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Oak Street repaving project to include bike lanes, eliminate parking

Oak Street repaving project to include bike lanes, eliminate parking

The City of Jacksonville will begin repaving Oak Street this summer, and residents and business owners are helping shape what the area will look like after the project is done. Right now, City officials are considering reducing the size of the lanes of traffic and adding bike lanes after the paving is done between Margaret […]

Community group makes progress in restricting 5G equipment

Community group makes progress in restricting 5G equipment

Jacksonville City Council members and members of the Stop 5G Jax group are working together to keep large telecommunication equipment out of residential neighborhoods and other areas where they could become an eyesore.  Duval County has an ordinance in place that echoes state and federal legislation that allows telecommunications companies seeking to create a new […]

Roosevelt Square transforms into Ortega Park

Roosevelt Square transforms into Ortega Park

The landscape surrounding the former Roosevelt Square Mall, known until recently as Roosevelt Square, is slowly but surely changing, as the green spaces are transformed and drainage areas are being drained, partially drained and filled in. That’s because the Dewberry Group, developer of the property, plans to more than double the 300,000 square feet of […]

New charter school beginning enrollment, selection process

New charter school beginning enrollment, selection process

Construction is advancing at a fast clip on Jacksonville Classical Academy, a new charter K-6 charter school that is situated in historic Mixon Town next to Brooklyn, on the site of the former Forest Park Elementary. The school, which will eventually expand to a K-12, will serve all students of Duval County who sign up […]

Public artwork made of lights could transform Murray Hill/Avondale overpass

Public artwork made of lights could transform Murray Hill/Avondale overpass

Murray Hill residents are hoping to get funding that would transform the bare, utilitarian overpass at Edgewood Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard into a work of art the neighborhoods can be proud of. In this case, the tools wouldn’t be spray paint or mosaic, but pure light. San Antonio-based artist Bill Fitzgibbons has completed over 30 […]

Abandoned vessels removed from Ortega River

Abandoned vessels removed from Ortega River

Homeowners along the Ortega River can start the year with a fresh slate – and a fresh vista. City of Jacksonville employees had removed a houseboat, a derelict boat and a floating structure from the Ortega River by the second week of December and were moving forward with removing a fourth on the south side […]

Residents share concerns during DeFoor Town Hall

Residents share concerns during DeFoor Town Hall

More than 100 residents, city and elected officials, including At-Large City Council Members Matt Carlucci and Tommy Hazouri gathered for Councilwoman Randy DeFoor’s first area town hall since her election in May of this year. The meeting was conducted at Riverside Presbyterian Church Oct. 24. During the meeting, DeFoor, who represents District 14, and others […]

Budget approved for 5 Points Concept Plan

Budget approved for  5 Points Concept Plan

The 5 Points Concept Plan, in the pipeline since 2013, is about to become a reality.  Bill number 2019-0505, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) bill that contains provisions for the 5 Points improvements, was unanimously passed by City Council Sept. 24 and work is slated to begin in January.  District 14 Councilwoman Randy DeFoor, with […]