Neighborhood News

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

LUZ approves Commander/St. Johns Village application

The Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) Committee approved the application 7-0 for the Commander/St. Johns Village proposal at a special hearing on Thursday, Jan. 9. The last of three public hearings for PUD 2013-0342 is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, before City Council. For information, visit the website at

Poll shows strong community support for education improvement efforts

By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News A new poll released last month by the independent nonprofit Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) indicates that citizens in Duval County are broadly supportive of current and potential efforts to improve public education. “Perception matters in public education,” said Trey Csar, president of JPEF at the press conference […]

Luxury waterfront condominiums ready for March move-ins

Sales center open at The Palazzo on St. Johns Construction began in November to transform The Cove, located at the intersection of Baymeadows Road and San Jose Boulevard, into an upscale waterfront condominium community with a new name, The Palazzo on St. Johns. The luxury condominiums will feature architectural design and detail reflecting a classic […]

San Marco truly a winner

The Florida Planning & Zoning Association (FPZA) held its annual awards event in November at Epping Forest, recognizing projects and planning and zoning professionals for exemplary work for the year. The FPZA’s Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) gave awards to Doug Skiles and the San Marco Preservation Society for San Marco Square Streetscape improvements, as […]

Noise ordinance deferred for more ironing out of details

Restriction on number of annual events still in force By Lara Patangan Resident Community News The Big Ticket, a music festival held at Metropolitan Park last month, was the last large-scale concert scheduled before a proposed new ordinance – designed to limit noise levels that vibrate the St. Nicholas and South Shores neighborhoods – is […]

Implementation measures considered for historic district parking

The Parking Study Steering Committee has proposed a variety of measures to address the parking problems that affect the merchants and the nearby residents. Some of those measures have gone into effect while others require ordinances, research and community agreement and may take longer to implement. • Riverside/Avondale Implementation Measures Enforcement Based on input at […]

Urban planner encourages Jacksonville to invest in ‘walkability’

Jeff Speck speaks at downtown breakfast meeting By Nancy Lee Bethea Resident Community News If Jeff Speck has his way, Jacksonville’s podiatrists will be a happy bunch. That’s because Speck, an urban planner and author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” promotes walkability – the idea of creating […]

Billboard company appeals denial

Two-sided outdoor ad would mar Southbank views By Lara Patangan Resident Community News A rendering of a two-sided billboard with an ad for Subway sandwiches may be a sign of what may come for residents living on the Southbank as CBS Outdoor appeals a denial to relocate a billboard to Kings Avenue in San Marco. […]