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5 Points Village rezoning application draws ire

5 Points Village rezoning application draws ire

  Developer’s opponents seek community support for Nov. meetings – A bid to rezone the 5 Points Village shopping center in Riverside has gotten intense push back from local residents and neighborhood enthusiasts who want to see the building’s developer be a better neighbor. November will be a pivotal month for the rezoning debate, as […]

Mellow Mushroom restaurant developers can move forward with plans

Mellow Mushroom restaurant developers can move forward with plans

 Mellow Mushroom restaurant developers can move forward with plans for an Avondale restaurant following key approvals last month from two city agencies. The Jacksonville Historic Commission approved plans for the restaurant at a mid-September meeting. On Sep. 27, the Jacksonville Planning Commission reviewed the designs and approved a rezoning exception that would allow for alcohol […]

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

Local fans, preparation move FYC sailing team from dark horse to prominence – At a Florida Yacht Club reception given for the team that competed in the U.S. Qualifying Series (USQS) for the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup last month, team skipper Greg Griffin said it was the strength of the local supporters […]

Festival promotes neighborhood cycling

Festival promotes neighborhood cycling

District 14 City Councilman Jim Love is looking to the local cycling community to help him promote neighborhood bicycle use as one solution to the Historic District’s multifaceted and growing parking dilemma. This summer, he tapped several local business people — including real estate executive Bob Gittings and local attorneys Steve and Michael Pajcic — […]

Renovations planned to historic Olmstead landmark

Renovations planned to historic Olmstead landmark

Through an Adopt-a-Park agreement with the City of Jacksonville, the Memorial Park Association plans to give Riverside’s historic Memorial Park the “spit-shine it rightfully deserves.” The nonprofit group that has been preserving and protecting the Olmstead Brothers-designed park for the past 30 years aims to mobilize and engage the community during its planning process. The […]

Pink Ribbon Symposium meeting local needs

Pink Ribbon Symposium meeting local needs

Before physicians Linda Sylvester and Cynthia Anderson met at Orange Park Cancer Center in 2006, both had admired and worked with a Philadelphia charity called Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Founded in 1991 by radiation oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., that program was created in response to the public need for information, education, connection, support and […]

Residents reving up for Fall fitness

Residents reving up for Fall fitness

With the weather turning cooler, local athletes are ramping up their routines — preparing for upcoming fall and winter athletic challenges. All motivated by different goals, these local fitness gurus are committed — inspiring their neighbors to lace up and hit the pavement, gym or playing field. Granada’s Cindy Pearson is training for a half […]

Latest Pop-Up History uncovers city’s bawdy past

Latest Pop-Up History uncovers city’s bawdy past

  Second series event serves up raucous performance at Dos Gatos – “1915 Jacksonville mayoral candidate J.E.T Bowden came back to life last month — rolling into Downtown’s Dos Gatos cocktail lounge on Sep. 19 and loudly proclaimed his support of prostitution to a more than receptive crowd of nearly 200 rowdy backers. “…This ‘social […]