Jacksonville Landing

Provided by Hans Straugh

As the future of The Jacksonville Landing is debated, Hans Strauch has a unique perspective. 

The Jaxson

There are no shortage of ideas of what to do with The Jacksonville Landing, now that the city is buying the waterfront marketplace from longtime owner Toney Sleiman’s company.

Councilman-Elect Carlucci Calls For Community Brainstorming On Jacksonville Landing's Future

Apr 18, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

City Council member-elect Matt Carlucci is making a pitch for the city to use a charrette-style workshop for residents to brainstorm ideas about the future use of the Jacksonville Landing, saying interest is high in what comes next and there should be upfront buy-in from the public.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

It appears “business as usual” will be winding down quickly at The Jacksonville Landing following Tuesday’s City Council approval to buy out the current ownership.

City Council Approves Jacksonville Landing Buyout Deal

Mar 27, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council members approved legislation Tuesday night giving the city full possession of The Jacksonville Landing, ending a two-year legal fight over the future of the Downtown riverfront marketplace and setting it up for potential demolition.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Slow down.

That’s the message of more than 1,000 people who have signed a petition urging the City Council to not rush to demolish The Jacksonville Landing.

Jacksonville Landing Could Be Demolished By September

Mar 21, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Pending City Council approval Tuesday, The Jacksonville Landing could be demolished by September.

City Buy-Out Of Jacksonville Landing Passes First Council Vote Test

Mar 19, 2019
Florida Times-Union

A $15 million city buyout of The Jacksonville Landing’s owner cleared its first stop Monday at City Council in a 6-1 vote for an agreement that supporters say gives the city a chance to retake control of the riverfront land and replace the Landing with a new kind of development for the next generation.

Mayor's Jacksonville Landing Deal Gets Mixed Reaction From Council Members

Feb 22, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council members offered mixed reactions Thursday to an $18 million plan that could see the city of Jacksonville gaining control of the Jacksonville Landing and demolishing it.

Mayor Lenny Curry's Twitter account

Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman and Mayor Lenny Curry both flashed thumbs-up on Wednesday, announcing they’ve reach an agreement after years of butting heads that could result in demolishing part or all of the Jacksonville Landing.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT NEWS

Another restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing has closed.

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing is trying to reopen its video game bar, closed since a deadly shooting there last August, as another restaurant at the shopping center closes its doors.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Landing food court has been closed.


Tuesday evening WJCT hosted a live event for readers of The Jaxson, which is a web and radio partnership between WJCT and Modern Cities.  

City's Battle With The Jacksonville Landing May Impact Fla.-Ga. Events

Oct 18, 2018
Florida Times-Union file photo

The Jacksonville Landing has been a gathering spot for decades when party-ready fans roll into town for the Florida-Georgia game, but this year, the Landing and the city are locked in a bitter legal fight and the city has not yet issued a special events permit for concerts during that football game weekend.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The owners of Chicago Pizza have announced they will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5.

The business has been closed since the August 26 tragedy that left three dead, including the gunman, who took his own life. Ten others were shot and survived.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, radio host Angela Spears, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Our topics included:

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Within hours of the mass shooting that took two lives and injured nine others before the gunman killed himself at the Jacksonville Landing Sunday afternoon, Republican candidates for Florida governor Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis had canceled campaign stops scheduled for Monday in Jacksonville.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT

Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski, a Florida Politics reporter.

Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:09).

Our topics included

City Illustrates Vision of Park Space In Place Of Jacksonville Landing

Jun 14, 2018
Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

If the city gets full control of the Jacksonville Landing, Mayor Lenny Curry plans to demolish the aging riverfront mall to make room for a sprawling urban park.

Fifth World Art / Flickr

Sleiman Enterprises, which operates the languishing Jacksonville Landing, a riverfront mall on the Northbank of the St. Johns River, is suing the city, “claiming multiple contractual breaches by the city that make it impossible” for the Landing to operate at its full potential.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we were joined by Downtown Investment Authority Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Board Chair Jim Bailey to bring us an update on several proposed downtown development projects.

We also spoke with Donna Orender and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director of Patrol and Enforcement Michelle Cook about this weekend’s Generation Works project. Travel blogger Judy Wells discussed two large travel shows in New York City. 


Friday on First Coast Connect was our weekly Media Roundtable, featuring Anthony Pantazi from the Florida Times Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and contributor Fred Matthews. We also spoke with recently sworn-in Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels and from the current Theatre Jacksonville presentation of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” we spoke with cast members Ron Shreve and Al Emerick. 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office via YouTube

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying witnesses to a shooting in downtown Jacksonville on Jan. 4. Police have released this surveillance video, which shows the moments after the double shooting near Art Walk that left two teens injured.


Fifth World Art / Flickr

A fatal shooting at the Jacksonville Landing on Martin Luther King Day was the second this month near the already struggling downtown landmark.

The Jacksonville Landing shopping mall and entertainment center has had trouble sustaining foot traffic through its iconic northbank structure the last few years, forcing store closures and even the shuttering of a maritime museum.  

The Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville
Blake Allen

The Florida Department of Transportation is investigating damage to Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge after a river cruise ship crashed into it Friday evening.

Flickr/Creative Commons

As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast this weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Cincinnati Bengals visit the First Coast on Sunday to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville’s final home preseason game. The Jaguars look to provide their fans a home victory before the regular season gets underway. The game begins at 8 p.m. at EverBank Field.

Weekend Warriors: Comedy, Classics & Cause

Aug 4, 2016

As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Sarah De Nicolais and Pressly Pratt be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

Rob Schneider at The Comedy Zone


Weekend Warriors: Having An All-American Blast

Jun 30, 2016
By I, Jonathan Zander, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

As the work week comes to end, let WJCT interns Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. Celebrate America with this special patriotic edition of Weekend Warriors and enjoy with the whole family.   


Void’s Great American Sip n’ Slide


Beatrice Sanchez / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s crowd funding festival is back today under a new name and new terms.

Spark Walk is a combination of One Spark and the monthly downtown Art Walk.