Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Downtown Population to Jump More Than 10% With This Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Aleizha Batson, (904) 630-1871, aleizhab@coj.net


Hallmark Partners Inc. plans $38 million investment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. July 24, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown is signing legislation to help revitalize the city’s urban center by supporting plans for a mixed use retail and residential development that includes a new park on Riverside Avenue in Brooklyn.

The legislation (2012-270) marks an agreement between the city and Hallmark Partners Inc. for up to $4.9 million in Recapture Enhanced Value (Rev) Grant reimbursements over a 20-year period.

Hallmark plans to invest $38 million into currently vacant property at Riverside Avenue and Jackson Street by building 294 residential units ranging between 600 and 1,200 square feet along with 16,500 square feet of retail space.

An adjacent park about the size of a football field will be the adequate size to program festival-style entertainment or provide enough green space to accommodate roughly 1,000 people. The park will be open to the public and administered by a non-profit, allowing Jacksonville to take its place among cities such as Houston, Texas, San Diego, Calif., and Portland, Ore., whose urban parks helped to drive urban core revitalization.

“This is a transformative moment. I’m excited about the Hallmark project’s potential to stimulate even more private investment Downtown as we see young professionals and families look for new opportunity in the city center,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “We must continue to work closely with the private sector to make Downtown a more competitive center of commerce and entertainment to increase our standard of living, grow revenue streams and make Jacksonville a destination.”

The REV Grants provide a rebate of up to 75 percent on the city’s portion of ad valorem taxes on new construction, with Hallmark continuing to pay the other 25 percent atop current obligations on the land.

The planned enhancements to the property are estimated to generate $6.9 million in additional property tax revenues for the city and Duval County Public Schools throughout the next 20 years. The project has the potential to increase residency in Jacksonville’s Downtown area by 15 percent.

“The 220 Riverside project is a prime example of how the private and public sectors can work together to breathe life into a community, like Brooklyn, that is in need of redevelopment,” said Alex Coley, president of Hallmark Partners. “For 20 years, Hallmark has worked almost exclusively in Jacksonville. We are a local company with deep roots in our city. To us, this project is an opportunity to lead on an initiative that will drive real, lasting and beneficial change that we hope extends far beyond the boundaries of Brooklyn. The mayor and City Council have been great partners in this effort.”

The legislation went to the mayor for signature after it passed City Council by a 16-1 vote June 26.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fwd: RELEASE: The Great Pirate Party Returns to Downtown this Saturday

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From: "Katherine Hardwick" <katherine@downtownjacksonville.org>
Date: Jul 24, 2012 3:40 PM
Subject: RELEASE: The Great Pirate Party Returns to Downtown this Saturday
Cc: "Liz Grebe" <Liz@downtownjacksonville.org>

July 24, 2012

The Third Annual Great Pirate Party Is Near! 

Saturday, July 28, 2011
6 p.m. - close

Ahoy, scoundrels, scallywags and fair maidens! The night of The Great Pirate Party is near, when pirates and pirate fans will revel in the bars and clubs of Downtown.

Keep the heat at bay with some fine rum or your landlubber drink of choice at 11 participating bars of The Core. Plus, this year, start the night early with a pirate-themed pub crawl featuring six Downtown bars. Downtown will be filled with wonders to amuse and entertain at each port of call. Plunder special drink menus, live music and be entertained with plenty o' pirate people-watching throughout the night. Thar be treasure enough for all. Brush up on your favorite sea shanty, don your best eye-patch, bandana and boots and join in the fun! 

For more details follow The Core Jax on Facebook and Twitter. 

The Core, Downtown Jacksonville

The Core is comprised of the main arteries of Downtown, where nightlife entrepreneurs are creating a new vibe in the epicenter of Jacksonville.  From Bay, Forsyth and Adams Streets to the Jacksonville Landing, the nightlife and entertainment scene is happening in The Core.

Participating Downtown ports of call:
·         1904, 19 Ocean St.
·         Burrito Gallery, 21 E. Adams St.
·         Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St.

·         ClubTSIDiscotheque, 333 E. Bay St.

