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Fearless and full of joy, Easton is all in – all the time. Born with Down syndrome, Easton, age 8, has grown up with Wolfson Children’s Rehabilitation therapists by his side. Personalized services from a team of physical, occupational and speech-language therapists have maximized Easton’s growth and development, helping him blaze his own trail and future. His parents will always be grateful to Wolfson Children’s for the life-altering care and support he’s received.

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Born 6 weeks premature, Jovanni was diagnosed with short bowel syndrome and spent his first four months of life in Wolfson Children’s high-level NICU. Despite multiple surgeries and other challenges, Jovanni is growing and thriving, thanks to Wolfson Children’s team approach.

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Rashad and his mother share a bond like no other. The energetic duo were both diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 2 years old and received open-heart surgery to repair their conditions. Thanks to the expertise and advanced care of Wolfson Children’s Terry Heart Institute, supported by donors like you, Rashad now has a hopeful future not limited by his condition.

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Addisyn was born nearly 13 weeks premature. Because of her fragile state, she spent 86 days in Wolfson Children’s NICU, where she received the highest level of newborn critical care. While her journey is far from over, Addisyn is growing and developing thanks to a full care team of outpatient rehabilitation therapists by her side. She’s a champion, and you can be one, too.

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Wolfson Children’s Hospital has one vision: HOPE. Hope that every child who comes through our doors leaves with a chance to thrive and flourish. Opening in February 2022, our new Children’s Critical Care Tower — home to higher-capacity, state-of-the-art Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units – will provide hope for our region’s most critically ill infants and children. Help us make sure that hope will always start here at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. RESIDENTNEWS.NET

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

The historic neighborhoods we serve hold special meaning for us.

PAMELA AND SETH WILLIAMS

Welcome to Jacksonville and to its historic neighborhoods of Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill, San Marco, San Jose and St. Nicholas. We’re so glad you’re here! Whether you’re a new neighbor or a passing visitor, empty nesters or a young family, a college student or a business professional, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. From the walkability and the plethora of parks, dining options, unique small businesses, streetscapes lined with trees draped in Spanish moss or the St. Johns River that flows flowing through the middle of it all, Southern charm flourishes in the neighborhoods. These attributes of the established areas of our city have such an infectious power to attract, when combined with the cost of living, lower taxes, and ability to enjoy the Florida sunshine throughout the calendar year, it creates an exceptional quality of life. It’s no wonder Forbes has consecutively, since 2018, ranked Jacksonville among the 25 best places to retire. And, in July of 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Jacksonville on the list of the 25 Best Places to Live, making the list at No. 22, alongside three other Florida cities. This part of the Sunshine State is growing, and the latest Census numbers released show the population rising rapidly, up 15% year-overyear according to numbers in Duval County alone, rising to 995,567 in 2021. Need we say more? We love Jacksonville at large, but the historic neighborhoods we serve hold special meaning

for us. As owner-operators of our family-owned publishing company, The Resident Community News Group, Inc., we are proud to have been spreading the good news of the immediate area for 15 years. In addition to this Historic Life magazine, browse our other publications both online and in print, support local merchants and if we can help your venture grow, please consider advertising with us! Every month, our news group direct-mails over 30,000 copies of Resident News, with 15,000 per market, in homes and in the mailbox, not in a soggy, wet bag in your driveway! In addition, our presence is felt throughout the area, as several thousand papers are on racks, in shops and shared with the community after coming hot off the press. Resident Community News Group also publishes North Florida’s premier charity magazine titled, Circles—Social Datebook & Charity Register. The magazine serves an amazing role of educating and informing, as well as introducing locals to causes near and dear to our community. Thanks to our considerate and generous residents, our news group is able to highlight stories that inspire, covers and reports from the frontlines of the social circuit, and opens up hearts and minds to the needs fulfilled, and those yet to be fulfilled, in our community. Welcome Home,

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PUBLISHERS Pamela Bradford Williams pamela@residentnews.net Seth Williams seth@residentnews.net

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A RT DIREC TO R Amanda Nelson-Sinagra amanda@residentnews.net

Pamela Bradford Williams Publisher

Seth Williams Publisher

Debra McGregor Director of Sales

Amanda Nelson-Sinagra Art Director

D E SIGN Chris Gildersleeve Tricia Steele

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Harris

CONTRIBUTING W R IT E R S Julie Kerns Garmendia Karen J. Rieley Mary Wanser

Photos provided courtesy of: Jacksonville Historical Society and San Marco Preservation Society

The Historic Districts of Jacksonville have so much to offer in education, arts, recreation and services of all types that it can be hard to keep track of them all. We tried our best to list everything, but we acknowledge that some organizations and places may have slipped through the cracks. Please forgive us and do let us know what’s missing so we can add them to this annual Community and Newcomers Guide.

Chris Gildersleeve Designer

Tricia Steele Designer

Dan Harris Photographer

Julie Kerns Garmendia Writer

Karen J. Rieley Writer

Mary Wanser Writer

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n March 24, Patty Otterson, Senior Vice President of Investments at the Otterson-Allison Wealth Management Group of Raymond James in Riverside was named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors*. The expanded notoriety and growth in business has led Otterson-Allison to adding a team member, Kristin Vonnes. The Forbes list recognizes PATTY OTTERSON advisors from national, regional, and independent firms. They took notice of Patty Otterson, who joined Raymond James in 2009, with her more than 39 years’ total experience and outstanding accomplishments in the financial services industry. More business meant more work. “We needed to add capacity to continue providing exceptional service to our clients,” said the team’s asset management specialist, Caleb Cronic, AAMS. So, last month, Otterson-Allison welcomed Kristin Vonnes, Senior Financial Planning Consultant to the fold. She brings with her 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry as a wealth strategist. Vonnes began her finance career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Her 14-year tenure there included titles such as Vice President and Wealth Management Professional. She earned a reputation of being an integral member of the company’s largest private wealth management team. She worked closely with high-net-worth clients as an expert in handling their complex

situations and sophisticated planning needs, delivering impeccable service. Desiring more sunshine, Vonnes moved south to Florida in 2015, where she joined Morgan Stanley in Ponte Vedra Beach as a financial advisor for a brief time before her hire by Raymond James in 2017 as the sales development manager for the North Florida Complex Management team. “We’ve been working closely with her as a manager for a few years now and realized she would be a great fit for our team,” said Otterson. Vonnes holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Ohio University. In addition, she holds the Wealth Management Specialist designation and several industry credentials, including Series 7, 9, 10, 63, 65, and 2-15 Health & Life Agent license. She is currently working toward her Certified Financial Planner designation with an expected completion date of November 2021. Vonnes will leverage her experience to deliver high-touch comprehensive wealth management and help clients navigate the ever-changing complexities of financial planKRISTIN VONNES ning. She will be adding to Otterson-Allison’s existing investment and portfolio management services by offering clients assistance with goal planning, charitable gifting, trust and estate planning, retirement planning, insurance needs, education strategies, and restricted stock plans as well as general banking and lending guidance.

Otterson-Allison Wealth Management Group of Raymond James is located at 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 500, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Reach them by phone at 904-348-5437 or 800-363-9652. Visit www.OttersonAllison.com. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member NYSE/SIPC. The company is a leading diversified financial services organization with approximately 8,200 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $1.02 trillion. Please visit http://raymondjames.com/smrja.htm for Additional Risk and Disclosure Information. Be advised that investment products are: Not deposits. Not FDIC Insured. Not guaranteed by the financial institution. Subject to risk. May Lose Value. *The Forbes ranking of America’s Top 1,000 Women Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience, and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Research Summary (as of February 2021): 32,810 nominations were received based on thresholds (9,785 women) and 1,000 won. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of an individual client’s experience. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/top-women-advisors for more information.


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HISTORIC HOMES ARE LESS AVAILABLE currently than new homes, as a result, historic homes in our neighborhoods are selling for more per square foot than most new homes.” — Sally Suslak Managing Broker, Traditions Realty LLC

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Jacksonville’s historic market is

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he word is out — Jacksonville is experiencing the craziest housing market since 2008.

What does that mean for people who either live in or want to move into our historic neighborhoods? According to some local realtors, both historic and new home communities are selling well right now. “We are experiencing a ‘super sellers’ market’ in both the historic neighborhoods and new home communities,” said Josh Cohen, managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. “In the Riverside, Avondale and Ortega markets, 26 percent of the properties sold over asking price in March.”

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FortuneBuilders, a real estate education company founded by nationally recognized real estate investors, reports that, while the pandemic served as an obstacle, Jacksonville is well positioned to return to pre-pandemic levels sooner rather than later, which bodes well for everyone participating in the market: buyers, sellers and investors. The company’s overview of Jacksonville lists median home value at $218,194 with a one-year appreciation rate of +11.2 percent and a median rent price of $1,345. The foreclosure rate is 1 in every 3,935, or 2.5 percent. The historic neighborhoods of Ortega, Ortega Forest and Ortega Terrace; St. Johns Avenue; Avondale; and Hendricks Avenue, San Jose Boulevard and San Jose Forest are listed as some of the most expensive in Jacksonville, according to NeighborhoodScout. Historic homes are less available currently than new homes, according to Sally Suslak, managing broker with Traditions Realty LLC. “As a result, historic homes in our neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale are selling for more per square foot than most new homes.” “Buyers need to understand that the historic neighborhoods are not cookie-cutter areas,” Missy Cady-Kampmeyer, who is owner and broker of Cady Realty, said. “The homes come with quirks, but the pros of having a well-built home right next door to the river and in walking distance to shopping and restaurants outweighs the cons.” “People buy lifestyle, especially right now after COVID,” she said. “Avondale, Riverside and Five Points are ‘Walk Score’ areas where you never have to use a vehicle. They have diverse culture, history, unique homes, the river, parks and running trails, and yet are very urban which draws everyone to these neighborhoods and drives prices up.” A May 7 article in FloridaRealtors reported that the U.S. housing market is on a hot streak with double-digit annual gains in home prices, bidding wars and surging buyer demand. The median selling price for a home is up $35,000 compared to a year ago, which is the fastestpaced increase since 2006, as reported by Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, in the article. The rising prices are coinciding with an increased interest in buying. “We are seeing everyone enter into the market,” Cohen said. “Many buyers are sellers who are taking advantage of the market, tapping into equity and moving up. There is still a surge of buyers moving from other parts 12 |

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of the country deeply impacted by the pandemic.” According to Jeff Rohde of Roofstock, a national real estate investment marketplace that focuses on investment real estate, people are moving to Jacksonville for a more suburban lifestyle in a smaller affordable market instead of crowded urban living in an expensive big city. Average single-family home values in Jacksonville were up by more than 5.5 percent in September 2020 from last year’s record high, while for-sale inventory is down by nearly 42 percent compared to the previous year, as

People buy lifestyle, especially right now after COVID. Avondale, Riversideand Five Points are ‘Walk Score’ areas where you never have to use a vehicle. They have diverse culture, history, unique homes, the river, parks and running trails, and yet are very urban WHICH DRAWS EVERYONE TO THESE NEIGHBORHOODS AND DRIVES PRICES UP.” — Missy Cady Kampmeyer Owner/Broker, Cady Realty

reported in Roofstock’s March article. The combination of rising prices, increased interest and lack of supply is a challenge, especially for first-time home buyers. “They are competing with cash buyers and investors for the same home, depending on price point,” said Suslak. “In this market the really good deals are few and far between.” “The inventory we have moves in light speed,” Cohen said. “Multiple offers are common. Buyers will waive appraisal contingencies, and even lenders will do so on certain loans. Buyers may also offer to pay sellers deed stamps and title insurance.” “If a property is priced competitively, it will sell in a matter of days,” Suslak said.

It is not uncommon for buyers to offer more than asking price to get the home they want. Buyers and seller need to approach home buying with flexibility and creativity in this volatile environment. Both Cohen and Suslak agree that sellers need to be prepared to secure a new destination in less than 30 days. “Sellers may list their home and sell it in a weekend,” Suslak said. “In that case they need to find a new place to live in a very tight market.” “For buyers, the biggest challenge is finding a property they really love,” she said. “If they are not cash buyers, then they have to have their financing arranged in advance and then make an offer very quickly.” In a seller’s market, some renovations may not be as necessary as in a buyer’s market, an important factor especially for those trying to sell an older home; however, local realtors agree that today’s buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. Given the low interest rates, they are able to afford more expensive homes and aren’t generally interested in taking on major renovations. A house can still have an older kitchen and bathrooms and be considered move in ready, however. “Kitchen appliances and solid surface countertops are popular renovations that can update a kitchen without replacing all the cabinetry,” Suslak said. Suslak and Cohen again agreed that a new roof, new electrical and plumbing are on the list of the most important to which sellers should pay attention. “You could run into problems with insurability and financing if these key components have significant wear and tear,” said Cohen. “A seller doesn’t necessarily have to do a lot of renovating in today’s market but does need to be upfront about what may need to be done,” said Cady-Kampmeyer. All this volatility has some buyers concerned that Jacksonville is in a bubble similar to the one in 2006 and may pop with prices dropping drastically. According to Morgan Stanley as reported in the Florida Realtors article, however, this isn’t 2006. Housing inventories are low, credit remains tight and lenders aren’t issuing risky loans like they did back then. Product risk — such as from mortgages with introductory periods, teaser rates or balloon payments — comprised about 40 percent of the mortgage market between 2004 to 2006. Those factors are now at only 2 percent of the mortgage market, according to Morgan Stanley. “The housing market is based on price point, location and type of property,” said Jeff Chefan,


Our local affordability makes us a great place to purchase. PRICES WILL NOT GO DOWN since we are just now racing up to 50 percent of West Coast prices, It could take four to six years for the builders and resales to reach a normalized market again.”

“What’s interesting are the percentage changes in numbers of houses sold in the past 12 months compared to the previous 12 months,” he said. For example, homes sold in the $200,000 - $399,000 price point increased 39 percent in San Marco, while they only increased 18 percent in Avondale. On the other hand,

homes sold in the $400,000 - $599,000 price point increased only 17 percent in the San Marco area compared to 51 percent in Avondale, even though San Marco had more inventory in that price point. Homes sold in the $800,000 to $2 million price point increased only 11 percent in San

— Claire Autrey Coldwell Banker, Vanguard Realty

broker for First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty’s San Jose office. He noted that inventory is down in most price points with the exception of very high-end houses.

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What’s interesting are the percentage changes in numbers of houses sold in the past 12 months compared to the previous 12 months, for example, homes sold in the $200,000 - $399,000 PRICE POINT INCREASED 39 PERCENT IN SAN MARCO, while they only increased 18 percent in Avondale. On the other hand, homes sold in the $400,000 - $599,000 price point increased only 17 percent in the San Marco area compared to 51 percent in Avondale, even though San Marco had more inventory in that price point.”

