Historic Life - Vol. 2

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Contents 10. Public Services

24. San Marco





12. Our Greatest Asset

26. St. Nicholas





14. Historic Districts Map

28. San Jose / Lakewood





16. Riverside

30. Springfield





18. Avondale

32. JAX Ale Trail





20. Ortega

90. On the Brink





22. Murray Hill

94. Flashbacks





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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 Neighbors and Newcomers Guide.

Historic Life—Neighbors and Newcomers Guide is an annual magazine covering Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murry Hill, San Marco, San Jose and St. Nicholas. For advertising information please call 904.388.8839. Facts and statements expressed in the editorial content are not necessarily those of The Resident Community News Group. All content is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, copied or reproduced without written permission from the publisher. ©2016.

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Publishers’ Note

Welcome Home Welcome to your new home in Jacksonville, we hope you’re settling in and getting acquainted with neighbors, coworkers and our city as a whole. As a part of that process, we publish an annual neighbors and newcomers guide, titled Historic Life, to provide a wealth of information for new residents and visitors alike. Our goal was to create a resource that helps individuals and families explore the time-honored, historic neighborhoods of Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill, San Marco, St. Nicholas and San Jose. Whether you’ve already settled, you’re still looking to find a permanent home, or simply visiting our city with an eye to settling here in the future, this guide has the ability to acquaint you with all that Jacksonville and its historic districts have to offer. Through our informative community newspapers, The Resident, you will continue to learn about news, information and stories that tell of our unique communities and their local residents. If you have not yet settled, live at a distance, and seek a local connection, we invite you to visit www.residentnews.net and read both editions of our virtual issue every month. Our papers are unique, as they are niche-focused, hyperlocal, and mailed directly to 25,000 residences, with over 5,000 copies distributed to local businesses and other points of interest. As we complete our 10th year in business, we continue to keep locals informed on the topics that affect their neighborhood, their investments and their best interests. We are also continually humbled by the opportunity to share the ‘good news’ with readers. In closing, we hope you will soon discover you live in a special place embodying small-town charm, unique architecture and the allure of the St. Johns River – a place where historic preservation is balanced with the growth of modern demands. It is our hope this guide will help you find enlarged possibilities and make the transition into our neighborhoods easy and enjoyable.

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PUBLIC SERVICES POLICE SERVICES The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) main headquarters is downtown in the Police Memorial Building at 501 E Bay Street. The Zone 3 substation serving San Marco, St. Nicholas, and Lakewood is located at 7100 Powers Ave; the Zone 4 substation serving Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill and Ortega is located at 3726 Blanding Blvd. Call 9-1-1 for EMERGENCY situations only. A neighbor’s loud party or your car being broken into the night before is not an emergency. For non-emergency police services visit www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-office.aspx or call (904) 630-0500.

DRIVER LICENSE AND MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE CENTERS To get a Florida driver license or identification card for the first time or to transfer an out-of-state license, residents must appear in person at a driver license office. Check the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website (www.flhsmv.gov/offices/ duval) for a list of office locations. Florida Law requires that residents notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 10 days of a change of address. You may change your address, renew, or request a duplicate license online at www.flhsmv.gov. For more information call (850) 617-2000.

UTILITIES AND PUBLIC WORKS VEHICLE REGISTRATION The majority of electric, water and sewer service in Jacksonville is provided by Jacksonville Electric Authority, commonly referred to as JEA. For more information or to sign up for service, visit www.jea.com or call (904) 655-6000. CITY SERVICES Contact 630-CITY (2489) or visit www.630city.coj.net with any of your requests or issues with the City of Jacksonville. MyJax, available through the App Store or Google Play, allows you report concerns, view points of interest, look up city service schedules, and more. GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION Residential curbside collection of garbage, yard waste and recyclables is provided on a weekly basis. Visit www.coj.net and select “Garbage/Recycling Schedule” under the “Living” tab for guidelines and collection schedule. For more information or to request a recycling bin, call 630-CITY (2489).

A license plate and registration are required on all motor vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and mopeds. To register a vehicle for the first time, the owner must take the original title and proof of Florida insurance to any Duval County Tax Collector office (in the case of newly purchased cars, this process is typically handled at the dealership). Tags and registration can be renewed at the Tax Collector’s Office or online at www.gorenew.com. Visit www. flhsmv.gov or call (850) 617-2000. PET LICENSES To obtain a license for dogs, cats and ferrets, which must be renewed annually, pet owners must show written proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccination and pay $15. Many veterinarian offices will submit the paperwork on your behalf. The fine for violating the city ordinance is $50. Visit www.coj.net and select “Animal Care and Control” from the services drop-down menu or call (904) 387-8924.



Phone, cable and Internet service is offered in our area by a variety of companies. A few commonly used services can be reached at: • AT&T (1-888-757-6500) • Comcast-XFINITY (1-800-934-6489) • Dish Network (1-888-975-0964) • DIRECTV (1-800-490-4388)

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates more than 40 bus routes and community shuttles throughout Jacksonville, the Beaches, and Orange Park. JTA also oversees the Skyway, a 2.5-mile elevated transit system serving San Marco and Downtown. The Riverside/Avondale Night Trolley

runs every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. in a continuous loop. Download the MyJTA mobile app (Google Play or iTunes) and you’ll know exactly when to meet the trolley for your next stop on the circuit. For JTA schedules, fees, special services or other information, visit www.jtafla.com or call (904) 630-3100. Download NextBus (www.nextbus.com) to find stops and next scheduled departure. VOTER REGISTRATION First-time voters in the state of Florida must complete and sign an application and deliver it (in person or by mail) to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 105 E. Monroe St. or any Jacksonville public library. Residents who already have a Florida voter information card can change their address by phone or email. For more information visit www.duvalelections.com or call (904) 630-1414.

CITY COUNCIL City Hall, 117 West Duval St., 4th Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32202 | www.coj.net DISTRICT 5 - San Marco, San Jose, St. Nicholas

Lori Boyer, President lboyer@coj.net | (904) 630-1382 Executive Admin: Nicole Spradley nspradley@coj.net DISTRICT 14 - Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

Jim Love JimLove@coj.net | (904) 630-1390 Executive Admin: Kevin Kuzel kkuzel@coj.net SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVES 1701 Prudential Drive, 6th Floor, #642, Jacksonville, FL 32207 | www.duvalschools.org DISTRICT 3 - San Marco, San Jose, St. Nicholas

Ashley Smith-Juarez, Chairman juareza1@duvalschools.org | (904) 390-2239 DISTRICT 6 -Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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Treat our greatest asset with respect By Jimmy Orth, E xe c u t i ve D i re c t o r, S t . J o h n s R i ve r k e e p e r


he St. Johns River is one of Florida’s most important natural resources. In fact, the St. Johns is the only river in Florida and one of only 14 rivers in the entire United States federally-designated as an American Heritage River. The St. Johns was awarded such an esteemed designation because of the tremendous historical, cultural, recreational, ecological, and economic benefits that it has provided to Florida and its citizens for generations. This is especially true for the historic neighborhoods of Jacksonville where the river is such a prominent feature and constant presence in our lives. The river

enhances our property values and quality of life, helps define our community, and enriches our daily experiences. As a resident of Riverside, I frequently bike on the Riverkwalk or visit the Riverside Arts Market, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, or one of the numerous parks, like Memorial and Stinson, which line the banks of our river or one of the tributaries. Despite the river’s importance, we don’t always treated her with the respect and reverence that is warranted. Unfortunately, the St. Johns and its tributaries are suffering from a variety of pollution problems, including an overload of nitrogen and phosphorous, which

triggers algal blooms and fish kills and dangerous levels of fecal coliform that can make us sick from exposure. Who is responsible for these problems? Well, we all are. When we flush our toilets, fertilize our lawns, or even drive our cars, we potentially contribute to the problems facing our river. In our older neighborhoods, storm drains convey untreated storm water straight into the St. Johns or its tributaries. This water often carries with it a cocktail of pollutants from our yards, parking lots and roads. The good news is that each of us can play an important role in protecting the St. Johns. By making “river-friendly”



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decisions and working together to solve our collective problems, we can protect this vital community asset. Here are some things that you can do to be River Friendly. • Use less fertilizer and chemicals, and plant native or drought-tolerant plants. • Over 50 percent of our potable water is typically used to water lawns and plants. Install low-flow fixtures in you home, fix leaks, and water your lawn efficiently and only when needed. • Scoop the poop. Our pets’ waste can wash into waterways and contribute to the fecal bacteria pollution problem in our streams.

• If you have a septic tank, make sure that it is frequently inspected and maintained. Failing septic tanks are a major source of pollution in the river. • Stay informed and get involved in decisions that affect the St. Johns and our local creeks. You can get additional River Friendly tips and learn more about your river by visiting www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org. The bottom line is that our river’s future will be determined by each of us. By working together and doing our individual parts, we can ensure that our majestic river is protected for generations to come.

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Riverside H I S TO R I C A L , E C L E C T I C , H O M E

Riverside is not only one of the most historical areas of Jacksonville, it can easily be called one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city. Residences, parks and walkways with the backdrop of the St. Johns River are just what the neighborhood’s name implies. Residents can be seen “river side” enjoying an afternoon lunch in the park, walking their four-legged friends or hanging out in one of the trendy neighborhood coffee houses, outdoor cafés and shops. Riverside is unique in that it offers an historical feel and also a touch of the modern city with eclectic commercial districts such as 5 Points and the Park and King Streets corridor. The height of Riverside’s development began after Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. The area quickly became popular as a place for up-and-coming architects to compete and showcase a variety of architectural styles, still seen in Riverside’s historic residential neighborhoods, such as the St. Johns Quarter. Almost all of the architectural styles imaginable exist in Riverside from Greek revival, Gothic revival, Victorian, Romanesque revival, early modern,

domestic, and colonial to Georgian and Mediterranean. Architect Henry Klutho’s work was prominent in the Riverside area, and he was a major player in Jacksonville’s rebuilding as well. His work can be seen in Jacksonville’s City Hall, the Carnegie Library and Morocco Temple, among others. The schools in the Riverside area come with their own bit of interesting history. Robert E. Lee High School in Riverside is the second oldest high school in Jacksonville and it still operates at its original site today. One of the school’s students, Gary Rossington would go on to make “rock ‘n roll history” as a member of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s name stems from a gym teacher Rossington had while attending Robert E. Lee, whose name was Leonard Skinner. Though a joke at first, the band kept the name and finally morphed it into Lynyrd Skynyrd to avoid legal problems. Riverside’s elementary schools, Central Riverside and West Riverside, were both established more than 100 years ago. The former Annie Lytle Elementary School, which lies in the shadow of I-95 and is currently in a sad state of decay and disrepair, was established in 1917.

DID YOU KNOW? • Riverside Historic District makes up nearly 7,000 acres and includes more than 2,100 historic buildings. • The Sun-Ray Cinema, formerly the Five Points Theater, was the first movie theater in Florida equipped to show talking pictures. • According to Riverside Avondale Preservation, Riverside has the highest population density of any neighborhood in Jacksonville. • Riverside and Avondale were granted ‘Top 10 Great Neighborhoods’ status by the American Planning Association (APA) in 2010.


LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park Cherry Street Park (N) 1865 Cherry Street John Gorrie Dog Park (S) at Riverside Park (N) 753 Park Street Memorial Park (C) 1620 Riverside Avenue Peace Memorial Rose Garden (N) 1515 Mallory Street Willowbranch Park (N) 2870 Sydney Street


Riverside Avondale Community Garden (S) 2840 Park Street Windsor Place Park (N) Windsor Place and Sydney Street Yacht Basin Park (N) 2941 St. Johns Avenue

LOCAL SPORTS Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Swimming Pool 1100 Stockton Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 387-4298 www.gsjax.church/pool.aspx The large heated indoor pool at a historic Riverside church offers swimming lessons, lifeguard training and physical therapy classes. Summer day camps use the pool, and many pool members swim laps and exercise there daily.

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Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League 849 Park Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 382-6639 www.rpcbasketball.org Since 2000, this church-sponsored basketball league offers basketball teams for boys and girls in the Jacksonville area. Winston Family YMCA 221 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 265-1775 www.firstcoastymca.org/locations/ winston-family-ymca This YMCA is home to the Barracudas in-training swim team for ages 6 to 17, the Flyers year-round competitive swim team for ages 7 to 17, triathlon training program for ages 5 to 14, karate classes for ages 7 to 12, and an adult badminton club for ages 18 and up.


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Avondale S O P H I S T I C AT E D S O U T H E R N S T Y L E

Avondale, considered by some residents to be the more modern extension of Riverside, actually came into its own identity in 1920, not long after Riverside’s greatest growth began after the Great Fire of 1901. Avondale is filled with plenty of its own southern history. Thanks to the vision of several wealthy northern investors, who saw a valuable piece of real estate in what is now present-day Avondale, this exclusive subdivision was born. The Avondale neighborhood came to exist on the land of former plantations, which comprised acres of land originally granted by Florida’s Spanish government to Robert Hutcheson in 1815. Avondale was named after a community in Cincinnati where investor James Challen had lived and for whom Challen Avenue

is named. Avondale was marketed as a place where “well-to-do” people would reside, and the area quickly became popular. Nearly 200 homes were built in the first two years of development. Avondale was intricately planned to be an elite neighborhood from the very beginning of its development with strict covenants designed to maintain the area exclusiveness. Sidewalks, sewer, city water, gas, electric and telephones were in place even before lots became available to purchase. Famed landscape architect William Pitkin included curving roadways, parks and beautiful Mediterranean Revival style residences in his master design. On January 6, 1921, the Avondale subdivision development coincidentally opened just as the Acosta Bridge was

completed. This sophisticated neighborhood with an abundance of architecturally formal homes also includes specialty boutiques and restaurants in the Shoppes of Avondale along St. Johns Avenue.

