Neighborhood News

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

Condos vs apartments

What’s the driver for new development? By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News From all appearances, the development bust in Jacksonville is over. Five skinny years in construction followed the heady housing success of the early 2000s and now developers are again coming out in small force with exciting – and yes, controversial – developments […]

“Crowdfunding” for teachers prevents dipping into own pockets

“Crowdfunding” for teachers prevents dipping into own pockets

PowerUP Jax fuels classroom innovation – Many teachers – perhaps the vast majority – have been known to dip into their own wallets a time or two or more to purchase supplies for creative classroom projects. Now a new initiative launched by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund will make it easier for teachers to raise […]

Health official remind residents to avoid “green slime” in rivers

Health official remind residents to avoid “green slime” in rivers

High levels of algal toxins found in St. Johns River On October 7, 2013, St. Johns Riverkeeper took two algae samples from the St. Johns River to GreenWater Laboratories in Palatka for analysis. The test results detected total microcystin toxin levels at 1085 and 2080 micrograms per liter, or more than 50 and 100 times […]

Gardens life-affirming for cancer patients

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News When I became the accidental B&B owner, one of my earliest guests traveled with her spouse from Pensacola for monthly breast cancer chemo in Jacksonville. I could always tell when V. had arrived because the B&B would vibrate with music from the black piano. She was an accomplished musician […]

Riding the cancer roller coaster

By Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks Speakers for Life, Founder of Bosom Buddies May was a very important month for me. On May 22, 1986, I faced the reality with my brand new breast cancer diagnosis that I probably wouldn’t be around five years later. On May 22, 2013, I celebrated 27 years of survival. But it’s […]

Affair on the new square brings community together

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News The unveiling of San Marco Square took place last month as neighbors strolled through stunning Balis Park listening to a live band, the frolic of small children who enjoyed the expanded green space and the celebration of business owners who catered to eager shoppers with extended store hours. San […]

Balis Center gets reprieve, but future use depends on programming

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News The Balis Community Center got a new lease on life when it was spared from impending closure by City Council last month, and now is looking to neighborhood residents to determine how to revive programming at the underutilized facility. Balis Community Center, adjacent to the San Marco Library, is […]

Teaching restaurant to take over empty Papa Giorgio’s space

By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News San Marco’s “restaurant district” will soon see a new kind of restaurant open its doors. Joining the likes of Bistro Aix, European Street Café, bb’s and The Wine Cellar at the north end of the San Marco dining experience, the Kitchen on San Marco may be open as […]