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river, we’re down 20-40 percent compared to 2006, while Ponte Vedra prices have increased 30-40 percent.” According to Chefan, that difference is due mainly to who is attracted to each of those areas. “The riverfront neighborhoods are primary resident markets generally,” he said. “In Ponte Vedra, many of the buyers are coming from elsewhere now that they can work remotely — Jeff Chefan who want a second home at the beach. They’re Broker, First Coast Sotheby’s willing to pay more because they come from International Realty high-priced markets and, at the same time, they find homes in Ponte Vedra are a better value than those in South Florida.” So, is it time to sell or buy? Marco compared to 68 percent in Avondale. “Timing is a key economic driver when it And homes in the $2 million+ price point comes to moves in real estate,” Cohen said. increased 166 percent in San Marco, but only “It’s a great market for sellers. Buyers who 75 percent in Avondale, with San Marco again qualify should purchase. Interest rates are still having more homes in that range available. near historic lows.” HL “2006 was the benchmark for high market value in Jacksonville,” Chefan said. “Along the Story reproduced from Resident News, June 2021.

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ten Reasons to Relocate to Jacksonville

IF YOU’RE THINKING OF MOVING OR HAVE RECENTLY MOVED TO

1. #2 BEST PLACE TO LIVE

8. YUMMY FOOD

Jacksonville was recently ranked #2 as

The city has great dining and cuisine options

JACKSONVILLE, you’re in for lots of

the “Best Place to Live in Florida” by

from casual, pet-friendly sidewalk cafes to

great surprises. Florida calls up images

Bankrate based upon factors such as

fancy, five-star restaurants. Craft pubs and

of sunshine, wide beaches, warm

housing affordability, safety, educational

beer gardens are on the rise as well.

ocean waters, palm trees, oranges,

attainment and overall culture.

9. CULTURE

hot summer days, postcard sunsets,

golf, alligators and tourist attractions.

2. NO INCOME TAX

Jacksonville has all that and more!

Florida has no state income tax, which

The seaport city of Jacksonville is

the largest city in Florida by overall

Events abound – food and craft beer festivals;

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musical performances; car shows; film

allows residents to keep a higher

festivals; art, science and history museums;

percentage of the dollars they earn.

zoos; theater; sports; shopping, and more!

population and land area and boasts

22 miles of Atlantic beaches. The U.S. Census 2020 population estimate for

10. A CITY COMPRISED OF TOWNS, UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES

3. THRIVING CITY

Jacksonville is the fastest growing city

the city of Jacksonville is 949,611 and

in Florida and now ranks as the seventh

Warm ocean waters in the summer,

the Metro Jacksonville population was

fast-growing city in the Southeast, an

refreshingly cool winters, wildlife, and natural

1,559,514. Jacksonville is the most

indication that the city is on an

treasures discovered around every corner.

populous city in Florida and is the

economic upswing.

Palm trees, dunes, expansive waterways, and

largest city by area in the contiguous United States as of 2020. It is the seat

4. HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET

of Duval County, with which the city

In July 2021, the median sales price

government consolidated in 1968.

on homes in the region rose 15% from

dense pine forests make it a unique and diverse, it’s the best of what Florida has to offer. Jacksonville is comprised of areas that look

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a year ago to $303,600, and median

community that once produced jazz greats to

13% year over year.

small towns like Baldwin. With a population of

5. TOP-NOTCH HEALTHCARE

The city has become a top destination for Millennials with its

a few thousand residents and an important rail

Jacksonville’s health systems are

town that dates back to 1840; now known for

top-rated and include Mayo Clinic,

its rail trail for walking or bicycling upwards of

Memorial Hospital, Wolfson Children’s

14.5 miles. From the beaches to the furthest reaches,

Hospital, Baptist Medical Center,

consolidated Duval County has towns upon

Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospitals in

towns that make up the larger Metro area.

Riverside and Southside, Baptist MD

Learn more about the city’s vast neighborhood

Anderson Cancer Center, and Nemours

makeup, you’ll be glad you did. Dig into the history of Mixon Town and Lackawanna,

Children’s Specialty Care.

expanding IT sector and top-rated housing market. It is also increasingly

6. GREAT JOBS

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No discussion of Jacksonville’s history would be complete without the mention of what is called The Great Fire that began on Friday, May 3, 1901. Just after noon, a spark from the chimney of a small dwelling drifted to the nearby Cleveland Fibre Factory at the corner of Beaver and Davis Streets in the downtown business district. The blaze raged for nearly nine hours, carried by wind and encouraged by a recent drought. Despite the numerous telegrams that solicited assistance from surrounding departments, no bucket carried by man was big enough and no horse-drawn, steam-powered pumper was quick enough to extinguish the flames that had turned the city into an inferno. With the exception of very few structures, the fire laid to ruin 466 acres of homes and hotels, churches and schools, banks and businesses. Lives were lost. Survivors were homeless. As a testament to the indomitable spirit of Jacksonville, rebuilding began on Monday, May 6. But Jacksonville’s historic districts aren’t only about looking back; they’re about looking forward. So, after learning the rich roots of each of eight unique neighborhoods, add to your bucket list places and events to look forward to while you’re here. Whether you’re a new neighbor or a passing visitor, become a part of history by immersing yourself in the specialness of Jacksonville. See you there!

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AS IT IS TODAY, BOATING ON THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WAS A FAVORITE PASTIME DURING THE SUMMER IN THE EARLY 1900S. (FROM THE LEAH MARY COX PHOTO COLLECTION)

ORTEGA Ortega might be the least known historic neighborhood in Jacksonville, but it also has a reputation for being one of the wealthiest. And it is rumored to have housed several notorious gangsters. Ortega is a 2,000-acre peninsula, a former plantation. It used to be called Maxton’s Creek Island. In 1770, after Spain surrendered Florida to England, the land was granted to Abraham Jones by King George III. Within

ten years, Jones had left. In moved Colonel Daniel McGirtt—a farmer, a British loyalist until he switched sides, a cattleman-turned-bandit. A boulevard in the neighborhood is still named for him. In 1783, the state was given back to Spain, and in 1792, McGirtt’s land changed hands multiple times into the early 1900s. In 1906, John N.C. Stockton, head of the Ortega Company, with the help of Henry Klutho, the

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respected architect, platted the land. Over the next three years, the wooden Ortega Bridge was in operation with trolley service, providing the new development with easier access to Jacksonville at large. Land lots were sold with a starting price of $100, including water. Many of the bungalow-style homes built at that time remain standing today, as do many stately homes in Colonial, Mediterranean, and Tudor Revival styles, which are worth millions now. The early developers of Ortega controlled property by deed restrictions in keeping with the original plans of a residential community. That hasn’t changed much. If it’s a small-town feel and a serene atmosphere you crave, Ortega is for you. Today’s residents of Ortega have enjoyed an influx of new families, both local and from out of town, who enjoy the slower vehicular traffic that provides pedestrian safety. The easy strolls under tree canopies are a regular routine for many, as crossing the Ortega Bridge often affords some of the most beautiful sunsets in the city, not to mention, the view of the downtown skyline.

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BUCKET LIST LOCAL PARKS

SURROUNDING ORTEGA

C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Parks S – Specialty Park

Investigate the surrounding Ortega area. Notice that the peninsula is bisected by Roosevelt Boulevard. To the west is Ortega Forest, to

Baker Point Park (N)

, 4045 San Juan Ave. Bettes Park (N)

, 3800 Bettes Cr. Columbus Park (N)

the east is Old Ortega, and a section to the northeast is Old Ortega Historic District. Discover the grid-patterned street system with themed names—many for Native American tribes, some for Ivy League schools, others for architectural column styles.

, 2850 Iroquois Ave. Cortez Park (N)

, 4260 Baltic St. DeSoto Park (N)

, 3970 Baltic St. John Stockton Park (C)

, 4827 Carlisle Rd.

Lakeside Park I & II (N)

, 4190 Lakeside Dr. MCGIRTS BLVD.

Seminole Park (N)

, 4170 McGirts Blvd. Stinson Park (C)

, 4050 San Juan Ave. Stockton Park (N)

, 4021 Ortega Blvd.

STOCKTON PARK

Yerkes Park (N)

, 3927 McGirts Blvd.

Visit Stockton Park on the riverfront of the St. Johns at 4021 Ortega Boulevard. The land was platted in 1909 as Ortega Park by John N.C. Stockton and Henry Klutho. In 1965, the parkland was expanded and renamed for the neighborhood’s developer. Improvements made in 2005 lend to what’s become one of Jacksonville’s favorite spots for fishing for trout and redfish and cast netting of mullet, picknicking and the annual Easter Sunday surise service.

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N E I G H B O R H O O D: O RT E G A In the 1920s, a concrete drawbridge replaced the wooden one to accommodate growing marine traffic. It also provided easy access to the then up-and-coming Avondale community. Now, the bridge has one staffed tender house, has been deemed a historic landmark, and is estimated to open 7,000 times per year. Commuters find the skyline views from the bridge breathtaking. Ortega is also home to the Florida Yacht Club, the fourth oldest surviving yacht club in the country. It started in 1876 and found its permanent home in Ortega in 1928, a few years after the founding of the Timuquana Country Club in 1923, which

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AVONDALE Avondale is one of Jacksonville’s most popular historic neighborhoods. It is upscale and sophisticated. Avondale is built upon former plantations that existed on granted land with recorded history dating back to 1815. The area was originally an extension of Riverside until the early 1920s when the district began to come into its own identity divided by Seminole Road, though some locals

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insist the demarcation is King Street, while others say it is McDuff Avenue. Developed by the wealthy northern investors of Telfair Stockton and Company, Avondale was named for a community in Cincinnati where James Challen, a key investor for whom Challen Avenue is named, had lived. Avondale was the first Jacksonville neighborhood with homes designed


N E I G H B O R H O O D : AV O N D A L E

LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park

Boone Park (S) & Tennis Complex (S) , 3730 Park St. Boone Park Playground (S)

, 3725-3735 St. Johns Ave. Belvedere Park I & II (N)

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to incorporate garages and carports to accommodate automobiles that were becoming a popular transportation mode at that time. The new enclave was marketed as “Riverside’s Residential Ideal,” a residence for the “correct” and the “well-to-do.” Lots were not even offered for sale until after sidewalks and utilities had already been put in place.

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Stretching along the west bank of St. Johns River were the plantation lands of Dell’s Bluff and Magnolia Plantation. Originally granted by Florida’s Spanish government to Philip Dell in 1801, Dell’s 800 acres of land ran from McCoy’s Creek to a point between Barrs Street and King Street. Later purchased by James Winter, the area remained a plantation until purchased in 1868 by Florida Times-Union Editor Edward M. Cheney on behalf of Boston developer John Murray Forbes, who platted the area into what is now Riverside.

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Architecturally, Avondale homes are formal, mainly of Mediterranean Revival, yet the Colonial design influences of New England are also found throughout the neighborhood. There are exceptions; one of note is a riverfront mansion in the Tudor Revival style that stands at 3730 Richmond Street. It was built for Edward Wood Lane, Sr., the founder of Atlantic National Bank. William Towers, a mortgage banker and developer, was the second owner. Hence, the estate is called LaneTowers House despite subsequent turns of ownership. It is said that behind a particular piece of paneling there is a secret room that can be accessed by use of a bobby pin, and there’s a gold leaf ceiling in the breakfast room.

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Avondale’s landscape owes its original design to William Chase Pitkin, Jr. of Cleveland who mapped out curved property lines rather than gridded, winding streets rather than straight, and plenty of public parks. Avondale was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, four years after Riverside was awarded the designation. Shortly after, began an annual tradition that is now more than three decades old: Christmas in Avondale, which features family-friendly food, fun, and festivities.

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THE GIANT SWING

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Along St. Johns Avenue, you’ll find one of the areas thriving commercial districts, Historic Avondale. Here, specialty boutiques, upscale restaurants, and art galleries abound.

At the end of Edgewood Avenue South, there’s a rightof-way that offers a grand view of the St. Johns River. There, in the grass, is a stand

Among them, you’ll find the oldest store in Avondale—Hooshang Oriental Rug Gallery, continuously run since 1977 by Hooshang Harvesf, a doctor of economics from Persia whose storefront window has been credited as the most visited one at holiday time because of its display of nutcrackers from around the world.

of trees, among which is a grandfather oak. From one of its limbs hang two long ropes that support what has affectionately come to be known as The Giant Swing. It’s somewhat of a secret spot for those raised in Avondale, but it’s not so secret anymore. Generations know of it.

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RIVERSIDE Riverside is one of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhoods and the first to be added to the National Registry of Historic Places. It was platted in 1869, near the same time as Springfield, by John Murray Forbes, a developer from Boston. The original plans included for a 14-acre park,

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which required enfencing to keep out roaming cattle and the labor of city prisoners to clear the underbrush. In the 1880s, many streets in Riverside were named to honor engineers who assisted in dredging and jetty work near St. Johns Bluff. Gilmore, Post, and Lomax are examples.


NEIGHBORHOOD: RIVERSIDE

Like Springfield, Riverside was annexed by Jacksonville in 1887 and its development flourished after The Great Fire of 1901. Within a decade, more than 50 mansions had been built along a section of Riverside Avenue and dubbed “The Row.” The Riverdale Inn, a bed and breakfast establishment today, is one of the original structures still standing. The Cummer Museum of Art, though not the initial Row structure, is built on the site of the original mansion and includes some of its clay roof tiles. In addition to homes, schools of Riverside add voice to its history. John Gorrie Junior High was erected in 1923. Its namesake was a physician credited with the invention of artificial ice, which he used to cool feverish patients. That building still stands in Riverside, but not as a school; its classrooms have been renovated into condominiums. THE DUCK POND IN RIVERSIDE PARK

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Memorial Park Florida’s World War I Memorial

Robert E. Lee High School, built in 1928, is the second oldest high school in all of

AT NIGHT, PARK STREET IN 5 POINTS BUSTLES WITH ACTIVITY AS A MAJOR COMMERCIAL CENTER IN RIVERSIDE. AS THE CORRIDOR’S “MAIN STREET,” MANY EATERIES, BOUTIQUES, AND FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT CAN BE FOUND ON PARK STREET, WHICH EXTENDS FROM RIVERSIDE PARK TO THE FAMOUS BEACON, WHICH ANCHORS JACKSONVILLE’S MOST FAMOUS INTERSECTION BEFORE CONNECTING WITH LOMAX AND MARGARET STREETS.