DID YOU KNOW? • The dividing line between Riverside and Avondale is Seminole Road. • Avondale is one of Jacksonville’s first residential areas where home designs were influenced by the automobile, as garages and carports were integrated into the design of the residences.

RIVERSIDE AVONDALE PRESERVATION INC. Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc. (RAP) is a private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1974 whose mission is to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage and economic viability of the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. RAP encourages community participation, promotes preservation education, and sponsors events highlighting the history, architecture and cultural vibrancy of the district. The group advocates for the neighborhoods’ historical assets and works with preservation groups across the state to ensure Riverside and Avondale’s history and cultural heritage remain intact. RAP is located at 2623 Herschel Street and can be reached at (904) 389–2449 or info@riversideavondale.org. For more information on membership and events visit www.riversideavondale.org.



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Located south of Avondale across what’s known to locals as McGirts Creek, you will find the exclusive Ortega area. Considered one of Jacksonville’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Ortega has a quaint, small-town feel yet is in close proximity to downtown. It’s a place where kids still walk and ride their bikes to neighborhood schools, and neighbors wave to each other as they walk to one of the area’s many parks. In Ortega’s history, you will find riverfront mansions, downtown vistas and several notorious characters. In 1770, the present day Ortega was known as Maxton Island. The 2,000-acre peninsula was first a plantation, which then came into the hands of Daniel McGirtt.

Colonel McGirtt was a farmer and East Florida Ranger who turned into a notorious bandit known for pirating British, Spanish and American citizens in the area. Several Ortega areas are named after McGirtt including the 90-acre McGirts Creek Park and McGirts Creek (also known as the Ortega River), which are along McGirts Boulevard. McGirtt was not the only interesting character in Ortega’s history. A Grand Avenue home from the 1920s era allegedly housed gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly and his wife Kathryn. They allegedly fled the house in 1933, narrowly missing a midnight police raid. A wooden bridge financed by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1902, which connected with the former Edgewood Development, helped to drive Ortega’s development. During the 1920s housing boom, elegant neighborhoods were born with varied architecture designed by Henry Klutho. Ortega is also home to another famous bridge, the Ortega River Bridge, which is one of the nation’s oldest functioning drawbridges that was completed in 1927. The other half of the island, referred to as Ortega Forest, is separated by U.S. 17 or

Roosevelt Boulevard. This area borders the interior reaches of the Ortega River and is known for its river frontage and canals that run throughout the neighborhood.

DID YOU KNOW? • Old Ortega is Jacksonville’s third nationally recognized historic district, with nearly 600 historic buildings. • Prominent New York businessman William Astor helped start the Florida Yacht Club in downtown Jacksonville in 1876. After the Great Fire of 1901, the club moved to Riverside temporarily before moving in 1907 to Yacht Basin Park. In 1928, the club moved to Ortega, its final home. It is the fourth oldest surviving yacht club in the United States. • One end of Ortega’s historic district has street names of Native American Tribes while other sections have the names of Ivy League Schools and styles of architectural columns (e.g., Doric, Ionic, Corinthian).

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Navy Ortega Lakeshore Little League P.O. Box 7331 Jacksonville FL 32238 www.noljax.org Open to military families and civilians, NOL Little League offers an opportunity for children of all levels and experience to play baseball and softball.

The Florida Yacht Club 5210 Yacht Club Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 387-1653 www.thefloridayachtclub.org From sailing to scuba-diving to kayaking, The Florida Yacht Club is the epicenter of many aquatic sports. The club also has a croquet program, tennis programs and adult teams.

Baker Point Park (N) 4045 San Juan Avenue Bettes Park (N) 3800 Bettes Circle Columbus Park (N) 2850 Iroquois Avenue Cortez Park (N) 4260 Baltic Street DeSoto Park (N) 3970 Baltic Street John Stockton Park (C) 4827 Carlisle Road Lakeside Park I & II (N) 4190 Lakeside Drive Seminole Park (N) 4170 McGirts Blvd. Stinson Park (C) 4050 San Juan Avenue Stockton Park (N) 4021 Ortega Blvd. Yerkes Park (N) 3927 McGirts Blvd.

Timuquana Yacht Club River Rats 4028 Timuquana Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 388-2664 www.rcsl.org/teams/tyc.html The River Rats are the combined swim team of the Timuquana Country Club and The Florida Yacht Club. There is also a Junior River Rats team for younger swimmers.

Timuquana Country Club 4028 Timuquana Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 388-2664 www.timuquana.net Located on the western edge of the St. Johns River, Timuquana offers an 18-hole course and tennis programs for adults and children. This private club open only to members and their guests.

Venetia Athletic Club 580 College Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 382-6639 www.vacjax.com This nonprofit youth football organization for ages of 6 and 13 is open to all Jacksonville and neighboring residents.



Murray Hill C O M I N G I N TO I T S O W N A G A I N

One of Jacksonville’s most quaint neighborhood experiences can be found in 110-year-old Murray Hill. Located between Cassat Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Murray Hill has a small town urban charm that draws residents who appreciate a neighborhood with character. It’s a place where you can take a walk to the corner and find local historic landmarks still standing, such as the old Murray Hill Theatre, now a Christian outreach nightclub, and the Dreamette, a local ice cream stand founded in 1948 at Post Street and Edgewood Avenue. The establishment of the Florida Military Academy in Murray Hill during World War I helped spur the development of this small neighborhood. The Academy’s opening also helped drive the Jacksonville Traction Company to expand its streetcar line, which in 1914 finally connected downtown Jacksonville with the Murray Hill area.

Rail workers from the nearby Lackawanna terminal also played a major role in Murray Hill’s key development period of the 1940s, creating charming domiciles which run the architectural gamut from bungalow and Prairie School styles to the some of the more rare Sears Kit homes in Jacksonville. During World War II, Murray Hill saw another growth spurt with Naval Air Station Jacksonville playing a large factor in the expansion of the residential sections of this neighborhood to the west of Cassat Avenue. In the 1950s Murray Hill’s Edgewood Avenue was call the “Avenue of Progress,” but it lost a little traction in the latter half of the 20th century. Today the area is seeing a resurgence of home buying and new businesses as families rediscover how congenial “small town living” can be.

DID YOU KNOW? • According to the Murray Hill Preservation Association, the oldest existing house in Murray Hill was built in 1898 at 916 Talbot Avenue. • The Murray Hill Theatre opened in 1949 and guests paid 50 cents to see “Red River,” starring John Wayne and Montgomery Cliff. • French Street features six houses designed by Jacksonville’s first female architect, Henrietta Dozier.

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MURRAY HILL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION Established in 1906, Murray Hill has a rich and interesting history celebrating more than 100 years. The Murray Hill Preservation Association was founded in 1932 and is one of Florida’s oldest continuously operating neighborhood associations. MHPA is an all-volunteer not-forprofit group working with residents, merchants and the City of Jacksonville to promote, preserve and protect the resources and history of the Murray Hill neighborhood. The organization’s mailing address is P.O. Box 37123, Jacksonville, FL 32236, and staff can be reached at (904) 212-1250 or visit www.murrayhilljax.com.

LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park Murray Hill Arts Center at Herbert Bayer (S) 4327 Kerle Street Driveway on Hamilton St. Murray Hill Four Corners Park (N) 4602 Lawnview Street

LOCAL SPORTS TEAMS Murray Hill Athletic Association 4208 Kingsbury Street (904) 338-7419 www.murrayhillathletics.org Murray Hill Athletic Association (MHAA) is a Babe Ruth League affiliate offering youth baseball, softball and T-ball since 1975. MHAA provides athletic programing to the families of children ages 4 through 17.

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San Marco, originally incorporated as South Jacksonville, was created from the start with an upscale Italian Renaissance Revival theme in mind. As a standout from surrounding areas, San Marco’s beautiful design elements include large lots, grassy medians, lovely parks, and winding streets. San Marco’s history can be traced backed to the 1700s, when the first residents populated this area after the British established a ferry crossing, called the Cow Ford, to haul cattle from across the St. Johns River. Throughout the 1800s, the San Marco area was primarily tracts of land and plantations owned by prominent Jacksonville families. These plantations were eventually broken up and sold after the Civil War to make way for residential developments. The opening of the Acosta Bridge in 1921 brought a growth spurt of development to San Marco, thanks to developer Telfair Stockton’s vision. This historic district’s most popular feature is San Marco Square, which sets the theme for the neighborhood’s Italian Renaissance history. San Marco Square anchors surrounding neighborhoods and features three pedestaled lions overlooking the entrance. A grand arched bandstand and fountains complete the Square’s Venicelike setting and is the site where locals gather for many community events such as the annual Christmas tree lighting. San Marco Square is also home to trendy restaurants as well as boutiques and art galleries. Also part of San Marco Square is the classic San Marco Theatre, complete with Art Deco design and a vintage neon sign. The theatre, which originally opened in 1938, is a fully functioning movie house and was recognized by USA Today as one of 10 best classic cinemas in the U.S.

Not to be overlooked are riverfront properties south of San Marco in the Miramar community, including the neighborhoods of Colonial Manor, where the well-known Duck Pond is located, and Granada, where many of the streets sport Spanish names and the architecture reflects the Mediterranean influences.

DID YOU KNOW? • The name San Marco Square comes from “Piazza San Marco” in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. • Artist Davis Cone included the San Marco Theatre in his book “Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Theatre Painting of Davis Cone.” • The San Marco Preservation Society was formed in 1975 with the goal of protecting and enhancing the San Marco area.

SAN MARCO PRESERVATION SOCIETY The San Marco Preservation Society was formed in 1975 as a nonprofit to protect the integrity of the San Marco residential neighborhood and to enhance the revitalization of the business district. The group is charged with keeping the charm and character of San Marco intact. The group oversees San Marco Preservation Hall, a local landmark originally built in 1888 as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 652 Atlantic Boulevard. The space is leased for weddings, parties and meetings. Other society activities include representing San Marco’s interests to city government, participating in zoning and government action issues, maintaining and enhancing area parks and recreation facilities, and coordinating family and community events. The organization’s business office is located in the former South Jacksonville City Hall at 1468 Hendricks Ave. and can be reached at (904) 396-0081 or visit www.smpsjax.com.




Greenscape Celebration Park (N) 801 LaSalle Street

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Historic Kings Road Park (N) 1972 Kings Avenue

Alexandria Oaks Park (N) Also known as FEC Park 1620 Marco Place

Jessie Ball duPont Park (N) (Known as Treaty Oak Park) 1207 Prudential Drive

Angelina Danese Park (N) 3310 St. Augustine Road

Jim Rink Park (N) 801 Cedar Street

Balis Park (N) 1999 San Marco Blvd.

Joe Davis Memorial Park (N) 2545 Larsen Road

Belmonte Park (N) 1440 Belmonte Avenue

Landon Park (N) 1800 San Marco Blvd.

Brown L. Whatley Memorial Park (N) Alexandria Place South

Largo Well Park (N) 1964 Largo Road

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

Lillian S. Davin Park (N) 2311 River Road River Oaks Park (C) 1000 River Oaks Road

Fletcher Park (S) 1652 Atlantic Blvd. Friendship Fountain Park (S) 1015 Museum Circle

Riverfront Park (N) 1800 River Road Southbank Riverwalk (S) 1001 Museum Circle

Granada Park (N) 3960 Alcazar Avenue

Southside Park & Tennis Complex (C) 1539-1541 Hendricks Avenue

LOCAL SPORTS Hendricks Avenue Baseball League 4001 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 396-7745 www.hendricksbaseball.org Provides baseball programs for children in the Southbank, St. Nicholas, San Marco, Lakewood, and San Jose neighborhoods. There is a T-ball league for ages 4 to 6, a minor league team for age 9 and up and a major league team for ages 12 and up. Southside Tennis Complex 1539 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 399-1761 Six lighted asphalt and six lighted clay courts are open to the general public seven days a week for league play, by reservation or walk-up. Competitive opportunities include Working Women’s League, First Coast Tennis Foundation Women’s Day League, seven USTA adult leagues, and both adult and junior teams. Jaxparks Junior Tennis Camp 1539 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.coj.net Campers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at this camp. Children 10 and under learn to use tennis equipment and play on a smaller sized court. More advanced children ages 11 through 15 learn serving techniques and game play situations.

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Roads and waterways define the boundaries of historic St. Nicholas, which has foundations built upon British and Spanish influences. Spread along the south bank of the St. Johns River east to Millers Creek, the community also extends south to nestle between Atlantic and Beach Boulevards, ending at Little Pottsburg Creek. The St. Nicholas area can be traced back to Spanish land grants and the development known as the Village of St. Nicholas. Both Francis Bagley and Reuben Hogans received land grants from the Spanish government, then their properties were intermingled through marriage.

