Local gymnast goes to Nationals

Local gymnast goes to Nationals

At her first time at nationals, St. Johns resident Jenna Mulligan placed fifth on floor exercise, eighth on balance beam and 13th on vault, for an overall ranking of 39th in the U.S. More »

Kayaking around Florida (and contributing to a good cause)

Kayaking around Florida (and contributing to a good cause)

Former U.S. Marine Esteban Blyar finished the journey of a lifetime when he pulled his kayak ashore in mid-May after a 61-day kayaking trip around the coast of Florida on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. More »

New Steinway at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

New Steinway at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

The success of Play Academy of Arts (PLAY), a holistic approach to music at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, has resulted in a fourth piano to be added to the Center. More »

 

Q & A with Jacksonville City Council Member Matt Schellenberg (District 6)

Q: What is the latest on the sale of the JTA Marbon Road property?

A: This transaction hasn’t closed yet, but it is anticipated to happen in mid-June. Evidently there is a long-time easement mid-property that needs to be handled prior to closing and the owner of the easement is out of town.

Q&A with Jacksonville City Council Member Tommy Hazouri, At Large District 3

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 & A with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey

Q: What insight can you offer about the choice of Dr. Diana Greene as the new superintendent to lead Duval County Public Schools?

A: Here’s the exciting thing about Dr. Greene: throughout the focus groups that met on May 12, if you look at the comments from the participants, which included business leaders, parents and teachers, all of them said she was “the one.” A diverse group of people identified one candidate. One person put on their comments, “She’s a rock star.”

Back in Time with Brett: The Read House

By Brett Nolan
mail@floridanewsline.com

The area of Mandarin, since the opening of its first post office in 1765, had several name changes. Originally under British rule, “St. Anthony” was what the area was called. When Spain took possession of Florida again in 1783, the name was changed to San Antonio and once again the name changed after Florida became a U.S. Territory — to Monroe — after our fifth president.

Back in Time with Brett: The Coleman House

By Brett Nolan
mail@floridanewsline.com

The community of Mandarin boasts many historical contributions to the City of Jacksonville. The area provides a unique look of rural 19th century Florida; however, over recent decades, Mandarin’s rich history has become somewhat hidden. The goal of this new column is to reflect on this history through stories of various sites that are still standing around the community today.