Jacksonville, it has since been renamed Riverside High as of June 2021. Gary Rossington was a student at Lee and a founding member of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He had been reported to the principal and suspended in the 1960s for having long hair. Later, he dropped out to devote full time to his band, which he named for the Lee gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, who had reported Rossington to the principal for defying regulations. Riverside is popular today for its diversity in people and places. Residents include senior citizens as well as millennials, single professionals living alongside growing families. A range of architectural styles can be found, too, from Gothic Revival to Early Modern and more. Riverside’s eclectic mix of old and new is particularly apparent in its southeastern section of 5 Points. Aptly named for five streets that feed into a main intersection, it’s a place of historic feel with bohemian flair where you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars, antique shops and vintage clothing stores. Also there is the Sun-Ray Cinema, though renamed over the years, the first in Florida to show talking pictures.

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VISIT. DONATE. VOLUNTEER. Designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers and dedicated on December 25, 1924, Memorial Park is the only park in the state dedicated to all Floridians who lost their lives having served in World War I. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park is also a WWI Centennial Memorial as designated by the United States World War One Centennial Commission. Memorial Park Association (MPA) is a nonprofit organization working since 1986 to enhance, promote and preserve Memorial Park—the premier historic park in Jacksonville and a vibrant destination for the community and visitors alike. Today MPA is implementing a master plan to restore the park to the former grandeur of its original landscape design. In partnership with the City and through private donations, MPA carries out projects and beautification not covered in the City’s budget. Your gifts for current initiatives and for the Memorial Park Association Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida enhance our city and make Memorial Park the park to visit, enjoy and play.

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BUCKET LIST LOCAL PARKS

MEMORIAL PARK

C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park

Though one of several, Memorial Park in Riverside is the premier historic city park in Jacksonville. Planned in 1919, Memorial Park was opened to the public in 1924 to honor 1,220 Floridians who

Cherry Street Park (N) , 1865 Cherry St. John Gorrie Dog Park (S) at Riverside Park (N) , 753 Park St.

died in service during WWI. On Christmas Day of that year, the honorees’ names were inscribed on a parchment scroll that was placed inside two metal boxes, one within the other, and sealed with a copper lid. The container was then buried under bricks and covered with a plaque at the base of the bronze Life statue, a Jacksonville monument. Though the box has since been unearthed, the nude statue still stands and is a popular photo opp. The park was designed by the Olmstead brothers, the pair who had designed New York’s Central Park. Stroll its nearly six acres. Picnic, play, fish, or catch a beautiful sunset framed finely along the river.

Memorial Park (C)

, 1620 Riverside Ave. Riverside Avondale Community Garden (S) , 2840 Park St. Riverside Park (C) , 753 Park St. Willowbranch Park (N) , 2870 Sydney St. Windsor Place Park (N) , Windsor Place and Sydney St. Yacht Basin Park (N)

, 2941 St. Johns Ave.

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MURRAY HILL Murray Hill is the most urban of Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods. The area is found quite attractive by young families looking for affordable starter homes that offer small-town coziness within a city vibe. Located between Cassat Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, the area was platted as a working-class suburb in 1906, north of Avondale and west of Riverside. By 1916, it had incorporated as a town with its own government leaders; the

establishment of the Florida Military Academy in Murray Hill during WWI and the expansion of a trolley line to connect with downtown Jacksonville helped the neighborhood along. Many of the houses built at that time were from kits distributed by Sears, Roebuck and Company. Unfortunately, by 1925, the small rural cattle-roaming town had hit “Murray Bottom,” as it’s called, and was annexed by the City of Jacksonville, which caused Jacksonville to surpass Tampa as Florida’s largest city.

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DREAMETTE Dreamette is a walk-up ice cream window built in 1948 at 3646 Post Street, just off Edgewood Avenue. More than seven decades later, not much has changed other than the name. It was called Creamette by its original owner, Johnny Nettles. It is written that more than 1,200 cones were scooped on opening night. The shakes, cones, and banana splits are still ranked favorites. The fruit toppings are believed to be a secret recipe passed down from one owner to the next. You’ll not want to skip this beacon of Americana.


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During WWII, Murray Hill experienced residential growth again with the commissioning of Naval Air Station Jacksonville nearby. The 1940s homes of the time were of a variety of architectural styles, from Prairie School to bungalow. Along French Street still stand several houses designed by Jacksonville’s first female architect, Henrietta Dozier. Nearly a decade later, Murray Hill experienced a commercial growth spurt. Edgewood Avenue became known as the “Avenue of Progress.” It was wide enough to accommodate parking, yet close enough to residential streets to encourage walking. Along came businesses like the Edgewood Bakery in 1947 and the Murray Hill Theatre in 1949, which charged 50 cents for admission to a movie. That Art Deco building is now considered a historical landmark and since 1995 is utilized as a charitable Christian outreach nightclub. From 1963 until 1994, Murray Hill saw the Normandy Mall, Jacksonville’s first and Florida’s second fully enclosed shopping center.

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THE COLORFUL, FLORAL MURAL ON THE SIDE OF TRADEWINDS PUB AT THE CORNER OF POST STREET AND EDGEWOOD AVENUE SOUTH IS ONE OF SEVERAL MURALS DECORATING THE WALLS OF THE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT IN MURRAY HILL.

The last several years have found Murray Hill on the rise again. A new, mixed-use residential component is set to arrive along Edgewood Ave. and traffic calming measures are also on the horizon for the bustling corridor. Food options range from Asian to Mexican, Italian to vegan. The area is even becoming a burgeoning arts center, too, since the Murray Hill Preservation Association sponsored the Murray Hill Mural Project, painting over a dozen murals throughout the community, most of them by local artists. It’s no wonder why so many locals in 2020 voted Murray Hill Jacksonville’s best historic neighborhood.

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SAN MARCO SQUARE IN THE 1920S.

SAN MARCO

This general area of land was first populated in the 1700s. Through the following century, it was dominated by plantations owned by Jacksonville families of distinction. After the Civil War ended in 1865, the plantations were split up and sold off, including the Hendricks plantation. A portion of that one was bought and platted by Harrison Reed as South Jacksonville; another portion was retained by family member Elizabeth Hudnall Hendricks and platted in 1882 as Oklahoma, what we know today as San Marco.

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In the early 1900s, the only transportation to and from this area from downtown was by ferry or by the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge. It wasn’t until the 1920s that the suburb flourished with the help of the 1921 completion of the St. Johns River Bridge, now called the Acosta Bridge, which was the first automobile bridge over the St. Johns River. Then, Telfair Stockton developed the area with an Italian Renaissance Revival theme in mind shortly after he had established Avondale. Winding streets, large lots, and grassy medians were


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LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park, N – Neighborhood Parks S – Specialty Park

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Angelina Danese Park (N)

Jessie Ball duPont Park (N) (Known as Treaty Oak Park) , 1207 Prudential Dr.

Balis Park (N)

, 801 Cedar St.

Belmonte Park (N)

, 2545 Larsen Rd.

Brown L. Whatley Memorial Park (N)

, 1800 San Marco Blvd.

, 1620 Marco Place

, 3310 St. Augustine Rd.

Jim Rink Park (N)

, 1999 San Marco Blvd.

Joe Davis Memorial Park (N)

, 1440 Belmonte Ave.

Landon Park (N)

, Alexandria Place S.

Largo Well Park (N)

, 1964 Largo Rd.

Colonial Manor Park (N) (Known as the Duck Pond) , 3625 San Jose Blvd.

Lillian S. Davin Park (N)

, 2311 River Rd.

Fletcher Park (S)

River Oaks Park (C)

, 1652 Atlantic Blvd.

, 1000 River Oaks Rd.

Friendship Fountain Park (S)

Riverfront Park (N)

, 1015 Museum Cr.

, 1800 River Rd.

Granada Park (N)

Southbank Riverwalk (S)

, 3960 Alcazar Ave.

, 1001 Museum Cr.

Greenscape Celebration Park (N)

, 801 LaSalle St.

Southside Park & Tennis Complex (C)

, 1539-1541 Hendricks Ave.

points that made the neighborhood quite desirable. In 1925, the requests for lots were triple the number available. In 1926, the main commercial square was laid out at the intersection of Atlantic and San Marco Boulevards, including Mediterranean-style buildings and a fountain. In 1932, San Marco was annexed by the City of Jacksonville and continued to develop and expand into the 1940s. But suburban sprawl took its toll, and in 1975, the San Marco Preservation Society formed as a nonprofit organization to protect the integrity and charm of the residential neighborhood and to encourage and enhance the vitality of the business district. One of the Society’s major renovation projects was San Marco Preservation Hall. The structure was built in 1888 as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church but is now used as a reservation banquet hall. In 2020, Jacksonville Magazine voted it the Best Historic Venue. Beside it stands another historic structure, Stockton Cottage, which was built in 1915 and used as Telfair Stockton and Company’s sales office. Nowadays, it’s used as a bridal changing room for those renting the Hall. You’ll find San Marco to be vibrant and walkable, quaint and casual. It offers a plethora of parks and a variety of housing options.

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The focal point of San Marco is its Square, named for Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. At its heart is Three Lions Fountain, which in 1997 replaced the original compass-themed fountain. Smaller, playful sculptures also decorate the area. You’ll find

Great jazz, great food, and great times can be found in San Marco at Breezy, Jacksonville’s premier elite jazz house, echoing those found in New York, Chicago, and London. Breezy Jazz House used to be located downtown and was chosen multiple times as one of the official locations for the annual Jax Jazz Fest After Dark, an event music lovers will want to mark on their calendars for every May, although in 2020 the date had to be postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. A full-glass roll-up wall guarantees that guests who prefer outdoor seating won’t miss a note of the music from inside.

eateries, galleries, and shops here in addition to the San Marco Theatre that first opened in 1938 and was named one of the 10 best classic cinemas in the country by USA Today. San Marco Square is the gathering spot for community events, including the annual Christmas tree lighting.

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SAN JOSE Of all the historic districts in Jacksonville, San Jose is the one that was originally planned to function independent of the city. The 1,000 acres just a few miles outside the city limits that had been a Spanish plantation were believed by Claude Nolan of the San Jose Company in 1914 to be a wise investment due to the growing popularity of the automobile. Nolan envisioned a thriving suburban community. But then came WWI. Nearly a decade later, after the post-war recession, once paving of San Jose Boulevard was complete, the San Jose

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Estates Company headed by Charles W. Strickland purchased the acreage and began extensive building. The plan was that the area be a self-contained suburb with an abundance of public amenities. In 1925, the Spanish-style San Jose Hotel and the Mediterranean Revival-style San Jose Country Club with an 18-hole golf course for the hotel’s guests were built, the first two huge projects in addition to housing. In 1927, on a site meant for a Vanderbilt Hotel, the duPont’s Epping Forest mansion was built, named for an English forest where ancestors of Mrs. Jessie Ball duPont had lived.


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The estate contained underground tunnels and a lion’s head fountain. It’s no wonder that San Jose was viewed at that time as Jacksonville’s most exclusive neighborhood. But then came the Great Depression, followed by WWII. The 1914 vision for San Jose and the plans set in motion ten years later had faltered. Only a fraction of the homes and amenities had been built. The San Jose Estate Company’s executive offices at San Jose Boulevard and St. Augustine Road, which originally included a casino and gas station on site, eventually became part of San Jose Episcopal Church and Day School. The San Jose Hotel became part of The Bolles School campus that would be called by Architectural Digest nearly a century later the most beautiful private high school in Florida. In 1984, the Epping Forest residence, gardens, boathouse, and riverfront property were converted into a yacht club by the president of Gate Petroleum Company. An additional section of the estate was developed into a gated community with houses and condominiums. The San Jose Country Club is the only structure from the original development

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Alejandro Garces (C) Camp Tomahawk Park , 8419 San Ardo Rd. Baker Skinner Park (C)

ORIGINALLY THE SAN JOSE HOTEL, THIS GRAND BUILDING IS HEADQUARTERS FOR THE BOLLES SCHOOL, A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE SCHOOL, WHICH INCLUDES BOARDING STUDENTS, ON THE BANKS OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER.

, 7641 Powers Ave. Crabtree Park (N)

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that retains its intended function, continuously being renovated and expanded. True to Jacksonville resilience, San Jose is active and thriving today. The area retains its Spanish influence in many of its stucco and tile homes and in several of its street names, like St. Augustine Road. San Jose Boulevard serves as the neighborhood’s Main Street. Residents appreciate its flat terrain and shade covering amenable to bicycling, walking, and jogging. Nearby, you can find kickboxing and yoga studios.

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Nathan Krestul Park (C)

, 2001 LaVaca Rd.

San Jose Acre Park (N)

, 2965 Caballero Dr. Verona Park (N)

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VERONA PARK Don’t miss the slice of green between San Jose Boulevard and St. Augustine Road. At just under 10 acres, locals find the narrow strip of Verona Park an ideal space for daily dog walks and evening strolls. Aside from the children’s playground and benches at the east end, Verona Park remains in its natural state, which helps protect the creek that runs westerly through it toward the St. Johns River. Stands of trees provide an attractive backdrop for family photos and selfies.


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ST. NICHOLAS AERIAL SHOT IN 1957.

ST. NICHOLAS East of San Marco on the river’s south bank is St. Nicholas. This is the area where a Spanish military post, Fort San Nicholas, stood in the 1700s to protect the river crossing from the British and other groups. At the time of its largest expansion, the fort is said to have been surrounded by a wooden wall and a moat. In 1817, the quarters were abandoned, and the land was turned into farms for growing corn, sweet potatoes, and oranges. The fort is no longer there, but at Atlantic Boulevard and White Avenue, there’s a marker that points to its former location, which is now the site of

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the athletic field of Bishop Kenny High School, one of the oldest private schools in the area. In 1839, sections that had previously been given to Francis Bagley and Reuben Hogans by Spanish land grants were combined through the marriage of family members and divided into smaller parcels. One of these is what’s known today as the Palmer Terrace neighborhood of St. Nicholas. Other notable names that have called St. Nicholas home include George Olaf Holmes and his son George Jr., both famous Jacksonville architects; Judge Thomas Olaf Holmes,


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A VIEW FROM THE MOUTH OF MILLER’S CREEK IN ST. NICHOLAS

Justice of the Peace for South Jacksonville for 24 years; and Jean Palmer Holmes, a pilot who was a founder of National Airlines,

from the growing downtown section of Jacksonville, so, urban convenience minus the congestion. Another attraction was the

which later transformed into Pan American Airlines. The Holmes Subdivision is named for this family as is Holmesdale Road. This neighborhood houses the Historic St. Nicholas Cemetery at the corner of Olive Street and Linden Avenue. It was originally a burial ground for pioneer families. The first person ever buried there was William Darius Ferris, Sr. in 1849. His great-grandson, William Darius Ferris IV, was the last, in 2007. The first nurse to graduate from St. Luke’s Hospital is there. Ironically, two white Confederate soldiers are buried beside a black Union soldier, Henry Liggins. After the Civil War, St. Nicholas became a popular vacation site and retirement area for the wealthy. Some of those homes still remain. Part of the appeal of the area was the quick boat ride away

water views that St. Nicholas allowed. In time, this neighborhood came to accommodate business endeavors within its residential borders. During WWI, the MerrillStevens Drydock & Repair Company built US warships here. In 1957, Ira M. Koger developed Koger Center, one of the first suburban office parks in the country. Today it’s known as Midtown Centre, a landmark business park. St. Nicholas currently maintains a strong sense of community. There are residences to accommodate a variety of income levels— from mansions to masonry—and it’s not unusual to meet folks who grew up in the area, moved out of state to attend university, and came back to buy a house and raise a family.

