Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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

The sky has quite the limit

The sky has quite the limit

As it rested on the ground, its 4k video camera whirred back and forth in a self-check sequence while red, amber, and green lights alternately flashed under the vehicle’s four arms, thus completing its pre-flight electronics check. Four electric motor-driven carbon fiber blades sprang to life, lifting the buzzing little device into a hover inches […]

Residents spearheaded fight for hen bill

Residents spearheaded fight for hen bill

  The new legislation recently passed by the Jacksonville City Council to expand what has become known as the “chicken ordinance” has deep roots in the Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods. Several residents of the area were not only some of the first permit holders to have backyard chickens, but were also catalysts behind the […]

River access hangs in the balance

River access hangs in the balance

After much deliberation and public discourse, both sides of a contentious debate over public access to the St. Johns River versus closure of a right-of-way will have to sit idle for the time being. The land in debate has provided river access for generations, stirring strong opinions in both public forums and subsequent private meetings. […]

Love shines through Lane-Towers house restoration

Love shines through Lane-Towers house restoration

A landmark property gains grateful owners The Edward W. Lane House in Avondale, regarded by architectural historian Wayne Wood as “the most spectacular example of Tudor-Revival style architecture in Jacksonville,” is in the process of being refurbished down to its very foundation. In 2012 John and Yvonne Hove paid $2.6 million for the elegant riverfront […]

Spend the day in memory of Clay

Spend the day in memory of Clay

In River Or Ocean holds 8th Annual Clay Roberts Inshore Slam A tradition for the fishing community on Father’s Day weekend and a nice way to spend time with others who remember good times with loved ones, the 8th Annual Clay Roberts Memorial Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 20. This will […]

EF Exchange Student Program Seeks Host Families

EF Educational Homestay is looking for loving homes to place teens from various countries for a 3-week summer language program. Students are coming eager to improve their English skills and learn about the American culture and will arrive July 9. Dates: July 10-29 Student nationalities: French, Spanish, Finnish and Chinese  Students age: 13 to 18 years […]

Local creators reflect on One Spark experience

Some of the 537 creators spent months in the planning, others were “sparked” by last-minute inspiration. Many were existing companies, yet struggling to break through while some saw the third annual World’s Largest Crowdfunding event as a chance to jumpstart new businesses. Several local creators won awards, including Jessica Osborn (Pass That H.R.O.!, Social Good, […]

Music and dreams born again

  Robert Lester Folsom is making a come-back. Folsom, an Ortega Farms resident, is a professional house painter but that wasn’t his first choice for a career nearly 40 years ago. At one time the 60-year-old guitar player dreamed of making it big in the music industry. After impressing a recording studio engineer in Atlanta […]