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Ruby Beach, Campeche Bay Demolished To Make Way For Jax Beach Town Center

Via Jacksonville Daily Record
A rendering of Jax Beach Town Center planned at 131 and 127 First Ave. N.

Demolition is underway in Jacksonville Beach on two First Avenue North buildings to make way for a two-story, mixed-use building called Jax Beach Town Center.

Developer Marc Angelo owns the buildings that housed Ruby Beach Brewing Co. and Campeche Bay Cantina, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Ruby Beach is relocating to Downtown Jacksonville and Campeche Bay closed in August 2019.

The Campeche Bay building at 127 First Ave. N. was built in 1940, according to the Duval County Property Appraiser.

131 First Ave. N., which housed Ruby Beach, was built in 1952. Demolition started Jan. 28.

The buildings are adjacent to Latham Plaza. They are a block from the beach and Seawalk Pavilion.

Angelo intends to develop a two-story, 19,000-square-foot building. It is not fully leased, but Angelo said it will house a restaurant, rooftop bar, retail and event spaces.

“It’s just what Jax Beach needs,” he said. 

A photo gallery of the demolition along with additional details about the project is in an expanded version of this story at