BUCKET LIST ST. NICHOLAS TRAIN STATION PARK Just for the history of it, pack a picnic and head to the south side of Atlantic Boulevard, west of the overpass. The one-room structure that sits there amid picnic tables is over 100 years old and has survived two moves. It was a depot that marked the St. Nicholas stop of the Florida East Coast Railway. During the Great Depression, the rail line was removed, and the structure was relocated to a property near Linden Avenue. In 2004, thanks to the efforts of local preservationists, the depot was moved a second time to its current location in Traymore Park, which has been in existence since 1940. The park was renamed St. Nicholas Train Station Park in 2008 to honor the historical structure.

ST. NICHOLAS TOWN CENTER The social hub of St. Nicholas is its Town Center where Beach and Atlantic Boulevards meet, where hints of Art Deco architecture are still visible in the curved lines of buildings. The Curry-Thomas Hardware Store, there since 1946, offers hometown personal attention unmatched by any franchise chain. St. Nick’s Lounge, since 1950, is one of the oldest pubs in Jacksonville; it is rumored that, in the 1970s, it was a popular gathering place for local government officials after council meetings. The Mudville Grille, a sports bar with an American menu, has been a Jacksonville favorite since 1994. For an ethnic experience in St. Nicholas, try Havana JAX, a full-service Cuban restaurant that serves pressed sandwiches, empanadas, and paella. To burn off the calories afterwards, next door is Cuba Libre Lounge, featuring Latin Salsa dancing between happy hour cocktails.

LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Parks S – Specialty Park

Bee Street Park (N)

, 720 South Shores Rd. Lillian Saunders Center (C)

, 2750 Bartley Cr. Marjenhoff Park (N)

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St. Nicholas Playground (N)

, 2260 Spring Park Rd. St. Nicholas Train Station Park (N) , 2564 Atlantic Blvd.

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THE FLORIDA THEATRE

SPRINGFIELD & DOWNTOWN Springfield is Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood. Reuben A. Hogans came to possess this land that had been given the name Hogan’s Donation by Spanish grant around 1817. It was titled to his son, John R. Hogans, in 1820 and renamed Springfield in 1869 by Calvin L. Robinson, a local merchant, for the spring water that ran fresh through a field that is now West 4th Street. By 1871, the building of a planned residential community had begun by John H. Norton, head of the Springfield Development Company. In 1879, a horse-drawn streetcar line and brick streets were installed. When displaced citizens of The Great Fire needed a new place to live, many went north to Springfield, and so it became a popular suburb of the city. The residential area was spared from the flames of destruction by Hogan’s Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River, that separates it from the downtown business district. Housing construction in Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Prairie School styles rocketed to a rate of 50 per week. In 1887, Springfield was incorporated into Jacksonville. Six years later, the city’s first zoo opened at 1st and Laura Streets before it was moved in the 1920s to Heckscher Drive.

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In the dawn of the 1990s, before the emergence of Hollywood, Jacksonville was known as the Winter Film Capital of the World. Scenes from A Florida Feud, a 1909 silent film produced by Kalem Company and directed by Sidney Olcott, were shot in Springfield. Allowing businesses to build in the purely residential area proved a poor idea from 1925 forward. Property values plummeted. In 1974, the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Association (SPAR) was founded. Within five years, the organization successfully had reversed commercial zoning back to residential. With approximately 1,800 historic structures standing, mostly houses, Springfield made it onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The January 2010 issue of Southern Living magazine named Springfield one of the South’s best comeback neighborhoods. Young families continue moving into the area, bringing with them a flair for the up-and-coming along with an appreciation for the by-gone. Microbreweries, First Friday events, and the restoration of historic houses highlight the mix of new and old found in Springfield.


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LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Parks S – Specialty Park

Confederate Park (C)

, 949 Hubbard St.

PORCHFEST

KLUTHO PARK

An annual tradition since 2015, PorchFest is a free and fun event for the whole family, including pets. On an afternoon in November, streets are closed, and dozens

Henry J. Klutho Park, formerly Springfield Park, was renamed to honor the influential architect who lived and planned in Springfield. The largest of Hogan’s Creek Park System, Klutho Park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course and modern sculptures. There are walkable paths, picnic areas, and ball fields. It is the site of music concerts and other Springfield community events.

of musicians from an array of genres perform live on the front porches in Springfield’s historic district. Stroll from porch to porch. Lounge on lawns. Dance! Food, drinks, and art are available for purchase from vendors.

S P R I N G F I E L D & D OW N TOW N

Confederate Dog Park (S)

, Confederate St.

Henry J. Klutho Park (S)

, 204 W. 3rd St.

John N. McPherson Park (N)

, 526 W. 8th St.

Julius Guinyard Park (S)

, 1359 Jefferson St. KLUTHO PARK

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Parents have a wide selection of academic alternatives in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods, and the choices are excellent. Whether students are interested in the arts, science, technology, engineering, math or medical studies, there is an academic program to meet their needs. Several prestigious private high schools with rolling riverfront campuses and national reputations fall within the perimeters of Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods and their adjacent communities. And feeding into those schools is a wide selection of superb private and religious schools accommodating grades PK through 8th grade. Thirty-two charter schools accommodating Pre-K through the 8th grade, and there are an extensive variety of magnet programs within its public schools. Dedicated magnets indicate the entire school’s curriculum consists of a magnet program, and all students must apply to enroll regardless of whether they live nearby. Meanwhile, other neighborhood schools offer focused magnet programs within their curriculum offerings, but not all students may be participating in the magnet’s course work. Unless a school is a dedicated magnet, being enrolled does not mean a student is automatically involved in the magnet program. Students need to apply to magnet programs at neighborhood schools to be included.

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DA Graduates Pursuing Their Passions James Boyd (2006) completed his BFA at SUNY Purchase College in 2010 and traveled the world performing with music icons Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. Today, James is an international faculty member of the Manhattan Dance Project, and a full-time faculty member of the Troy University Theatre and Dance Department. Tanase Popa (2002) a University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate is a producer on iconic television series and films including “Glee”, “American Horror Story”, “Pose”, “Halston” and many others with Ryan Murphy Productions. He has been nominated for five Emmys and is the recipient of an AFI Award and a Peabody Award. Sarit Sandler (2015) is a nationally recognized filmmaker working with PBS, The Obama Foundation, The Discovery Channel and the TLC Network. Sandler was recently chosen as a 2020 YoungArts Sundance Film Festival Fellow, and completed a documentary filmed in Australia.

Where Arts and Academics Meet Excellence

Why Choose Douglas Anderson? • Provides best well-rounded College Preparation • 96-99% of Graduates accepted into top colleges, conservatories and universities • Students SAT scores consistently 67+ points above the national average • Over $21 million in arts and academic college scholarships offered graduates annually • Named an 11-time National Grammy Winner • Consistently has National Merit Finalists in the Arts and Academics

JuCoby Johnson (2011) a University of Minnesota graduate and a successful playwright and actor, just accepted the 2021-2022 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting and is an Artistic Associate at The Jungle Theater. His plays include How It’s Gon Be (Underdog Theater, 2019), ...but you could’ve held my hand (Developed at the 2020 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), 5 (2021 O’Neill NPC Finalist, Seven Devils Finalist), I’ll Be Seeing You Again (Jungle Serial Audio Series, 2021) and Revelations (Playing On Air, 2021). He has been seen onstage at The Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company, and many more. Like so many DA Alumni, their exceptional careers are a testimony to the foundation of excellence provided by the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.


(GRADES K-5)

For more info visit dcps.duvalschools.org

Schools

99

DinsmoreM (Enrichment Through Science)

, 7126 Civic Club Rd.

N (904) 924-3126

w dcps.duvalschools.org/dinsmore

(29 magnet)

students Approx.

53,000

Standard Hours of Operations*: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm *

EDUCATION

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Exceptions: Venetia - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Early Dismissal Students are dismissed one hour and 45 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time on early dismissal days.

**

M denotes magnet school N denotes neighborhood school

EnglewoodN

, 4359 Spring Park Rd.

N (904) 739-5280

w dcps.duvalschools.org/Englewood FishweirM, N (Visual and Performing Arts)

, 3977 Herschel St.

N (904) 381-3910

w dcps.duvalschools.org/fishweir Hendricks AvenueN

, 3400 Hendricks Ave.

N (904) 346-5610

w dcps.duvalschools.org/hendricks Henry F. KiteM (Global Understanding)

, 9430 Lem Turner Rd. Andrew RobinsonM (STEM)

, 101 W. 12th St.

N (904) 924-3031

w dcps.duvalschools.org/henrykite

N (904) 630-6550

w dcps.duvalschools.org/are

Holiday HillM (Gifted & Academically Talented/Leadership)

BayviewN

, 6900 Altama Rd.

, 3257 Lake Shore Blvd.

N (904) 381-3920

w dcps.duvalschools.org/bayview Brentwood (Visual and Performing Arts) M

, 3750 Springfield Blvd.

N (904) 630-6630

w dcps.duvalschools.org/brentwood

N (904) 720-1676

w dcps.duvalschools.org/HolidayHill J. Allen AxsonM (Montessori, Dedicated Magnet)

, 4763 Sutton Park Ct.

Central Riverside (Gifted & Academically Talented)

Jacksonville BeachM (Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet)

, 2555 Gilmore St.

, 315 S. 10th St.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/centralriverside

w dcps.duvalschools.org/jbe

Chimney LakesM (International Studies Global Academy)

John E. FordM (Montessori/Spanish Montessori, K-8)

, 9353 Staples Mill Dr.

, 1137 Cleveland St.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/cle

w dcps.duvalschools.org/johneford

Crystal SpringsM (Business and Entrepreneurship)

John N.C. StocktonM, N (Math, Science, Technology)

, 1200 Hammond Blvd.

, 4827 Carlisle Rd.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/cse

w dcps.duvalschools.org/stockton

M, N

N (904) 381-7495

N (904) 573-1100

N (904) 693-7645

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N (904) 992-3600

w dcps.duvalschools.org/jaa

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N (904) 247-5942

N (904) 630-6540

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EDUCATION

Lake ForestM (Visual and Performing Arts)

Rufus E. PayneM (STEM)

, 901 Kennard St. N (904) 924-3024 w dcps.duvalschools.org/lakeforest

, 6725 Hema Rd. N (904) 924-3020 w dcps.duvalschools.org/rpayne

Lone StarM (Math, Science, Technology)

Ruth N. UpsonN

, 10400 Lone Star Rd. N (904) 565-2711 w dcps.duvalschools.org/lonestar

, 1090 Dancy St. N (904) 381-7485 w dcps.duvalschools.org/upson

Loretto (Technology)

Sallye B. MathisM (STEM)

, 3900 Loretto Rd. N (904) 260-5800 w dcps.duvalschools.org/loretto

, 3501 Winton Dr.(904) N 924-3086 w dcps.duvalschools.org/sallyebmathis

Martin Luther KingM (Visual and Performing Arts)

San JoseM, N (Dual Language, Global Academy)

, 8801 Lake Placid Dr. E. N (904) 924-3027 w dcps.duvalschools.org/mlking

, 5805 St. Augustine Rd. N (904) 739-5260 w dcps.duvalschools.org/sanjose

Mayport (Coastal Sciences Academy)

San MateoM (Accelerated Academy of Learning)

, 2753 Shangri-La Dr. N (904) 247-5988 w dcps.duvalschools.org/mayport

, 600 Baisden Rd. N (904) 696-8750 w dcps.duvalschools.org/sanmateo

OrtegaM, N (Museum Studies/Global Academy)

San PabloM (Science Academy)

, 4010 Baltic St. N (904) 381-7460 w dcps.duvalschools.org/ortega

, 801 N. 18th Ave. N (904) 247-5947 w dcps.duvalschools.org/sanpablo

Pine Forest (Visual and Performing Arts, Dedicated Magnet)

Spring Park ElementaryM (International Baccalaureate, Global Academy)

M

M

M

, 3929 Grant Rd. N (904) 346-5600 w dcps.duvalschools.org/pineforest PinedaleM (STEM)

, 4228 Dignan St. N (904) 381-7490 w dcps.duvalschools.org/pinedale R.V. DanielsM (Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet)

, 1951 W. 15th St. N (904) 630-6872 w dcps.duvalschools.org/rvdaniels Richard Lewis BrownM (Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet)

, 1535 Milnor St. N (904) 630-6570 w dcps.duvalschools.org/rlbrown

, 2250 Spring Park Rd. N (904) 346-5640 w dcps.duvalschools.org/springpark Thomas JeffersonM (Multiple Intelligences, Acceleration)

, 8233 Nevada St. N (904) 693-7500 w dcps.duvalschools.org/tjefferson VenetiaM, N (Medical Arts Science Academy)

, 4300 Timuquana Rd. N (904) 381-3990 w dcps.duvalschools.org/venetia West RiversideM, N (Dual Language, Global Academy)

, 2801 Herschel St. N (904) 381-3900 w dcps.duvalschools.org/wres

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EDUCATION

PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOLS (GRADES 6-8)

For more info visit dcps.duvalschools.org

Schools

24

(16 magnet)

students Approx.

22,000

Standard Hours of Operations*: 9:30 am - 4:15 pm *

Exceptions:

Baldwin (6-12): 7:15am - 2:00pm Darnell-Cookman: 8:10am - 2:55pm Fort Caroline: 8:45am - 3:30pm John E. Ford (K-8): 8:30am - 3:00pm Matthew Gilbert: 7:25am - 2:10pm James W. Johnson: 8:10am - 2:55pm Kirby-Smith: 8:10am - 2:55pm Julia Landon: 8:10am - 2:55pm LaVilla School of the Arts: 8:25am - 3:25pm Joseph Stillwell: 8:25am - 3:25pm Young Men/Women Leadership Academy: 8:25am - 3:25pm Early Dismissal Students are dismissed one hour and 45 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time on early dismissal days.

**

M denotes magnet school N denotes neighborhood school

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Alfred I duPont MiddleM, N (International Business/ World Language)

, 2710 duPont Ave.

N (904) 739-5200

w dcps.duvalschools.org/dupont BaldwinM (Communications, Information Technology, 6-12)

, 291 Mills St. W.

N (904) 260-1200

w dcps.duvalschools.org/bmsh Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical ArtM (Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet, 6-12)

, 1701 N. Davis St.