The historic St. Nicholas Cemetery is just under one acre in size and originally served as a pioneer-family burial ground. The first person buried there in 1849 was William Darius Ferris; in 2007, his great-grandson of the same name was laid to rest there.

The area’s history is best known for Fort San Nicholas, a Spanish fort originally planned to be built out of fear of British General James Oglethorpe’s looming invasion of the area around 1740. However, Fort San Nicholas was not actually built until the late 1700s, once the Spanish took back control of the land after a long period of British rule. The Fort, which also protected the river crossing called Cow Ford, stood on what is now the Bishop Kenny High School athletic field area. In 1839 the Bagley-Hogans properties were divided into five 80- to 90-acre lots, one of which is now the Palmer Terrace neighborhood. The Holmes family is another well-known historic name in the area (Holmesdale Road provides the western boundary of the community), having also received Spanish land grants. A glimpse at the Hogans family tree reveals branches of Millers, Palmers, Holmes and McIvers, whose 1916 Tudor Revival-style mansion remains along the St. Johns River. Following the Civil War, St. Nicholas was a popular site of vacation and retirement homes for wealthy residents. During World War I, the Fort St. Nicholas area was home

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to the Merrill-Stevens Drydock & Repair Company, which built U.S. ships. Today, this mostly residential neighborhood hosts unique amenities including authentic ethnic eateries, law offices, family-owned businesses and two of Jacksonville’s oldest restaurants, Beach Road Chicken Dinners and Lou Bono’s Real Pit BBQ. To the east of St. Nicholas you’ll find Empire Point, which was originally part of Reuben Hogans’ land grant in 1808. The neighborhood name comes from one of three sawmills which operated prior to the Civil War. Empire Mills was the only one remaining after a fire during the war and was Florida’s first circular steam sawmill. West of the mill was Marabanong mansion, built by Thomas Basnett in 1876. Although the mill is gone, the mansion still exists as a single family residence.

DID YOU KNOW? • One of the oldest cemeteries in North Florida is the St. Nicholas Cemetery, where the first recorded grave dates back to 1849. In that cemetery you can find the tombstone of a black Yankee next to one of a white Rebel, and the grave of the first nurse to graduate from St. Luke’s Hospital. • St. Nicholas is home to Midtown Centre, one of the first suburban office parks in the country developed by Ira Koger, pioneer of the nation’s business campuses. • Keystone, a winter getaway property for Pennsylvania residents Charles and Mary Cummings, was used after Mary’s death in 1912 as a children’s home for about 40 years, then became the new Episcopal High School in 1966.

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St. Nicholas Area Preservation & St. Nicholas Business Association St. Nicholas Area Preservation, Inc., known as SNAP by the locals, was incorporated in 1979 and serves approximately 300 homes from Mayfair Road to Holmesdale Road, extending from the St. Johns River to Atlantic Boulevard. SNAP joined forces with the St. Nicholas Business Association in 2002 to revitalize the area with an improved town center, which was completed in 2009. Together the organizations took home the Award of Distinction during JaxPride Week 2007. Both groups are currently in hiatus as each seeks leadership and active members. Harbor Oaks at St. Nicholas Neighborhood Association The Harbor Oaks community, east of Millers Creek and west of U.S. 1, formed a neighborhood association in 2013 with 105 homes and nine businesses in the boundaries of Harbor Oaks Road, Atlantic Boulevard, Highlands Avenue and Harbor Drive. Neighborhood meetings are held at Power of Faith Church, 3910 Atlantic Blvd., on the second Thursday of the month. For more information contact Brendon Cumiskey, president, at brendon@daltonagency.com or (904) 237-2897, or Lyn Corley, vice president, at lynprayjax@aol.com or (904) 398-5517.



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A tract of land once owned by the Spanish government, and granted to Francis Xavier Sanchez in the late 1700s, is now the beautiful San Jose area of Jacksonville. Located south of downtown, San Jose continues to highlight its Spanish history from street names to beautiful Mediterranean-style architecture. The development of the San Jose neighborhood, marketed as “A Bit of Old Spain in the New World,” was hindered by the start of World War I. The development was reborn in 1925 when The San Jose Investment Company planned a major community, “San Jose Estates,” to include hotels, a country club, yacht club, parks, schools and residences. However, San Jose’s development slowed once again during World War II with only about 30 of the anticipated thousands of homes to be built in the area. Today, many of the developer’s original homes remain, along with what was The San Jose Hotel. The hotel, now part of the National Register of Historic Places, is a 125room, 1925-era Spanish-style structure

which became The Bolles School campus in 1933. The hotel at that time was marketed to be the main attraction of the San Jose Estates development. In addition to the former hotel, you still see San Jose Estates’ original Administration Building at the corner of San Jose Boulevard and St. Augustine Road. The building is now the San Jose Episcopal Church and at one time hosted San Jose Estate’s executive offices, a casino, and a gas station. The San Jose Country Club, founded in 1947, remains in operation at its original location, offering members an elite venue for events. The original portion of the clubhouse was designed by prominent Jacksonville architect Harold F. Saxelbye and built in 1927 for guests of the San Jose Hotel. The site of Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club was to be the home of the Vanderbilt Hotel according to the developer’s plans, however the land was sold to Alfred I. duPont when the San Jose Estates development fizzled out. The duPonts built a striking Mediterranean Revival mansion on the property and called it Epping Forest.

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Lakewood: Post-war development Stretching out along San Jose Boulevard between Miramar and San Jose, the Lakewood neighborhood came into being in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when returning World War II soldiers needed a place to raise their families. Since its development, Lakewood has consistently been a working class/middle class area. The area has two major grocery stores, many restaurants and shops, most within a short walk just a few blocks east of the St. Johns River. According to areavibes.com, Lakewood’s livability score is 78, with a crime rate 23 percent lower than the Jacksonville average, median household incomes which are 24 percent higher and median home values 31 percent higher than the Jacksonville average.

DID YOU KNOW? • The San Jose Country Club is the only commercial structure left from the original development that still retains its original function. • The original 18-hole golf course at San Jose Country Club was designed by noted golf course architect Donald Ross in the late 1920s. • A number of streets in Lakewood are named after private colleges, such as Cornell, Fordham, Stetson, and Mercer. • Lakewood has two ZIP Codes: 32207 north of University Boulevard and 32217 to the south.





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Epping Forest Lion Fish 1830 Epping Forest Drive Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 739-7200 http://rcsl.org/teams/efst.html Part of the River City Swim League, the Epping Forest Lion Fish swim team competes against other local country clubs.

Alejandro Garces (C) Camp Tomahawk Park 8419 San Ardo Road Baker Skinner Park (C) 7641 Powers Avenue Crabtree Park (N) 1704 University Blvd. West Goodbys Creek Preserve (U) 9145 San Jose Blvd. Nathan Krestul Park (C) 2001 LaVaca Road San Jose Acre Park (N) 2965 Caballero Drive Verona Park (N) 7155 San Jose Blvd.

San Jose Athletic Association 7641 Powers Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 737-1177 www.sanjosejaxbaseball.com This athletic association offers recreational, advanced and all-star baseball programs for children in addition to camps and clinics. SJAA is a Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Chartered organization.

Jewish Community Alliance 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 730-2100 www.jcajax.org The JCA Sports & Recreation Department provides quality programs for all ages. Youth sports programs include basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, flag football, gymnastics, lacrosse, run club, volleyball, fencing, swim team, martial arts and tennis. Adult sports programs include basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, fencing, martial arts and tennis. Jewish Community Alliance Mako Sharks 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 730-2100 http://rcsl.org/teams/efst.html Part of the River City Swim League, the Mako Sharks swim team competes against other local country clubs.





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San Jose Country Club Pool Cats 7529 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 733-2020 www.sjccpoolcats.org The summer swim team for San Jose Country Club is part of the River City Swim League.

COUNTRY CLUBS Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club 1830 Epping Forest Drive Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 739-7200 www.efyc.com Epping Forest offers aquatic and tennis programs in addition to sailing and boating programs. San Jose Country Club 7529 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 733-2020 www.sjccjax.com The San Jose Country Club offers golf and tennis programs for men, women and children.

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The historic district of Springfield is part of the urban core of Jacksonville, north of the downtown area on the North Bank. Officially established in 1869 as Springfield, it was an area of land originally known as Hogan’s Donation. It was named Springfield by C.L. Robinson for the fresh-tasting spring which ran through what is now West 4th Street. In 1871 developer John H. Norton began building homes under the Springfield Development Company. Springfield was incorporated into Jacksonville in 1887. For a while the area served as a popular winter destination and even held the Subtropical Exposition (18881891). It was also a center for military action in the Spanish-American War. Springfield was saved from the Great Fire of 1901 thanks to the natural barrier created

by Hogan’s Creek, which separates the residential area from Downtown. Although it enjoyed some growth during the last two decades of the 19th century, it wasn’t until after the fire that the neighborhood exploded. Houses were built at a rate of 50 per week, and included Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Prairie School and Stick-style homes, many of which have been restored. Springfield, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, contains nearly 1,800 historic structures, primarily homes. Based on the 1984 architectural survey completed by the city of Jacksonville, “Springfield numbers among Florida’s architecturally significant residential neighborhoods. It contains one of the highest concentrations of early twentieth-century architecture in the state.” It is 119 city blocks in a grid layout of slightly under one square mile. Numbered streets run east to west, while named streets run north to south. The district was spotlighted in 2010 by Southern Living magazine as the top “comeback neighborhood” in the South, and by Florida Trend magazine, which noted how the neighborhood has continued to thrive despite the economic downturn.

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DID YOU KNOW? • Springfield is home to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, a 1921 Classical Revival structure, which was originally the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The museum opened in 1992, one of 12 Karpeles museums in the United States. It contains manuscripts and documents from David and Marsha Karpeles’ private collection, as well as art exhibits. • Between 1907 and 1914, Springfield resident and noted architect Henry John Klutho drew plans for his own home and for the Klutho Apartments in the historic district. Springfield Park, created in 1899, was renamed Klutho Park in honor of the architect’s design for the Hogans Creek Improvement Project in 1929. • Sweet Pete’s Candy got its start in Springfield in a fancifully decorated old home, where the shop conducted candy-making classes for children.

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Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) was established in 1974 to facilitate positive change in the historic district, around five themes:

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Preservation — The Design and Review Committee provides expert opinions to residents, developers and city officials alike on aesthetic design issues in the historic district, which help preserve the neighborhood’s unique character. The annual Home Tour showcases the neighborhood’s eclectic nature and encourages new restorations in the community. Quality-of-Life — The Block Captain program coordinates with residents and volunteers to tackle Neighborhood Clean-up projects, Neighborhood Watch, and works closely with local law enforcement. Improving the “Emerald Necklace” park system, and making streets pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly add value to the fabric of the neighborhood. Commercial Revitalization — SPAR, in partnership with the Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA), supports existing businesses and encourages new business. Now a Spar affiliate, SAMBA helps coordinate the Main Street Cruise, and guides those interested in setting up shop in Springfield. Civic Advocacy — Communication with elected representatives, state and federal agencies, and the City of Jacksonville is essential to ensure effective representation in issues impacting the neighborhood. Connecting — Through an e-newsletter, email updates, website, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, SPAR informs and connects residents with local happenings and each other. Visit www.sparcouncil.org or call (904) 353-7727 for information. The SPAR office is located at 1321 N. Main Street.

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Confederate Park (C) 949 Hubbard Street Confederate Dog Park (S) Confederate Street Henry J. Klutho Park (S) 204 W. 3rd Street John N. McPherson Park (N) 526 W. 8th Street Julius Guinyard Park (S) 1359 Jefferson Street Liberty Park (N) 1938 Liberty Street Manson “Bull” Felder Park (N) 1045 Fuller Lane Robert F. Kennedy Park (S) 1133 Ionia Street Warren W. Schell Jr. Memorial Park (N) 510 W. 6th Street

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Jax Ale Trail from A to Z Jacksonville’s local craft beer scene has doubled in the past few years and with the number of micro-breweries set to hit double digits in 2016, there’s no better time to grab a map, a mug and hit the trail. If your taste buds crave a craft beer, the Jax Ale Trail is the one to hike. A self-guided tour of nine Jacksonville craft breweries from A (as in Aardwolf ) to Z (for Zeta) includes a “passport” you can pick up at any of the stops to track your travels and win prizes.




If you’re looking to beat the heat, Aardwolf Brewing Company may just be the spot. The Aardwolf taproom is a renovated ice house from the early to mid-1930s, located in historic San Marco. While it no longer houses huge blocks of ice, it does have a pretty cool atmosphere. There’s usually a food truck out front and every Wednesday the Aardwolf pack releases a new pilot batch beer. If you’re looking for something tried and true, their Belgian Pale Ale won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015.

