San Jose, San Marco, St. Nicholas

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Thanks to Boy Scout training, college student saves teen from drowning

Thanks to Boy Scout training, college student saves teen from drowning

Lifesaving skills learned as a 13-year-old Eagle Scout made the difference when San Marco resident Ross Johnson was called to save a young teen from drowning in Neptune Beach ocean waters May 17. In recognition of his heroic save, Johnson was awarded the prestigious Lifesaving Award by the Neptune Beach Police Department during the Neptune […]

City bond sale generates record $245 million for capital improvements

The City of Jacksonville recently sold $245 million worth of municipal bonds at an average interest rate of 2.22%, a new record for the City, Mayor Lenny Curry’s office announced Aug. 21. Within this bond issue, the City was also able to save taxpayers more than $25 million by refinancing higher rate bonds at substantially […]

Deadline nears for developers to determine future of The District

San Marco’s Peter Rummell and Michael Munz, partners in Elements Development, have until Sept. 30 to make a decision about the future of their 30-acre Southbank project The District.  First unveiled in 2014, The District is an ambitious proposal to transform the riverfront land formerly occupied by JEA’s Southside Generating Station into a multi-use development […]

Pearson wins school board seat by overwhelming margin

Pearson wins school board seat by overwhelming margin

A familiar volunteer who has worked tirelessly for San Marco’s public schools bested three educators to win Duval County’s District 3 School Board seat Aug. 18. Cindy Howell Pearson of San Marco collected 10,933 of the 19,588 votes cast in the primary contest to win the seat outright with 55.56% of the vote.  She will […]

Lakewood and Ortega stores to close as Stein Mart files for bankruptcy

Lakewood and Ortega stores to close as Stein Mart files for bankruptcy

After several years of struggling to find its financial footing, Stein Mart, a discount department store whose headquarters is a fixture on Jacksonville’s South Bank, fell victim to the COVID-19, as the pandemic caused it to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 12. Included in the bold move is the company’s plan to permanently […]

Developer, city win first round in San Marco lawsuit

Developer, city win first round in San Marco lawsuit

Although it may not be over yet, the folks at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church have received good news from a Florida administrative law judge in Tallahassee and are one step closer to being able to sell nearly three acres of their San Marco Square campus to an Alabama developer so that an apartment complex and […]

Alumni forms committee to save name of Robert E. Lee High

Alumni forms committee to save name of Robert E. Lee High

What’s in a name? Quite a bit. Just ask the alumni of Robert E. Lee High School.  Built in 1927 to meet the needs of a growing city, Lee High School in Riverside joined Andrew Jackson High and Julia E. Landon High as three Jacksonville high schools constructed the same year to replace Duval High […]

San Marco Crossing to sport two new identities

San Marco Crossing to sport two new identities

San Marco Crossing, the large housing development near the intersection of Kings Avenue and Route 1, has been divided into two separate communities each with a new name and identity. Renamed The Exchange and Barlow, the multi-family apartment complexes will offer luxury apartments in close proximity to San Marco Square but each with its own […]

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