N (904) 630-6805

w dcps.duvalschools.org/ darnellcookman

Fort CarolineM (Visual and Performing Arts, Dedicated Magnet)

, 3787 University Club Blvd.

N (904) 745-4927

w dcps.duvalschools.org/fce HighlandsM (Aviation/Military Science/Leadership)

, 10913 Pine Estates Rd. E.

N (904) 696-8771

w dcps.duvalschools.org/hms

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LaVilla School of the ArtsM (Visual and Performing Arts, Dedicated Magnet)

, 3276 Norman E. Thagard Blvd.

, 501 Davis St. N.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/jwjohnson

w dcps.duvalschools.org/lavilla

Jean RibaultM (Early High School, Acceleration)

Matthew GilbertM (Technology)

, 3610 Ribault Scenic Dr.

, 1424 Franklin St.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/rms

w dcps.duvalschools.org/

N (904) 693-7600

N (904) 924-3062

N (904) 633-6069

N (904) 630-6700 matthewgilbert

John E. FordM (Montessori/ Spanish Montessori, K-8)

MayportM (Coastal Sciences)

, 1137 Cleveland St.

N (904) 630-6540

w dcps.duvalschools.org/johneford Joseph StillwellM (Military Leadership, Dedicated Magnet)

, 7840 Burma Rd.

N (904) 693-7523

w dcps.duvalschools.org/stilwell Julia Landon College Preparatory SchoolM, N (Gifted and Academically Talented/ Leadership, Dedicated Magnet)

, 1819 Thacker Ave.

, 2600 Mayport Rd.

N (904) 247-5977

w dcps.duvalschools.org/mayportmiddle Springfield MiddleM (STEM, Dedicated Magnet)

, 2034 Hubbard St.

N (904) 630-6600

w dcps.duvalschools.org/springfield SouthsideM (International Baccalaureate)

, 2948 Knights Ln. E.

N (904) 739-5238

N (904) 346-5650

w dcps.duvalschools.org/

Lake Shore MiddleN

Young Men’s/Women’s Leadership AcademyM (Dedicated Magnet)

w dcps.duvalschools.org/landon

, 2915 Bayview Rd.

N (904) 381-7440

EDUCATION

James Weldon JohnsonM (Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet)

w dcps.duvalschools.org/lakeshore

southside

, 900 Acorn St.

N (904) 630-6900

w dcps.duvalschools.org/ymwla

Confident, Curious and Compassionate #TheSanJoseWay Our teachers know their students, celebrate their individuality and intentionally plan ways to elevate the student experience. Think Tank, an SJEDS signature enrichment program, offers a challenging approach to learning and a way to develop the strengths and talents of ALL students. With a balanced approach that is nurturing yet differentiated, each child can confidently reach their fullest potential.

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Come see for yourself why an education at San Jose Episcopal Day School is an investment in a brighter future. Pre -K 3 through 6th grade • 7423 San Jose Blvd. • 904-733-0352 • www.sjeds.org SJEDS welcomes qualified applicants in grades Pre-K3 through 6 without regard to race, sex, creed, religion or national origin. Accredited by FCIS, FKC, SACS and the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.


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EDUCATION

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS (GRADES 9-12)

For more info visit dcps.duvalschools.org

Douglas Anderson School of the ArtsM, N (Visual and Performing Arts, Dedicated Magnet)

, 2445 San Diego Rd.

N (904) 346-5620

w dcps.duvalschools.org/anderson Edward H. WhiteM (Military Leadership Academy)

Schools

19

(14 magnet)

students Approx.

30,000

Andrew JacksonM (Military Science, Sports Medicine, Cyber Security, Dedicated Magnet)

, 3816 Main St.

N (904) 630-6950

Exceptions:

*

Douglas Anderson 8:25am - 3:25pm Darnell-Cookman 8:10am - 2:55pm Paxon SAS 8:10am - 2:55pm Peterson 8:25am - 3:25pm Randolph 8:25am - 3:25pm Ribault 7:25am - 2:10pm Stanton 8:10am - 2:55pm

N (904) 693-7620

w dcps.duvalschools.org/edwhite Englewood High SchoolN

N (904) 693-7583

w dcps.duvalschools.org/psas Riverside HIgh SchoolM, N (Early College/Engineering)

, 1200 S. McDuff Ave.

N (904) 381-3930

w dcps.duvalschools.org/lee Samuel W. Wolfson High SchoolM, N (International Baccalaureate, Dedicated Magnet)

, 4412 Barnes Rd.

Asa Philip Randolph Career AcademiesM (Dedicated Magnet)

w dcps.duvalschools.org/ehs

, 7000 Powers Ave.

, 1157 Golfair Blvd.

Frank H. Peterson Academies of TechnologyM (Dedicated Magnet)

w dcps.duvalschools.org/wolfson

w dcps.duvalschools.org/aprtech BaldwinM (Communications, Information Technology, 6-12)

, 291 Mills St. W.

N (904) 260-1200

w dcps.duvalschools.org/bmsh Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical ArtsM

(Gifted and Academically Talented, Dedicated Magnet, 6-12)

N (904) 739-5212

, 7450 Wilson Blvd.

N (904) 573-1150

w dcps.duvalschools.org/fhp Jean RibaultM (JROTC, Military Leadership)

, 3701 Winton Dr.

Stanton College Preparatory SchoolM (College Preparatory, Dedicated Magnet)

, 1149 W. 13th St.

N (904) 630-6760

w dcps.duvalschools.org/stanton

w dcps.duvalschools.org/rhs

William M. RainesM (Information Technology; Visual & Performing Arts)

MandarinM (Cambridge Secondary 2/AICE)

, 3663 Raines Ave. w dcps.duvalschools.org/wmrh

, 1701 N. Davis St.

N (904) 630-6805

, 4831 Greenland Rd.

M denotes magnet school

darnellcookman

w dcps.duvalschools.org/mhs

w dcps.duvalschools.org/

N (904) 739-5265

N (904) 924-3092

Early Dismissal Students are dismissed one hour and 45 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time on early dismissal days.

**

, 3239 Norman Thagard Blvd.

w dcps.duvalschools.org/ajhs

N (904) 924-3011

Standard Hours of Operations*: 7:15 am - 2:00 pm

, 1700 Old Middleburg Rd. N.

Paxon School for Advanced StudiesM (College Preparatory, Dedicated Magnet)

N (904) 260-3911

N (904) 924-3049

N denotes neighborhood school

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EDUCATION

CHARTER SCHOOLS Duval Charter School at Westside (K-8)

, 9238 103rd St.

N (904) 421-0250

w westsidecharter.org Florida Cyber Charter Academy (K-12)

N 855-748-4737

w flcca.k12.com

Jacksonville Classical Academy (K-6)

, 2043 Forest St.

N (904) 288-7732

w jaxclassical.org San Jose Primary School (Pre-K through 5th)

, 4072 Sunbeam Rd.

N (904) 425-1725

w sanjoseschools.org Seaside Charter San Jose (K-8)

, 8727 San Jose Blvd.

N (844) 973-2743

w seasidecharter.org Waverly Academy Middle School For Girls

, 5710 Wesconnett Blvd.

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SCHOOLS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Center Academy Mandarin

, 10679 Old St. Augustine Rd.

N (904) 448-1956

w centeracademy.com Clarke School for Hearing and Speech

, 9803 Old St. Augustine Rd.

N (904) 880-9001

w clarkeschools.org We are on time, presentable, and have a trustworthy team that can help you make your vision become a reality.

Crossroads Christian School (K-12)

, 2950 Halcyon Ln. , 6429 Atlantic Blvd. , 1542 Kingsley Ave. #136

N (904) 652-1282

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EDUCATION

DePaul School of NE Florida

North Florida School of Special Education

Bishop John J. Snyder High School (9-12)

, 3044 San Pablo Rd. S. N (904) 223-3391

, 223 Mill Creek Rd. N (904) 724-8323

, 5001 Samaritan Way N (904) 771-1029

w depaulschool.com

w northfloridaschool.org

w bishopsnyder.org

DLC Nurse & Learn

Palm Avenue Exceptional Child

Bishop Kenny High School (9-12)

, 4101 St. N (904) 387-0370 w dlcnl.org

, 1301 W. Palm Ave. N (904) 693-7516

, 1055 Kingman Ave. N (904) 398-7545

w dcps.duvalschools.org/palmavenue

Great Strides Rehabilitation

w bishopkenny.org

The Jericho School

First Coast Academy (9-12)

, 1351 Sprinkle Dr. N (904) 744-5110

, 2725 College St. N (904) 381-1935

w jsakids.org

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

, 10063 Baymeadows Rd. N (904) 641-6644

Little Star Center, Inc.

Academie De Montessori (PK-5)

, 8011 Phillips Hwy., Ste.10 N (904) 928-0112

, 1216 Lasalle St. N (904) 398-3830

Mainspring Academy

Assumption Catholic School (PK-8)

, 6867 Southpoint Dr. N., Ste. 103

, 2431 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 398-1774

, 12276 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 886-3228 w greatstridesrehab.com

w thejerichoschool.org

Greenwood School (6-12)

, 9920 Regency Square Blvd. N (904) 726-5000 w greenwoodjax.org

Jacksonville School for Autism

, 9000 Cypress Green Dr. N (904) 732-4343

w littlestarjax.com

N (904) 503-0344

Jacksonville Country Day School (PK-6)

w academie-de-montessori.org

w assumptionjax.org

w mainspringacademy.org Morning Star School

Avondale United Methodist Child’s Day Out (PK)

, 725 Mickler Rd. N (904) 721-2144

, 1651 Talbot Ave. N (904) 398-4363

w morningstar-jax.org

w fcahighschool.org

w aumcjax.org

w jcds.com

Learning Tree Preschool Center

, 6140 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 737-8842 w learningtreepreschoolcenter.com Melrose Avenue Preschool

, 4305 Melrose Ave. N (904) 388-0606 w melroseavenuepreschool.com

New Beginnings Christian Academy (K-12)

, 7020 Ramona Blvd. N (904) 786-3118 w nbccjax.org

Providence School (PK-12)

, 2701 Hodges Blvd. N (904) 223-5270 w prov.org

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School PK-6)

, 830 Oak St. N (904) 353-5511

, 4114 Oxford Ave. N (904) 388-2632

San Jose Academy and Preparatory High School

St. Matthew’s Catholic School (PK-8)

w rpds.com

, 4072 Sunbeam Rd. N (904) 425-1725 w sanjoseprep.org

San Jose Catholic Grade School (PK-8)

, 3619 Toledo Rd. N (904) 733-2313

w stmarksdayschool.org

, 1773-0010 Blanding Blvd. N (904) 387-4401 w stmatthewscs.com

St. Paul’s Catholic School (PK-8)

, 2609 Park St. N (904) 387-2841 w spsjax.org

w sanjosecatholicschool.com

The Bolles School (Four campuses - PreK-12/Day & Boarding)

San Jose Episcopal Day School (PK-6)

, 7400 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 256-5030

, 7423 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-0352 w sjeds.org

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Preschool

, 2137 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-0567 w sjaxpc.org

Southside United Methodist Church Preschool

, 3120 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-2676 w southsidemethodist.org

w bolles.org

The Episcopal School of Jacksonville (6-12)

, 4455 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 396-5751 w esj.org

The Potter’s House Christian Academy (K-8)

, 5732 Normandy Blvd. N (904) 786-0028 w phcalions.org

St. Johns Country Day School (PK-12)

The Potter’s House Christian Academy (9-12)

, 3100 Doctors Lake Dr. N (904) 264-9572

, 1150 S. Lane Ave. N (904) 695-2837

w sjcds.net

w phcalions.org

COLLEGES Edward Waters College

, 1658 Kings Rd. N (904) 470-8000 w ewc.edu

Florida Coastal School of Law

EDUCATION

Riverside Presbyterian Day School (PK-6)

, 8787 Baypine Rd. N (904) 680-7700 w fcsl.edu

Florida State College at Jacksonville

, 501 W. State St. N (904) 646-2300 w fscj.edu

Jacksonville University

, 2800 University Blvd. N. N (800) 225-2027 w ju.edu

Trinity Baptist College

, 800 Hammond Blvd. N (904) 596-2451 w tbc.edu

UF Health Science Center (University of Florida School of Medicine)

, 653 W. 8th St. N (904) 244-3486 w hscj.ufl.edu

University of North Florida

, 1 UNF Dr. N (904) 620-1000 w unf.edu

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JACKSONVILLE: A MEDICAL DESTINATION Jacksonville residents enjoy a wide selection of healthcare choices when it comes to meeting their medical needs and many of those facilities are just a stone’s throw away from one another. Nationally and internationally renowned healthcare options include Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Baptist Health, the Mayo Clinic, Ascension St. Vincent’s, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, UF Health Jacksonville (University of Florida), Memorial Hospital and Brooks Rehabilitation. These institutions not only serve the needs of locals, but patients throughout the United States and abroad visit our city for world-class medical care every day. In Jacksonville, the hospitals offer state-of-the-art facilities, compassionate and well-trained staff and, in the case of a few, top clinical research programs. Among Jacksonville’s medical facilities is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S., the region’s top-rated pediatric hospital, and the area’s only Level 1 trauma unit.

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general medical centers & emergency care MEDICAL

Ascension St. Vincent’s

Baptist Health

» Serving Jacksonville and surrounding communities since 1873, St. Vincent’s

» Founded in 1955, Baptist Health is a locally-owned and governed health

HealthCare is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system with three medical centers. The Riverside location also includes a Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the St. Vincent’s Lung Institute.

care provider with five nationally accredited hospitals, three emergency centers and the Neurological Institute and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center on its Jacksonville campus.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

, 1 Shircliff Way N (904) 308-7300 w jaxhealth.com

, 800 Prudential Dr. N (904) 202-2000 w baptistjax.com

St. Vincents Medical Center Clay County

Baptist Medical Center Beaches

, 1670 St. Vincent’s Way, Middleburg N (904) 602-1000 w jaxhealth.com

, 1350 13th Ave. South, Jacksonville Beach N (904) 627-2900 w baptistjax.com

St. Vincents Medical Center Southside

Baptist Medical Center Nassau

, 14201 Belfort Rd. N (904) 296-3700 w jaxhealth.com

, 1250 South 18th St.; Fernandina Beach N (904) 321-3500 w baptistjax.com Baptist Medical Center South

Mayo Clinic, Florida

, 4500 San Pablo Rd. S.

N (904) 953-2000

w mayoclinic.org/patientvisitor-guide/florida

» Serving

Northeast Florida since 1986, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville includes a 304-bed hospital, 22 operating rooms and offers care in more than 35 adult medical and surgical specialties. The hospital includes a full-service emergency department, open to everyone.