As the Bold City of the South continues to foster a growing craft beer scene, it seems fitting that Jacksonville’s first craft brewery is called Bold City Brewery. Brian Miller, Bold City’s brewmaster, first started home brewing in 2002 as part of CASK, Jacksonville’s home brewers club. From there, he and his mother Susan jumped into the beer business. With family support in all aspects from cleaning tanks to marketing, Bold City grew just like the city it’s named for and has rolled out favorites like The Mad Manatee IPA and Killer Whale Cream Ale. Visit their tap room on Rosselle Street in Riverside and you’ll get a feel for the bold ideas and family values reflective of living in the South.

Another beachside stop along the trail is Engine 15 Brewing Co. on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. Originally just a bar and restaurant, the Beach Boulevard location started brewing beer in 2011 and has continued to grow ever since, doubling its brewing capacity within the first year. And its name? That comes from a fire engine that owner Luch Scremin originally bought for tailgating at Jacksonville Jaguar games and now sits in front of the brewpub as a proud mascot.

GREEN ROOM BREWING INTUITION ALE WORKS Intuition Ale Works, located on King Street in Riverside, had humble beginnings in founder Ben Davis’ garage where he worked on small batches, perfecting recipes that have gone on to become crowd favorites. With his roots in the Napa Valley wine industry, Davis’ love for small business, community involvement, and craft beer eventually led him back to Jacksonville with a hunch that the burgeoning beer scene was where he belonged. As the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can its beer, Intuition considers itself a trailblazer perfectly suited for beer drinkers who can be as nuanced and refined about their beverage as they would like, according to taproom manager Riley Leuthold. You’ll encounter fans discussing the subtleties of a particular vintage during a bottle share, or just cracking open a cold beer on a hot day to simply enjoy the refreshment.

Bringing the trail into the sun and sand is Green Room Brewing, LLC, Jacksonville Beach’s first microbrewery. It’s named after a surfer’s perfect spot in a wave and was started in 2011 by owners Mark Stillman and Eric Luman. Their self-described “surfer-inspired beer,” features permanents like Head High IPA and Pablo Beach Pale Ale as well as seasonal beers. Check their website for their list of events and music. They even host a run club that meets there every Wednesday for some after run fun and relaxation.







Started in 2011, Pinglehead Brewing Company is located in Orange Park as part of the brewpub Brewer’s Pizza. Specializing in big beer full of flavor, the company calls its offerings “beer with attitude.” The flagship beer, Pinglehead, is an imperial red ale that uses dry-hopping to give it “subtle floral hop flavors that complement its smooth caramel malt backbone.” Pinglehead also has great food, which not only pairs well with its beer, but is made with it, too. Try beer-dough pizza, one of the favorites on the menu.

Still hot on the Ale Trail, this time in Baymeadows, is Veterans United Craft Brewery. Owner, brewmaster, and former Naval Flight Officer, Ron Gamble first started crafting when his wife Sheryl gave him a small homebrew kit as a gift back in 1999. Years later, and with a Master Brewers Diploma from the Siebel Institute under his belt, Gamble gathered a crew of military veterans and started VU Brew in 2014. If you’re just getting into craft beer, try the Raging Blonde Ale; it’s a best seller and a “go to” beer for a little more hop but not as much as a pale ale or IPA.



Along Goodby’s Creek in Baymeadows you’ll discover Jacksonville’s newest brewery, Wicked Barley Brewing Company, branded as “Naughty Ales for Noble Souls.” Founded by Brewmaster Philip Maple, Tobin Turney and Brett Baker, the brewery crafts mead and cider in addition to beers like Drink Me Copper Pale Ale, Left Leg Lager and Token Black Rye IPA. The waterfront restaurant offers outside dining and a 100-foot dock for customers arriving via the waterways. Wicked Barley is also family-friendly, including a kids’ menu.

Like most of the Ale Trail’s brewers, Chris Prevatt, head brewer at Zeta Brewing Company, also started brewing as a hobby, letting his love for craft beer turn into a career path 10 years later in 2013. Zeta’s most popular beer, American Garage IPA, has tropical fruit characteristics that fit in well with the Jacksonville Beach atmosphere. Their full scale bar also features guest taps with rotating brews from other local breweries, highlighting the tight community of brewers that has been the key to success for Jacksonville’s increased presence in the beer world.

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Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center www.baptistjax.com | 1235 San Marco Blvd. | (844) 632-2278 MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baptist Health united to create Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, bringing together MD Anderson’s world-renowned cancer expertise and Baptist Health’s comprehensive health system to create an unprecedented range of options for adult cancer patients in the region. The new cancer center uses the same principles that have established MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, as the number one ranked cancer care program in the nation.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital www.wolfsonchildrens.org | 800 Prudential Drive | (904) 202-8000 Wolfson Children’s Hospital is nationally recognized for its quality pediatric health care. The 213 bed main campus includes a behavioral health center; cardiovascular ICU and surgery; a neurosurgical suite, blood and marrow transplants; clinical research center; a high-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Orthopedic center. Wolfson’s was recognized as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals in 2013-2014, by U.S. News & World Report in five categories. Wolfson’s is also a leader in charitable care for children in Jacksonville.

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care www.nemours.org | 807 Childrens Way | (904) 697-3600 Nemours Children’s Specialty Care offers the highest level of care for pediatric specialties ranging from allergy and immunology to more complicated conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy. Nemours is well known for providing quality health care for children who suffer with complicated health issues and was named one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. A leader in pediatric medicine research, Nemours has more than 300 active research projects and clinical trials.

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St. Vincent’s HealthCare www.jaxhealth.com | 1 Shircliff Way | (904) 308-7300 St. Vincent’s Medical System is part of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. St. Vincent’s, widely recognized for its quality and compassionate care, includes three hospitals in the Jacksonville area – St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County and its main campus located along the St. Johns River in Riverside. The 528-bed acute care hospital in Riverside has been named as one of the top 50 heart centers by U.S. News & World Report.

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital www.brooksrehab.org | 3599 University Blvd. S. | (904) 345-7600 With more than 40 years of providing medical rehabilitation services, Brooks Rehabilitation empowers people to achieve their highest level of recovery and participation in life through excellence in rehabilitation. In addition to its inpatient therapy, the organization has 26 clinics which provide outpatient therapy. It also offers skilled nursing, home care, and assisted living and memory care.

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville www.memorialhospitaljax.com | 3625 University Blvd. S. | (904) 702-6111 Memorial Hospital has been providing care for patients in Northeast Florida for over 40 years. Memorial Health includes its main 418-bed hospital campus, as well as two emergency centers with full service ERs – Memorial Emergency Center Atlantic and Memorial Emergency Center Julington Creek. Memorial’s healthcare services include The Heart Center; a Bariatric surgery center, bone and joint center; women’s center; spine clinic and Neuroscience Center. Among Memorial’s many distinctions includes the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Primary Stroke Centers.

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Mayo Clinic, Florida www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/florida | 4500 San Pablo Road S. | (904) 953-2000 Mayo Clinic first began to offer its world-renowned health care in Jacksonville in 1986. The Jacksonville location which includes a 218-bed hospital, offers medical, surgical and research in over 40 specialties. Patients at Mayo Clinic receive coordinated care in a matter of days at one location including doctor visits, testing, surgery and hospital care. Mayo offers Jacksonville residents access to a healthcare facility where patients from all over the U.S. and the world come for a wide range of treatments.

UF Health Jacksonville www.ufhealthjax.org | 655 W. 8th Street | (904) 244-0411 UF Health Jacksonville, University of Florida Health is the center of clinical research and quality care for patients. The Jacksonville academic health center is the second largest University of Florida campus and includes 37 clinical sites throughout Northeast Florida. UF Health Jacksonville’s distinctions include top health care awards for their cancer center, neuroscience, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation and pathology. UF Health has the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute www.floridaproton.org | 2015 N. Jefferson Street | (904) 588-1800 University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute offers Jacksonville residents access to the most advanced, non-invasive cancer treatment available. UF Florida Health Proton Therapy, which opened in Jacksonville in 2006, uses proton radiation treatments to offer cancer patients an innovative, targeted treatment. The Institute offers treatments for bone, brain, breast, eye, head and neck, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, lung, pancreatic, pediatric and prostate cancers. UF Florida Proton Therapy is the first treatment center in the southeastern U.S. to offer proton therapy.

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Hope Haven Clinic www.hope-haven.org | 4600 Beach Boulevard | (904) 346-5100 Each year Hope Haven provides 5,000 families with special needs children with educational 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. Hope Haven’s Discovery School provides an inclusive teaching environment for children with and without special needs between the ages of 3-6.

HOSPICE CARE FOCUSES ON COMFORT, QUALITY OF LIFE Community Hospice of Northeast Florida www.communityhospice.com | 4266 Sunbeam Road | (904) 268-5200 Northeast Florida Community Hospice 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, pain-free 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. The nonprofit organization has received Hospice Elite Status, and been recognized by the American Hospital Association, LifeNet Health of Florida, Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida, Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and HandsOn Jacksonville. Community Hospice is also certified as a Jewish hospice by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

Haven Hospice www.havenhospice.org | 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive | (904) 733-9818 Haven Hospice, a nonprofit community hospice organization, has provided comprehensive services since 1979. Licensed in Florida since 1980, Haven is North Florida’s expert in endof-life and palliative care, receiving national recognition as a Circle of Life Award Recipient from the American Hospital Association for its excellence and innovation. Haven has also been recognized as a Florida Pacesetter for its leadership in promoting advance directives. For more than 37 years Haven has had the honor and privilege to serve more than 78,000 patients and families in North Florida.

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PROVIDING A HOME AWAY FROM HOME Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville www.rmhcjacksonville.org | 824 Childrens Way | (904) 807-4663 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Jacksonville serves as a “home away from home”, providing lodging, meals, transportation and a community of compassionate care to families who need to be near a hospital for their child’s treatment. Supporting five local hospitals, RMHC of Jacksonville serves over 1,100 families a year. In addition to the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides a place of respite for over 25,000 visitors a year from the Jacksonville community.

Gabriel House of Care www.gabrielhouseofcare.org | 4599 Worrall Way | (904) 821-8995 Thanks to the well-known Bacardi family, which made a gift to Mayo Clinic in 2009 for the construction of a new hospitality house, families of cancer and organ transplant patients at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic can be part of a “community of healing.” Since 2010, Gabriel House of Care has striven to provide affordable, temporary lodging for patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment. Gabriel House offers 29 bedrooms on a smoke-free campus, with amenities such as fitness and laundry rooms, kitchen and dining room, library and game rooms.

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SCHOOLS Offering boundless choices in education Jacksonville is a great place for families and one of the perks of living in this diverse metropolitan area is the abundant choices for education. Jacksonville is home to some of the area’s oldest and most distinguished educational institutions ranging from magnet schools, which focus on the arts, science, technology, engineering, math and medical studies to private, boarding or faith-based schools. In Jacksonville, it is possible for children to get a superior education from preschool through high school because many programs offer a quality curriculum and stimulating academic environment while instilling strong character and a sense of community within their students. Photo by Laura Evans Photography.


Fishweir Elementary (Performing Arts Programs) 3977 Herschel Street (904) 381-3910 dcps.duvalschools.org/fishweir

Bayview Elementary 3257 Lake Shore Blvd. (904) 381-3920 dcps.duvalschools.org/bayview Central Riverside Elementary (Academically Talented Programs) 2555 Gilmore Street (904) 381-7495 dcps.duvalschools.org/centralriverside Englewood Elementary 4359 Spring Park Road (904) 739-5280 dcps.duvalschools.org/Englewood

Hendricks Avenue Elementary 3400 Hendricks Avenue (904) 346-5610 dcps.duvalschools.org/hendricks John NC Stockton Elementary (Math, Science, Technology Programs) 4827 Carlisle Road (904) 381-3955 dcps.duvalschools.org/stockton

Ortega Elementary Museum Magnet 4010 Baltic Street (904) 381-7460 dcps.duvalschools.org/ortega Pine Forest School of the Arts Magnet 3929 Grant Road (904) 346-5600 dcps.duvalschools.org/pineforest Ruth N. Upson Elementary 1090 Dancy Street (904) 381-7485 dcps.duvalschools.org/upson San Jose Elementary 5805 St. Augustine Road (904) 739-5260 dcps.duvalschools.org/sanjose

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Spring Park Elementary 2250 Spring Park Road (904) 346-5640 dcps.duvalschools.org/springpark Venetia Elementary 4300 Timuquana Road (904) 381-3990 dcps.duvalschools.org/venetia West Riverside Elementary 2801 Herschel Street (904) 381-3900 dcps.duvalschools.org/wres

PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOLS Alfred I duPont Middle 2710 duPont Avenue (904) 739-5200 dcps.duvalschools.org/dupont

James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 3276 Norman E. Thagard Blvd. (904) 693-7600 dcps.duvalschools.org/jwjohnson Julia Landon College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 1819 Thacker Avenue (904) 346-5650 dcps.duvalschools.org/landon Lake Shore Middle (International Baccalaureate) 2915 Bayview Road (904) 381-7440 dcps.duvalschools.org/lakeshore

LaVilla School of the Arts (Performing Arts) 501 Davis Street N. (904) 633-6069 dcps.duvalschools.org/lavilla

