Neptune Beach

The Neptune Beach side of the Beaches Town Center is pictured in this file photo.
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Incumbent Neptune Beach City Councilor Kerry Chin is seeking reelection to Seat 3 in the August 18 primary.

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All Duval County beaches will be closed to the public beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

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If you've been avoiding learning the new parking system at the Beaches Town Center,  you no longer have a choice. Paid parking enforcement began Wednesday morning, according to the city of Neptune Beach.

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The grace period has ended in Atlantic and Neptune beaches. Police can now issue tickets for those who don’t pay to park in city spaces around the Beaches Town Center, which straddles the city line of the two beachfront communities.

Homes being raised on Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine.
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The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first Florida Mayors Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, where 19 current mayors, representing more than 2.6 million Floridians, will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.

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A brew pub, café, yoga studio, gourmet donut shop and a local clothing boutique are among the businesses said to be negotiating leases in the retail center that’s set to replace the old Kmart in Neptune Beach.

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City officials, environmental activists and solar power advocates met in Neptune Beach’s solar-powered City Hall Thursday morning to launch an affordable solar power co-op program.

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An attempt to build apartments on the old Kmart property in Neptune Beach is headed back to court.

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There will be no apartments built on the old Kmart property in Neptune Beach.

The Florida Times-Union

The days of free street parking at the Beaches Town Center are numbered.

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The company that wants to develop the old Kmart property at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and 3rd Street in Neptune Beach has come back with a new proposal.

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The Neptune Beach City Council’s rejection Monday night of a proposed mixed-use development on Atlantic Boulevard at Third Street doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the controversial 500 Atlantic project.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect  featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, The Victory’s Jax Engage radio host Angela Spears, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Topics discussed included:

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the growing controversy around the appointment of Terrance Freeman to the Jacksonville City Council by Governor Rick Scott by speaking with attorney and political consultant Obi Umunna (01:06).   

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Plans for the old Neptune Beach Kmart shopping center have taken a new turn.

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The debate over what to do with the former Kmart property in Neptune Beach continued at the City Council meeting on Monday evening.

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A Neptune Beach shopping center that was once anchored by Kmart is going to be completely redeveloped.

As The Jaxson's Kelsi Hasden said, the plans were recently revised after public outcry. She told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about the new plans.

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A bill to keep the clock from moving back in Florida is up for consideration in the state Senate after being passed on February 14 in the House.   

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A tradition for generations of Jacksonville area Girl Scouts has come to an end.

The University of North Florida will face a major change next year, after its longest serving president announced his retirement last week.

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The owners of the former Kmart shopping center in Neptune Beach are asking the Beaches community for input as they redevelop the site.


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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Lillie’s Coffee Bar, a staple in Neptune Beach, will close at the end of the month.

Debbie Criman opened Lillie’s with her sister a little over five years ago. Criman says it was always a dream of theirs. But negotiations with their landlord recently broke down.


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The Beaches Branch Library located in Neptune Beach is getting some renovations in the near future.

A meeting about the planned library improvements is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

The meeting is at the Beaches Branch Library on Third Street, blocks away from downtown Neptune Beach. City officials will be giving a presentation about upcoming changes to the library.

The library was partially renovated last year. But the city terminated the contractor and is now seeking a new one.

WJCT, the Jacksonville gas tax, and MERS are in the headlines today.

Darby Underwood

One lucky Jacksonville couple have something extra to celebrate this Valentine's Day—their upcoming wedding is getting some "ultimate" special touches, and they are on the house.

Neptune Beach City Buildings Go Green

Apr 10, 2013
City of Neptune Beach

Hardly anyone looks forward to opening up their electric bill at the end of the month, but city leaders in Neptune Beach were pleasantly surprised with a recent statement.

The charge was just $6.15.

Thanks to a grant from the U.S Department of Energy, the city was able to install solar panels on its government buildings, cutting down on the amount of electricity needed to power the facilities. The project was finished last November, and Neptune Beach mayor Harriet Pruitt says she's pleased that it's been successful.