, 14550 Old St. Augustine Rd. N (904) 271-6000 w baptistjax.com Baptist Emergency at Clay County

, 1771 Baptist Clay Dr., Fleming Island N (904) 516-1000 w baptistjax.com Baptist Emergency at North

, 11250 Baptist Health Dr. N

(904) 202-6905

w baptistjax.com

Baptist Emergency at Town Center

, 4085 Town Center Pkwy. N

(904) 202-6800

w baptistjax.com

UF Health » University of Florida Health is a private, not-for-profit hospital affiliated

with the University of Florida Health Science Center campuses in Jacksonville and Gainesville, offering residents in Northeast Florida and Southeast George all the benefits of an academic health center. It also has the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

UF Health Jacksonville

, 655 W. 8th St. N (904) 244-0411 w ufhealthjax.org UF Health North

, 15255 Max Leggett Pkwy. N (904) 383-1000 w ufhealthjax.org UF Health Southside (Emerson Medical Plaza)

, 4555 Emerson St. N (904) 383-1000 w ufhealthjax.org RESIDENTNEWS.NET

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It’s a Family Health Care Team. UF Health family physicians are trained to care for the whole person at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood. In addition to general health care services, we provide management of chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Our patients have access to MyUFHealth, a secure web portal that allows them to communicate with their providers, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, view test results and more. Online appointments are also available through our UF Health Virtual Visit program.

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PRIMARY CARE LOCATIONS Arlington 13 UF Health Family Medicine – Merrill Road 24 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Monument Landing Beaches 29 UF Health Pediatrics – Beaches Downtown 4 UF Health Family Medicine – Brentwood 7* UF Health Community and Family Medicine – Jacksonville 7* UF Health General Medicine – Jacksonville 7* UF Health Total Care Clinic – Jacksonville 10 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Elizabeth G. Means Center Mandarin 2 UF Health Family Medicine – Augustine Oaks Northside 6 UF Health Family Medicine – Commonwealth 9 UF Health Family Medicine – Dunn Avenue 12 UF Health Family Medicine – Lem Turner 18 UF Health Family Medicine – Soutel Plaza 21 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – New Berlin 8** UF Health General Medicine – North 8** UF Health Pediatrics – North Southside 3 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Baymeadows 16 UF Health Family Medicine – San Jose 17 UF Health Pediatrics – San Jose 19 UF Health Family Medicine – Kernan Square 20 UF Health General Medicine – Emerson 26 UF Health Family Medicine – Goodbys Creek Westside 1 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Blanding 14 UF Health Family Medicine – Murray Hill 15 UF Health Family Medicine – Normandy 32 UF Health Family Medicine – Crystal Springs Baker County 23 UF Health Family Medicine – Crossroads Clay County 11 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Oakleaf Nassau County 5 UF Health Family Medicine – Callahan 30 UF Health Family Medicine – Amelia Island 33** UF Health Family Medicine – Wildlight 33** UF Health Pediatrics – Wildlight St. Johns County 28 UF Health Family Medicine – Ponte Vedra Beach 31 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – Nocatee Georgia 25 UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – St. Marys *Downtown campus location **Shared facility location

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We spoil you, so you can spoil them.

We know that having a baby is a precious time in your life. That’s why we do all we can to make your experience with us special. With your UF Health providers just steps away on our campus, spacious labor and delivery suites, and attention to even the smallest details, we’ll pamper you from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

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15255 Max Leggett Parkway Jacksonville, FL 32218

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Rehabilitation Hospitals

MEDICAL

GENERAL MEDICAL CENTERS & EMERGENCY CARE (Cont.)

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

» Memorial Hospital has been serving Jacksonville and the greater

» Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital is a 160-bed hospital that specializes

Northeast Florida community for over 45 years from its centralized location on University Blvd. The hospital is a 454-bed acute care hospital offering a full line of services, including 24-hour emergency care at three different locations. Featuring an accredited Chest Pain Center, certified Stroke Center, dedicated Heart Center, Bone and Joint Center and a maternity center. Perhaps this needs its own header after we wrap up hospitals….as Memorial is the final one, outside of the listed ones we have.

in intensive therapy and is CARF-accredited in stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, pain, pediatric and general medical rehabilitation. Brooks as a health system has been a leader in rehabilitation services as clinicians, alongside physicians, help members of the community heal and has done so for over 50 years. From its hospital to its 65-plus outpatient locations throughout Northeast Florida, it offers a list of services that serve a broad spectrum of patients across the entire rehabilitation landscape.

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

, 3625 University Blvd. S, 32216 N (904)-702-6111 w memorialhospitaljax.com

, 3599 University Blvd S, 32216 N (904)-345-7600 w brooksrehab.org

cancer centers

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ackerman Cancer Center

, 1301 Palm Ave. N (844) 632-2278 w baptistmdanderson.com

, 10881 San Jose Blvd N (904) 880-5522 w ackermancancercenter.com

» Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional

» Since 1997, Ackerman Cancer Center has

destination for outpatient cancer care, which is clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. Designed to serve as a single destination for cancer patients and their families, Baptist MD Anderson brings together multiple disciplines under one roof, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, infusion and other support clinical services. Natural light, soothing colors and artwork also ensure comfort by merging the “high-tech” world of medicine with the “high-touch” needs of cancer patients. 76 |

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offered comprehensive radiation oncology services and is the world’s first private, physician-owned practice to offer proton beam therapy. Onsite imaging and diagnostic services are provided to ensure all patients receive seamless care and same-day results. The patient-centric approach at Ackerman Cancer Center ensures each patient plays an important role in the development and management of their cancer treatment plan, working with a team of skilled professionals including oncology-certified nurses, oncology social workers, dietitians, and financial resource coordinators.

University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute

, 2015 N. Jefferson St. N (904) 588-1800 w floridaproton.org

» The University of Florida Health Proton

Therapy Institute offers Jacksonville residents access to the most advanced, non-invasive cancer treatment available. The Institute, which opened in 2006, uses proton radiation to offer cancer patients an innovative, targeted treatment for bone, brain, breast, eye, head and neck, prostate, lung, pancreatic, pediatric and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It is the first treatment center in the southeastern U.S. to offer proton therapy.


Invest in your smile with…

Ponte Verda Premier Dental

We are a family-friendly dental practice with dedicated doctors and a caring staff. We believe that everyone should have a dentist who cares about them, and we know our time is the most valuable thing we can give our patients.

• General cleanings and exams • Periodontal maintenance • Root canals • Dental implants • Procera crowns • Zoom teeth whitening • Cosmetic dentistry • Oral surgery • Pediatric dental services (ages 3 and up)

Patient reviews and more information: www.pvpdental.com 100 Professional Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 • 904.285.8407


MEDICAL

children’s care

Wolfson Children’s Hospital

, 800 Prudential Dr.

N (904) 202-8000

w wolfsonchildrens.com

» Nationally

recognized for its quality pediatric care, Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the region’s only children’s hospital. The facility offers skilled pediatric specialists, advanced technology and evidencebased practices help children overcome illnesses like serious heart conditions, brain disorders, behavioral health issues, gastrointestinal conditions and diabetes.

Hope Haven Clinic

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care

, 4600 Beach Blvd. N (904) 346-5100 w hope-haven.org

, 807 Children’s Way N (904) 697-3600 w nemours.org

» Hope Haven provides families with special needs children with educational

» Nemours Children’s Specialty Care offers the highest level of care

and therapeutic services to assist the children in realizing their full potential. Services at the facility include evaluations for autism, ADHD, ADD, gifted, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health therapy, psychological therapy, educational therapy, speech-language therapy and Down syndrome as well as individualized tutoring, after-school programs, summer camps, and job placement services for young adults with special needs. 78 |

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for pediatric specialties ranging from allergy and immunology to more complicated conditions such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. Specially trained pediatric care teams diagnose and treat common to rare and complex conditions. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping kids grow up healthy through life-changing medical care and research while training tomorrow’s pediatric experts.


quality of life MEDICAL

Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Gabriel House of Care

, 4599 Worrall Way

, 4266 Sunbeam Rd.

N (904) 821-8995

N (904) 268-5200

w gabrielhouseofcare.org

» Community Hospice & Palliative Care

» Since 2010, Gabriel House of Care

w communityhospice.com offers specialized care that provides support to you and your loved ones during the final phase of a terminal illness. Focusing on comfort and quality of life, rather than the cure, hospice care enables you to have an alert, painfree life and to live each day as fully as possible. There are seven locations offering a variety of services, including caregiver support, veterans’ services, advance care planning and more.

has striven to provide affordable, temporary lodging for cancer and organ transplant patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment. Gabriel House offers 29 bedrooms on a smokefree campus, with amenities such as fitness and laundry rooms, kitchen and dining room, library, and game rooms.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville

, 824 Children’s Way N (904) 807-4663 w rmhcjacksonville.org

» Since 1988, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville has

been the “home” to over 40,000 families whose children are seeking medical treatment at one of Jacksonville’s premier pediatric healthcare facilities. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville mission supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging, meals, transportation and a community of care to critically ill children and their families who need to be near a hospital for treatment.

Dr.Jila J.Mahajan Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry

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Unconditionally

Welcome!

Some churches say that everybody’s welcome… But they really mean everybody who’s like them. At Avondale United Methodist Church,

All means All.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, LGBT or just not sure, filthy rich, dirt poor, no habla Ingles. And a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We don’t care if you’re more churchy than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism. We welcome you if you are on wheels these days, or if you are just starting to toddle. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” because we’ve been there too. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We welcome those who could use a prayer right now, were sick of mandatory church as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We simply love the way God loves us through Jesus and want to share that love with you.

We welcome you because if you’re good enough for God, (and you are!) then you are good enough for us! SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:00 a.m. A blended service of Contemporary and Traditional

In-person and on YouTube at

aumcjax

1651 Talbot Ave. (Corner of Herschel & Talbot) | www.aumcjax.org


PLACES OF WORSHIP More than half of Jacksonville’s population considers itself to be religious, and the city’s historic neighborhoods offer a variety of places to worship where it is possible to reconnect, renew, or revive spiritual life through a particular faith or denomination. While there are many avenues to finding the perfect church family, many religious institutions in the city’s historic neighborhoods offer the added bonus of being able to pay homage in an edifice renowned for its beautiful and time-honored architecture, as some sanctuaries date back to the 1800s.

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WORSHIP

CHRISTIANITY

, 115 Arlington Rd. N. N (904) 674-7309

ANGLICAN

, 1612 Tracy Rd. N (904) 351-6707 w sgbcjax.org

Southside Karen Baptist Church

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

, 3889 Eloise St. N (904) 701-4825 w htaj.org Resurrection Anglican Church

, 4406 Longfellow St. N (904) 553-0017 w resurrectionjax.com

CATHOLIC Assumption Catholic Church

, 2403 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 398-1963 w assumptioncatholicchurch.org

BAPTIST

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

, 121 E. Duval St. N (904) 359-0331 w icjax.org

, 321 W. Union St. N (904) 354-1053

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

San Jose Catholic Church

, 119 W. Beaver St. N (904) 312-0969

, 3619 Toledo Rd. N (904) 733-1630

First Baptist Church of Oakland

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church

, 1025 Jessie St. N (904) 354-5295 w theoak.org

, 1773 Blanding Blvd. N (904) 388-8698

w fbcjax.com

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville - Ortega

, 4865 Roosevelt Blvd. N (904) 356-6077 w fbcjax.com

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church

, 4001 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-7745 w habchurch.com

w sjcatholic.org

w stmatthewsjax.com

St. Paul’s Catholic Church

, 2609 Park St. N (904) 387-2554 w stpauls-jax.org spsjax.org

EPISCOPALIAN

Korean First Baptist Church

, 3202 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 396-6411 Lake Shore Baptist Church

, 2363 Blanding Blvd. N (904) 388-6578 w lsbcjax.org

Melchizedek Baptist Church of the Deaf

, 1824 Dean Rd. N (904) 725-8797 Murray Hill Baptist Church

, 4300 Post St. N (904) 388-8531 w murrayhill.church

Park Lane Baptist Church

, 1480 Lakeshore Blvd. N (904) 387-5331 w parklanebaptistchurch.com Riverside Baptist Church

, 2650 Park St.(904) N 388-7692 w rbcjax.com

All Saints Episcopal Church

, 4171 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 737-8488 Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

, 1100 Stockton St. N (904) 387-5691 w gsjax.church

The Church of the Messiah (CEC)

, 3754 University Club Blvd.

N (904) 721-4199 w mycomjax.com San Jose Episcopal Church

, 7423 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-1811 w sanjoseepiscopal.com

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

, 7801 Lone Star Rd. N (904) 725-6566 w standrewsjax.com

St. John’s Cathedral

, 702 Dellwood Ave. N (904) 355-5320

, 256 E. Church St. N (904) 356-5507

San Jose Baptist Church

w sanjosebaptist.com

Second Missionary Baptist Church

, 954 Kings Rd. N (904) 354-8268 w 2ndmissionarybaptchurch.com

LUTHERAN Mandarin Lutheran Church

, 11900 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 268-4591 w mandarinlutheran.org

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

, 3976 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-9608 w stmarksjax.org

Trinity Lutheran Church

, 1415 McDuff Ave. S. N (904) 389-5341 w trinity4jax.org

w allsaintsjax.org

Riverside Primitive Baptist

, 6140 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 737-2141

w stphilipsjax.org

w jaxcathedral.org

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

, 4129 Oxford Ave. N (904) 388-2681 w stmarksjacksonville.org

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

, 5616 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 725-1150

METHODIST Avondale United Methodist Church

, 1651 Talbot Ave. N (904) 389-1175 w aumcjax.org

Faith United Methodist Church

, 4000 Spring Park Rd. N (904) 737-3555 w faithumcjax.com

First United Methodist Church

, 225 E. Duval St. N (904) 356-5618 w fumc-jax.org

Historic Mt. Zion AME

, Church 201 E. Beaver St. N (904) 355-9475 w hmzjax.org

Lake Shore United Methodist Church

, 2246 Blanding Blvd. N (904) 388-1780 w lsumcjax.org

Lakewood United Methodist Church

, 6133 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-8477 w lakewoodumc.com

Southside Baptist Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Murray Hill United Methodist Church

, 1435 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 396-6633

, 5042 Timuquana Rd. N (904) 778-1434

, 4101 College St. N (904) 387-4406

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w stpetersjax.org

w murrayhillumc.org


Ortega United Methodist Church

, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. N (904) 389-5556 Riverside Park United Methodist Church

, 819 Park St. N (904) 355-5491 w riversideparkumc.com  

San Marco United Methodist Church

, 1620 Naldo Ave. N (904) 398-3204 w sanmarcochurchjax.com

Southside United Methodist Church

, 3120 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-2676 w sumcjax.org

ORTHODOX Armenian Church

, 3850 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 399-2944

w armenianchurchjacksonville.com (Services held at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church)