HIGH SCHOOLS Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Performing Arts) 2445 San Diego Road (904) 346-5620 dcps.duvalschools.org/Anderson Duval Virtual Instruction Academy 1701 Prudential Drive (904) 390-2037 dcps.duvalschools.org/dvia Englewood High School 4412 Barnes Road (904) 739-5212 dcps.duvalschools.org/ehs

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Murray Hill High School 929 S. McDuff Avenue (904) 866-4516 yourdiplomayourway.com Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Academically Talented) 3239 Norman Thagard Blvd. (904) 693-7683 dcps.duvalschools.org/psas Robert E. Lee High School 1200 S. McDuff Avenue (904) 381-3930 dcps.duvalschools.org/lee Samuel W. Wolfson High School (International Baccalaureate) 7000 Powers Avenue (904) 739-5265 dcps.duvalschools.org/Wolfson

Stanton College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 1149 W. 13th Street (904) 630-6760 dcps.duvalschools.org/stanton

SCHOOLS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Center Academy Mandarin 10679 Old St. Augustine Road (904) 448-1956 www.centeracademy.com Clarke School for Hearing and Speech 9803 Old St. Augustine Road (904) 880-9001 www.clarkeschools.org Crossroads School 6429 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 652-1282 www.crossroadsschools.com

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DePaul School of NE Florida 3044 San Pablo Road S. (904) 223-3391 www.depaulschool.com Great Strides Rehabilitation 12276 San Jose Blvd. (904) 886-3228 www.greatstridesrehab.com Greenwood School (6-12) 9920 Regency Square Blvd. (904) 726-5000 www.greenwoodjax.org Jacksonville School for Autism 9000 Cypress Green Drive (904) 732-4343 www.jsakids.org Little Star Center, Inc. 3771 San Jose Place (904) 928-0112 www.littlestarjax.com

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North Florida School of Special Education 223 Mill Creek Road (904) 724-8323 www.northfloridaschool.org

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Academie De Montessori (PK-5) 1216 Lasalle Street (904) 398-3830 www.academie-de-montessori.org Assumption Catholic School (PK-8) 2431 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 398-1774 www.assumptionjax.org Avondale United Methodist Child’s Day Out (PK) 1651 Talbot Avenue (904) 398-4363 www.aumcjax.org

Bishop John J. Snyder High School (9-12) 5001 Samaritan Way (904) 771-1029 www.bishopsnyder.org

Melrose Preschool 4305 Melrose Avenue (904) 388-0606 www.melroseavenuepreschool.com

Bishop Kenny High School (9-12) 1055 Kingman Avenue (904) 398-7545 www.bishopkenny.org

New Beginnings Christian Academy (K-12) 7020 Ramona Blvd. (904) 786-3118 www.nbccjax.org

First Coast Academy (9-12) 2725 College Street (904) 381-1935 www.fcahighschool.org Jacksonville Country Day School (PK-6) 10063 Baymeadows Road (904) 641-6644 www.jcds.com Learning Tree Preschool Center 6140 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-8842 www.learningtreepreschoolcenter.com

Riverside Presbyterian Day School (PK-6) 830 Oak Street (904) 353-5511 www.rpds.com San Jose Academy and Preparatory High School 4072 Sunbeam Road (904) 425-1725 www.sanjoseprep.org

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San Jose Catholic Grade School (PK-8) 3619 Toledo Road (904) 733-2313 www.sanjosecatholicschool.com

St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (PK-6) 4114 Oxford Avenue (904) 388-2632 www.stmarksdayschool.org

The Potter’s House Christian Academy (9-12) 1150 S. Lane Avenue (904) 695-2837 www.phcalions.org

San Jose Episcopal Day School (PK-6) 7423 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-0352 www.sjeds.org

St. Matthew’s Catholic School (PK-8) 1773-0010 Blanding Blvd. (904) 387-4401 www.stmatthewscs.com

The Potter’s House Christian Academy (K-8) 5732 Normandy Blvd. (904) 786-0028 www.phcalions.org

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Preschool 2137 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-0567

St. Paul’s Catholic School (PK-8) 2609 Park Street (904) 387-2841 www.spsjax.org

Southside United Methodist Church Preschool 3120 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-2676 www.southsidemethodist.org

The Bolles School (6-12) 7400 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-9292 www.bolles.org

St. Johns Country Day School (PK-12) 3100 Doctors Lake Drive (904) 264-9572 www.sjcds.net

The Episcopal School of Jacksonville (6-12) 4455 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-5751 www.esj.org

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WORSHIP Jacksonville houses of worship are architectural gems Jacksonville is home to an array of distinguished houses of worship, which reflect the area’s unique history. Many of these institutions have congregations which date back to the 1800s and have persevered through great challenges, including the Civil War and the Great Fire of 1901. Whether through their beautiful and historical architecture, or by their traditions and community outreach, these houses of worship are a special part of Jacksonville.

All Saints Episcopal Church 4171 Hendricks Avenue (904) 737-8488 www.allsaintsjax.org

Baymeadows Islamic Center 8225 Dix Ellis Trail (904) 438-4510 www.bicjax.org

Armenian Church 3900 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 399-2944

Cherry Street Church of Christ 1409 Cherry Street (904) 389-8200 www.cherrystchurch.org

Assumption Catholic Church 2403 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 398-1963 www.assumptioncatholicchurch.org Avondale United Methodist Church 1651 Talbot Avenue (904) 389-1175 www.avondaleumcjax.org

Christ Church of Peace 1240 McDuff Avenue S. (904) 387-2020 www.christchurchofpeacejacksonville.org Christ the Messiah Lutheran Church 7576 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-3644

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints 4087 Hendricks Avenue (904) 399-8875 www.lds.org Edgewood Avenue Christian Church 1041 Edgewood Avenue S. (904) 389-4876 Ephphatha Deaf Assembly of God 2516 LaMee Avenue Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 1100 Stockton Street (904) 387-5691 www.gsjax.church



Etz Chaim Synagogue 10167 San Jose Blvd. (904) 262-3565 etzchaim.org

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church 4001 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-7745 www.habchurch.com

Faith United Methodist Church 4000 Spring Park Road (904) 737-3555 fumcjax.com

Holy Trinity Anglican Church 3889 Eloise Street (904) 701-4825 www.htaj.org

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville - Ortega 4865 Roosevelt Blvd. (904) 356-6077 www.fbcjax.com

Islamic Center of Northeast Florida 2333 St. Johns Bluff Road S. (904) 646-3462 www.icnef.

Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist 8327 Beach Blvd. (904) 724-4076 www.csjax.com

Jacksonville Jewish Center 3662 Crown Point Road (904) 292-1000 https://jjcjax.org Jacksonville Korean Seventh Day Adventists Church 6035 E. Morrow Street (904) 424-0623

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 5135 College Street (904) 781-0233 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 7040 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-9618 King of Kings Christian Church 3949 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-3949 kingofkingschurch.us Korean First Baptist Church 3202 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6411 Lake Shore Baptist Church 2365 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-6578 www.lsbcjax.org


Lake Shore Presbyterian Church 2270 Blanding Blvd. (904) 389-2341 www.lspcjax.org Lake Shore United Methodist Church 2246 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-1780 www.lsumcjax.org Lakewood Presbyterian Church 2001 University Blvd. W. (904) 733-8055 www.lpcjax.org Lakewood United Methodist Church 6133 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-8477 www.lakewoodumc.com Liberty Community Church 3405 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-2323

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Morning Glory Christian Fellowship 3405 Atantic Blvd. (904) 696-9171 Murray Hill Baptist Church 4300 Post Street (904) 388-8531 www.mhbc.net Murray Hill Christ Community Church 3548 Gilmore Street (904) 389-0631 Murray Hill Presbyterian Church 940 Talbot Avenue (904) 389-2939 www.mhpcjax.com Murray Hill United Methodist Church 4101 College Street (904) 387-4406 www.murrayhillumc.org

Ortega Presbyterian Church 4406 Longfellow Street (904) 389-4043 www.ortegapres.com Ortega United Methodist Church 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. (904) 389-5556 www.ortegaumc.org Park Lane Baptist Church 1480 Lakeshore Blvd. (904) 387-5331 www.parklanebaptist.org Riverside Avenue Christian Church 2841 Riverside Avenue (904) 389-1751 www.jaxdisciples.com Riverside Baptist Church 2650 Park Street (904) 388-7692 www.rbcjax.com

At Otterson Allison Wealth Management Group of Raymond James, we focus on addressing the different worries that keep our clients up at night and more importantly, doing all we can to help them achieve their financial goals. Our mission is to meet the financial needs of each individual client while balancing the complex forces at work in the market and adapting intelligently as conditions change. We know that everyone’s financial situation is unique and as a result, we strive to thoroughly understand the concerns of our clients. Our portfolio management is done internally and not outsourced to a third party. Our actively managed accounts are individually built and monitored to meet our client’s risk tolerance and financial goals.This internal management provides us the ability to manage risk more effectively. On a comparative basis, costs associated with our platform of custom managed accounts are very competitive with other platforms. We offer financial planning and much more. We first address the client’s long-term goals. Then, we create a financial plan based on their risk tolerance, asset allocation target, and financial resources. Our plan will provide a comprehensive strategy for the client to achieve those goals with the highest degree of confidence possible as we provide them the comfort and discipline to stay the course. Patricia Otterson, CIMA®, Senior Vice President - Investments Norman R. Allison, Senior Vice President - Investments Katharyn Smith, AAMS®, Financial Advisor Sherill Christopher, CRPC®, Sr. Registered Service Associate

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Riverside Park United Methodist Church 819 Park Street (904) 355-5491 www.riversideparkumc.com

San Jose Catholic Church 3619 Toledo Road #A (904) 733-1630 www.sjcatholic.org

Southside Assembly of God 2118 Kings Avenue (904) 396-1663 www.ssagjax.org

Riverside Presbyterian Church 849 Park Street (904) 355-4585 www.rpcjax.org

San Jose Church of Christ 6233 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-2333 www.sjcc.us

Southside Baptist Church 1435 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6633 www.ssbc.org

Riverside Primitive Baptist 702 Dellwood Avenue (904) 355-5320 www.riversideprimitivebaptistchurch.org

San Jose Episcopal Church 7423 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-1811 www.sanjoseepiscopal.com

Southside Church of God in Christ 2179 Emerson Street (904) 398-1625 www.southsidecogic.com

Riverside United Church of Christ 2858 Post Street (904) 353-1001 www.riverside-ucc.org

Second Church of Christ, Scientist 3255 Riverside Avenue (904) 388-1969 www.christianscience.com

Southside Karen Baptist Church 1435 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6633 ssbc.church/home/

San Jose Baptist Church 6140 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-2141 www.sanjosebaptist.com

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church 2137 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-0567 www.sjaxpc.org

Southside United Methodist Church 3120 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-2676 www.southsidemethodist.org


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St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church 3850 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-5383 sohnthedivine.com

St. Nicholas Park Christian Church 3226 Beach Blvd. (904) 398-1501 www.snpccfellowship.org

The District Church 1200 McDuff Avenue S (meeting site only) (904) 351-8036 www.thedistrictchurch.com

St. Johns Presbyterian Church 4275 Herschel Street (904) 384-4501 www.sjpcjax.org

St. Paul’s Catholic Church 2609 Park Street (904) 387-2554 www.spsjax.org

The Point 4300 St. Johns Avenue (904) 388-7601 www.thepointjax.com

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 4129 Oxford Avenue (904) 388-2681 www.stmarksjacksonville.org

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 5616 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 725-1150 stpaulsjax.diocesewebsite.org

The Temple - Congregation Ahavath Chesed 8727 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-7078 www.thetemplejacksonville.org

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 3976 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-9608 www.stmarksjax.org

Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church 1620 Naldo Avenue (904) 398-3204 www.swaimmethodist.com

Trinity Lutheran Church 1415 McDuff Avenue S. (904) 389-5341 www.trinity4jax.org

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 1773 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-8698 www.stmatthewsjax.com

The City.Church 1501 Hendricks Avenue (meeting site only) www.thecity.church

Unity Church of Jacksonville 634 Lomax Sreet (904) 355-5100 www.unityjax.com

Everyone always welcome! We are the oldest Jewish congregation in Northeast Florida. 7 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Worship 9 a.m. Saturday Torah Study 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Worship

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PARKS Great green spaces in Jacksonville Far from being the congested concrete jungle that comprises so many American metropolitan areas, the City of Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the nation. Within its city limits lie more than 80,000 acres of greenspace, with over 400 parks and recreational sites. Included within the park lands are eight state and three national parks, an arboretum, a national preserve and dozens of city parks and gardens, many of which lie within Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill, San Marco, St. Nicholas and the San Jose area. Our residential communities lining both sides of the St. Johns River are threaded with neighborhood parks so that most residents can find a restful public green within a few minutes’ walk from their front door. Many of these neighborhood parks are equipped with basic amenities such as benches, trash barrels, bike racks, security lighting, or playground equipment. Larger community parks will not only have benches, bike racks and trash cans, but also picnic tables, playground equipment, shelters, grills, parking, tennis courts and restrooms. A few specialty parks offer unique features, such as the largest fountain in the city at Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank. Others include BMX courses,

skateboarding facilities, remote-control vehicles and beachfront – something that makes them unique from other parks. Hemming Park, Jacksonville’s first and oldest park, was originally a village green. Today, a shaded tree canopy, central fountain and other water features help make the park a cool retreat in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The park is the first to greet visitors to City Hall on West Duval Street, as it sits directly across the street and also borders the downtown library and the Museum of Contemporary Art or MOCA. In Jessie Ball duPont Park on the Southbank, just a few minutes’ walk from Friendship Fountain, resides a 250-year-old live oak tree that is more than 70 feet tall with a 25-foot-wide trunk. The tree has become a centerpiece for family photos, proposals and other special occasions. Overlooking the St. Johns River is Memorial Park, a six-acre community park

in the heart of Riverside near 5 Points. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, who also planned Central Park in Manhattan, Memorial Park was established to commemorate the 1,220 Floridians who gave their lives during World War I and includes the iconic sculpture “Life,” by nationally-known sculptor Adrian Pillars. The Northbank Riverwalk and Southbank Riverwalk provide great views of the St. Johns River and Downtown, along with a great option for exercise. The Southbank path is 4,000 feet long and runs from Friendship Fountain to the Duval County School Board administration building. Don’t forget to pause under the Main Street Bridge to take in a delightful mosaic rendition of the river; sunset is an especially prime time for this gem. The Northbank Riverwalk is two miles long and extends from the Berkman Plaza condominiums downtown to the Fuller Warren Bridge in Riverside.

