260-Unit Apartment Complex Proposed In Mandarin On San Jose Blvd.

Sep 4, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Planning Commission recommended approval Sept. 3 for The Julington, a 260-unit apartment community along the east side of San Jose Boulevard about a half-mile north of Julington Creek in Mandarin.

First Blue Bamboo Restaurant Will Close When Mandarin Location Opens

Sep 2, 2020
Blue Bamboo owner Dennis Chan poses in the doorway of the building he is renovating at 10110 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville Daily Record

At the start, Blue Bamboo owner Dennis Chan didn’t think transforming a law office into an Asian restaurant would be too difficult. 

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Monday for chef Dennis Chan to renovate and expand a former law office he bought in Mandarin for Blue Bamboo II, his second area restaurant.

Arpen stands inside the school house in front of the chalkboard
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A few years back, Jacksonville’s Mandarin Museum and Historical Society acquired an old African American schoolhouse and opened it to the public. 

exerior of Arpen House
Florida Department of State

The Henry C. Arpen House in Mandarin was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, this week, along with Shell Hammock Landing in Polk County, Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced Friday.  

Volunteers pose for a picture Wednesday morning before loading the truck with supplies for Hurricane Michael victims in Fountain.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A Mandarin woman was on her way to the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning, driving a 26-foot box truck filled with food and supplies she collected for Hurricane Michael victims who are still dealing with the aftermath of the historic storm.

JTA Sells 9-Acre Park-N-Ride Site To Daily's Gas Company

Jun 22, 2018
aerial view of Park-n-ride lot
Google Maps

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has sold a 9-acre parcel of land in Mandarin to the First Coast Energy Co., according to our news partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum (01:17).

Our periodic commentator Jay Solomon spoke about the controversy around removing Confederate monuments on the First Coast (39:57).

We heard about this weekend’s Mandarin Art Festival with Show Manager Krysten Bennett (46:00).

Java Game Haus/ Facebook

Board game enthusiasts can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee Saturday at the grand opening of a new cafe exclusively for tabletop games in Mandarin. The soft opening of Java Game Haus two months ago brought president Joe Hausen and his friends’ love of coffee and board games together.

Michelle Corum / WJCT

Debris from fallen trees and washed-up trash from the river still litter the ground months after the Category 3 storm brushed the First Coast. Broken boards from the dock are scattered like leaves. A gate blocks off the dock and bears a large warning sign: “Keep off dock under repair,” in big red letters.

The remaining few yards behind the fence are dangerous and cannot be used.

Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin was home to the County Dock, but sustained extensive damage from the hurricane last October.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Jeff Edwards has lived in Mandarin for more than 35 years.

During that time, he said Friday’s storm surge from Hurricane Matthew was the highest water level he’s seen on the St. Johns River — a scene so violent, it destroyed a piece of Jacksonville history.


Officials at a Mandarin wastewater facility are looking for the source of a huge increase in fats, oils and grease coming into the plant.

As the Mandarin Newsline first reported, the amount of grease in the water has more than quadrupled since June.

Officials at the facility believe something illegal is causing the influx.

Mandarin Museum

In WJCT's "Rediscovering Jax" series, we're taking a look at the stories behind familiar places.  Nestled along the St. Johns River in Mandarin is the Walter Jones Historical Park.

Mandarin Museum and Historical Society Vice President Karen Roumillat is the great-granddaughter of the park's namesake, Walter Jones. She was also our tour guide on a recent stroll down the park's paths. 

Rhema Thompson

A financial literacy lesson like the one in Eric Fields’ Economics class probably would’ve saved most of us in the working world today a lot of unnecessary financial heartbreak.

“How many of you have a job?” he asks the class of 12th-graders, and about 20 raised hands respond.

He follows with another question,

“How many of you have a budget?” he asks, and nearly every hand drops.

But Fields doesn’t judge. He admits in his younger days, he was not so fiscally responsible.

City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council has approved allowing two new restaurants to be built at a busy street corner in Mandarin.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Sparks flew Monday night at a town hall meeting in Mandarin over a request that would allow two restaurants be built at the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Oak Bluff Lane.

Red Light Cameras Now At San Jose Blvd And Claire Lane

Jul 29, 2013

Red light cameras at San Jose Blvd and Claire Lane started a 30 day test phase on Monday.

Both northbound and southbound lights at the intersection are now part of the Jacksonville's Red Light Enforcement Program.

The cameras capture and transmit vehicle data to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The new cameras started a 30 day grace period on Monday. No tickets will be issued, but drivers may see the cameras flash, police said.