Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beauty by the Letter

I couldn't help but capture the unbelievable alphabet by Jason Wright. I can't tell you how happy each letter makes me.  Its not right for me to say he is my favorite artist in Jacksonville but I'm going to. 

Hallmark Partners Announces Plans for Brooklyn Mixed-Use Development

Please stop what you are doing and follow this project! www.facebook.com/220riverside !



Project will create dynamic, public urban park


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 24, 2012 – Jacksonville-based Hallmark Partners announced today that it will proceed with a mixed-use development plan for its property located at 220 Riverside Ave. The project will consist of housing and retail set along an attractive urban park, all designed to spur revitalization of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Downtown Jacksonville.


"This announcement marks the culmination of nearly a decade of planning for the redevelopment of Brooklyn," said Alex Coley, president of Hallmark Partners. "We are emerging from a difficult real estate climate more convinced than ever that now is the time to breathe life into this community. The 220 Riverside project will bring new amenities to Brooklyn, and it will serve as a catalyst for further development and revitalization in the area."


Hallmark Partners has created a comprehensive development plan for 220 Riverside consisting of a seven-story multifamily rental housing development organized around an elevated central courtyard and amenity deck.


Taking into account a fundamental change in housing dynamics in the United States that favor density, efficiency, flexibility and affordability in apartment living, the development will feature approximately 294 units that will range from 615 to 1,200 square feet. Other features will include a pool, interactive leasing center, central mail area, clubhouse with fitness center and an Internet café. The development will also include 15,000 square feet of retail space.


Setting 220 Riverside apart from other downtown development projects will be an adjacent urban public park. In a public-private partnership with the city, Hallmark Partners will donate the land for the park, which will be able to accommodate approximately 1,500 people and include a water feature and a sculpture. Thepark will draw visitors from around the city and beyond to discover Brooklyn and its prime location adjacent to the Northbank Riverwalk, Riverside and Downtown. To further its support of the community, Hallmark Partners will also donate rental proceeds from a portion of the development's retail space to a nonprofit it created to fund ongoing park maintenance, operational expenses and programming elements.


"Our commitment to this community spans more than just the duration of construction of 220 Riverside. We want to be a long-term partner in creating an integrated living model where residents can live, work and play in a redeveloping Brooklyn neighborhood," Coley said. "We want to honor the existing residents of the historic Brooklyn neighborhood while adding to the vibrancy of the area by bringing a dynamic young, cultural creative group of residents."


Hallmark Partners has a successful track record, developing projects in the Jacksonville area valued at more than $200 million. For the 220 Riverside project, Hallmark has partnered with Bristol Development Group, LLC, a company with which they enjoy a long-standing relationship. Both Hallmark Partners and Bristol Development Group have demonstrated experience in revitalization and redevelopment efforts.


Hallmark Partners invested significantly in the 95 Corporate area of Southpoint, infusing residential life into a suburban office park. Hallmark not only acquired, renovated and built new office buildings, but also converted a previously vacant tract of office-zoned land into a multifamily parcel. This investment has created a neighborhood environment for living and working.


Bristol Development Group played a key role in revitalization efforts in the Gulch, an area of Nashville that has become the premier place for living, working andentertainment. Bristol developed two value-creating properties that continue to spur additional development in the area: Icon in the Gulch and Velocity in the Gulch. The mixed-use neighborhood is now home to art galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues.


For more information about 220 Riverside, visit the project blog at www.220riversideave.wordpress.com or Facebook site at www.facebook.com/220riverside.


About Hallmark Partners

Hallmark Partners was formed in 1993 as a full-service commercial real estate development company offering development, design-build, construction, financing, marketing, sales/leasing and asset/property management. Since it was founded, the company has developed more than 1 million square feet of space. Hallmark Partners is currently involved in the leasing and/or management of a portfolio in excess of 4.2 million square feet. In 2011, Hallmark Partners affiliated with NAI Global, offering additional commercial brokerage services and platforms through a worldwide network of relationships. For more information, please visit www.hallmarkpartners.com.