·         Dive Bar, 331 E. Bay St.
·         Dos Gatos, 123 E. Forsyth St.
·         LIT Downtown, 11 Ocean St.
·         Mark's Downtown Club/Lounge, 315 E. Bay St.
·         Maverick's Rock N' Honky Tonk, 2 Independent Dr.
·         Northstar "The Pizza Bar," 119 E. Bay St. 
·         Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St.

Street parking is free Saturdays and Sundays and after 6 p.m on weeknights.  

Tipsy? Take the elevator home to the Hyatt for $79 (based on availability). Ask for the "Take the Elevator" home rate, and use the special code ELVUP. For reservations, call 904.588.1234 or visit www.jacksonville.hyatt.com.

For general information, visit: www.downtownjacksonville.org
For information on the pub crawl, visit: http://www.northstarsubstation.com/downtown-pub-crawl.html

About Downtown Vision, Inc.

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a dynamic, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 organization tasked with building and maintaining a healthy and vibrant Downtown. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Downtown Improvement District to provide a multitude of services over and above what the City of Jacksonville provides: cleaning and safety via the Downtown Ambassador program; activation with more than 50 event days annually, like the award-winning First Wednesday Art Walk; marketing, communications and partnerships; comprehensive information resources and ombudsman services; stakeholder support and advocacy; and business retention and attraction support. For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.org.


Katherine Hardwick
Director of Marketing
Downtown Vision, Inc.
214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120
Jacksonville, FL 32202
P: 904.634.0303 x 230 | F: 904.634.8988
downtownjacksonville.org | mobile: DTJAX.org

Ahoy, matey! Saturday, July 28, voyage Downtown to scrounge for treasures and grog during The 3rd Annual Great Pirate Party! The mayhem begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit: downtownjacksonville.org.  



Monday, July 23, 2012


Hello SOUTHLIGHT Friends!

Please take a moment to read and share our latest news!  

We hope to see you all on August 1st for our DOG DAYS OF SUMMER opening. We have a great selection of  "Dog Artworks" for all Art Lovers and Collectors!  Blues Live at 7pm!



6 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202


6 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202


6 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Antonio Allegretti
(904) 4 MY TURN
(904) 469-8876

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I like trains

Created Using Android's PRO Paint Camera

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Created Using Android's PRO Paint Camera

Monday, July 09, 2012

FROM Mr. Field: Jax Cash Mob does lunch Wed July 18th

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From: "Field, Mike D. (MBS)" <Mike.Field@mortgagefamily.com>
Date: Jul 9, 2012 2:50 PM
Subject: Jax Cash Mob does lunch Wed July 18th



Trying something new with the Jax Cash Mob... a 'lunch mob' next Wednesday July 18th at the King Street Farmers Market.  King Street Farmers Market's theme is '->buy LOCAL eat<-' and that fits the goal of Jax Cash Mob's like a glove.

We'll meet at noon, grab lunch and check out all of the local vendors.

You have two lunch options at the King Street Farmers Market: Corner Taco and Salty Fig... two really great food trucks that source locally as much as possible and take great care to prepare really high quality meals.

There are quite a few quality vendors at the KSFM selling everything from great veggies, handmade soaps, baked goods, breads, etc.  Additionally, Riverside Antiques Market is open and is another great local business to check out.






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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Fwd: Swim Across St. Johns Saturday, July 7 - Fleming Island to Mandarin

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From: "Jim Alabiso" <jim@jumpingfish.net>
Date: Jul 3, 2012 9:35 PM
Subject: Swim Across St. Johns Saturday, July 7 - Fleming Island to Mandarin
To: "UpTheRiver" <UpTheRiver@jumpingfish.net>

(If you do not wish to receive Swim Across the St. Johns, 12-Mile St. Johns Swim or St. Johns Downtown Swim notifications please reply with REMOVE in the subject line.)

(Schedule for July/August below this announcement)


Swim Across the St. Johns 2012

Fleming Island Marina, Orange Park to County Dock, Mandarin


Swimmers, Crew and Friends,


Thank you so much for your participation. Details for the Swim Across the St. Johns on Saturday morning, July 7 are attached. Please read the brief which provides most of what you need to know for Saturday including schedule and directions.


