Neighborhood News

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

Riverside/Avondale Trolley weekend service nearly double that of Downtown trial

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) provided 640 trips on the Downtown Night Trolley during the two-night trial on August 1 and 2. The Downtown Trolley connected with the Riverside-Avondale Trolley from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, where ridership was 1,123, averaging 70 passengers per hour. According to Leigh Ann Rassler, JTA […]

Downtown Night Trolley Trial Run Connects with Riverside Avondale

The Riverside Avondale Night Trolley, which runs the first Friday and Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 2 am., will now connect with a new Downtown Night Trolley route in the Historic 5 Points commercial corridor. The new Downtown Night Trolley will add a loop from the Historic Five Points district to downtown restaurants […]

Noise ordinance curtails complaints, leads to tolerable concerts

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News During a recent concert in Metropolitan Park nearby residents braced themselves for the thumping that historically has infiltrated their otherwise quiet neighborhood during such mega-concert events. Instead, their trepidations were hushed by the results of Ordinance 2013-676-E, which amends the City’s noise ordinance, by setting restrictions to decibel levels […]

Dredging up interest

Millers Creek group to gauge depth of desire for a special tax district By Lara Patangan Resident Community News St. Nicholas residents living on Millers Creek met last month for the second time to discuss creating a special tax district to fund the dredging of the waterway that has become increasingly shallow over the years. […]

Growler bill dies in House

Florida beverage laws remain unchanged, thanks to the House of Representatives. Although the Senate passed its highly restrictive bill (SB 1714) 30 votes to 10 (those against included Audrey Gibson and Aaron Bean), Dana Young, the House majority whip, suggested that the bill would not be heard on the House floor in its last session […]

Food trucks win fight to stay Downtown

For all intents and purposes, the food fight is over. After five public meetings, from Feb. 25 to Apr. 7, an amendment to Chapter 250 (Miscellaneous Business Regulations) of the Municipal Code will soon be introduced to City Council that will allow “mobile food dispensing vendors” to operate downtown without excessive restrictions. The amendment, in […]

Update on I-10/I-95 Proposed Expansion

The wheels of the transportation bureaucracy appear to turn slowly, and that may be a good thing. It’s a hopeful sign that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is taking residents and business owners seriously about concerns with the proposed I-10/I-95 interchange project. At the early February public meeting, which approximately 200 attended, concerns were […]

More parking for 5 Points patrons

Late last month the Planning Commission approved an application for a minor modification that will open up a tenant-only parking lot for evening patrons of 5 Points shops and restaurants. The application filed by Doug Skiles, CEO of Envision Design+Engineering, on behalf of Mike Shad, owner of 5 Points Theatre Building LLC, requested the creation […]