About Bristol Development Group

Bristol Development Group specializes in developing, building, marketing, operating, managing and selling urban and suburban multifamily communities. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Bristol has been the lead developer for 25 projects in six states and operates throughout the Southeast, with a focus on Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Florida. For more information, visit www.bristoldevelopment.com.

Friday, February 24, 2012

JaxKids Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Debbie Delgado, (904) 630-3404, Delgado@coj.net                                               



A free celebration for families and children!


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 24, 2012 JaxKids Day - the ultimate celebration for Jacksonville's children and families - is back again with even more free, exciting entertainment than ever.  This huge festival attracts more than 6,000 families annually, showcasing programs and services offered by the Jacksonville Children's Commission and dozens of family-serving community partners through the exhibition of resources and fun activities.  The theme for this year's event is "family play," which aims to promote healthy living and fitness fun through a quality family experience.


WHEN:          Saturday, March 3

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


WHERE:        Main Library 

303 N. Laura St. -- 32202


Hemming Plaza

Located across from Main Library


Media vehicles should park parallel to the library on Monroe Street between

Main and Laura streets.

General attendee parking is outlined below.


WHAT:           Families with children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the festivities. 

                        Activities and entertainment will abound for babies, toddlers, school-age children

                        and teens, and will take place inside the library on the conference level and

                       second floor, and outside in Hemming Plaza.  See below for the day's

activities and locations.



Baby Jam - an exciting, interactive performance for infants and toddlers, featuring Emmy award-winning, world-renowned children's performer and educator, Ella Jenkins. Show times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. All performances are free to the public.

Main Library, Conference level – Auditorium


Family Health & Safety Fair - Featuring numerous partners and community organizations that provide health and safety services to families within our community. There will be free developmental screenings for children, various health screenings for parents, sensory learning activities, obstacle course for children with special needs, and more.

Main Library, Conference Level – Multipurpose Room


JaxKids Book Club - make-and-take crafts, corresponding with books from the JaxKids Book Club collection.

Main Library, 2nd Floor-Grand Staircase


Teddy Bear Hospital - sponsored by Solantic Walk-in Urgent Care, children will learn how to care for and apply band-aids to stuffed animals – and then get to take them home for "recovery."

Main Library, 2nd Floor – Children's Library


Storytime with "Mrs. Owl"- storytimes on the half hour with "Mrs. Owl" in the Children's Theatre. Storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Main Library, 2nd Floor – Children's Library


Wii Gaming Tournament - teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited to compete in a Wii gaming tournament, for a chance to win an MP3 player. Hosted by the Library's Teen Department, the tournament will begin at 11a.m.

Main Library, 1st Floor – Teen Department


Outdoor Family Festival - featuring "family play" activities, hayrides, Blue Bell Creameries ice cream, music and dancing with DJ Steve and Mikey P, Quick Start Tennis clinics, fitness fun with the Shannon Miller Lifestyle, wholesome samplings from Whole Foods Market, Bubbleocity from JaxParks, nutrition activities from Chartwells Dining Services, sports activities, free face painting, crafts and much, much more!

Hemming Plaza Park


Parking and Street Closure Information for the Event:


Free parking is available and open to the public in the following locations:


    • Flat lot on the corner of Main and Duval streets (between Church and Duval streets)
    • Street parking on any street that is not closed off (meters are free on Saturdays)
    • Duval Street parking garage (corner of Duval and Main streets)


      • Attendees parking in the Duval Street garage can get their parking validated by taking the ticket with them to one of two validation stations set up for the event.  A validation stamp is required for this parking to be free of charge.  Validation stations will be located at the information tent on Laura Street and inside the library at the first floor information desk behind the grand staircase.


The following downtown streets will be closed by 7 a.m., Saturday, March 3, to accommodate

the event. Streets will reopen at approximately 3 p.m.


o   Duval Street W. from Main Street to Julia Street

o   Laura Street W. from Monroe Street to Church Street

o   Monroe Street W. from Main Street to Julia Street

o   Hogan Street N. from Adams Street W. to Church Street N.


