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2015 State of the St. Johns River Report Card

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for Jacksonville residents place a high value on the . This mighty river flows through the heart of our , and its tributaries, the creeks and streams that feed it, flow through all of our neighborhoods. It is understandable then, with algae bloom outbreaks and failing septic tanks, that you might be curious about the health status of our river. Unfortunately, with shrinking budgets and a constant assault on the agencies charged with protecting our river, there is less monitoring of the river’s health. Despite this insufficient monitoring and an “unsatisfactory status” for so many …

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On The River: Taking a Deeper Look

Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin August 22, 11am to 2pm Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 Cost is $18 for adults and $12 for kids and includes lunch, admission to MOSH and the “Springs Eternal” exhibit, and participation in all lectures or workshops. The Year of the River is an initiative by Cultural Fusion Jax bringing together more than 50 institutions to raise awareness of the St. Johns River as the “cultural current” of our city and an important driver for economic development, recreation, tourism and quality of life throughout …

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[TITLE OF SHOW] – PLAYERS BY THE SEA/LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW

As part of its March Madness theme, Players by the Sea brought in [title of show], a musical new to Jacksonville, for three performances beginning March 19, 2015. The musical was previously staged at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine in August, 2014. Due to a heavy reviewing schedule, the were not able to see it in the Ancient City, so we were delighted that it was coming to the Jacksonville Beaches. We have to admit we did not know anything initially about this show, but had seen most of the cast elsewhere on stage, and so were inspired to go. …

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A New Direction for Jax Rocker Peter Mosely

Peter Mosely is used to the rowdy crowds and smoky bars of the pop punk scene. As bassist in the alt-rock band from 2002 – 2008, and more recently as lead vocalist, guitarist, and piano player for the indie rock group (their latest album, “Redefine” dropped last December), he’s performed for fans all over the country. But when he takes the stage at  on March 29, the audience can expect to hear something…different. “I’ve been told my original music has a jazzy, show tunes flavor to it,” he explains. He’s titled his show “The New American Songbook” as a throwback …

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RENEW ARLINGTON

Arlington Would Gain New Investments as a Community Redevelopment Area Building on major new investments by Jacksonville University,  was joined today by City Council members and  President  to announce that the City’s  initiative will expand to the Arlington area.  Launched by Mayor Brown in November 2014, Renew Jax is designed to empower and revitalize key Jacksonville neighborhoods and corridors through public-private partnerships. “Arlington is a community that’s ready for a turnaround,” said Mayor Brown.  “It’s a neighborhood with a great past and I believe it can look forward to a great future.  By leveraging public and private investments, we will …

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Tree Hill Nature Center, Old Arlington, Jacksonville, FL, photo by Fran Ruchalski

OLD ARLINGTON: Tree Hill

“Follow the trail. It is well marked. The alligator will be on your right and the black goats on your left.” These were the intriguing instructions I received on my quest for the  at  on Arlington’s Lone Star Road. I liked Tree Hill instantly when I saw a sign offering free compost at the front gate. I also liked the fact a staghorn fern roughly the size of a golf cart graced the entrance. Well-marked trails led to the office and to the helpful man who provided the garden location instructions. Because the trails close at 4pm, and it was …

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OLD ARLINGTON: Jacksonville University

A Beacon in Arlington Jacksonville University has been an essential part of the Arlington neighborhood since the late 1940’s when it relocated to Arlington along the St. Johns River.  was founded in 1934 in downtown Jacksonville as a junior college offering night classes. It quickly became a four-year, co-ed institution and moved to its present location in Arlington. JU continues to attract new students through a new football/lacrosse stadium, improved academic spaces and research laboratories, the new College of Health Science building, new campus dining options, and an essential addition to campus, the River House. In the future, students can …

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Old Arlington: The New Place to Be!

Arlington is reinventing itself–it’s on the move. Rooted in history and continuing through the , Arlington development exploded with the opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953. Miles and miles of riverfront property wrap around the first North-to-East bend of the river from Downtown, heading out to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to indigenous peoples, the French, Spanish, British and Americans have walked its ground, shaded under towering oak trees through centuries. Its apex began in the mid-20th century as a post-haven for new housing, expansion of communities, and soon, a private university using the namesake of the city, . …

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OLD ARLINGTON: Norman Film Studios

In 1920, Flagler’s East Coast Railway trains rolled down the tracks from the cold North to paradise down South. With bags packed carefully with top hats, watches on gold chains, silk dresses and pearls in velvet bags, onwards the snowbirds came to enjoy the Florida sunshine and bask in warm weather with the sweet smell of orange blossoms in the air. Yes, the rich and famous left the snow and sleet…and stopped in Jacksonville, part of what some called America’s Riviera, which had become the winter film capital of the world. The Rockefellers, Astors, Tiffanys and their friends brought big …

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Old Arlington: How to Get Around with JTA

JTA provides public transportation for residents in the Old Arlington area. The community is served by four fixed routes and a Community Shuttle: Route 9: Arlington Expressway Provides 15-minute frequency service from Regency to Downtown Jacksonville. It is a future First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit route. Route 19: Arlington – Offers a 30-minute frequency that connects to Town & Country Shopping Center, Jacksonville University, University Park Library, Walmart and Regency Square Mall. Route 19 also runs to Downtown Jacksonville. Route 23: Townsend/Southside – Local route that connects to areas on the Southside, Jacksonville University and Regency Square Mall via …

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