Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Chicken ordinance may have been passed in haste

Avondale man in three-year battle over loose chickens Three months after the Jacksonville City Council passed an ordinance expanding a backyard hen pilot program, the City now finds itself moving quickly to establish a protocol for dealing with residents’ complaints about nuisance chickens and roosters. In July, The Resident reported on the Jacksonville City Council’s […]

Artwork mysteriously appears on Orsay’s building

Artwork mysteriously appears on Orsay’s building

When an old painted advertisement was revealed earlier this summer on the side of Restaurant Orsay, it generated a bit of local excitement. Now, some neighborhood residents are not amused at the recent addition. Early in August after the debris was cleared from the demolition site of the former Yesterday’s restaurant and bar, a mysterious […]

Choreographer, dance educator takes final bow

Choreographer, dance educator takes final bow

The marquee at the Florida Theatre was ablaze with the message “Thank you Miss Beth” for Beth Marks, artistic director of Ballet Arts Centre in St. Nicholas, who took her final bow on June 13. Following Marks’ spring concert “Fantasia,” alumnae and current dancers joined her onstage for an encore, performing her jazz warm-up routine. […]

Reflections project overlays time and place

Reflections project overlays time and place

  Fans of internationally acclaimed sculpture artist David Engdahl are in for a surprise when they visit The Cummer Museum of Art & Garden’s Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River exhibit. Engdahl, who has worked with wood laminates for nearly 45 years, was assigned to interpret Herman Herzog’s Figure in a River Landscape, […]

60-year-old Baptist hospital building to get $5.6 million facelift

60-year-old Baptist hospital building to get $5.6 million facelift

In order to better reflect its cutting-edge facilities, Baptist Medical Center is giving a $5.6 million facelift to the outer façade of its main building at 800 Prudential Drive. The project involves removing the brick on the outside of the five-story structure, which was originally opened in 1955. The façade will be repaired and the […]

Neighbors rally around river access, form nonprofit

Neighbors rally around river access, form nonprofit

Eyesore, crime being addressed The threat of losing a century of easy access to the St. Johns River was all it took to galvanize the residents near Richmond Street and Little Van Wert. Within a month, a nonprofit organization, Friends of Van Wert Park (FVWP), was formalized and already more than two dozen members had […]

Ski club more than just a turn on the water

Ski club more than just a turn on the water

Enduring friendships a lasting treasure It started, perhaps, because one woman loved to waterski and couldn’t get a regular commitment for a “puller.” On the suggestion of her husband Johnny, Peggy Sue Williams asked fellow “ballet mom” Margie Fox if she was up for a weekly ski run on McGirts Creek. “Our daughters were in […]

Owners give historic Lane-Towers House ground-up renovation

Owners give historic Lane-Towers House ground-up renovation

Century-old splendor to return to Avondale residence John and Yvonne Hove had no inkling they’d bought the ultimate fixer-upper when they purchased the historic Lane-Towers House at 3730 Richmond Street in 2012. The couple, who moved from Sweden to Arlington 29 years ago, spent months looking for a home before falling in love with the […]