Signs will be posted to direct motorists to available parking areas and garages.  Law enforcement and directional signage will be available to assist motorists with traffic direction.


JaxKids Day is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Blue Bell Creameries; Jacksonville Public Library; KOHLS Department Stores; Solantic Walk-In Urgent Care; Starbucks; Stuffed Animals for Emergencies; Whole Foods Market and WJCT.


JaxKids Days is a partnership of Baptist Health; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida; Center for Autism and Related Disorders; Chartwells Dining Services; Child Find; Child Guidance Center; Downtown Vision, Inc. Ambassadors; Duval County Supervisor of Elections; Early Head Start-Episcopal Children's Services; Early Learning Coalition of Duval; Early Learning Coalition of Duval ; Early Steps; Empowerment Resources; Empowerment Resources; Family Support Services; First Baptist Church, Downtown; First Coast Kids Triathlon; First Coast Parent Newspaper; Florida State College of Jacksonville - Dental Program; Foundations for Success - JCC Early Learning Coaches; Grands/RAPP JAX; Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center; Jacksonville Carriage Company; Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department; Jacksonville Giants Basketball; Jacksonville Public Library; Jacksonville Public Library Children's Services Department; Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Stranger Danger; Jacksonville System of Care/ Federation of Families; Jax4Kids; JaxParks; Junior League of Jacksonville; Kim's Hot Dogs; Lighthouse Lacrosse; Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Science and History; Nemours BrightStart!; Northeast Florida Area Health Education Centers; Poison Control Center-University of Florida; Police Athletic League of Jacksonville; Quick Start Tennis;

Red Cross of Northeast Florida; Safe Kids Northeast Florida (Wolfson); Seeking Sitters;

Shannon Miller Lifestyle; Space Walk; St. John's Riverkeeper; St. Vincent's HealthCare Mobile Health Outreach Ministry; The DJ Company; The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center;

UNF Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners; United Way of Northeast Florida Born Learning.



To learn more, visit the Jacksonville Children's Commission online at www.JaxKids.net or call (904) 630-6405.



Day of Event Contact:         Cheryl Townsend, Community Outreach Manager

                                                Jacksonville Children's Commission

                                                Cell: (904) 563-5800


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THE ONE HUNDREDTH Art Walk - All Shook Up, 3/7

First Wednesday Art Walk
Explore the more.

First Wednesday Art Walk, Art Shook Up

Downtown Jacksonville galleries and museums, as well as cultural venues, restaurants and businesses.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
5-9 p.m. Rain or Shine


The Jacksonville Landing – Hosts Eco Latino's Jax Talent Show.

1904 – New location – Enjoy Downtown's newest live music venue.

CoWork Jax – Presents a "CoBand" jam session.

Icon Boutique – Features "The Lyricist Hour" with DJs, emcees and open mic.

Burro Bar – Presents live music from Bare Wires, Us Royalty, The Mold and more at 8 p.m.

Northstar "The Pizza Bar" – Hosts Open Mic Night at 8:30 p.m.

Omni Jacksonville Hotel – Features the AXPONA Audio Expo with Jacksonville Symphony audio demonstrations from 6 - 9 p.m.

Thee Wreck Room at Maverick's – New location – Enjoy art, live local music, beer pong and drink specials.

The Florida Theatre – Bid on items in AAF Jacksonville's "Advertising is Art 2012 Media Auction."

Midtown Deli & Café – New location – Enjoy everything from soups to sandwiches, coffee to beer.

The Adrian Pickett Gallery – Kicks off Women's History month with "Art of the Word" hosted by Lawanda Purdy and special guest poet "Honeycomb."

18+ Live Music & Performance Venues
17+ Hot Spots Open After 9 p.m.
40+ Total Stops


PARKING: Free street parking after 6 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit downtownjacksonville.org or DTJax.org by mobile phone for event information. Art Walk is sponsored and produced by Downtown Vision, Inc.

