San Marco Preservation Society

SMPS Annual Meeting draws leadership, award winners

SMPS Annual Meeting draws leadership, award winners

Newly appointed SMPS President, Desiree Bailey of the San Marco Bookstore presents Immediate Past President Chris Woolston a plaque for his hard work and dedication as President. San Marco’s most engaged and active stewards were on hand to celebrate a wrap up of accomplishments and goals attained during a year fraught with difficulty due to […]

Jacksonville’s million-dollar bridge celebrates 100 years of service

Jacksonville’s million-dollar bridge celebrates 100 years of service

On July 1, 1921, 5,000 automobiles drove across the first bridge built to cross over the St. Johns River to connect the north bank of the river to the south bank. That may have been nearly every car in Jacksonville, as reported in Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage by noted local historian Wayne Wood, because only about […]

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 […]

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 […]

Planning Commission green lights Park Place at San Marco

Planning Commission green lights Park Place at San Marco

In January South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church moved one step closer to receiving approval to have its nearly three-acre San Marco Square property rezoned so that a developer can purchase and build a multi-family apartment complex and parking garage on the site. After receiving approval from the Jacksonville Planning Department to transform its zoning into a […]

Developer works on architectural changes amidst opposition to church development

Developer works on architectural changes amidst opposition to church development

Opposition to the effort by church elders to rezone property owned by South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church into a Planned Unit Development (PUD) is heating up as leaders of the neighborhood group Right Size San Marco aim to work with Doug Skiles, project engineer for the development team, the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) and independent […]

Developers unveil renderings of Park Place at San Marco

Developers unveil renderings of Park Place at San Marco

It was standing room only in Harvin Hall at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church when the Harbert Realty Services development team unveiled its plans to develop 2.09 acres of the church’s campus with a $30 million, upscale 141-unit apartment complex and four-level, three-story parking garage. Nearly 300 residents filled the room, and although everyone appeared to […]