Q: Can you give us an update on the Marbon Road/JTA property?
A: The sale of this property to First Coast Energy/Daily’s has finished due diligence and should close within 30 days … by June 23. There will still be 15 – 20 parking spots for JTA to use for the Park and Ride, which will be designed by First Coast Energy and then approved by JTA. First Coast Energy will maintain the bus stop and parking spots.
Q: What do you know about a new bike/pedestrian trail in the area?
A: A bike/pedestrian trail between Palmetto Leaves Park/Greenland Road and a terminal spot to be determined is now being designed. This is part of a long term plan to create more bike trails and pedestrian paths in our area. I think it’s a welcome addition to Mandarin.
Q: What are your thoughts on the new Duval superintendent?
A: The Duval County School Board has selected Dr. Diana Greene as the new superintendent. She will be focused on all of our students and establish trust in the the community while getting our district financially solvent. I believe the state legislators and governor cannot continue to shortchange our students.
Q: Do you have anything else to share?
A: We have heard a lot of requests for a public dog park in Mandarin. The Parks Department is designing a plan for a location behind the South Mandarin Library where the Rotary Park is now located. I’d like to hear community members’ thoughts on this.
Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?
A: They can email me at THazouri@coj.net or call (904) 630-1396.