About Downtown Vision, Inc.
As the only organization dedicated solely to revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville, Downtown Vision's mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown. Founded in 2000, Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a Downtown Improvement District created by commercial property owners to provide enhanced services including cleaning, safety, marketing, communications, events, advocacy and special initiatives needed to revitalize Downtown. Downtown Vision is the one-stop shop for information on Downtown. DVI is governed by a board of directors representing the property owners of the 90-block district and funded by a self-imposed assessment on district properties. For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.org.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Volunteers Needed for River Clean-up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Debbie Delgado, (904) 630-3404, Delgado@coj.net





Cleanup event is an opportunity to put sparkle back in the city's crown jewel


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 22, 2012 Volunteers are needed for the 17th Annual St. Johns River Celebration cleanup event.  Participants will spend the morning collecting litter and debris from more than 20 pre-selected riverfront and inland sites around the city. 


                     WHEN:          Saturday, March 17

                                             Volunteer cleanup: 8 - 11:00 a.m.

         (Specific times vary by locations.  See below for more


                                             Volunteer appreciation event: noon - 2 p.m.  (Riverside

                                             Arts Market)


WHAT:        As part of the Florida Great American Cleanup, this event is one of

         many national and regional volunteer efforts to clean and protect

         the environment throughout the spring.


WHERE:     Pre-selected cleanup sites are located around the city;

                      locations are outlined below. The volunteer appreciation event   

                                  will be held after the cleanup at the Riverside Arts Market, 

                                  located on Riverside Avenue under the Fuller Warren (I-95) Bridge.



For more information or to register call (904) 630-CITY or visit www.coj.net, keywords:  

St. Johns River Celebration or KJB.


This city-wide event is an opportunity to bring together residents who respect and love the St. Johns River. Last year, 935 volunteers collected more than 11 tons of bagged litter, debris and tires in one morning at various sites in Duval County.


Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves and tickets at the locations listed below. Tickets may be redeemed for refreshments and t-shirts, while supplies last, at an appreciation event at Riverside Arts Market following the cleanup.



Students can receive community service certificates for their participation.  Participants must be over 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.  Advance registration is not required.  Register at the cleanup site.


The event is sponsored locally by Waste Management; Bank of America; Southland Waste Systems; Waste Pro; HUBBARD Construction Company; CITI Bank; Florida Inland Navigation District; RENDA Broadcasting; Folio Weekly;  All Wet Sports; Coca-Cola; Publix Super Markets Charities;  WJCT; Henry Schein, Inc.; Aquagenix; Blade Buster; Keyboard Connection; DBi Services; Clara's TIDBITS;  "In River or Ocean"; Panera Bread Co.; The Bait Tank; Haskell Co.; Lucy's Crabcakes;The St. Johns Riverkeeper; Riverside Arts Market; and Keep America Beautiful.

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful would like to thank Waste Management for donating t-shirts for volunteers and "In River or Ocean" for donating litter bags for volunteers. 


St. Johns River Celebration 2012 Cleanup Sites


  • Urban 8 - 11 a.m.

o   Hogan Creek behind Jacksonville Historical Society, 314 Palmetto St. -- 32202

      Meet in the parking lot behind the building

     This site is not recommended for children.


  • Arlington/Beaches 8 - 11 a.m. *Exception: Ft Caroline

o   Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N. -- 32277

o   Helen Cooper Floyd Park (formerly Little Jetties), 3600 S.R. A1A -- 32233

o   All Wet Sports/Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp, 8508 Beach Blvd. -- 32216

      A personal kayak, canoe or boat is required for this site.  Participants use

      water vessels at their own risk.  This site is not recommended for children.

o   Ft. Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road -- 32225

*Exception: Cleanup from 9 – 11 a.m.

o   Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Road -- 32233

Volunteers must arrive by 9:30 a.m. to participate

o   Intracoastal Waterway Boat Ramp, 2510 2nd Avenue North -- 32250

This site is not recommended for children.

o   Beach Blvd. at the Ocean, 2 Oceanfront N. -- 32250

Near the lifeguard station


  • Naval Station Mayport, Jetties Pavilion # 3, 8 - 11 a.m.

            Volunteers must have base access or arrange for base access.




