Neighborhood News

Developer withdraws from multi-family project on King Street

Developer withdraws from multi-family project on King Street

Less than a month after approximately four dozen nearby property owners had gathered at Riverside Baptist Church Nov. 29 to learn about redevelopment plans for a site that Riverside Avondale Preservation calls “the heart of the Riverside Avondale historic district,” the developer announced to RAP it would withdraw from the project.  J.B. Ritz, a Jacksonville […]

Cecil Field chapel receives landmark designation

Cecil Field chapel receives landmark designation

There’s a new historic landmark that will soon be added to the record books. With the City of Jacksonville Council’s approval of Ordinance 2018-677 on Nov. 13, 2018, the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass at the POW/MIA Memorial at Cecil Field will be recorded in the official records of Duval County with local landmark status. […]

You Asked For It: What’s the status of the St. Nicholas Vision Plan?

From time to time, readers ask for help in getting answers to issues of interest or concern.  On Sept. 18, The Resident received a letter from Eric Johnson, a business owner in St. Nicholas, requesting information about the status of the St. Nicholas Vision Plan published in 2004. Johnson also copied other residents and business […]

City Council committee on regulating vacation rentals hears from hosts, opponents and industry lobbyists

At the start of the Nov. 15 special committee meeting on short-term vacation rentals, Committee Chair and District 11 Councilman Danny Becton stated his goal was to leave the meeting with a template to begin crafting legislation that will provide guidelines for the city departments which will oversee the popular trend of renting private homes […]

Council members propose legislation to tighten ‘contract’ zoning

Three term-limited members of the Jacksonville City Council are hoping to draft an ordinance that will tighten up what can and can’t be done through minor modifications when it comes to zoning changes. Before their term ends June 30, 2019, John Crescimbeni (Councilmember At-Large), Lori Boyer (District 5) and Bill Gulliford (District 13) want to […]

Community celebrates Murray Hill Branch library’s 50th anniversary

City leaders honor late Bill Brinton at library rededication           Through a twist of financial circumstance, the Jacksonville Public Library’s Murray Hill Branch was both the last library to be built before and the first to be open after City-County Consolidation in 1968.             Nearly 100 gathered Dec. 15 to celebrate […]

Throwback to Sixties raises funds for land trust

Throwback to Sixties raises funds for land trust

There was music in the air and flowers everywhere at Wayne Wood and Lana Shuttleworth’s historic Riverside home for the epic gathering of Wayne Woodstock 2.0. There were good vibrations all around at the private party with over 500 people. The festival was a great way to counter the negativity of world events and political […]

Cold weather underscores all-too-real homeless experience for youth

Cold weather underscores all-too-real homeless experience for youth

Vowing “no matter the temperature or weather,” Family Promise’s major fundraiser, Cardboard City was held Nov. 16 at Southside United Methodist Church as temperatures plunged into the 40s, giving participants a true taste of what the homeless in Jacksonville encounter each winter. Individuals, families or groups spent the chilly night in cardboard boxes, tents and […]