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Masks For Aid Contest

Masks For Aid Contest

Create a mask and have your artistic talents featured in Circles Magazine, Jacksonville’s premier Charity Register and Social Datebook. We will feature the top 15 masks entered in the contest in the magazine, and they will be donated to the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Art and Antique event to be sold for charity […]

New coalition advocates for public green space along river

New coalition advocates for public green space along river

A new coalition of nonprofits – Riverfront Parks Now – is advocating for a network of public green space and active parks along the St. Johns River in Downtown as a way to improve public access and create resiliency. Nancy Powell, executive director of Scenic Jacksonville, said other cities have done it successfully and found […]

Councilwoman spearheads playground improvements in district

Councilwoman spearheads playground improvements in district

If District 5 City Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber has a mission, it is to improve the playgrounds in her district.  Whether it be Crabtree Park in Lakewood, Angelina Danese Park on St. Augustine Road in San Marco, or Friendship Park on the South Bank, Cumber has been doing her best to ensure the children in her […]

City unveils design plans for Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park

City unveils design plans for Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park

The City of Jacksonville unveiled design plans for its Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park in the historic LaVilla neighborhood on Oct. 1. The new design is meant to honor Jacksonville’s Black and immigrant heritage and will continue the revitalization of the broader LaVilla neighborhood. Located at 120 Lee Street, the park will sit on […]

Residents raise concern, seek city assistance for flood water mitigation

Residents raise concern, seek city assistance for flood water mitigation

Although Craig McColskey and his wife, Flo, live a few blocks away from the river, they often joke that they have “waterfront” property.  The couple along with nine of their neighbors who live in homes lining the west side of Palmer Avenue are encountering severe sunny day flooding from a drainage pipe or trench that […]

RAP, residents express concern about plans to narrow Willow Branch Creek

RAP, residents express concern about plans to narrow Willow Branch Creek

Construction of a bulkhead along the banks of Willow Branch Creek between St. John’s Avenue and Riverside Avenue is underway and neighborhood observers and members of Riverside Avondale Preservation have been startled to see the creek was to be made narrower than they envisioned. As it is currently being installed, the city’s project to restore […]

DIA considers plans to build apartments on Southbank restaurant location

DIA considers plans to build apartments on Southbank restaurant location

Redevelopment along Downtown’s riverfront could be shifting to the Southbank.  Related Group of Miami is in talks with Maritime Concepts, owner of the River City Brewing Co., to build a $92.34 million apartment building on the Southbank location where the iconic restaurant now stands.  Maritime has entered into a contract with Related Group to sell […]

Cultural Council installs fifth sculpture in urban core

Cultural Council installs fifth sculpture in urban core

It was with great excitement that downtown arts benefactor Preston Haskell of Ortega joined sculptor David Engdahl of San Marco, artist Cecilia Lueza, and Glenn Weiss, director of public art for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to watch the fifth sculptural masterpiece within the city’s Art in Public Places program take its place on […]

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