  • Westside

o   Tillie Fowler Regional Park, 7000 Roosevelt Blvd. -- 32244


  • Riverside 8 - 11 a.m.

o   Yacht Basin Park, 2941 St. Johns Ave. -- 32205

Litter cleanup and beautification project at this site.

o   Northbank Riverwalk, 221 Riverside Ave. -- 32202

Parking behind Yates YMCA. Turn on Jackson St.

o   Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave. -- 32204


  • Southeast 8 - 11 a.m.

o   Hood Landing Boat Ramp, 12925 Hood Landing Road -- 32223

o   Burnett Park, 3740 Burnett Park Road -- 32257


·         Southwest 8 - 11 a.m.

o   Azalea Creek/Boone Park, 3700 Park St. -- 32205

o   Fishweir Creek, 4000 block of St. Johns Avenue

o   Ringhaver Park, 5198 118th St. -- 32244

o   Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, 4555 Ortega Farms Blvd. -- 32210


·         Northeast 8 - 11 a.m.

o   Huguenot Memorial Park, 10980 Hecksher Drive -- 32226


·         Northwest 8 - 11 a.m.

o   T. K. Stokes Boat Ramp, 2120 Riverview St. -- 32208

o   Hollybrook Park, 2805 McCoys Creek Blvd. -- 32254

*Exception: cleanup from 9 - 11 a.m. Volunteers sign in at basketball court.


·         North 8 - 11 a.m.

o   North Shore Park, 7901 Pearl St. -- 32208

o   Riverview Park, 9620 E. Water Street -- 32208

      *Exception:  Cleanup from 9 - 11 a.m. Park located off of Lem Turner Road


Downtown Jacksonville Update - Hemming Plaza Ad Hoc Committee, Downtown Development Update, Courthouse Parking Information, Downtown Business News and more!


Hemming Plaza Ad Hoc Committee

Jacksonville City Council Council member Denise Lee was appointed by President Stephen
Joost to chair an ad hoc committee regarding Hemming Plaza.

The goal of the committee is to determine how  to make Hemming Plaza more appealing
to Downtown workers, visitors and  residents.
The committee is also discussing the need to survey current users of the  park as
to why they use the park and also to survey surrounding office  workers to determine
what improvements need to be made to increase their  use of the park.

In addition to Lee, the committee includes Council member Don Redman, Council member
Bill Gulliford, city agencies including the  Parks Department, JEDC and Special
Events, and numerous Downtown  businesses and property owners.

Downtown Vision, Inc. has attended the committee meetings and made recommendations,
including  programming the park with positive activities to attract Downtown  workers,
residents and visitors; improving park cleanliness; making the  park more attractive;
and providing security during park hours  to ensure rules are enforced.

Downtown Development Update

There are currently seven projects totaling nearly $586 million under construction
Downtown. They are the new Duval County Courthouse, JEA garage improvements, the
 Matthews Bridge painting and repairs, Farah and Farah renovations, the Wolfson
Children's Hospital Adult Tower, the Park View Inn garage project and San Marco
Boulevard reconstruction. In addition, there is a total of$527 million (18 projects)
proposed for development.

Two projects were completed in the Downtown core in 2011: the reconstruction of
Laura Street and the installation of new bus shelters. Other notable 2011 construction
completions include improvements to Friendship Park and Treaty Oak Park, the construction
of new floating docks adjacent to the Riverside Arts Market,grass and landscaping
improvements to Metropolitan Park, the I-10/I-95 interchange project, and the repainting
and repair of the Hart Bridge.

Since 2000, 84 projects totaling $1.4 billion in investment have been completed
Downtown. Nearly 30 percent of investment occurred in the Downtown core, while 23
percent occurred on the Southbank and 19 percent occurred at the Sports Complex.
 Major transportation projects by the Florida Department of Transportation accounted
for 13 percent of total development, with the remaining projects completed on the
periphery of Downtown.