We are looking for a person good with a camera to photograph the launch at  Fleming Island (8:45am) and the finish at County Dock (10:45am).


Swimmers: Ian Cherry, Eric DePetris, Luis Etchenique , Monique Kovacs, Joni Roberts,  Eric Wendorf, Amaris Zelinske
Boat Crew:  Captain Ray Sutton, Candice Davis, Jen Carasa,  Jim Alabiso
Kayaks Crew: Mike Addison, Paramedic with St. Johns County

If for some reason you need to cancel, please email me so another swimmer can join. Call or email if you have any questions. 904 673-4549. Schedule for July/August below.


Swimmers and crew, please make a minimum of a $30 contribution to help cover the boat and fuel costs. To donate online please go HERE and click the donate button on the right. It is preferable to do so online rather than swim day. Please also print, sign and bring the attached waiver.


What we are trying to achieve:


·         Provide a venue of safe open water swimming courses in the St. Johns.

·         Demonstrate safety as we work with the City of Jacksonville to sanction St. Johns Open Water Swimming events and St Johns River centric triathlons.

·         These swims provide a dress rehearsal for the USMS sanctioned Race Across the St. Johns in October.

·         Great practice for cross current, tidal and 5K swims.


If you are a swimmer, boater, paddle boarder or kayaker and would like to  swim or join us on the water. please send an email to jim@jumpingfish.net. We appreciate your support!


The attached documents provide all the information you need or are curious about. The first 3 are essential*, the rest optional.


·         SASJ 2012 Expedition 9 Brief*

·         Waiver*

·         County Dock Approach Graphic*

·         GPS Mile Marks & Nautical Map

·         2011 Swim Statistics

·         Velocity Estimates for 7/7/2012


Friends and family can see us off at Fleming Island Marina and should be on the outermost dock by 8:45. Another option is to be at County Dock around 10:45 to watch the swimmers come in. Additional boats and kayaks welcome!


Forecast for Saturday, July 7 at 9am
Temperature: Start 81 °F   Finish 81 °F;  Surface Wind: S 5-7 mph
Sky Cover: 59%     Precipitation Potential: 26%     

We have never had to call a swim but we will cancel in the event of lightning. Will email forecast changes to the team as we get closer to Saturday. Usually changes this far out.


See you Saturday!




*** July/August Schedule ***

If you would like to participate in upcoming St. Johns River swims, give me a shout. Here's the schedule. We need a minimum of 3 swimmers for each event. Boaters, kayakers, photographers always welcome!


Swim the Across St. Johns 2012 – Expedition 9 – Saturday, July 7 (Full) (details attached)

Swimmers: Joni Roberts, Luis Etchenique (alumni),  Eric DePetris (alumni), Eric Wendorf, Amaris Zelinske, Monique Kovacs, Ian Cherry

Meet 7:30 Swim Time 09:00 to 11:00


Swim the Across St. Johns 2012 – Expedition 10 – Saturday, July 21 (Max 6)

Meet 6:30 Swim Time 07:30 to 09:30
Confirmed Swimmers:
Robert Scheff, Eric DePetris, Ian Cherry, Eric Wendorf


St. Johns 2 Bridges Swim (11-Mile) – Expedition 7 – Saturday, July 28th  (Tentative) (Max 6)

Meet 9:30 Swim Time 10:30 to 02:45

Confirmed Swimmers:  Eric DePetris, Eric Wendorf. Ian Cherry


Swim Across the St. Johns 2012 – Expedition 11 – Saturday, August 4 (Max 6)

Meet 6:30 Swim Time 07:30 to 09:30

Confirmed Swimmers:  Ian Cherry


St. Johns Downtown Expedition Swim Opportunities – 4 Bridge Swim

1.1 miles through Main St Bridge, to Acosta Bridge, under the Railroad Bridge to the Fuller Warren. If you are a swimmer, boater, paddle boarder or kayaker and would like to  swim or escort,  these are the optimum times in the next 2 weeks. Sunset is approx 8:30.

