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Landlords; 'First Coast Connect Bookclub'; Meninak; Big Brothers Big Sisters

Perfect Rack Billiards in Murray Hill closed its kitchen over the weekend, after a property line fight left a dumpster it relies on fenced off.

A series of landlord disputes in different neighborhoods across Jacksonville has communities across the region either up in arms, or at the very least, confused about what’s next.

Whether it’s a new hiccup in the effort to replace a grocery store in the Gateway Town Center, the closing of a much-loved bowling alley in Jacksonville Beach, or, a fight over a popular poll hall in Murray Hill, there’s a lot of rumbling right now in the local commercial estate world.

Tim Gibbons, Editor in Chief of the Jacksonville Business Journal, has been following all of these flaps, and joined us now for a closer look.


First Coast Connect Book Club

What do you do when you are given a second chance in life after going through a dramatic experience? Author Lief Enger explores this idea of “starting over” in Virgil Wander. Stacey Goldring joined us to discuss his month’s First Coast Connect Book Club pick.

Meninak Club

Meninak, which used to be known as “Men in Action,” has served the First Coast for 100 years, raising millions of dollars for charities and scholarships, and providing numerous programs.

Their motto: provide help where none is available. Kerry Varkonda, President, the Meninak Club of Jacksonville; and Diana Fanning, a past president, joined us to mark the milestone with a look at the past, present and future of Meninak.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is America’s oldest, largest  mentoring program. There are dozens of kids in our area that need a mentor. Sara Alford, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, joined us with more about that and how you can be part of Margarita J'Ville 2019 to help the cause

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.