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New Courthouse Parking Information

The Jacksonville Bar Association recently hosted a presentation on parking options
for the new courthouse.
Four vendors made presentations at the event:
MPS Parkingoffers parking at the the garage directly across the street from the
new courthouse. The daily rate is a tentative maximum of $10 or a monthly rate of
$85.60. Monthly reserved parking and valet parking will be available for $145 and
$200, respectively.
The City of Jacksonvilleoffers parking in the Water Street garage and the Ed Ball
Building garage, both at a rate of $1 per hour up to a maximum daily rate of $6.96.
The monthly rate for the Water Street garage is $50 and $80 at the Ed Ball garage.
UPark, of First Baptist Church, offers courthouse parking at the Beaver and Pearl
Street garage for $35 a month. There is no daily rate.
JTA is offering a courthouse Park-and-Ride program where commuters can park at the
King Street garage or the Convention Center Skyway Station. Commuters can then ride
the Skyway to Hemming Plaza or take a direct-route trolley service to the new courthouse.
The cost is $35 a month.
The current county courthouse is scheduled to close Friday, May 18, at 5 p.m., and
the new courthouse will open Monday, May 29. Demolition has begun for improvements
to the former Federal Courthouse building, which will house the State Attorney's

Downtown Business News

CoWork Jax opens for business Downtown
Last month, Downtown's CoWork Jax opened its doors for business. Located at 5 W.
 Forsyth St. in a second floor space, CoWork Jax features conference rooms and individual
work stations. Coworking is a concept in which professionals, entrepreneurs and
freelancers work and collaborate in a community-focused environment. Already, the
CoWork Jax space is being used by more than three dozen coworkers. For more information
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Ed Ball Building to undergo $1.3 million in renovations
Breaking Ground Contracting Co. received a building permit Feb. 3 for $1.3 million
in renovations on the city-owned Ed Ball Building at 214 N. Hogan St. Renovations
are planned for the basement as well as for the first, fifth and sixth floors. The
architectural firm for the project is Jacksonville's TTV Architects, Inc.
duPont Center to be sold to Texas investment firm
Downtown Jacksonville's duPont Center on the Southbank is slated to be sold along
with other Flagler properties to TPG Capital, based in Forth Worth, Texas. The total
purchase package of 12 million square feet of developed office and industrial space
includes several properties across Northeast Florida in addition to the duPont Center.
New signage coming to Aetna Building with Baptist Health move
A new Baptist Health sign will soon adorn Downtown's Aetna Building on the Southbank.
Baptist Health System is moving its corporate and administrative staff  from the
 suburbs to an 58,000-square-foot office space in the Aetna Building. The new signage
is intended to differentiate the Baptist Health business operations from the health
care facilities nearby.
Bank of America Tower receives LEED certification
The Bank of America Tower was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The tower, built in 1990,
is a 42-story building approximately 661,000 square feet in size. With initiatives
such as using green cleaning items, the addition of new aerators for faucets and
 light sensors, and the recalibration of the heating and cooling systems, the building
has reduced utility costs by 20 percent.
Downtown currently has five Energy Star buildings and two LEED-certified buildings.
When the North Florida chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council brings their Sustainable
Resource Center to Downtown, we hope to add to these energy-conservation numbers.

Downtown Retail News

The Jacksonville Bank Building welcomed two new tenants this month, one located
directly above the other:
Midtown Deli and Cafe
100 N. Laura St. (entrance on Forsyth)
Ground floor
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1. This popular lunch spot on Jacksonville's Southside moved Downtown this month.
The restaurant, open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., serves both breakfast and lunch.
The breakfast menu features an array of omelets, pancakes, French toast and more.
Available for lunch are pananis, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Coffee, beer
and wine are also available for purchase, and the restaurant delivers for a $20
minimum purchase, as well as caters.
BodyPlex Fitness
100 N. Laura Street
Second Floor
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* Located in the former Gold's Gym location, BodyPlex Fitness takes up the entire
second floor of the building, complete with a main workout room and smaller training
rooms. The gym offers both group and personal training classes, as well as annual
and monthly memberships.Coming Soon to Downtown

* 1904 at 19 N. Ocean St. near LIT will be a live music venue and bar, with the
stage near the front entrance.
* Secrets Wine Bar is slated to open at 521 W. Forsyth St.
* The Pink Cupcake, a cupcake and sweets shop, and A.J. Reese Clothiers, a men's
 boutique, will soon come to The Jacksonville Landing.
* Sweet Lady Blue, a Southern cuisine restaurant with live jazz and blues music,
 will open at 331 W. Forsyth St.
* Two 7-Eleven convenience stores are coming soon, one at the corner of Julia and
Forsyth streets and the other on Main Street between Union and State streets.

