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Home Sweet Haunted Home

Home Sweet Haunted Home

It’s October—time for Halloween, ghosts, haunted houses and spooky stories about things that go bump in the night. For some local residents, though, ghosts and haunted houses aren’t just a seasonal thrill. In the mid ‘90s, Linda Olsavsky owned and operated a B&B in a two-story residence on River Road in San Marco. Built in […]

Paralympic athlete with local ties defies odds

Paralympic athlete with local ties defies odds

Kyle Coon, who grew up in Ortega Forest, represented the United States in the recent Tokyo 2020 Games, completing the Para Triathlon. Alongside his guide, Andy Potts, Coon swam .47 miles, biked 12.4 miles, and ran 3.1 miles. “My first @paralympics were certainly an experience. The result wasn’t indicative of my capabilities but we learned […]

Artist’s granddaughter searches for subjects’ families

Artist’s granddaughter searches for subjects’ families

Anne Holland Polk is searching for the family members of portrait subjects done in pastels by her grandmother, the late Barbara Holland. Holland was the wife of a prominent Avondale dentist and mother of five. For a time, she was also a student of the late Jay Harder, Jacksonville’s master portrait artist, whose studio was […]

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Community policing and shared intelligence keys to mitigating criminal activity Jacksonville City Councilwoman Randy Defoor hosted a virtual town hall meeting with a few dozen constituents on September 9 to discuss two timely neighborhood concerns, recent crime trends and flooding during storm season. “We have a lot of heavy issues to discuss this time,” said […]

Judge Dismisses Episcopal Mask Mandate Suit

Senior Circuit Court Judge Robert M. Foster has dismissed with prejudice a suit filed by Episcopal School of Jacksonville parents against the school’s mask mandate policy. By dismissing with prejudice the plaintiffs are not allowed to refile or appeal. The case stemmed from Episcopal’s mask mandate for all students and staff implemented at the beginning […]

Jacksonville Curbside Recycling On Hiatus Starting Oct. 4

Jacksonville Curbside Recycling On Hiatus Starting Oct. 4

No timeline set for return to recycling program Due to staffing shortages with the city’s private refuge haulers, curbside recycling is going to be temporarily suspended beginning October 4th. Mayor Lenny Curry said the city is being forced to do so due to the nationwide labor shortage caused by the COVID pandemic. It’s hoped the […]

JTA Seeks New Development Near Transportation Hubs

JTA Seeks New Development Near Transportation Hubs

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is looking to help encourage private development around its transportation hubs and expand mass transit on the First Coast. During its annual State of the Utility presentation JTA officials looked back on the challenges of operating during the pandemic, and presented plans for the future. JTA is also commemorating their 50th anniversary. […]

City Council Approves Laura Street Trio Redevelopment

City Council Approves Laura Street Trio Redevelopment

After decades of neglect and several false starts, The Laura Street Trio is a step closer to being revitalized. The Jacksonville City Council has approved a $24.7 million incentive package with SouthEast Development Group LLC to renovate the Florida Bank Building, the Florida Life Building and the Bisbee Building into a 145-room Marriott Autograph Hotel […]

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