Swim  Date & Slack/Flood Time

5-530 SAT 06/30 04:52 pm  Completed. Jim A

6-630 SUN 07/01 05:52 pm  Completed. Joni R, Seth K, Jim A

6-630 SUN 07/08 05:53 pm

7-730 MON 07/09 06:46 pm



Swim/Race Across St. Johns

Distance: 4 Miles, 6 K,

Category: Middle Distance Swim

Timing: 2.5 hours before slack  water before flood tide at Mandarin Point.

Course: Fleming Island Marina to County Dock in Mandarin. (precisely 3.86 miles) It takes approximately 2 hours to swim the course. Depending on boat arrangements we may do an orientation cruise 30 minutes before meet time. Note that the race is on 10/20. 

Group Practice Swims – Maximum of 6 Swimmers
07/07 SAT
,  07/21 SAT, 08/04 SAT
Race Across the St. Johns (providing all permits are secured) – Maximum of 50 Swimmers
10/20 SAT Meet 8:00 Swim Times 09:30 to 11:30 

St. Johns 11 Mile, 2 Bridge Swim

Distance: 11 Miles, 17 K

Category: Middle Distance Swim

Timing: 1 hour after the beginning of ebb tide measured at  Mandarin Point.

Course: County Dock in Mandarin, under the Buckman Bridge to the Fuller Warren Bridge by RAM. (precisely 10.7 miles).  It takes 4-4.25 hours to swim the course.

Group Practice Swim – Maximum of 6 Swimmers
07/28 SAT Meet 9:30 Swim Time 10:30 to 02:45


2013 To be determined



Monday, July 02, 2012

Fwd: MEDIA ADVISORY: All-American Fourth at The Landing

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From: "Samantha Collins" <scollins@jacksonvillelanding.com>
Date: Jul 2, 2012 5:08 PM
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: All-American Fourth at The Landing
To: <scollins@sleiman.com>



Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                Media Contact: Samantha Collins

            Office: 904-353-1188 x. 1038

                Cell: 904-813-8049

                                                                                                                   Email: scollins@sleiman.com



The Jacksonville Landing Fourth of July Activities




JACKSONVILLE, Fla- July 2, 2012 - The Jacksonville Landing Festivities will feature family-friendly fun, live entertainment, an amazing fireworks show and much more on the St. Johns River!


The riverfront marketplace will open at 10:00 a.m. and musical entertainment will kick off at 5:00 p.m.


Entertainment schedule:

   5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Stevie Fingers

   9:30 p.m. – 1: 30 a.m.  5 X 7 Band

   9:45 p.m. City of Jacksonville's Fireworks on the St. Johns River


The City of Jacksonville's fireworks star-spangled show will be launched from barges on the St. Johns River near The Jacksonville Landing and the Hyatt Jacksonville Regency Riverfront.


Boaters can dock on the Northbank, Southbank and the Metropolitan Park Marina in areas not marked as closed for a maximum of 72 hours to view the fireworks. Docking will be on a first-come, first-served basis so boaters are encouraged to arrive early and show their patriotic spirit.


The Landing Restaurants and nightclubs will remain open until 2:00 a.m.


No outside food or beverages are permitted into The Landing. 


All persons must be 21 years of age or older or present military I.D. Children are welcome with parent. Entrance and all events are free.





For a complete list of all events at The Landing, please log on to www.JacksonvilleLanding.com or www.Facebook.com/JacksonvilleLanding




The Jacksonville Landing, located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville adjacent to the St. Johns River, is a multi-purpose facility providing year-round dining, shopping and entertainment.  With more than 40 shops and restaurants, visitors are sure to find exactly what they are looking for, as well as enjoy the fabulous view of the river.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Restaurants and clubs stay open later.  For more information, or a complete list of events and entertainment, please call (904) 353-1188 or visit www.JacksonvilleLanding.com.





Samantha Collins
Marketing and Public Relations Manager

The Jacksonville Landing

2 Independent Drive # 250  : :  Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-1188 ext 1038  : :  (904) 353-1558 fax

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