a nationwide search, the Duval County School board tapped Dr. Nikolai Vitti for the position of Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Board members, who voted for Vitti 5-2, shared their announcement in late September. “I am honored by the school board’s decision and deeply respect the transparent process by which I was selected,” […]

City Council passes budget

In a unanimous late September vote, the Jacksonville City Council approved Mayor Alvin Brown’s $945 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The vote sealed the fate of the Jacksonville Public Library system, which now is expected to close all but five facilities on Sundays and reduce hours during the week in order operate in […]

Council approves parking, rezoning plans for The Salty Fig

The Jacksonville City Council approved plans for alleyway parking in the King Street area that paves the way for The Salty Fig, a 151-seat gastropub planned for 901 King St. The council passed two separate bills during its late September meeting — 2012-542 and 2012-504. Both bills affected The Salty Fig’s ability to provide parking […]

Mellow movement: Commissions say yes to restaurant applications

By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News Mellow Mushroom restaurant developers can move forward with plans for an Avondale restaurant following key approvals last month from two city agencies. The Jacksonville Historic Commission approved plans for the restaurant at a mid-September meeting. On Sep. 27, the Jacksonville Planning Commission reviewed the designs and approved a […]