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Proposed bill on short-term vacation rentals leaves everyone unhappy

Proposed bill on short-term vacation rentals leaves everyone unhappy

Every politician knows this paraphrased quote by heart: You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time.  District 14 Councilman Jim Love may know it better than others if the public outcry […]

Plans resurface for downtown aquarium

Plans resurface for downtown aquarium

A new wave of excitement is rippling across Jacksonville with the resurfacing of plans to build a riverfront aquarium. The impetus for that wave is Scott Grant, the new chairman of the advancement committee for AquaJax, the nonprofit organization that is working to make the Atlantic Aquarium an actuality. AquaJax first began the push for […]

Iconic full-service car wash closing to make way for future use at Roosevelt Square

Iconic full-service car wash closing to make way for future use at Roosevelt Square

On Saturday, June 22, Charles Holt expects a busy and booming day of business at the Charles and George’s Car Wash. That’s because many of his longtime customers will stop by to say farewell to the popular full-service neighborhood car wash on its last day of business at Roosevelt Square Mall. Holt and his brother, […]

Opposition to self-storage facility in Murray Hill draws SRO crowd to meeting

Opposition to self-storage  facility in Murray Hill draws  SRO crowd to meeting

From parking lot to public storage – that’s what a local developer has planned for the former Jones College Murray Hill campus unless the collective voices of Murray Hill residents, the Murray Hill Preservation Association and the Murray Hill Merchants Association have their way.  Those voices had their say at a town hall meeting sponsored […]

Couple shares account of Flight 293 crash at NAS Jacksonville

Couple shares account of Flight 293 crash at NAS Jacksonville

      This is a story of heroics and compassion, a story of people coming together in the face of tragedy. It began on Friday, May 3, 2019, late at night.       “At approximately 9:40 p.m. today, a Boeing 737 arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into Naval Air Station Jacksonville slid off the runway […]

NAS Jacksonville scene of late night plane crash

NAS Jacksonville scene of late night plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating what officials are calling a “mishap” after a Boeing 737-800 chartered by Miami Air overshot the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) on Friday, May 3 at approximately 9:40 p.m. and slid into the St. Johns River. On board were 136 passengers en route to […]

Failing selection by JEA, Balanky considers Plan B for his Kings Avenue property

Failing selection by JEA, Balanky considers Plan B for his Kings Avenue property

When the Jacksonville Energy Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Ryan Companies’ plan to build its new headquarters at Block 48, land currently owned by the City of Jacksonville at 325 W. Adams St., Southbank resident and Chase Properties CEO Mike Balanky knew it was time to start thinking about a Plan B for his […]

Baptist Health’s new Hybrid OR offers heart patients peace of mind

Baptist Health’s new Hybrid OR offers heart patients peace of mind

A visit from award-winning Fox Sports reporter Jennifer Hale seemed like the perfect time for Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville to publicly unveil the new Hybrid Operating Room in its Heart Center. Having survived a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy at age 38 without a heart transplant, Hale was the guest speaker during Baptist’s Sisisky-Kleppinger Endowed Annual […]