Riverside Presbyterian Church

Murray Hill Christ Community Church

, 849 Park St. N (904) 355-4585

, 3548 Gilmore St. N (904) 389-0631

w rpcjax.org

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church

Riverside Avenue Christian Church

, 2841 Riverside Ave. N (904) 389-1751

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Riverside United Church of Christ

, 2858 Post St. N (904) 710-4994

OTHER DENOMINATIONS / NON-DENOMINATIONAL

, 6233 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 737-2333

Cherry Street Church of Christ

, 3255 Riverside Ave. N (904) 388-1969

w sjpcjax.org

, 1140 McDuff Ave. S. N (904) 389-8200 w cherrystchurch.org

Christ Church of Peace

, 1240 McDuff Ave. S. N (904) 387-2020 w christchurchofpeace.org

, 7576 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-3644 w christthemessiahchurch.com

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints

, 4087 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 642-2020 w lds.org

Edgewood Avenue Christian Church

, 1041 Edgewood Ave. S. N (904) 389-4876 w edgewoodavenuecc.org

Ephphatha Deaf Assembly of God

, 2516 LaMee Ave. N (904) 858-9946 (fax or videophone)

Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist

, 8327 Beach Blvd. N (904) 724-4076 w csjax.com

Grace Church of Avondale

, 3519 Herschel St. N (904) 387-0418 w gcajax.com

Jacksonville First Seventh-day Adventist Church First Presbyterian Church

w sjcc.us

Second Church of Christ, Scientist

, 3850 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 396-5383

, 118 E. Monroe St. N (904) 354-8439 w fpcjax.org

w riverside-ucc.org

San Jose Church of Christ

Christ the Messiah Church

PRESBYTERIAN

w jaxdisciples.com

, 4275 Herschel St. N (904) 384-4501

St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church

w stjohnthedivinejax.org

w representchrist.org

, 2137 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 396-0567 w sjaxpc.org  

, 7951 Lenox Ave. N (904) 781-8550

w christianscience.com

Southside Assembly of God

, 2118 Kings Ave. N (904) 396-1663 w ssagjax.org

Southside Church of God in Christ

, 2179 Emerson St. N (904) 398-1625 w southsidecogic.com

St. Luke’s Community Church

, 4168 Herschel St. N (904) 723-1195 w stlukesjacksonville.com

St. Nicholas Park Christian Church

, 3226 Beach Blvd. N (904) 398-1501 The Point

, 4300 St. Johns Ave. N (904) 388-7601 w thepointjax.com The City.Church

, 1819 Thacker Ave. (meeting site only) w thecity.church

The District Church

, 25 N. Market St. (office) , 1200 McDuff Ave. S. (Sunday gatherings)

N (904) 351-8036 w thedistrictchurch.com Unity Church of Jacksonville

, 634 Lomax St. N (904) 355-5100 w unityjax.com

w jacksonvillefirstfl.adventistchurch.org

Lake Shore Presbyterian Church

Jehovah’s Witnesses

, 2270 Blanding Blvd. N (904) 389-2341

, 5135 College St. N (904) 781-0233

JUDAISM

Lakewood Presbyterian Church

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Congregation Ahavath Chesed – The Temple

, 2001 University Blvd. W. N (904) 733-8055

, 7040 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-9618

, 8727 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 733-7078

w lpcjax.org

w jw.org

w thetemplejacksonville.org

Murray Hill Presbyterian Church

King of Kings Church

Etz Chaim Synagogue

, 940 Talbot Ave. N (904) 389-2939

, 3949 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 396-3949

, 10167 San Jose Blvd. N (904) 262-3565

w mhpcjax.com

w kingofkingschurch.us

w etzchaim.org

Ortega Presbyterian Church

Morning Glory Christian Fellowship

Jacksonville Jewish Center

, 4406 Longfellow St. N (904) 389-4043

, 3405 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 887-2929

, 3662 Crown Point Rd. N (904) 292-1000

w ortegapres.com

WORSHIP

w ortegaumc.org

w morningglorycf.com

w jjcjax.org

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COMMUNITY

PROVIDING WAYS TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY Civic and community organizations play a major role in the fabric of our neighborhoods. The unpaid hours donated by residents working with civic, community and professional organizations provide the kind of service our city relies on. The following are some of the organizations that support and perform essential services to our communities.

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COMMUNITY

civic clubs Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

N (904) 721-1155 w elks.org

Exchange Club of Jacksonville

, (904) 657-1597 w jaxexchangeclub.com Fraternal Order of Eagles

N (904) 413-7542 w foe.com Fraternal Order of Police

N (904) 398-7010 w fop530.com Garden Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 355-4224 w gardenclubofjacksonville.org Gator Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 387-6808 w jacksonvillegatorclub.com Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons

N 1-800-375-2339 w grandlodgefl.com Jacksonville Civic Council

N (904) 391-4911 w jaxciviccouncil.com

Jacksonville Urban League

N (904) 723-4007 w ul-jacksonville.iamempowered.com

Junior League of Jacksonville

, 2165 Park St. N (904) 387-9927 w jljacksonville.org

Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 398-5566 w kiwanisjax.org Knights of Columbus

N (904) 723-3810 w kofc.org Lake Shore Woman’s Club

N (904) 388-7921

Leadership Jacksonville, Inc.

N (904) 396-6263 w leadershipjax.org Lions Club International

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Memorial Park Association

m info@memparkjax.org w memparkjax.org Meninak Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 745-3393 w meninak.org Men’s Garden Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 635-7318 w mgcjax.org Moose International

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Optimist International

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Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc.

N (904) 854-6555 w jaxpal.com

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Riverside Rotary Club of Jacksonville

ImpactJAX (Supports JAX Chamber)

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N (904) 273-5366 w facebook.com/IMPACTjax

Rotary Club of Jacksonville

Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

Rotary Club of San Jose

Jacksonville Young Voters Coalition

Rotary Club of San Marco

Jacksonville Jaycees (Supports community projects)

N (904) 353-6789 w jaxrotary.org w portal.clubrunner.ca/2155/

N (904) 387-4057 w sanmarcorotary.com Rotary Club of South Jacksonville

N (904) 399-4486 w Jaxbar.org/page/YLSSection

N (904) 322-9233 w facebook.com/jaxyoungvoterscoalition

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Pioneers (Supports American Cancer Society)

N (904) 994-7355 w southjaxrotary.org

N (904) 391-3607 w cowfordball.org

Rotary Club of West Jacksonville

Red Shoe Crew (Supports Ronald McDonald House)

Southside Businessmen’s Club

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Southside Woman’s Club

Rising Tides (Supports the St. Johns Riverkeeper)

N (904) 994-7355 w westjaxrotary.org N (904) 419-3205 w southsidebusinessmensclub.com N (904) 396-0459 w southsidewomansclub.net Woman’s Club of Jacksonville

N (904) 355-6202

young professionals club CAPtivators (Supports the Cathedral Arts Project)

N (904) 281-5599, Ext. 15 w facebook.com/JaxCAPtivators First A.C.T. (Supports the Florida Theatre)

N (904) 355-5661, ext. 247 w floridatheatre.com/florida-theatre-first-a-c-t

N (904) 807-4669

N (904) 256-7613 w facebook.com/SJRK.Rising.Tides Rotaract Clubs (Supports Rotary Clubs )

w Downtown: downtownrotaractjax.org w First Coast: firstcoastrotaract.com w Beaches: beachesrotaract.org w UNF: unf.edu/groups/rotaract/

Shircliff Society (Supports St. Vincent’s Health Care)

N (904) 308-7306 w facebook.com/TheShircliffSociety The Contemporaries (Supports the Museum of Contemporary Art)

N (904) 620-4207 w facebook.com/MOCAJaxContemporaries The Elements of MOSH (Supports the Museum of Science & History)

N (904) 396-6674 w facebook.com/MOSHElements Urban League Young Professionals (Supports the Urban League)

N (904) 359-0929 w facebook.com/jaxurbanleague

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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SEE AND DO IN JAX “Jax! It’s Easier Here,” or so says the city’s official travel website, but you don’t have to be a visitor to appreciate the motto. Enjoying Jacksonville is easy – that is, if you love a place with warm and inviting historical neighborhoods, plus a vibrant downtown, rich with art, culture and entertainment for a wide variety of interests. Not to mention, the beaches to the East offer concerts and pavilions for enjoying a festival by day and many spots for nightlife by night.

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Entertainment venues Nighthawks

, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd. N (904) 619-9978

» Built in 1904 with 17-foot ceilings,

» A live music venue located in the

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brick walls, rustic wooden columns, the 1904 Music Hall lends itself to performances, parties and other events.

Florida Theatre

, 128 E. Forsyth St. N (904) 355-5661 w floridatheatre.com

» First opened in 1927, the almost-

2,000 seat theatre provides not just great entertainment all year long, but also a full bar along with sodas, water, and light snacks.

Friday Musicale

, 645 Oak St. N (904) 355-7584 w fridaymusicale.com

» The Friday Musicale offers legendary performances and provides programs by and for children.

San Marco Theatre

, 1996 San Marco Blvd. N (904) 396-4845 w sanmarcotheatre.com

» The 1938 Art Deco classic, single-

screen cinema offers snacks, freshly made pizzas, sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas, great beer and wine, along with tables between the seats for food and drinks.

Sun-Ray Cinema

, 1028 Park St. (5 Points) N (904) 359-0049 w sunraycinema.com

» A local theater showing independent

and major release movies, while serving delicious sandwiches, locally-made candy, beer – including local brews, wine and pizza.

Jack Rabbits

Theatre Jacksonville

, 2032 San Marco Blvd. N (904) 396-4425

» An intimate live music venue

» Since 1919, Theatre Jacksonville

founded in 1999, Jack Rabbits is a hidden gem in the historic neighborhood of San Marco. The small nightclub showcases all genres of music by original artists.

Murray Hill Theatre

, 829 N. Davis St. N (904) 807-2013

historic neighborhood of Riverside.

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The Ritz Theatre and Museum

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, 932 Edgewood Ave. S.

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has been “the little theatre with the big voice.” An annual theatre camp engages children in four weeks of classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, and improvisation, culminating in a show by the campers.

Theatreworks

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N (904) 388-3179

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, 630 May St. N (904) 353-3500

» The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located in the LaVilla

» Ministry and music in an alcohol-,

» For over 35 years, Theatreworks

neighborhood, and is considered “the mecca for African American culture and heritage” in Florida. The Art Deco style theater, which seats 426, is used for music, dance and theatrical productions, as well as movies and lectures.

drug- and smoke-free venue, the Christian Rock nightclub provides a positive place with a wholesome atmosphere for everyone.

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has provided the best national and international touring theatre available to school-age children in a seven-county area.

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1904 Music Hall

, 19 N. Ocean St. N (904) 434-3475


CULTURE

museums Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

, 829 Riverside Ave. N (904) 356-6857 w cummermuseum.org

» The gardens feature brick paths and

landscaping that show off a collection of fine Italian marble garden ornaments, while inside the museum is a permanent collection, which spans time from 2100 B.C. through the 21st Century.

music, dance & Theater

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

, 333 N. Laura St. N (904) 366-6911 w mocajacksonville.org

» Visitors are greeted by an Art Deco

façade and, once inside, are treated to over 1,000 works of photography, sculpture, painting, and more, all created from 1960 through the present.

Museum of Science and History

, 1025 Museum Cr. N (904) 396-6674 w themosh.org

The 5 & Dime Theatre Company

Jacksonville Symphony

, 112 E. Adams St. N (904) 881-7503

, 300 Water St. N (904) 354-5547

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The 5 & Dime is a nonprofit consisting of an all-volunteer cast and staff.

The Alhambra Theatre and Dining

, 12000 Beach Blvd.

N (904) 641-1212 w alhambrajax.com

»

w jaxsymphony.org

The Jacksonville Symphony, currently led by Music Director Courtney Lewis, has hosted such greats as Isaac Stern, Luciano Pavarotti and Itzhak Perlman, to name just a few. The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra serves over 270 school-age musicians from elementary through early college in six ensemble levels.

offers the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, the largest digital single-lens planetarium in the U.S.

Built in 1967, the Alhambra Theatre and Dining is one of the few remaining dinner theaters in America, and includes the Library Lounge, the perfect place to unwind with a drink before or after a show.

Museum of Southern History

All Beaches Experimental Theatre

, 4304 Herschel St. N (904) 388-3574

, 544 Atlantic Blvd. N (904) 249-7177

Improve your improv with Mad Cowford’s 8-week workshops for all levels of performer from beginning to advanced.

» Dedicated to the lifestyles, culture, and

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FSCJ Artist Series

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» The Museum of Science and History

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history of the Antebellum South, the museum’s exhibits include “Stonewall” Jackson’s original shoulder epaulettes and one of three flags that draped Abraham Lincoln’s casket during the Lincoln burialtrain tour.

SPACE 42

, 2670 Phyllis St. m Info@spacefortytwo.com w spacefortytwo.com

» Explore the convergence of art,

technology and creative entrepreneurs inside a 22,000 square-foot in Jacksonville’s Arts District. Founded in 2017, the contemporary art gallery’s goal is to represent new and emerging artists in the new contemporary art movement.

tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine

, 76 Dockside Dr., St. Augustine

N (904) 647-1757 w tagmuseum.org

» One of the country’s emerging children’s

museums, tag! offers workshops and camps to paint, sculpt, design puppets, program robots, create costumes, weave and discover the fun of science explorations.

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The nonprofit emphasizes new and original plays and neglected classics, while developing new talent.

N (904) 442-2929

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»

The FSCJ Artist Series invites visitors to experience national and international Broadway and cultural performing arts programs in Jacksonville. Operated by the Florida State College Foundation, Inc., the program includes scene study, music, movement, dance, makeup and more.

The Florida Ballet

, 300 E. State St. #E

N (904 353-7518 w floridaballet.org

»

Founded in 1978, the Florida Ballet is a facility with three large sprungfloor studios, dressing rooms, and a professional sound system, where dancers can study amateur through professional dancing with correct technical training and guidance toward a proper work ethic.

Mad Cowford Improv

, Northstar Substation 119 E. Bay St.

N (904) 233-2359 w madcowford.com

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Players by the Sea

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Local playwrights, solo performance artists and groups of young actors bring personal projects which provide excitement and enrichment in addition to the balance of traditional and contemporary works offered in the Main stage and Studio Seasons.

Ritz Chamber Music Society

, 300 Water St., Ste. 200 N (904) 472-4270 w ritzchamberplayers.org

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The Ritz Chamber Music Society and Ritz Chamber Players endeavor to foster the appreciation of chamber music through performances and educational outreach featuring preeminent African-American musicians and composers.

San Marco Chamber Music Society

, 3976 Hendricks Ave. N (904) 731-1310 w sanmarcochambermusic.org

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The San Marco Chamber Music Society offers free concerts, many of which are fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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» The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a

120-acre property with seven trails, benches, board walks, and picnic tables in the Arboretum, all built by volunteers from the community.