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Within a 30- to 60-minute drive from our neighborhoods, residents can enjoy the beach at Big Talbot and Little Talbot State Parks, Huguenot Memorial Park, or Guana River State Park in Ponte Vedra Beach. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park near Mayport Naval Station is a beautiful beachside state park that offers cabin rentals, picnic areas, a campground, freshwater lake, children’s playground and 20 miles of mixed-use trails, which are great for mountain biking. Also nearby is the

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a national park, which encompasses 46,000 acres of coastal wetlands, salt marshes and hardwood forests – the perfect place for a day hike. For folks who enjoy walking and playing with their dogs off-leash, there are two free alternatives in the greater Jacksonville area including the John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park and Confederate Park on Hubbard Street, as well as the members-only Dog Wood Park off Salisbury Road.


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Leashed dogs are permitted on the following beaches in Duval County Atlantic Beach Dogs allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Huguenot Memorial Park Dogs are allowed in the campsite area only and must not be left unattended at any time. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches at any time. Jacksonville Beach Dogs allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park There is a two-dog limit. The park is open from dusk till dawn, year-round. Neptune Beach Dogs are allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

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CIVIC GROUPS Opportunities to serve community The backbone of our country was built on service and our communities continue to benefit from the unpaid hours that are given by residents in support of civic and charitable organizations. Though by no means an exhaustive list, following are some of the major civic, community and professional organizations that keep the fabric of our community tightly woven.

CIVIC CLUBS Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (904) 721-1155 www.elks.org Fraternal Order of Eagles (904) 413-7542 www.foe.com Fraternal Order of Police (904) 398-7010 www.fop530.com

Garden Club of Jacksonville (904) 355-4224 gardenclubofjacksonville.org

Jacksonville Urban League (904) 723-4007 www.jaxul.org

Gator Club of Jacksonville (904) 387-6808 www.jaxgatorclub.com

Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville (904) 398-5566 www.kiwanisjax.com

Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons 1-800-375-2339 www.glflamason.org

Knights of Columbus (904) 723-3810 www.kofc.org/en

Jacksonville Civic Council (904) 391-4911 jaxciviccouncil.com

Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. (904) 396-6263 www.leadershipjax.org

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Lions Club International (904) 249-8558 www.lionsclubs.org Meninak Club of Jacksonville (904) 745-3393 www.meninak.org Moose International (904) 264-5355 www.mooseintl.org

Rotary Club of Jacksonville (904) 353-6789 www.jaxrotary.org

Southside Woman’s Club (904) 396-2905 www.southsidewomansclub.net

Optimist International www.optimist.org/ClubDetail. cfm?club=60005

Rotary Club of South Jacksonville (904) 994-7355 sjaxrotary.blogspot.com


Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (904) 854-6555 www.jaxpal.com

Rotary Club of West Jacksonville (904) 994-7355 www.westjaxrotary.org

Riverside Rotary Club of Jacksonville www.riversiderotaryjax.org

Southside Businessmen’s Club (904) 419-3205 www.southsidebusinessmensclub.com/

CAPtivators Supports the Cathedral Arts Project (904) 281-5599, Ext. 15 www.facebook.com/JaxCAPtivators/ ImpactJAX Supports JAX Chamber (904) 273-5366 www.facebook.com/IMPACTjax


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Jacksonville Young Voters Coalition (904) 322-9233 www.facebook.com/ jaxyoungvoterscoalition

Rotaract Clubs Supports Rotary Clubs Downtown: rotaractjax.org First Coast: firstcoastrotaract.com

Rising Tides Supports the St. Johns Riverkeeper (904) 256-7613 www.facebook.com/SJRK.Rising.Tides/?fref=ts

Shircliff Society Supports St. Vincent’s Health Care (904) 308-7306 www.facebook.com/ TheShircliffSociety/?fref=ts

Jacksonville Jaycees Supports community projects www.jaxjaycees.org Pioneers Supports American Cancer Society (904) 391-3607 www.cowfordball.org Red Shoe Crew Supports Ronald McDonald House (904) 807-4669 rmhcjacksonville.org/how-you-can-help/ red-shoe-crew/

UpTempo Supports the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (904) 354-4092 www.jaxsymphony.org/UpTempo Urban League Young Professionals Supports the Urban League (904) 366-3461 www.facebook.com/jaxurbanleague/

The Contemporaries Supports the Museum of Contemporary Art (904) 620-4207 www.facebook.com/ MOCAJaxContemporaries/?fref=ts The Elements of MOSH Supports the Museum of Science & History (904) 396-6674 www.facebook.com/ MOSHElements/?fref=ts

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SPORTS Jacksonville’s Sports Are Just the Ticket Rooting for the home team is one of our most treasured pastimes in Jacksonville. From cheering along with crowds of football fans at EverBank Field to racing sail boats down the St. Johns River, Jacksonville offers a sport for every taste and interest. Host to excellent annual events such as the TaxSlayer Bowl and The Players Championship, Northeast Florida is a sports fan’s paradise. Our sunny skies and year-round warm weather provide a great atmosphere for a variety of sports. For residents interested in signing their children up for a sports team or joining a league of their own, there are a number of national and local organizations for adults and children to get involved in.

JAXSPORTS Council JAXSPORTS is a membership-based organization that was established to showcase Northeast Florida as a sports destination for professional, amateur and youth sports. JAXSPORTS is a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions and the Florida Sports Foundation. For up-to-date information on and access to local sporting events, the public is encouraged to become a member of JAXSPORTS. More information is available at www.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com.

FOOTBALL Jacksonville Jaguars 1 EverBank Field Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 633-2000 www.jaguars.com This National Football League team is a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division and has called Jacksonville home since 1995. Home games are played at EverBank Field.

Jacksonville Sharks 1000 W. Bay Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 621-0700 www.jaxsharks.com Division championships for all four of its seasons, Jacksonville’s arena football team plays home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena, also known as Sea Best Field.

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TaxSlayer Bowl 1 Gator Bowl Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 798-1700 www.taxslayerbowl.com Every January, two teams go head to head for this college bowl game at EverBank Field. The first bowl game ever televised nationally, the game has been held continuously since 1946, making it the sixth oldest college bowl.

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Florida-Georgia Football Classic 1 EverBank Field Jacksonville, FL 32202 (800) 985-3542 www.jaxhappenings.com/Events/ Florida-vs-Georgia-Weekend.aspx Jacksonville plays host to one of the most legendary college football rivalry games. The entire weekend will be packed with events and activities for fans of both teams. Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner (904) 483-6432 www.popwarnerjacksonville.com Serving more than 5,000 football and cheerleaders all across Jacksonville, Pop Warner is a not-for-profit organization consisting of 19 associations throughout the Jacksonville area.

BASEBALL Jacksonville Suns 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 358-2846 www.jaxsuns.com Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team is a member of the Southern League and is the class Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team.

BASKETBALL Jacksonville Giants 1010 E. Adams Street, Suite 112 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 355-6531 www.jacksonvillegiants.com Jacksonville’s professional minor league basketball team is the 2012 and 2013 National Champions of the new American Basketball Association (ABA), which they joined as an expansion team for the 2010–2011 season.

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Jacksonville Basketball Academy 1. 14129 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 2. 6852 Phillips Parkway Drive S. Jacksonville, FL 32234 3. 105 Greenleaf Drive Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081 www.jacksonvillebasketballacademy.com The largest basketball program in Northeast Florida offers summer camps, elite training for high school basketball players and AAU basketball in the spring.

VOLLEYBALL Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association 6773 Phillips Industrial Lane Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 854-2323 www.jjva.com This volleyball association offers year-round programs for girls and boys ages 5 through 18.

TRACK AND FIELD Jacksonville Athletic Club (423) 943-5507 www.jaxtrack.com The Jacksonville Athletic Club is a year-round club for track and field athletes. Coaching is available for beginners up to post collegiate athletes in a wide range of training opportunities including private lessons, a competitive summer club, fall training, youth training, as well as camps and clinics.

SWIMMING JaxParks Aquatics (904) 255-7927 www.coj.net/departments/parks,recreation-and-community-services/ recreation-and-community-programming/ jaxparks-aquatics.aspx JaxParks offers swimming lessons for ages 6 months and up and adult classes for ages 21 and up. JaxParks also offers a recreational swim team for ages 17 and under.

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River City Swim League www.rcsl.org Developed to provide children with a social and competitive summer swimming program, the league has offers swim teams throughout Northeast Florida. Piranhas Swim Team 13611 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221 (904) 349-0972 www.piranhasswimming.com The Piranhas offers year-round noncompetitive training and practice programs, from the introduction of stroke technique to the training of experienced swimmers in USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming programs.

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RIDING Jacksonville Equestrian Center 13611 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221 (904) 255-4254 www.jaxequestriancenter.com Complete with an indoor arena, outdoor show rings and more than 400 stalls, the equestrian center hosts a variety of equine events in addition to other sporting and recreational events. Seamark Ranch 3631 Seamark Ranch Road Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 529-1951 www.seamarkranch.com The ranch’s equestrian program offers therapeutic and recreational benefits of horses for children.

Windermere Equestrian Center 6900 Morse Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32244 (904) 777-5650 www.windemereequestriancenter.com Located in Northeast Florida, Windemere Equestrian Center is a full service facility that resides on roughly 18 acres. Windemere offers a 24-stall indoor barn, two large arenas with outdoor lighting, and a full course of fences.

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SOCCER Jacksonville Armada Football Club 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (844) 227-6232 www.armadafc.com Jacksonville’s professional soccer team plays in the North American Soccer League, Division II in the American soccer pyramid, which they joined for the 2015 season. Jacksonville FC 2850 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 223-3606 www.firstcoastsoccer.com Formerly First Coast Soccer Association, Jacksonville FC consists of three main programs, recreational, academy and travel teams for players aged U5 through U19. JFC travel programs have 35 teams, including JFC Storm, who participate in regional, state and premiere leagues.

Florida Elite Soccer Academy P.O. Box 57065 Jacksonville, Florida 32241 info@FloridaEliteSA.com www.floridaelitesa.com Formerly Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club, this academy offers a wide variety of programs for children of all ages and skill levels.

Beaches Adult Soccer League 3605 Philips Highway Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 395-5525 www.basl.com Offers men’s, women’s and co-ed indoor and outdoor leagues for adults in Northeast Florida.

Westside Soccer 5198 118th Street Jacksonville, FL 32244 www.westsidesoccer.org This soccer club offers three distinct programs for children ages 5 to 18: a select premier program for U11 through U18 players, an academy program for ages U8 through U12 and a recreation program for U5 through U18 players.

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RUGBY The Sinners Jacksonville Women’s Rugby Football Club 8000 Baymeadows Road E. Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.jaxwomensrugby.com The Sinners are a competitive women’s rugby football club established in 2006. The Sinners are an active part of the Jacksonville community, partnering with organizations such as Girls on the Run and the Jacksonville Axemen. Jacksonville Axemen (904) 514-8503 www.jaxaxe.com Founded in 2006, Jacksonville’s semiprofessional rugby league team plays in the USA Rugby League. They play their home games at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida

Jacksonville Rugby Football Club 8000 Baymeadows Road E. Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.jaxrugby.org USA Rugby Men’s Division II Rugby team and member of the Florida Rugby Union. We compete in the South region of USA Rugby

BOATING The Rudder Club 8533 Malaga Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32244 (904) 264-4094 This sailing club offers adult sailing classes for members and non-members, a junior sailing program for members and a sailing camp. The club also hosts the River City Regatta every spring and co-hosts the annual Mug Race.

Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club 2305 Beach Blvd., Suites 110 & 111 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 536-3475 www.jacksonvilledragonboatclub.com This boat club offers residents the opportunity to learn how to paddle in dragon boats, which are 40 feet long. In addition to personal and group training, paddling clinics are held throughout the year. North Florida Cruising Club 3877 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville, FL 32217 nfccsail.genevaservice.com This all volunteer social club is open to anyone interested in the boating and cruising life. Monthly meetings are held every third Thursday of the month.