Downtown JTA Service Changes

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Skyway is now free for a 90-day period
that began Jan. 30. This is so JTA can ensure customers have a seamless transfer
 during the implementation of new fare equipment. Since Jan. 30, the ridership of
the Skyway system has more than doubled.
In addition, JTA now charges for trolley service. Fares are $1.50 or $25 per month
for a Downtown Star Card, which provides unlimited trolley and Skyway use. JTA also
launched the Downtown Star Park and Ride Program.   For $35 per month, users can
 park at the Convention Center Skyway lot  or the Kings Avenue Garage with unlimited
trolley and Skyway use.
For more information about these programs, contact JTA at 904-630-3100, or visit
 the JTA website at www.jtafla.com [http://www.jtafla.com].

DVI Happenings


Dine with Us Downtown Feb. 23, where you're invited to make reservations at b.b.'s
restaurant and bar on the Southbank between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Join us for a celebration
of Downtown as a dining destination!

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to learn more.



February's First Wednesday Art Walk was a huge success! Make sure to check out the
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Little-Known Downtown

Did you know there's a tunnel underneath the streets of Downtown? The tunnel was
 used by banks to transfer money safely from bank to bank. While a few original
vaults remain under the Atlantic Bank Building (seen above), some former vault spaces
now house offices and restaurants, such as Benny's Sandwich Shop.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tino 2000-2012

Created Using Android's PRO Paint Camera

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

U.S. Men's National Soccer Team to Play in Jacksonville

Please see media release below announcing the U.S. Men's National Soccer team to play Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field.





EverBank Field to Host First Match for MNT in Jacksonville since 1999; NBC Sports Network to Debut Coverage of the U.S. National Teams


CHICAGO (Feb. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Men's National Team returns to Jacksonville for the start of its critical summer campaign when they face Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network in the channel's debut broadcast of a U.S. National Team game, as well as the Univision family of networks. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.


Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale, join U.S. Soccer's ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Scotland game before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.


"Jacksonville has an amazing facility and is the perfect place for us to begin our important summer schedule," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "We are excited to bring the U.S. National Team back to a part of the country we haven't visited in many years. It's fantastic that we can continue to give fans in different parts of the country the chance to share in the journey."

Jacksonville will host a U.S. Men's National Team for the first time since Feb. 6, 1999, when the USA recorded a massive upset of defending European Champion Germany with a 3-0 victory.


"This is a tremendous opportunity for Jacksonville to host some of the world's top athletes in a match that will attract global attention. Jacksonville has the staff, experience and facilities to make this a fun, fan-friendly, family event for people of all ages," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. "I encourage fans to fill EverBank Field and enjoy Jacksonville's Downtown on game day."


The U.S. has played Scotland six times in their history, holding a lifetime record of 1-3-2 in a series dating back to 1949. The teams last met on U.S. soil in the USA's final preparation match before the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing to a scoreless draw on May 30, 1998, in Washington, D.C. The Tartan Army narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2012 European Championship from a group that included defending FIFA World Cup champion Spain.  Scotland's strike force includes Kris Boyd, the all-time leading goalscorer in the Scottish Premier League who recently signed with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.


The United States will kick off the effort to qualify for its seventh-consecutive FIFA World Cup when they host Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium. The semifinal round opener begins at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN, ESPN3 and the Univision family of networks.  Along with these two teams, Group A is comprised of Guatemala and Jamaica. The top teams from each of three groups will advance to the final round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013. Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.


