Pizza in the air at Moon River, the old docks, one great day at the beach, Fort Clinch brickwork, fake Dora and a blurry shot of downtown, all bring back memories. Most of these came from earlier blog posts 15 years ago. Remembering how much the island is the same and how much it changed…perspective or important?
When did you make it to the island and what seemed important at the time?
This is a recent shot of the changed landscape behind City Hall. Whether you love change or not, uses change and adjacent properties can benefit. City Hall is nearing the end of it’s life and efficiency. It began as a fire station years ago, but transitioned bays for fire engines into the current commission chamber. Seeing and anticipating the changes, will we have an opportunity to sell at a profit, consolidate to one location and finally see most city services in one location, while preserving a historic structure?
Politicians who actually care, Centre Street with so much variety you’ll spend weeks trying every restaurant, musicians without compare, sleepy pelicans on a working dock, a short distance to Jacksonville International and, finally, fantastic beaches are key to the island’s allure.
After, literally, years of effort, final approval to open Alachua Street is here. Alachua
doesn’t look like much now, but considering the impact of an opening and the plans dependant upon this added access, this is the single key to a working CRA, development of the surrounding property and management of traffic during events on Centre. It also allows for an added rationale to stabilize the waterfront and change Front Street to a “one way” street, leading traffic away from the port at the Centre/Front intersection.
Thinking about the waterfront and marina, the recent purchase of an added area north of the current marina, took an opening of Alachua into consideration and adds even more logic to the change. Eventually, the marina will move and expand northward, moving larger slips away from the disaster of a mud flat and negligent marina placement years ago….a cost we’ve been covering with tax dollars.