Neighborhood News

All the latest news from the neighborhoods in our coverage areas.

Balis Park draws crowds, surely good for area business

San Marco residents surely love a good party. Just a week after the well-attended Fletcher Park fall concert, and two weeks after a nearly standing-room-only town hall meeting, local residents came out in good numbers for the celebration of the “official” re-opening of Balis Park. With drum roll, District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer officially opened […]

Proposed East San Marco units nearly double previous plan

Developers following trends in real estate, financing By Lara Patangan Resident Community News At a town hall meeting last month at Balis Community Center, San Marco residents learned that developers intend to change the proposed East San Marco development from 125 condominium units to a 240-unit apartment complex. The St. Joe Company, Regency Centers and […]

Edgewood Gardens blossoms with community involvement

Our Fertile Earth, Florida Christian Center celebrate grand opening By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Emily Dale was easily spotted during the October grand opening of Edgewood Gardens in Murray Hill even when surrounded by towering plants and camouflaged by endless shades of green and brown. Among the red-streaked Swiss chard, purple eggplants and orange […]

Clinton Foundation appoints San Marco resident regional director of new health initiative

District 3 School Board member will continue in that capacity as well By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Serving as a new director in the health sector isn’t really that much of a reach for Duval County School Board member Ashley Smith Juarez. As newly appointed Northeast Florida Regional Director for the Clinton Foundation’s […]

Momentum continues for Laura Street Trio

Latest downtown initiatives deliver announcements Rumors of first commercial tenant for Brooklyn development By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Four prominent buildings in downtown Jacksonville have been recommended for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The Barnett Building (1926) and the Laura Street Trio, comprised of the Florida National Bank Building (1902), […]

Memorial Park Association and City negotiating win-win to renovate Riverside landmark

Memorandum of Understanding next step By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News When Riverside’s Memorial Park was dedicated Christmas Day 1924 to honor Florida’s fallen World War I veterans it was envisioned to be for the people. This was originally realized through Charles Adrian Pillars’ iconic memorial statue, Life, reinforced most recently with the 2011 installation […]

Rash of home burglaries have residents on alert

JSO provides tips for safe surveillance By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Each year at this time, according to one Ortega Forest resident, there seems to be a spike in home and auto burglaries. Statistics shared by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at last month’s Sheriff’s Advisory Council (ShAdCo) meeting for Zone 4, Sector J […]

Councilman excited about potential to “get on the grid”

Jacksonville could be first in country for transportation idea By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Jacksonville needs a little ego boost from time to time and community leaders are working hard to see that it gets it. District 14 Councilman Jim Love is one such leader who recently spent some time thinking outside the […]