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Carlucci calls for public charrettes to discuss future of The Landing before demolition

Carlucci calls for public charrettes to discuss future of The Landing before demolition

The Landing has been referred to as “home plate,” the “front porch of Downtown,” or as At-Large Group 4 City Councilman-elect Matt Carlucci likes to call it, the “centerpiece of Jacksonville’s Thanksgiving table.” Although Carlucci agrees with most in the community that the iconic landmark has seen better days, he still feels strongly the orange-roofed […]

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

It’s been four years since The Roost first attempted to settle into the Oak Street site that previously housed Deluxe Laundry and Cleaners, but the proposed 150-seat restaurant has yet to occupy the space.  The decision about their occupancy is still up in the air, pending the outcome of a court case filed by opponents […]

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

When renowned architect Henry Klutho first platted Ortega in 1909, he most likely didn’t dream its residents would want to alter his design 110 years later. Now there are some in the community who are seeking waivers to divide lots, raze existing houses and build multiple new ones on the smaller lots.  According to information […]

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

March 29, 2019 was a fitting day to dedicate the newly-restored Chapel of the High-Speed Pass and unveil two plaques which commemorate the chapel’s historic landmark status. That date was also National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day and local veterans were there to help celebrate the occasion at Cecil Field. Hosted by the Cecil Field POW/MIA […]

Councilman works to address rentals in quiet neighborhoods

Councilman works to address rentals in quiet neighborhoods

Jim Love’s last hurrah could be one of the most significant – next to co-sponsoring the Human Rights Ordinance – of his eight-year career as City Councilman for District 14. While Love has several positive initiatives to his credit on behalf of his constituents – including the opening of the John Gorrie Dog Park, the […]

Residents debate mayor’s plan to demolish The Landing

Residents debate mayor’s plan to demolish The Landing

Not everyone is on board with Mayor Lenny Curry’s idea to have the City of Jacksonville buy back and demolish The Jacksonville Landing in favor of building a riverfront park. In fact, many are alarmed with the speed at which the Mayor’s plan is being pushed through City Hall. On March 26, after much discussion, […]

Study suggests green infrastructure may solve city problems

Study suggests green infrastructure may solve city problems

One way to improve Jacksonville’s problems with stormwater flooding, crime, air pollution, job creation and mental health is simple – plant more trees, said Karen Firehock. As executive director of Green Infrastructure Center, a nonprofit based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Firehock and her team have been conducting a federally-funded independent review of Jacksonville’s urban canopy and […]

Neighborhood comes to terms with Episcopal School zoning changes

Neighborhood comes to terms with Episcopal School zoning changes

The Atlantic Boulevard entrance to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) will soon sport a new information kiosk, signage and entryway landscaped areas, two off-duty officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to direct traffic, and a new residential road entering the adjacent Live Oak Manor neighborhood, thanks to zoning legislation passed unanimously by the Jacksonville […]