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Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine 12807 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 770-4632 www.freedomboatclub.com/ locations/43-Jacksonville-fl The world’s largest members-only boating club, members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and can reserve a boat using a member-friendly online reservation system.


The Players Championship 110 Championship Way Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 (904) 273-3235 www.tpc.com/sawgrass-the-players-championship This highly anticipated golf tournament on the PGA Tour offers the highest prize of any tournament in golf ($10 million in 2015) and features some of golf’s best players.

World Golf Hall of Fame 1 World Golf Place St. Augustine, FL 32092 (904) 940-4000 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org This museum includes engaging and interactive exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography about the history of golf and its players.

Jaxparks Junior Tennis Camp www.coj.net/departments/parks,-recreationand-community-services/recreation-andcommunity-programming/youth-camps#tennis Children 10 and under learn to use tennis equipment and play on a smaller sized court. More advanced children ages 11 through 15 learn serving techniques and game play situations.

Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour 201 ATP Tour Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (904) 285-8000 www.atpworldtour.com With its U.S. headquarters here in Northeast Florida, ATP is the governing body of men’s professional tennis circuits: the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour, with 62 tournaments in 31 countries.

Stanton Riverbank Rowing Club 645 Cesery Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32211 (904) 701-4353 www.stantonriverbankcrew.org This competitive youth rowing program in Jacksonville is open to any middle or high school student. Since 1994, SRB has won five national titles and more than 100 State Championships




Jacksonville Rowing Club 5920 Arlington Expressway Jacksonville, FL 32211 www.jaxrow.org The Jacksonville Rowing Club features sculling and sweep rowing programs for beginners and experienced, recreational and competitive, and youth and adults. Evans Rowing Club 3120 Julington Creek Road Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 614-9366 www.evansrowingclub.com Open to anyone interested in rowing, this club offers private lessons, a masters program for adults, and a competitive youth program for middle and high school ages.

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Jacksonville Fencing Club 3955 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32205 (904) 579-6858 www.jaxfencingclub.org Open to ages 8 to 98, the Jacksonville Fencing Club offers a variety of opportunities for beginners up to competitive fencers.

Jacksonville University Dolphins 2800 University Blvd. N. Jacksonville, FL 32211 (904) 256-7400 www.judolphins.com JU sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing and soccer; men’s baseball and football; women’s softball, track and field, and volleyball.

HOCKEY/ICE SKATING Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex 3605 Philips Hwy. Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 399-3223 www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com Equipped with an NHL-sized ice rink, the sportsplex offers adult and youth hockey leagues in addition to figure skating lessons through the First Coast Skating Academy.

University of North Florida Ospreys 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL (904) 620-1000 www.unfospreys.com UNF has men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field. There’s also men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball.

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Police Athletic League of Jacksonville 3450 Monument Road Jacksonville, FL 32225 (904) 854-6555 www.jaxpal.com The Police Athletic League offers year-round sports programs for boys and girls, including basketball, boxing, karate, cheerleading, flag and tackle football, and track and field.

Amateur Athletic Union Florida District www.floridaaau.org The AAU Florida District offers a wide range of girls and boys sports for members, including basketball, baseball, cheerleading, football, soccer, marital arts, volleyball and more. Notable teams include the North Florida Lady Predators Elite AAU Girls Basketball team and Jacksonville Trailblazers.

i9 Sports www.i9sports.com For children ages 3 to 17, i9 Sports offers flag football, soccer, T-ball, basketball and cheerleading. Programs are available throughout the year in various locations throughout Northeast Florida.

Upward Sports www.upward.org The world’s largest Christian youth sports provider, Upward Sports offers programs in basketball, soccer, cheerleading, flag football, volleyball, baseball and softball.

First Coast YMCA www.firstcoastymca.org YMCA locations in Northeast Florida offer a wide range of athletic programs for adults and children. Adult sports leagues include basketball, badminton, tennis, swimming, pickleball and volleyball. Youth sports include basketball, cheerleading, flag football, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, T-ball, tennis, triathlon training, swimming and volleyball.

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VENUES Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-3900 www.jaxevents.com Sitting on more than nine acres, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville includes a 112,000-square-foot field and an 18,400-square-foot sky box.

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-3900 www.jaxevents.com Built in 2003, this 15,000-seat arena is used for a multitude of sporting and entertainment events.

University of North Florida Arena 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 620-5341 www.unf.edu/recreation/arena The 5,800-seat arena serves as site for basketball and volleyball games in addition to other campus events.

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Entertainment in Northeast Florida: More than you think If you think our idea of culture is heading to the airport to another city, well, think again. Our historic districts and Downtown Jacksonville provide a rich cultural experience for any palate. Here you’ll find one of the nation’s top regional symphony orchestras as well as several art museums, including The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens – a treasure trove of European and American paintings, hands-on art for children, and two-and-a half acres of century-old gardens. In Jacksonville, theater thrives. Movie houses range from classic Art Deco to independent theaters for the hip. In a city that claims some of the nation’s finest college preparatory schools, pre-professional dance, music and theater training is easy to find. Love to listen to live Christian music? It’s here. Enjoy jazz? Jacksonville hosts a renowned jazz festival each year. Ballet, comedy, or improv? It’s here, too. There is even a museum where young and old can view celestial bodies from their seats in a planetarium. Take time to peruse the fine selection of cultural attractions, museums and theaters which grace your new hometown.

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MOVIE THEATERS Sunray Cinema www.sunraycinema.com | 1028 Park Street (5 Points) | (904) 359-0049 If you’re looking for a hip, artsy atmosphere, with independent and major release movies, all while enjoying a “Wildly Inauthentic Cuban” sandwich, Sunray Cinema is the place for you. Situated in the 5 Points section of Riverside, the theater features delicious sandwiches, locally made candy, beer – including local brews, wine and pizza, delivered to your table in the theater once it’s ready. You’ll enjoy the service and atmosphere as much as the shows. San Marco Theatre www.sanmarcotheatre.com | 1996 San Marco Blvd. | (904) 396-4845 Listed as one of USA Today’s Ten Great Places to see classic cinema, the San Marco Theatre delivers a unique experience to movie-goers with its majestic Art Deco facade, fine food, and friendly staff. Situated in the heart of San Marco, the theatre was built in 1938 by noteworthy architect Roy Benjamin, who also built the Florida Theatre. Tempting snacks include gourmet sandwiches, candy, popcorn, beer and wine, along with tables between the seats to place your food and drinks.

MUSEUMS Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens www.cummermuseum.org | 829 Riverside Avenue | (904) 356-6857 Riverside plays host to 2.5 acres of historic gardens which encompass the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Nestled along the St. Johns River and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the gardens feature brick paths and landscaping that show off Ninah Cummer’s collection of fine Italian marble garden ornaments. Inside the museum is a permanent collection, which spans time from 2100 B.C. through the 21st Century. Guided, interactive, docent-led, school and special needs tours are available to visitors. Thanks to the generous support of a local philanthropist, on the first Saturday of each month admission is free.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville www.mocajacksonville.org | 333 N. Laura Street | (904) 366-6911 Founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has made its home in the former Western Union Telegraph Building since 1999. Visitors are greeted by an Art Deco facade and once inside are treated to over 1,000 works of photography, sculpture, painting, and more, all created from 1960 through the present. A welcoming array of family friendly and school programs are available including Rainbow Artists: Art and Autism across the Spectrum Program, which provides those with ASD a creative means of increasing communication and social interaction skills through hands-on art projects. Thursday evening tours are free! Museum of Science and History www.themosh.org | 1025 Museum Circle | (904) 396-6674 Planets! Dinosaurs! A Giant Walk-in Mouth! These are just a few of the bigger than life exhibits going on at the Museum of Science and History. The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium features the largest digital single-lens planetarium in the U.S. The museum also offers First Friday Cosmic Concerts, which combine 35,000 watts of laser power with fantastic images for a stunning show. Other family and child-friendly exhibits include Atlantic Tails – a touch tank that highlights various marine animals, which call the First Coast home and Kidspace, a special area for kids five and under with a tree house and activities for personal exploration. Museum of Southern History www.museumsouthernhistory.com | 4304 Herschel Street | (904) 388-3574 This museum is dedicated to the lifestyles, culture, and history of the Antebellum South. Through its educational programs, children of all ages learn of Florida’s history in what was known as The War Between the States. Exhibits include Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s original shoulder epaulettes and one of three flags that draped Abraham Lincoln’s casket during the Lincoln burial-train tour. Museum volunteers also help attendees load and fire an authentic musket. A library of more than 6,000 volumes, all relating to the War Between the States, includes information on the men who served, their units, the campaigns and the battles, as well as life at home. Many of the books were written during that era, reflecting conditions which existed at that time.


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MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER GROUPS The Alhambra Theatre and Dining www.alhambrajax.com | 12000 Beach Blvd. | (904) 641-1212 Built in 1967, the Alhambra Theatre and Dining is one of the few remaining dinner theaters in America. Well-known actors such as Sally Struthers, Michael Learned, Loretta Swit, Cindy Williams, Barry Williams, Jamie Farr and Mike Farrell have performed at the Alhambra. The facility also boasts a new kitchen and the culinary talents of Executive Chef DeJuan Roy making for a terrific evening out on the town. The Library Lounge, complete with cozy seating and working fireplace, is the perfect place to unwind with a drink before or after a show. FSCJ Artist Series www.artistseriesjax.org | (904) 442-2929 Enjoying its 50th season, the FSCJ Artist Series invites you to experience national and international Broadway and cultural performing arts programs in Jacksonville. Operated by the Florida State College Foundation, Inc., FSCJ’s goal of bringing performing arts to everyone in northeast Florida and southern Georgia also extends to its Camp Broadway program for youth. That program, which is taught by Broadway professionals, includes scene study, music, movement, dance, makeup and more as part of the camp’s weekly curriculum.

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The Florida Ballet www.floridaballet.org | 300 E. State Street #E | (904 353-7518 Founded in 1978, the Florida Ballet holds to its motto, “Striving for Excellence with Joy and Love for Dance.” Enhancing its dance training is a facility with three large sprung-floor studios, dressing rooms, and a professional sound system. Dancers, ages three and older, can study amateur through professional dancing with correct technical training and guidance toward a proper work ethic. However, the ballet is not just for girls! The Florida Ballet also has a male-specific dance program for all levels of instruction and technique specific to male dancers. Florida Theatre www.floridatheatre.com | 128 E. Forsyth Street | (904) 355-5661 Music. Movies. Concerts. Comedy. Ballet. Opera. The Florida Theatre has 200 events such as these, all presented under its ornate, near six-story proscenium in its grand auditorium. The fabulous acoustics are punctuated by equally fabulous marble, iron, tiling, and detail work throughout the theatre. First opened in 1927, the almost-2,000 seat theatre lives on, providing not just great entertainment but also a full bar along with sodas, water, and light snacks. Have an event and need a space? The Florida Theatre is waiting for you.

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Friday Musicale www.fridaymusicale.com | 645 Oak Street | (904) 355-7584 Established in 1890 in the home of Claudia L’Engle, the Friday Musicale, a weekly meeting of music study, turned into a formal organization in 1895. Performances by legendary artists such as Nellie Melba, Walter Damrosch, Alma Gluck, Rosa Ponselle, Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Josef Hofmann, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski have graced its stages. From its early years, Friday Musicale began working with youth in Jacksonville, providing programs by and for children. Nearly 60 students have returned to Jacksonville as professional musicians, further enriching our musical community for decades. Jacksonville Symphony www.jaxsymphony.org | 300 Water Street | (904) 354-5547 If you’re looking to enjoy opera, theater, classical and contemporary works performed by one of the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony is here for your aural pleasure. Founded in 1949 and currently led by Music Director Courtney Lewis, the symphony has hosted such greats as Isaac Stern, Luciano Pavarotti, and Itzhak Perlman, to name just a few. If you’d like to get your children involved, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, or JSYO, serves over 270 school-age musicians from elementary through early college in six ensemble levels. Contact the JSYO for audition information.

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Mad Cowford Improv www.madcowford.com | Northstar Substation 119 E. Bay Street | (904) 233-2359 Improve your improv with Mad Cowford’s 8-week workshops for all levels of performer from beginning to advanced. Mad Cowford’s improv is designed to improve your ability to think on your feet as a public speaker, performer, teacher, comic, or actor. Stretch the bounds of your imagination with Mad Cowford’s seasoned and supportive instructors and gain confidence on and off stage. The cast of Mad Cowford are available for your event, will provide workshops and even corporate training at your site. Murray Hill Theatre www.murrayhilltheatre.com | 932 Edgewood Avenue S. | (904) 388-3179 If you’re looking for wholesome Christian ministry and music, look no further than Murray Hill Theatre – an alcohol, drug, smoke-free, all ages Christian Rock nightclub that provides a positive place with a Christian atmosphere for everyone. Founder and President Tony Nasrallah started the theatre in 1995 as an outreach to both non-believers and believers seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. The theatre, operated by Murray Hill Ministries, hosts live bands on Fridays and Saturdays who sing messages of hope and redemption while accompanied by an amazing light show and professional sound system. The inviting cafe is a great place for refreshment and fellowship! Riverside Fine Arts www.riversidefinearts.org | 1100 Stockton Street | (904) 389-6222 Riverside Fine Arts invites you to share cultural experiences through presentations at various welcoming locations including: The Church of the Good Shepherd; The Florida Theatre; Sunray Cinema; and Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Project Listen provides free educational outreach for the youth in Jacksonville by local and visiting musicians, including performances for children and seniors along with master-class music workshops. Upcoming performances feature fine artists such as folk singer Anais Mitchell, the Julien Labro & Spektral Quartet, and International Guitar Night.

