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Neighbors resist PUD-zoning deal with Miller Electric

Neighbors resist PUD-zoning deal with Miller Electric

Miller Electric is attempting to sell several adjacent parcels in Riverside’s Five Points neighborhood that it used to call home, before relocating to the Southside. Real estate is very valuable in the neighborhood and several tenants and others could be potential buyers, or not. Miller’s representatives were uncertain, during an April 11 meeting with area […]

Residents say roundabouts project came ‘out of nowhere’

Residents say roundabouts project came ‘out of nowhere’

Despite public comment and meetings, residents feel sidelined On a recent Monday at rush hour at the confluence of three streets – Herschel Street, Geraldine Drive and St. Johns Avenue in Avondale – most traffic navigated the new roundabouts under construction by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with relative ease, slowing down for construction […]

Long awaited regulations arrive for waterways

Long awaited regulations arrive for waterways

Limitations on anchoring, maps of abandoned hazards part of ongoing effort to increase safety The City of Jacksonville is on the cusp of limiting long-term anchoring in the city’s waterways, and the highly-trafficked Ortega River in particular, to 45 days. It didn’t take an act of Congress, just the Florida Legislature, and cooperation from the […]

Riverside and Avondale to Remain In Same Council District

A proposal to separate Riverside and Avondale and place the neighborhoods in different City Council districts has been shot down. It all stems from a meeting in early October between council members Randy DeFoor, Reggie Gaffney, Ju’Coby Pittman, Randy White, and Aaron Bowman. The meeting was originally called for Pittman and White to try and […]

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Community policing and shared intelligence keys to mitigating criminal activity Jacksonville City Councilwoman Randy Defoor hosted a virtual town hall meeting with a few dozen constituents on September 9 to discuss two timely neighborhood concerns, recent crime trends and flooding during storm season. “We have a lot of heavy issues to discuss this time,” said […]

$1M to improve drainage in 2022 near Belvedere

$1M to improve drainage in 2022 near Belvedere

Flooding in several areas of Riverside is nothing new, but now the city’s spending $1 million to improve drainage in the northwest section west of Riverside High School. It was not necessarily enough for some residents in the area, who fear the Belvedere Avenue Drainage Improvement project may not help standing water on Challen Avenue […]

Residents file lawsuit against a local factory to combat noxious smell

For the past three years Murray Hill residents have sporadically complained about noxious odors akin to the scent of turpentine wafting through their community late at night, early in the morning, and on weekends. And in the past three months, the problem has spread beyond Murray Hill’s borders and has become decidedly worse. “We could […]

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 […]

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