Following the match against Scotland, the U.S. continues its competition against the world's top teams when they host five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Wednesday, May 30 in Landover, Md. Kickoff for the USA's first ever match at FedExField is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

For the last game before the start of World Cup qualifying, the United States will make a rare visit to Canada when it renews the rivalry June 3 at BMO Field in Toronto. Kickoff for the USA's first match on Canadian soil since 1997 is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.



Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sun-Ray Cinema update

Sun-Ray Cinema

Showtimes 2/3 thru 2/9

In the Land of Blood and Honey
Friday-Saturday 7p.m.
Sunday 6:30p.m.
Monday-Thursday 7p.m.

Oscar Nominated Shorts
Animated Program
Friday-Satuday 3,9:30
Sunday 3 only
Monday-Thursday 3,9:30
Live Action Program
Friday- Saturday 1,4:45
Sunday 1,4:35

Will this kitchen just finish itself already?  We are hoping to be crankin' out fresh made pizzas an other items by the 17th. Fingers crossed!

Last day for Clooney and The Descendants. Screens at  4:30,7:10 and 9:30.  Opening tomorrow  for one week only is Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey Also opening tomorrow  is the wildy popular Oscar Nominated Shorts program. We will be presenting the live-action and animation programs. Ballots will be provided and the one who guesses the most winners will receive free movies here for a year(excluding special events)!

On Feb 12th we will be screening the mid-season premiere  of The Walking Dead at 9p.m. We will be screening this series every Sunday (exlcuding the 19th) and these shows will be free but you can opt to purchase a $5.00 drink ticket in order to secure a seat.

The Folio recently published a swell piece about our upcoming visit from Crispin Glover and Spencer is almost finished with building a stage to be placed on top of our stage @ Mr. Glover's request.

Oh yeah and I just found I out Lion's Gate will be selling us THE HUNGER GAMES. Opens March 23rd.

Be on the look out for these films coming soon:
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
The Innkeepers
A Dangerous Method
A Seperation (Feb 17th)

Almost forgot, Atypical Arts will be bringing in Valerie June for a kids show  on the 18th of Feb. Doors at 10a.m. More info about the show is available here.

More soon and thanks fer readin'!



Don't forget about these up n comers':
On Feb 18th and 19th Crispin "HELLION" Glover will be hanging out. At 7:30p.m. on the 18th he will be performing part two of his BIG SLIDE SHOW before a screening of his film, It is fine! Everyting is Fine. Then on the 19th he will be back to perform part one of his BIG SLIDE SHOW before screening his film, What is It? Crispin will be available after each screening to meet and sign his books or any other Crispin ephemera you may have.

Some folks may or may not remember my series, The Talkies, basically we bring in a director and they provide live off-the-cuff commentary throughout their film. Like an alternate track on a dvd release but waaaay better.  John Cameron Mitchell, director of Rabbit-Hole, Shortbus, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch is going to be spending the first weekend in March with us here, at The Sun-Ray. On March 2nd at 7:30p.m.John will be providing "The Talkies" treatment to his film, Shortbus he will be joined by  two cast members from the film. The process by which this film was made should provide a really interesting evening of conversation and the opportunity for a unique dialog between the viewer and the creator/actors. At 10p.m. we are going to screen Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This will be served straight up and  might provide a few sing-a-long moments. Then on March 3rd John will be back  to present two of his favorite films, Terrence Malick's Badlands starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and then at 9:00 Albert Brooks' Real Life. John will introduce both of these films and talk about their impact on him and his work. I have put together 5 Talkies events and I can't tell you how crazy cool it is to be putting my first one together at my own place. So excited and hope you are too. Tickets will be $20 for the Shortbus Talkies screening, $10 for Hedwig, the double feature will be $18 or $10 for a single screening. Students can get into the double feature for $10.00 with i.d. Tickets are on sale now and you can obtain them by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link on the front page of our site.

On Aprl 6th at 9:15 the inimitable Don Hertzfeldt will be screening all of his fantastic animated shorts  and premiering his newest work, It's Such a Beautiful Day. Head over to Bitter Films to read more about Don and his super great work.

In the Land of Blood and Honey

Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (Zana Marjanović), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war exerts both on individuals and people as a whole, and the terrible consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.