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San Marco Chamber Music Society www.sanmarcochambermusic.org | 3976 Hendricks Avenue | (904) 731-1310 Founded in 2008, the San Marco Chamber Music Society originally began seven years earlier as a benefit concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The group continues to support JDRF, and offers many more concerts, free to the public, every year. All concerts are performed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Marco. Theatre Jacksonville www.theatrejax.com | 2032 San Marco Blvd. | (904) 396-4425 Since 1919, Theatre Jacksonville has been “the little theatre with the big voice” and continues its 95th season into 2015 with the classic and always hilarious show Hairspray. Keep your eye out for their Guerilla Show Series, TBA! An annual theatre camp engages children in four weeks of professionally led classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, and improvisation, culminates in a show by the campers. Training in theatre and voice for all ages, including adults, is provided at the training center. Theatre Jacksonville would love to host your next event!

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Theatreworks www.theatreworksjax.com | 630 May Street | (904) 353-3500 For over 35 years, the nonprofit Theatreworks, Inc. has provided the best national and international touring theatre available to school-age children in a seven-county area. All shows include curriculum-oriented study guides and are meant to inspire and educate. Monthly shows throughout the school year are held at the Florida Theatre. A Sunday Family Series is held at Theatre Jacksonville in San Marco. In school shows and free summer theater are also held at various venues. The Ritz Theatre and Museum www.ritzjacksonville.com | 829 N. Davis Street | (904) 807-2013 The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity in the 1920s-1960s, it was known as the “Harlem of the South.” Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has an energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or a dramatic performance inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.


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DAY TRIPS Day-trip Destinations Need to get away but don’t have time to head out of town for a week or longer? Worry no more. Living in Jacksonville means you are a seashell’s throw away from where everyone wants to vacation. Take a trip to the beach. Play golf on The Player’s Championship Course at Ponte Vedra. Kayak, surf or sail, it’s less than an hour away. From the historic districts of Jacksonville, you can take the kids on an outdoor adventure or experience history firsthand and still make it home in time for dinner. So pack a picnic, slather on the sunscreen and set off for a day-cation to remember.

AMELIA ISLAND and FERNANDINA BEACH 45-50 minutes northeast; I-95 North to Exit 373 East at FL 200 For seafood, outdoor activities, and a slice of history, head to Florida’s northernmost barrier island, less than an hour from downtown Jacksonville. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach boast beautiful seashores that offer more breathing room than the beaches closer to Jacksonville. Kayak tours, golf and horseback rides on the beach are available. Enthusiasts delight seeing classic automobiles during the annual Concours D’Elegance car show in March. Hikers, campers, mountain bikers and Civil War buffs will enjoy exploring 18th-century Fort Clinch and its maritime state park. If your daytrip becomes a long weekend, stay in one of the area’s historic Bed & Breakfasts, or pamper yourself at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton or Omni Amelia Island Plantation resorts.

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residential, Neptune Beach is the home of The Bookmark, a wonderful independent bookstore, which often holds readings by local authors. Another Neptune Beach landmark is the 80-year-old institution known as Pete’s Bar, where the annual Thanksgiving party is an experience to remember. Both Atlantic and Neptune Beach celebrate the Dancin’ in the Street festival in May. Jacksonville Beach commands the longest share of the shoreline and has restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. The Seawalk Pavilion regularly hosts live outdoor concerts and free movie nights. Many musical groups including The Wailers, Perpetual Groove, and the Corbitt Brothers are seen on its stage. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Jax Beach’s annual Springing the Blues Festival in April. Ponte Vedra is home to the world-famous TPC Sawgrass golf course, with the 17th Hole’s iconic island green. It’s a can’t-miss for anyone with a yen for the game. If you’re a bigger fan of the tennis courts, be sure to check out the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Racquet Club, and the official ATP Tennis Club, which features 15 clay courts and is consistently ranked among the top facilities in Florida. For a cultural experience, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to enjoy performances by Robert Earl Keen, Ani DiFranco, and David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash. If it’s waves you crave, head to Mickler’s Landing near the intersection of A1A and Mickler Road on Ponte Vedra Boulevard for the only public stretch of shoreline in Ponte Vedra with restrooms and showers. Horseback riding and pets are allowed on the beach.

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Blue Spring State Park Two hours south on I-95; 2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763 Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River and a crucial winter refuge for manatees, especially West Indian Manatees. From mid-November through early March, several hundred manatees can be viewed from the overlooks. The park itself covers more than 2,600 acres, including the historic Thursby House, built in 1872 during the steamboat era. The spring’s crystal-clear, 73-degree water offers swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, while fishing, canoeing and boating can be enjoyed on the St. Johns River.

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Three hours west on I-10; 465 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327 Located south of Tallahassee, Wakulla Springs State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Natural Landmark. Three nature trail systems welcome hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders.

Named for the duPont family financial manager who sold the park lands to the state of Florida, the park contains one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. Glass-bottom boat tours of the spring reveal amounts of mastodon, giant sloth, giant armadillo and camel bones. Since bad weather and poor water quality can stop the tour schedule, it’s best to call

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JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDENS 15-20 minutes north; 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 For a family-friendly destination right here in town, the American Zoo Associationaccredited Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens boasts over 2,400 animals and dates back to 1914. The facility plays host to a variety

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ST. AUGUSTINE 45 minutes south; I-95 South to Exit 318 East at FL 16 Just 45 minutes south of downtown Jacksonville, historic St. Augustine draws history buffs from around the world. Architectural enthusiasts enjoy touring both Flagler College’s Spanish Renaissance campus and the Lightner Museum’s Gilded Age collection of fine art and historical relics. Both buildings were originally hotels built by railroad baron Henry Flagler in the 1800s. Nearby St. George Street is packed with small museums, historical attractions, city tours, gift shops and some of the area’s best restaurants. On the waterfront sits the 350-year-old Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. The fort is open for daily tours, military re-enactments and cannon demonstrations. Also on the waterfront, aspiring pirates can sail the Black Raven Cruise or the Schooner

Freedom for a dose of authentic and outlandish maritime history. For those who love kitsch, St. Augustine boasts a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum of oddities, an array of ghost tours, Potter’s Wax Museum, and pirate gear galore. The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park—the site of the earliest-settled area of St. Augustine—offers the opportunity to drink from Ponce de Leon’s purported magical spring. It is also possible to explore reconstructions of the First Mission Church

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Our caring community Northeast Florida is fortunate to have a formidable community of over 1,000 registered charities within its five-county area, and Duval County is home to 70 percent of the registered nonprofits in the region. Many are faith-based, an outreach from a local church or synagogue, while other charities are born from a community need, particularly in arts, education and the relief of poverty. The nonprofit sector employs over 58,000 people, roughly 12 percent of the private workforce in the five-county area. Nearly 34,000 of nonprofit workers are employed by four health care institutions: Baptist Health, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, UF Health Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Our historic districts are home to a large concentration of donors and volunteers. Their care and concern are expressed through many benevolent organizations and in a variety of ways. In fact, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, from 2006 to 2012 Jacksonville was the sixth most generous city among 50 of the largest cities in the United States. To understand the impact of charity in our neighborhoods, look for a copy of Circles: Social Datebook and Charity Register, published annually by The Resident Community News Group in November. The magazine – and our website circlescharityregister.com – lists more than 200 of the top charities as well as the private foundations which distribute funds through grants to nonprofit organizations.

“The health of the nonprofit sector is as critical to our economic well-being and quality of life as the health of other sectors of our economy – housing, transportation, manufacturing and so forth.” — Jessie Ball duPont Fund State-of-the-Sector 10th Anniversary Report, 2015

Annie Francis and Mac McGeehee came out to support the opening night party at the 2015 Art and Antiques Show gala to benefit the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The theme, ¡Viva España!, showcased the influence of the Spanish on Northeast Florida’s rich history.

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From drawing board to development, Jacksonville visionaries take pride and delight in seeing their projects elevate the standard of living and enhance the quality of life for residents in Northeast Florida. These are but a few of the headline-making developments worth keeping an eye on.

The District – Life Well Lived The District – Life Well Lived is a planned community with an emphasis on healthy living for residents in its condos and apartments. The complex on the Southbank is slated to include a 16-story riverfront hotel, 12-story office building, restaurants and retail outlets, a cinema and a riverfront public park. The developer is also planning a 57-slip marina, kayak/canoe rental and a riverfront club.

East San Marco

Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center

Historic San Marco will be the center of major construction as the long-anticipated East San Marco mixed-use development comes to fruition. Anchored by a Publix supermarket, residents in the one-, two-, three-bedroom and studio apartments will have easy access to restaurants and retail shops within walking distance. Amenities include a swimming pool and courtyard, fitness center, business center, club room and rooftop patio.

The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, located downtown, will be a multi-modal hub which integrates key local, regional and intercity service in one location. Benefits to riders will include improved connectivity between modes, such as local bus service, the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit, the Skyway, Greyhound, and potential future commuter rail service.


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Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center Cancer patients in Northeast Florida already have access to world-class cancer care in Jacksonville. A new addition to the center will be open in 2017, providing patient care as well as treatment protocols, clinical trials and translational research.

Broadstone River House Jacksonville’s Southbank will be home to a 263-unit apartment building called The Broadstone River House. The six-story building will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The developer is planning private riverfront greenspace and courtyards, as well as a waterfront pedestrian plaza open to the public. Amenities will include a pool, health club, social clubroom, billiards lounge and game areas.

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The Bridge at Sadler Point

USS Adams Museum

Plans to repurpose a 50-year-old waterfront building on the Ortega River include two restaurants, a rooftop venue with openair dining, as well as retail businesses, offices and workshops with an emphasis on craftsmanship, such as boat building or paddle-board outfitting. The Bridge, located at Sadler Point Marina near U.S. 17/Roosevelt Blvd., may also host farmers’ markets, boat shows and regattas.

The USS Adams Museum, the vision of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association, is planned for a location on the Northbank of the St. Johns River. The former USS Charles F. Adams, the last surviving ship of the Adams Class guided missile destroyers, will serve as a state-of-the-art interactive museum. The ship’s homeport for 21 of its 30-year career was at Naval Station Mayport, where it was decommissioned Aug. 1, 1990. It retired to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and funds are being raised to “bring home the Adams.”

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ith a rich history and significant contribution to the growth of our nation in its early years, Jacksonville’s past was full of excitement and, to some extent, big disappointment. With the Great Fire of 1901, the bustling metropolis was taken to its knees by tragedy. Following the fire, Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods began to flourish as efforts to bring architecture and style to this great Southern city began to emerge. Some of these early photos reflect the life and times of our neighborhoods and points of cultural interest. If you enjoy history, this taste of our past should compel you to look further into our Bold City of the South.

The Florida Theatre, one of our historic gems, is located at 128 East Forsyth Street in downtown Jacksonville. This fine example of the Mediterranean Revival architectural style was made popular in Florida during the building boom of the 1920s. The Florida Theatre is one of only four remaining movie palaces built in Florida and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 4, 1982.

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This historic photo of the 5 Points area of Jacksonville illustrates the importance of this retail landscape in the Riverside neighborhood. Long before shopping malls, these commercial districts played the all-important role of providing provisions – from dry cleaning to drug stores, barber shops and theatres – to the butcher for meats and markets for grocery items.

The approach to the Ortega River Bridge, where large, sprawling oak trees occupied the riverbanks, was once a trolley right-of-way. The properties had yet to be subdivided and homes had yet to be built along this portion of roadway, where today San Juan Avenue and Grand Avenue meet at the bridge.

This image reveals a bustling streetscape outside of the San Marco Theatre during the re-release of the movie “Rembrandt” (1936), featuring Charles Laughton. Complete with canvasses and easels displaying the works of local artists, this showing in the 1960s drew crowds to this magnificent Art Deco movie house on the Square.



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his photo of River Road reflects a time of the early automobiles and construction along the streetscapes of San Marco. This stretch of road was rumored to be the carriage way to the famed “Villa Alexandria” estate home of the late Martha Reed Mitchell, the wife of Alexander Mitchell, a banking, insurance and railroad magnate from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following Telfair Stockton’s acquisition of the estate property and mansion in the mid-1920s, the property was prepped for development for his San Marco community. Stockton, a developer and land baron, demolished the former mansion and related buildings in 1927. Shortly thereafter, in 1929, he sold properties to John and Carl Swisher, of the world famous Jno. H. Swisher & Son, Inc. cigar company. The location of the former Swisher estate, now located at 2252 River Road, is said to be where the three-story mansion once graced the banks of the St. Johns River.

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