San Marco Merchants Association

Merchant Association raises funds, lights the Square year-round

Merchant Association raises funds, lights the Square year-round

The San Marco Merchants Association is taking on a holiday frame of mind in 2022. And what says holiday spirit better than twinkling lights, as the second verse of the holiday classic, Silver Bells, says, “Strings of streetlights, even stop lights blink a bright red and green, As the shoppers rush home with their treasures.” […]

Holiday Magic brings seasonal spirit to the Square

Holiday Magic brings seasonal spirit to the Square

It was an evening full of holiday fun in San Marco Square as the sound of pounding pavement, bells on bobbed tails ringing and the cheering on of finishers as the Festival of Lights 5K road race kicked off the annual celebration of Holiday Magic, Dec. 5. Alongside the San Marco Merchant Association and dozens […]

San Marco Merchants take steps to enhance safety

Private security service to ease concerns of shoppers, business owners The San Marco Merchants Association has hired Excelsior Security Agency to provide private security protection for the shops and businesses around San Marco Square. San Marco Square had been experiencing a problem that has become common in many gathering places around Jacksonville. Vagrants had been […]

Wine Down in the Parks a smash for grape lovers

Wine Down in the Parks a smash for grape lovers

The annual Wine Down in the Parks celebration, hosted annually by the San Marco Preservation Society, was a success for the local preservation group. Patrons, organizers, and volunteers survived an early threat of rain, as the skies opened with sunshine in the latter part of Saturday afternoon, March 24. Ticket purchasers were spared disappointment, and […]

Protesters remain calm as they march in San Marco

Protesters remain calm as they march in San Marco

Although rumors on social media tried to fuel fear among residents who didn’t know what to expect, San Marco’s “I Can’t Breathe Solidarity Reflection Walk,” which took place in George Floyd’s honor, turned out to be exactly what it was advertised to be, a peaceful protest. On June 3, between 1,500 and 3,000 community members […]

New law spells out maintenance duties in San Marco Square and public right-of-ways

New law spells out maintenance duties in San Marco Square and public right-of-ways

For more than a decade, there has been a sort of informal “gentleman’s agreement” between  the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS), the San Marco Merchants Association (SMMA) and the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department when it came to shared responsibilities concerning the maintenance of Balis Park and the city right of ways surrounding […]

SMMA, SMPS members mingle amidst twinkling city lights

SMMA, SMPS members mingle amidst twinkling city lights

The weather could not be more perfect when more than 100 members of the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) and the San Marco Merchants Association (SMMA) gathered for a social early evening get-together on the rooftop of the Museum of Science and History Jan. 16. Twinkling city lights and soft, unseasonably warm winter breezes surrounded […]

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

San Marco’s parking problem may be solved. Thanks to the efforts of Robert Harris, former president of the San Marco Merchants Association, and others, Beachside Buggies, the same free-ride transportation service that successfully serves the Jacksonville Beaches, will be expanding its micro-transit facilities to San Marco.  The transportation company is branded at the Beach as […]