Approval granted to raze St. Johns Village, renovate Commander

Seven months to the day of the recording of the deed for Chance Partners’ purchase of the Commander Apartments and St. Johns Village, Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the two bills which will permit the Atlanta-based developer to raze and renovate the property under a Planned Unit Development (PUD). On Oct. 11, Council enacted ordinances […]

Mother Nature plays dominoes with trees in Old Ortega

A ferocious thunderstorm with a three-minute microburst knocked out power lines, snapped giant oaks and scattered limbs, branches and Spanish moss in Old Ortega at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 22. Skipping down a four-block-wide path during the lightening, thunder and blinding rain, the powerful gust felled trees and utility poles like dominoes in Cortez, Columbus […]

Jacksonville expedition collects data on great white sharks

Many vacationers visit Northeast Florida for its warm waters. Great white sharks are no exception. On March 15, shark research organization OCEARCH returned to downtown Jacksonville to embark on its second expedition here. Their first Jacksonville expedition in 2013 found this region to be an overwintering habitat for great white sharks. Through April 2, OCEARCH […]

Mutt March exceeds expectations in walkers, proceeds

Residents are passionate about their pets, and especially daffy over their dogs. A record-breaking 600-plus walkers at the annual Mutt March raised over $110,000 for the homeless animals at Jacksonville Humane Society, exceeding the goal by more than 10 percent. With at least 2,500 visitors scoping out 32 vendors, the Humane Society considers the March […]

Love shines through Lane-Towers house restoration

Love shines through Lane-Towers house restoration

A landmark property gains grateful owners The Edward W. Lane House in Avondale, regarded by architectural historian Wayne Wood as “the most spectacular example of Tudor-Revival style architecture in Jacksonville,” is in the process of being refurbished down to its very foundation. In 2012 John and Yvonne Hove paid $2.6 million for the elegant riverfront […]

Spend the day in memory of Clay

Spend the day in memory of Clay

In River Or Ocean holds 8th Annual Clay Roberts Inshore Slam A tradition for the fishing community on Father’s Day weekend and a nice way to spend time with others who remember good times with loved ones, the 8th Annual Clay Roberts Memorial Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 20. This will […]

EF Exchange Student Program Seeks Host Families

EF Educational Homestay is looking for loving homes to place teens from various countries for a 3-week summer language program. Students are coming eager to improve their English skills and learn about the American culture and will arrive July 9. Dates: July 10-29 Student nationalities: French, Spanish, Finnish and Chinese  Students age: 13 to 18 years […]

Local creators reflect on One Spark experience

Some of the 537 creators spent months in the planning, others were “sparked” by last-minute inspiration. Many were existing companies, yet struggling to break through while some saw the third annual World’s Largest Crowdfunding event as a chance to jumpstart new businesses. Several local creators won awards, including Jessica Osborn (Pass That H.R.O.!, Social Good, […]

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