Five Points

Friday on First Coast Connect we held our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Ben Conarck from The Florida Times-Union, blogger and contributor Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:06).

We heard about the actions of local charity Bright Holidays with its president Mike Shreve (38:34).  

Five Points business owners joined the show to talk about Saturday’s Christmas on Lomax party (44:45).

Phase Eight Theatre members Evie Day and Corey Driscoll joined us to talk about next week’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in WJCT’s studio (49:04).


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An 18-year-veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office faces possible termination after his arrest Tuesday.

Officer Thomas McDonald was arrested for simple battery after he was caught on video inappropriately touching a woman’s breast at Five Points bar Birdie's early on Sunday morning.

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Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville’s Five Points area is having its first-ever Sleeping Giant film festival, which runs through Sunday.

Visitors can expect screenings of everything from horror movies to westerns. Some of the movies showing at the four-day festival include: “The Unknown,” “Serial Mom,” “Rat Film,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Void,” “Dark Side of Dr. Suess” and “Tampopo.”


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The record shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood is going silent on Friday.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scheduled to speak in downtown Jacksonville Wednesday, supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton took to the streets of Five Points to denounce her rival Wednesday morning.


Hawkers Asian Street Fare

A popular Five Points eatery is now planning its second location in Northeast Florida.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare opened in Riverside two years ago. Now, it’s heading to the beach.

The restaurant’s second location is planned for Neptune Beach, with the site already under construction.

It will be the fourth location for the chain, which has an operation in Orlando and another opening soon in St. Petersburg.

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If the true-crime podcast “Serial” is any indication, reality can be just as entertaining as fiction. That’s the hope, anyway, behind a new Jacksonville film festival made up entirely of documentaries.


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Anyone who’s walked through Five Points recently might have seen the painter with a jarring sign hanging above him. Next to a colorful mural, it reads:  “I have borderline personality disorder. I used to manage with heroin. Now I make art.”


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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens this weekend. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Jacksonville's Sun-Ray Cinema invited guests to attend in costume. 

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On the 22nd of every month, members of the Jacksonville chapter of Veterans for Peace gather in Five Points to focus public attention on the suicide rate among veterans.

On Tuesday, the group stood on the corner of Post and Park streets holding signs and waving to drivers.

Business Brief: Riverside Transformation Picks Up Pace

Sep 21, 2015
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Big changes are coming to Jacksonville’s Five Points area. Among them, the antiques mall Fans & Stoves is being forced to relocate because a Miami developer bought its building.

Business analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the quirky neighborhood began its commercial transformation more than a decade ago when a Publix supermarket opened next to Memorial Park—and today the rapid changes are making some long-time tenants nervous.

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On Friday, a vacant old coffee shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points reopened for a night to host a fashion show.

The show called “Kontrast,” hosted by Perversion Magazine, featured the work of Jacksonville-born-and-raised designer Bobby K. It was a collaboration with Perversion Creative Director Carl Rosen and businessman Steve Williams.

Fluid repellent scrubs, summer camp, and Five Points are in the headlines today.

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Whether you're a fan of music, food, or theater, there's plenty happening this weekend on the First Coast.

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The Jacksonville City Council has approved extending the Northbank Riverwalk under the Fuller-Warren Bridge from the Riverside Arts Market to Riverside Park in Five Points.

Plans for the extension have been on the books since the late 90's, but funding for the project was hard to come by.

Right now, the area is a fenced-in site with two dry retention ponds. The Artist Walk is expected to include sidewalks, green space, benches, lighting and two fountains.