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Ventures apartment building close to construction

Ventures apartment building close to construction

Developers of a new apartment building on the Southbank are much closer to breaking ground on a project that was once controversial but now has the go-ahead from the City.  Ventures Development Group had originally proposed constructing an apartment tower of up to 300 units on nearly three acres, near Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s […]

Bring on the bulldozers, Publix is coming

Bring on the bulldozers,  Publix is coming

Anticipation pervaded the room as more than 200 San Marco residents crowded into the fellowship hall at Southside Baptist Church to view renderings and learn the details about Regency Center’s plans to build a new Publix on its East San Marco property at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. The project, which is […]

Best-selling author wows capacity crowd at Southside Baptist Church

Best-selling author wows capacity crowd at Southside Baptist Church

Every seat in the sanctuary – including the balcony – of Southside Baptist Church was filled to capacity as more than 650 avid readers came to hear New York Times best-selling author Amor Towles discuss his second book, A Gentleman in Moscow.  The evening with Towles, whose debut novel is The Age of Civility, was […]

San Marco East Business Association welcomes visiting first responders

San Marco East Business Association welcomes visiting first responders

When Hurricane Dorian began its trek north after leveling the Bahamas, the First Coast was spared its wrath, but thanks to members of the San Marco East Business Association (SMEBA), a temporary home was provided for out-of-state visiting First Responders so that Jacksonville could be ready to meet whatever damage the storm incurred. Although many […]

Gateway project to San Marco breaks ground

Gateway project to San Marco breaks ground

Milton Dykes, pastor of Southside Assembly of God Church, grew emotional as he blessed the flattened ground where San Marco Crossing would soon be built. It was the place his church, which has moved to a new edifice in Southside, had once stood and where his flock had worshiped for 70 years. “It’s a real […]

Publix finally coming to San Marco

Publix finally coming to San Marco

It looks like Publix might finally make its way to its long-awaited location in East San Marco after all. Regency Centers, owner of the property, plans to unveil plans for its 4.33-acre parcel at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue during a special San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) Town Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 3 […]

POW/MIA memorial gets new name, bill introduced to Congress

POW/MIA memorial gets new name, bill introduced to Congress

The POW/MIA memorial complex at Cecil Commerce Center is a big step closer to a sought-after national historic designation that could help net funding for further development. It also has a new name: The National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum. Retired Navy Capt. Robert “Bob” Buehn said that U.S. Reps. John Rutherford and Al Lawson introduced […]

Budget approved for 5 Points Concept Plan

Budget approved for  5 Points Concept Plan

The 5 Points Concept Plan, in the pipeline since 2013, is about to become a reality.  Bill number 2019-0505, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) bill that contains provisions for the 5 Points improvements, was unanimously passed by City Council Sept. 24 and work is slated to begin in January.  District 14 Councilwoman Randy DeFoor, with […]