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Wishing you and yours a
Healthy and Happy New Year!
What's your Vision for Jacksonville Beach?
Do you want to be part of shaping the future of Jacksonville Beach?
The City is asking residents who want to be part of the community vision process to sign up for one meeting since space will be limited (we don't want the groups to get too large), and we are looking for diverse participation.
You can contact Chris Wrightat 904.247.6268 to sign up for a meeting.
Thank you for your willingness to participate!
January 23 (Thursday) 6 - 7:30pm City Hall, City Council Chambers
January 25 (Saturday) 10:30am - noon City Hall, City Council Chambers
January 30 (Thursday) 6 - 7:30pm Carver Center
February 8 (Saturday) 10:30 - noon Community Center, Sunshine Park
February 13 (Thursday) 6 - 7:30pm City Hall, City Council Chambers
February 22 (Saturday) 6 - 7:30pm. Community Center, Sunshine Park
2019 Year in Review
We got a lot done in 2019, so here is a list of our accomplishments. This is followed by our plans for 2020.
Mike Staffopoulos started his position as our new City Manager in January
Cmdr Gene Paul Smith was promoted to be our new Police Chief
Chris Ambrosio was hired to be our new City Attorney
Fire services were contracted out to the County (JFRD)
City Council decided on priorities to focus on over the next couple years
Sea oats were planted on the re-nourished dunes
We passed a Short Term Rental ordinance
Updated the City's alcohol ordinance
Were able to maintain the same millage rate as last year
We had another successful 4th of July fireworks show
We hosted the Sea and Sky Spectacular event
Started a new automated paid parking system, and residents still park for free
Empowered the Community Redevelopment Agency to be more proactive regarding downtown and the south end development districts
Approved the hiring of a 'point-person', who will be charged with ensuring services in the downtown and south beach districts are met
Four new hotels are being constructed downtown
Negotiated a 3-year contract with the City's general employees union
Updated the wording and references in all 3 union contracts
Approved infrastructure improvements for Beaches Energy Services, invested in solar energy, and reduced rates for customers
The rounds of play at the newly renovated golf course have greatly increased, and more technology is being used for scheduling tee times
Approved improvements to the softball fields at Wingate Park
Approved a mural for the dog park
Installed new windscreens for the tennis courts
Approved a Memorial Tree and Bench program
Started live broadcasting and recording all public meetings
Approved a new traffic policy
Worked for landscaping improvements on City right-of-ways and public land
A new Public Works Director will be starting in January
Repairs to the pier have finally begun
Worked on a new pier entry design for once the repairs are completed
Tested new lighting to protect sea turtles next season
While 2019 was busy, 2020 is starting out to be even more so! [See Moving Forward into 2020 article]
Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.
The following properties/projects are new large-scale developments in downtown Jacksonville Beach. The latest addition is 221 Surfside,a mixed use development to the property just north of the Seawalk Pavilion. Proposed uses include a restaurant, office space, a boutique hotel, and retail.
221 Surfside (formerly Sydney's and Buckets, just north of the Pavilion)
Let's continue to work together to ensure that Jacksonville Beach remains one of the greatest places to call home! Reach out if you have any questions or concerns about what is happening in your neighborhood or City.