Neighborhood News

Urban residents take on trash along Riverwalks

The goal is 600 hours, and it won’t be long now. The Downtown Dwellers are tracking the hours that people spend walking on the Southbank and Northbank Riverwalks. They have logged more than 450 hours. The walkers were rewarded recently with a wine tasting cruise on the river, catered by the Flavors of Thai and […]

City Council to consider District financial deal

The redevelopment plan for The District — A Life Well Lived goes to the City Council May 2. It’s the final hurdle for the long-awaited mixed-use development on the Southbank. The Council will consider the financing deal for the redevelopment of 30 acres on the Southbank proposed by Peter Rummell and Michael Munz. The property, […]

Publix coming, finally, to San Marco area

The long-awaited Publix will be built in East San Marco, but with retail instead of residential, according to the developer. The news was announced by Chairman and CEO Martin E. “Hap” Stein April 26 at a shareholders meeting of Regency Centers Corp. “A grocery store is the one thing that San Marco is missing. I […]

City neighborhoods event reintroduced

City neighborhoods event reintroduced

It was billed as the first Neighborhood and Community Summit, but perhaps the April 21 City-sponsored event should have been more accurately publicized as “the first in more than two decades.” The original Neighborhood Summit, held Sept. 20, 1996 during Mayor John Delaney’s administration, was held to advance the efforts of the Community Advisory Planning […]

Coastline Drive construction project schedule, budget growing

Coastline Drive construction project schedule, budget growing

Putting the Northbank Riverwalk back together at Coastline Drive and Liberty Street will cost taxpayers another $1 million and push the completion date to next March – but it’s still less costly than what was originally proposed three years ago. After portions of Liberty Street collapsed into the St. Johns River in 2012 and again […]

‘Gator’ makes it back to the ‘Bowl’ in name change agreement

‘Gator’ makes it back to the ‘Bowl’ in name change agreement

College football’s sixth-oldest bowl game is getting its name back. During a press event April 12 at bestbet Jacksonville, the Gator Bowl Sports Board of Trustees announced it will reinstitute “Gator” into the official title of Jacksonville’s bowl game. Beginning this year, the late December contest will now be known as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. […]

Local filmmaker, attorney team up for new reality show

Local filmmaker, attorney team up for new reality show

Little did Jacksonville natives Warren Skeels, a filmmaker, and Lawrence Najem, an attorney, know that serving as members on the Mayor of Jacksonville’s Advisory Council for Film and Television would lead them to produce MTV’s hit reality show, “Siesta Key.” Perhaps it was kismet. After all, both had produced and sold a number of full-length […]

Military veterans take flight in restored biplane

Military veterans take flight in restored biplane

One of the first female firefighters on a destroyer tender and a former high school coach were honored recently as passengers of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to honoring seniors and United States military veterans living in long-term care communities around the country. Rebecca “Becky” Gill and John Weeks from […]

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