Neighborhood News

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Baptist Health’s new Hybrid OR offers heart patients peace of mind

Baptist Health’s new Hybrid OR offers heart patients peace of mind

A visit from award-winning Fox Sports reporter Jennifer Hale seemed like the perfect time for Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville to publicly unveil the new Hybrid Operating Room in its Heart Center. Having survived a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy at age 38 without a heart transplant, Hale was the guest speaker during Baptist’s Sisisky-Kleppinger Endowed Annual […]

Carlucci calls for public charrettes to discuss future of The Landing before demolition

Carlucci calls for public charrettes to discuss future of The Landing before demolition

The Landing has been referred to as “home plate,” the “front porch of Downtown,” or as At-Large Group 4 City Councilman-elect Matt Carlucci likes to call it, the “centerpiece of Jacksonville’s Thanksgiving table.” Although Carlucci agrees with most in the community that the iconic landmark has seen better days, he still feels strongly the orange-roofed […]

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

It’s been four years since The Roost first attempted to settle into the Oak Street site that previously housed Deluxe Laundry and Cleaners, but the proposed 150-seat restaurant has yet to occupy the space.  The decision about their occupancy is still up in the air, pending the outcome of a court case filed by opponents […]

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

When renowned architect Henry Klutho first platted Ortega in 1909, he most likely didn’t dream its residents would want to alter his design 110 years later. Now there are some in the community who are seeking waivers to divide lots, raze existing houses and build multiple new ones on the smaller lots.  According to information […]

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

March 29, 2019 was a fitting day to dedicate the newly-restored Chapel of the High-Speed Pass and unveil two plaques which commemorate the chapel’s historic landmark status. That date was also National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day and local veterans were there to help celebrate the occasion at Cecil Field. Hosted by the Cecil Field POW/MIA […]

St. Vincent’s provided free medical and social services to the underserved at annual event

St. Vincent’s provided free medical and social services to the underserved at annual event

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, provided thousands of free healthcare and social services to nearly 400 local residents at its fourth annual Medical Mission at Home Apr. 27 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Services included basic medical care and testing for the whole […]

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Landmark hotel, adjacent property to offer apartments, retail

Landmark hotel, adjacent property to offer apartments, retail

In just a few years, the Ambassador Hotel will reach centennial status and, as befitting a historic landmark, is slated to undergo extensive rehabilitation to re-open as a 127-room La Quinta Inns and Suites, according to a release issued by Augustine Development Group. Axis Hotels, LLC, an affiliate of a St. Augustine-based developer, purchased the […]