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A century of Eagle Scouts: Scouting leaders have trong legacy in Historic District

A century of Eagle Scouts: Scouting leaders have trong legacy in Historic District

By Steve DiMattia – Resident Community News – Eagle Scout Riley Sapora was standing on a mountain summit in Costa Rica with a group of fellow students when suddenly one member fell over a ledge, slipping 10 feet into a crevice where his leg got stuck. Everyone froze. Except Sapora. He climbed down and the […]

Mobility fees: Moratorium ordinance up for review this fall

By Steve DiMattia   While City Council member Jim Love’s proposed moratorium restricting certain types of development has been a hotly debated topic in Riverside/Avondale, there is another moratorium that has been in effect for almost a year that has had a much further-reaching impact on both sides of the river. “Right now, Love’s moratorium […]

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

Roundabouts, safety spur talk of Square redesign

By Susanna P. Barton   As the last phases of the San Marco Boulevard road project take shape, District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association representatives have been investigating how long term improvements to square traffic can be implemented while streetscape construction is still underway. Doug […]

Restaurant serving up economic development

Restaurant serving up economic development

By Susanna P. Barton   One of the neighborhood’s biggest new job-makers is Black Sheep Restaurant, the primary tenant in 5 Points’ nearly complete 1534 Oak Street multi-use building. The business has begun hiring process to bring nearly 65 people onboard, according to spokesman, Allan DeVault. The company is hiring for all positions but does […]

Exceptions to the rules: How PUDs, administrative deviations change landscape

Exceptions to the rules: How PUDs, administrative deviations change landscape

By Steve DiMattia The triangular structure quickly taking shape on the corners of Margaret and Oak streets in Five Points made extensive use of one. Goozlepipe & Guttyworks on King Street in Riverside did not. Mellow Mushroom in Avondale was going to, but decided against it. Without it, San Marco Station may have taken a […]

Talks continue over Mellow Mushroom plans

Talks continue over Mellow Mushroom plans

By Susanna P. Barton   There has been no mellowing of discussion between Mellow Mushroom restaurant planners and the newly formed We Love Avondale partnership over the summer. Lunches, meetings and conversations between the opposing groups have been ongoing, according to We Love Avondale founder and Avondale resident Tommy Donahoo. A mid-July meeting, in fact, […]

RAP hopes to fetch approval from city on dog park

RAP hopes to fetch approval from city on dog park

By Susanna P. Barton               Plans for a dog park at Riverside Park are inching forward, according to officials with Riverside Avondale Preservation.             The city of Jacksonville has a proposal from the state Department of Transportation to use land under the Interstate 95 bridge for the dog park, according to RAP Executive Director […]

Transit workshops hone in on San Marco

Transit workshops hone in on San Marco

        By Steve DiMattia             It is not unusual to see Jacksonville’s infamous Skyway traveling its limited 2.5-mile downtown route without any passengers. Many have criticized the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s “boondoggle” for “going nowhere” and suggest that is the reason it is often sans riders.             But San Marco engineer Doug Skiles […]