Neighborhood News

Southside Assembly of God breaks ground for new Southpoint church facility

Southside Assembly of God breaks ground for new Southpoint church facility

A religious fixture in San Marco for nearly 70 years, Southside Assembly of God church will find its home in a new Southpoint facility by the end of next year. “Our vision is to be the best for the City of Jacksonville and to be a place where families grow in faith,” said Southside Assembly […]

Broadstone River House readies to open its doors

Broadstone River House readies to open its doors

One of several Southbank residential projects is nearing completion. Construction on Alliance Residential Company’s Broadstone River House Apartments, a $26.6 million housing complex sandwiched on 3.8 acres of waterfront property between the Duval County Public School Board building and the Lexington Hotel, was scheduled for completion at the end of December 2018. The site of […]

How to work productively with your city council representative

Reaching out to City Councilmembers is one of the best ways to communicate ideas and issues to people that represent the community. While it can sometimes seem difficult to weave your way through the engine of bureaucracy, there are several productive, effective ways to make contact.  Before reaching out, make sure you are ready to […]

Winding up their term, district council representatives reflect on accomplishments

As Lori Boyer and Jim Love run the home stretch of serving two terms on City Council, they recollect the triumphs and the trials of being in office, talk about what they would like to achieve during their final six months of service, and impart some words of wisdom to those who will follow in […]

Short-term rentals committee finishes findings meetings

The special committee on short-term vacation rentals met for the fourth time Dec. 6, but this time there was a new person in the chairman’s seat and a new councilman on board. Jim Love, District 14 Councilman, was appointed the new chair after District 11 Councilman Danny Becton abruptly resigned from the committee.  Taking Becton’s […]

Committee on planned unit development zoning roll out first draft legislation

Hoping to usher in the new year with an ordinance that will tighten applications for rezoning to planned unit developments (PUD), John Crescimbeni (Councilmember At-Large), Lori Boyer (District 5) and Bill Gulliford (District 13) discussed a draft of Ordinance 2018-855 at the special committee’s fourth meeting Dec. 7 at City Hall. The impetus of the […]

Look at New Year’s resolutions with fresh eyes, open heart

Look at New Year’s resolutions with fresh eyes, open heart

Self-improvement goals are high on the list of common New Year’s resolutions, but joining a gym, reading self-help books or taking up a new hobby aren’t the only ways to improve your outlook on the year ahead.  Volunteering not only addresses many resolutions but also makes the community a better place for everyone. Sharing your […]

Career volunteer finds special joy in serving others

Young women today might not understand how a college-educated woman would choose to pursue a career in volunteerism instead of entering the workforce. But for Joan LeChot Shewbrooks, in the 1960s, marriage to a corporate executive meant frequent moves up and down the East Coast, to the Midwest and overseas.  Not only was it difficult […]

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