Jax Ale Trail

, 208 N. Laura St. N (904) 798-9111 w jaxaletrail.com

» Not only does Jacksonville have one of only

five Budweiser Breweries in the country that’s opened for tours, we also have a thriving craft brewery scene. There are 22 local craft breweries on the Jax Ale Trail. Jax Beer Week is celebrated each fall.

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

, 370 Zoo Pkwy. N (904) 757-4463 w jacksonvillezoo.org

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lorida is home to more first- and secondmagnitude springs than any other state in the nation and has a total of more than 1,000 artesian springs. Springs were the original tourist attraction in this region that drew people to Florida in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. While manmade attractions come and go, the springs endure and offer visitors and residents alike much to do – water activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming, cave-diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and glass-bottom boat tours for water-lovers and other activities such as camping, hiking, wildlife-watching, horseback riding and more. Artesian springs occur when the groundwater, under pressure, finds its way to the land surface. The spring flows because the pressure in the aquifer (water bearing soil or rock), which is covered by a confining layer (clay or other impervious material), is greater than atmospheric pressure at the land. More than 300 of Florida’s springs are located in the northern half of the state – 19-plus first magnitude springs, 130-plus second magnitude and 80-plus third magnitude. Magnitude is a category based on the volume of flow from a spring per unit time. A first magnitude spring is equal or greater than 100 cubic feet per second (cfs); second magnitude is equal or greater than 10 up to 100 cfs; and third magnitude is equal or greater than 1 up to 10 cfs. Most spring water is at a constant temperature of 68-73 degrees Fahrenheit. Springs are the window into the health of our groundwater, which is the source of 90 percent of drinking water for Floridians. Some springs support entire ecosystems with unique plants and animals. They also flow into rivers dependent on the spring’s clean, fresh water.


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The following are 25 of the most interesting springs in northeast Florida and are open to the public. Most have entrance fees and hours when they are open, as well as some rules to follow. The travel distances listed are from the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville to each spring’s address. To make sure you have an enjoyable excursion, take the time to research a spring before traveling to it.

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1. Poe Springs, 28800 NW 182nd Ave, High Springs 32643 (352) 264-6868 – 79 miles Located north of Gainesville, Poe Springs, a second magnitude spring, is the largest spring in Alachua County. It is part of a 202-acre park filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields along the banks of the Santa Fe River. The park features a playground, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, volleyball courts, softball/ kickball/soccer field and nature trails and is very kid friendly. Scuba diving is not allowed, although you can snorkel and explore a small underwater cave. Depths are about 25 feet.

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2. Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs, 7450 NE 60th St, High Springs 32643 (386) 454-1369 – 82 miles Florida’s newest state park, Gilchrist Blue Springs, a second magnitude spring, is the largest spring in the park. The area is home to all kinds of fish, wildlife and fauna. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, camping, picnicking and hiking.

3. Ichetucknee Springs, 12087 SW US Highway 27, Fort White 32038 (386) 497-1500 – 83 miles The upper portion of the Ichetucknee River, protected in a state park, is a National Natural Landmark and is probably Florida’s most pristine spring-fed river. Ichetucknee Springs, a first magnitude spring, incorporates eight major crystalline springs – Ichetucknee Headspring, Cedar Headsprings, Devil’s Eye Spring, Grassy Hole Spring, Mill Pond Spring and Blue Hole Spring, also known as Jug Spring – which unite to form the Ichetucknee River. It one of the best springs near Jacksonville for camping and offers three hiking trails. Set within a state park, it’s great for swimming, tubing, kayaking canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving and cave diving. Wildlife watching abounds as well.

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4. Ginnie Springs, 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd, High Springs 32643 (386) 454-7188 – 84 miles Ginnie Springs, a second magnitude spring, consists of seven of the clearest springs. It is one of the best for freshwater diving and snorkeling and has a unique underground cave system also loved by scuba divers. Swimmers enjoy the springs’ sand/ limestone bottoms. The springs flow through 250 acres of privately owned wooded land, right on the Santa Fe River. There is lots to do that doesn’t involve the water, as well, such as hiking and picnicking. You can play on volleyball courts if you fancy a break from tubing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, diving or swimming. You can also camp at the springs. 5. Suwannee Springs, 3243 91st Dr, Live Oak 32060 (386) 362-1001 – 84 miles Suwannee Springs, also a second magnitude spring, is an historic park that features the old spring house that was built in the 1800s around the sulfur springs. Visitors can swim in the springs, picnic and enjoy the snow-white river sand bars. Marked equestrian trails connect with the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Visitors may also enjoy fishing, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing.

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6. Rum Island Springs, 1447 SW Rum Island Terrace, Fort White 32038 (386) 719-7545 – 85 miles Rum Island Springs, a second magnitude spring, is located along the Sante Fe River, in a county park that offers a beautiful natural setting. The water is crystal clear; you can see where the spring water meets the tannin water of the river. There are three sets of wood stairs that lead into the springs, plenty of shallow areas and a couple of deep spring heads to explore. Rum Island Springs County Park is a small park that offers some picnic tables and shady areas. There is plenty of grassy area along the river to set up and just relax for a few hours, too. There are no dogs allowed in the park. Kayakers can also make a stop off at Rum Island as they traverse the Santa Fe River.

7. Little River Springs, 24891 105th Lane, O’Brien (388) 362-3004 – 86 miles Little River Springs’ run is approximately 150 feet long with a cave system that is more than 1,200 feet long. The second magnitude spring is on a 125-acre park that offers swimming, beach areas, walking trails, picnic areas and a wide variety of wildlife including deer, squirrel and numerous birds. 8. Salt Springs, 13851 FL-19, Fort McCoy 32134 (352) 685-2048 – 87 miles Salt Springs, a spectacular second magnitude, natural, mineral spring, is located in the Salt Springs Recreation Area. It is one of the largest campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest and the only one with full hookups for RVs. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors entertained, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating.

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9. Troy Spring State Park, 674 NE Troy Springs Rd, Branford 32008 (386) 935-4835 – 92 miles This 70-foot-deep, first-magnitude spring, is part of a state park and offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Nestled in the shallow water of the spring run are the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison, which was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. A hidden gem in north-central Florida, the park has an accessible walkway, picnic tables, interpretive nature trail and riverside dock for canoeists and boaters on the Suwannee River. Only open-water RESIDENTNEWS.NET

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scuba diving is permitted, and divers must be certified; no solo diving is allowed. 10. Devil’s Den, Williston, 5390 NE 180th Ave, Williston 32696 (352) 528-3344 – 96 miles Inside a cave, this spring does not allow swimming but does allow snorkeling and scuba diving. Under the water lies interesting geology that looks like an upside-down mushroom. You enter the 54 feet deep spring via wooden stairs and a wooden platform. This spring gets its name because steam comes out the top opening of the cave on cold mornings giving the spring a mystical and magical feel. The grounds also have cabins, RV parking and a swimming pool.

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11. Silver Glen Springs, 5271 FL-19, Salt Springs 32134 (352) 685-2799 – 97 miles Silver Glen Springs, a second magnitude spring, is part of the Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area,

a beautiful spot along the edge of the Big Scrub that pours into Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes. Both a popular day-use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance between enjoyment of the outdoors and preservation of irreplaceable resources.

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12. De Leon Springs, 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs 32130 (386) 985-4212 – 98 miles De Leon Springs, a second magnitude springs, is in a state park that includes a recreational swimming area with a fascinating history. Once called Acuera, or “Healing Waters,” by Mayaca Indians who inhabited the area, De Leon Springs is a place to cool off in clear waters, roam trails through a lush subtropical forest that features a massive old-growth bald cypress tree and immerse oneself in a rich history. The spring run was once used to turn a sugar cane mill followed by a grist mill to turn corn into flour

during the Civil War. The famous naturalist John James Audubon visited the springs in 1831.

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13. Silver Springs, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs 34488 (352) 261-5840 – 103 miles Silver Springs, a first magnitude spring, is located in the Ocala National Forest and is one of the most visited and perhaps the most famous springs. It has been featured in many

Hollywood hits, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon. The spring is surrounded by 4,000 acres, and the turquoise blue water is surrounded by lush trees. Swimming is currently not allowed but you can paddleboard, snorkel and canoe. Its glass bottom boats have drawn tourists for many years. Visitors enjoy seeing freshwater and saltwater fish, manatees and even fossilized snail shells.

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14. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs, 18532 180th St, Live Oak 32060 (386) 776-2194 – 103 miles Renamed to honor the late worldclass explorer, diver, cinematographer and photographer Wes Skiles, Peacock Springs, a third magnitude spring, has two major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes, all in near pristine condition, within a state park. Cave divers travel from all over the world to explore nearly 33,000 feet of surveyed underwater passages at Peacock Springs. The park features one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United

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#1 swimming hole in the country by USA Today. At 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep, the crystal-clear spring is surrounded by lush scenery and mature trees along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Manatees are known to swim in the water, and you can dive in a vast underwater cave system or just swim, paddle, relax on the small beach, picnic and watch the world go by. Often referred to as the ‘Real Florida,’ Madison Blue Springs has plenty to offer in and out of the water.

18 15 15. Juniper Springs, 26701 E Hwy 40. Silver Springs 34488 (877) 444-6777 – 104 miles This second magnitude spring features the seven-mile Juniper Run, one of the most scenic kayak routes in Florida. You can also swim, snorkel, paddle, bird watch and picnic. There is enough here to please the avid hiker, as well as those that love water activities. Look out for turtles, deer, black bears and turkey.

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16. Bronson Blue Springs/Levy Blue Springs, 4550 NE 94 Pl, Bronson 32621 (352) 486-3303 – 104 miles The springs are part of a county park with picnic tables, a playground area and volleyball court. The springs swimming area at Levy Blue Springs is crystal clear and beautiful with three entrance points around it. Two sets of stairs lead into the deeper water, and one set of stairs leads into a shallow area that is perfect for smaller children. There is also a platform for those who want to jump into the water. In addition to manatees, fish abound in the spring run and attract a variety of wading birds, ospreys, eagles and kingfishers. To see the park’s wonders, visitors can hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail.

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17. Madison Blue Springs, 8300 FL-6, Lee 32059 (850) 971-5003 – 106 miles Madison Blue Springs, a first magnitude spring, was voted the

18. Alexander Springs, 49525 County Rd 445, Altoona 32702 (352) 669-3522 – 108 miles This first magnitude spring is easily accessible and great for families and smaller children. A gradient slope eases swimmers and divers into the cooling water and the limestone floor is easy on the feet. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical. As well as being able to camp here you can enjoy such activities as biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and, of course, snorkeling, diving and swimming. History lovers will enjoy Alexander Springs, too. This area was once home to indigenous Timucuan people, and one of the trails educates you on their way of living.

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19. Hart Springs, 4240 SW 86th Ave, Bell, FL 32619 (352) 463-3444 – 108 miles Hart Springs, a second magnitude spring, is one of the largest springfed swimming areas in the State of Florida. It is part of a park and campground located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, as well as the Gilchrist Blueway Trail. On the northern border of Gilchrist County you will find the Santa Fe River, and on the western border you will find the historic Suwannee River. The Gilchrist Blueway Trail consists of 55 miles of pristine riverfronts. Take a scenic stroll on the halfmile long boardwalk. Enjoy the scenic Suwannee River, cypress hammocks and upland pine trails. Explore the springs by bicycle


where you can connect to the Florida Greenway trail, as well as numerous routes on improved rural roads. Hart Springs Park and Campground is a family-oriented recreation area, accessible by car and boat.

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20. Lafayette Blue Springs, 799 Blue Springs Rd, Mayo 32066 (386) 294-3667 – 110 miles This first magnitude spring is part of a state park that includes a natural limestone bridge crossing the spring run and picnic tables under the shade of the oak trees with their swaying Spanish moss. Fish or canoe on the Suwannee River or stay in one of the park’s rental vacation cabins that stand on stilts high above the riverbank. Bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing are favorite pastimes for visitors. A tent-only campground is available for park visitors and as a river camp for paddlers along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. A primitive youth camping area is also available.

launch available, a nature trail and a boardwalk that overlooks the river. In the summer the gazebo at the end of the boardwalk is a fine place to watch sturgeon jumping. Manatees are often seen in the springs during the winter months and occasionally in the summer. White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls, more commonly known as hoot owls, are some of the other animals seen in the park.

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23. Blue Springs, Orange City, 2100 W French Ave, Orange City 32763 (800) 326-3521 – 116 miles Part of a state park, Blue Springs, a first magnitude spring, is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Canoeing, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife watching, and swimming are all available; however, check before you go as these are not allowed during manatee season.

22 24 22. Otter Springs, 6470 SW 80th Avenue, Trenton 32693 (352) 463-0800 – 110 miles This second magnitude natural spring creates a large clear pool and stream that flows into the nearby Suwannee River. The serene setting is perfect for fishing, bird watching, hiking and other outdoor activities. When you want a little bit of both indoor comfort and outdoor beauty, relax at a poolside table or swim laps in the enclosed pool pavilion. Otter Springs Park & Campground provides a perfect base camp to explore Florida’s Nature Coast, a nine-county stretch along the gulf that offers unique recreational and cultural adventures in an unspoiled environment.

24. Manatee Springs, 11650 NW 115th St, Chiefland 32626 (352) 493-6072 – 122 miles This first magnitude spring is the largest single spring flowing into the Suwannee River. The spring water at times runs so clear that you can see schools of fish racing down it to the river. Manatees can be seen in the cooler months, and birds, mammals and fish are spotted year-round. In 1972 it was designated a registered National Natural Landmark, a recognition given only to sites with exceptional natural and historical value. People have enjoyed the cool waters of Manatee Springs for more than 10,000 years, from early Paleo Indians to modern park visitors.

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The park surrounding the springs features a trail system that leads around deep sinkholes, through ancient forests and down a boardwalk that ends at an observation point along the Suwannee River. An extensive series of caves that underlie the spring is popular with certified cave divers.

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25. Rock Springs, 400 E Kelly Park Rd, Apopka 32712 (407) 254-1902 – 137 miles Rock Springs is a second magnitude spring in Kelly Park, which has more than seven miles of hiking trails to enjoy. In addition to all the things you can usually expect at a spring, you can enjoy floating among the mangroves. There are also glass-bottomed boats and a campground. HL

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21. Fanning Springs, 18020 US-19, Fanning Springs 32693 (352) 463-3420 – 110 miles Located on the Suwannee River, this strong second magnitude springs provides swimming or snorkeling. Visitors can enter the park by car or arrive by boat from the Suwannee river. Many visitors enjoy the picnic area, playground, volleyball court or use the park’s large open areas for ball games, throwing Frisbees and also for events. There is a canoe/kayak

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