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San Marco Trees to Be Replaced With Bio-Swale

San Marco Trees to Be Replaced With Bio-Swale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The live oak trees along LaSalle Street near the San Marco library -- all but one, anyway -- are gone.

City Council member Lori Boyer, whose district includes San Marco, said in October that the trees had to come down because they were no longer viable.

PICTURES: Trees Removed near San Marco Library

Swaim Methodist celebrates 125 Years

Swaim Methodist celebrates 125 Years

Nothing planned for tomorrow?  Looking for an activity?  Come to Elizabeth Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church in San Marco.  In honor of our anniversary, there will be something for everyone!

Local Author Debra Webb Rogers Holds Book Signing!

Local author Debra Webb Rogers will be holding a meet and greet at Elizabeth Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church in San Marco, this Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 11AM. 

There's a new Farmers Market in town!

Elizabeth Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding a special farmers market in the parking lot, Saturday September 24, 2011. 

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Affair In The Square

Affair In The Square

If you live in San Marco and are looking for seomthing to do that's light on the ppockets and in good taste, come out to the Affair In The Square!!

It's the ULTIMATE Happy Hour that lasts for 3 hours!! Affair in the Square happens every third Thursday of the month during the spring and summer in San Marco’s shopping district. The square is located at 1790 San Marco boulevard and runs from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.There will be live music performers, vendors, wine tastings, local artists, face painting for the kids and more. The nice weather couldn’t be more complimentary to spending an evening out with the family, enjoying the live music entertainment and sampling some great food and wine offerings. Don't miss out, becuase it's sure to be a great expericen for everyone!! See you there!!

Friendship Fountain Reopens on the Southbank

Friendship Fountain Reopens on the Southbank

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After falling into disrepair and not operating for years, the Friendship Fountain, reopened Saturday morning.

Several hundred were on hand at the dedication hosted by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton today.  The fountain is 46 years old and new pumps, pipes, a new lighting system, and new sound system were added at a cost of $3.1 million.

"It was important that we make strategic investments in our downtown area. It has enormous potential and we have to be ready for the post-recession era," said Peyton. 

Peyton made the decision 18 months ago to make the investment in tough times and despite opposition, and the city council voted to repair the fountain.  "I am proud to be here today."