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The St. Augustine Beach City Commission this week examined two proposed ordinances: one to prevent the use, sale, and distribution of single-use plastic bags and another concerning plastic straws and Styrofoam.

The wording of the ordinances will be studied, reviewed and updated for the first reading at next month’s commission meeting. The City Commission is taking public comment on the proposals through the city’s website.

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Proposed legislation aimed at changing Jacksonville’s building codes to increase parking is running up against opposition, despite getting unanimous support in one of the City Council committees in November.

Broken Parking Meters Cost Jacksonville Thousands Of Dollars

Feb 1, 2016
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Hundreds of Jacksonville’s newest parking meters designed to accept credit cards are missing batteries.

They not only won't swipe your cards, they won't even accept a quarter for you to park for 30 minutes.

If any the 1,575 meters is broken, the city does not ticket a driver because there is no way to know if he or she paid or how long he or she parked in the spot.  

A spokesperson said metered parking brings in $706,566 annually. 

Digital meters alone should bring in $436,029 every year, but the city said 116 of 547 meters are not operational.

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Big changes could be coming to the main thoroughfare on Jacksonville’s Southbank. City planners discussed the future of Riverplace Boulevard with the public at a meeting this week.

Street parking on Riverplace Boulevard is sparse, and a lack of pedestrian walkways makes crossing the five lanes of traffic on foot a lot like a game of Frogger.


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A young Jacksonville businessman was singled out for recognition by Florida Governor Rick Scott Thursday.

Scott was in town to present 29-year-old Dane Gray, founder and president of Elite Parking Services of America, with the Young Entrepreneur Award. Scott says the award is bigger than a single individual, however.

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Jacksonville's One Spark festival kicks off Wednesday and city officials have outlined road closures and parking options connected to the crowd funding festival.

One of the best options is to park at the Prime Osborn Center's Houston Street lot for free and take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza. There is also free parking in Lot E at EverBank Field with a free shuttle heading to the events.

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One Spark 2014 will kick off in one week, flooding Jacksonville with an estimated 150,000 visitors.

The event, which runs from April 9-14, stretches 20 square blocks with 77 venues and displays from more than 630 projects for visitors to enjoy.

Festival-goers cans also expect the expansion of a two-block food village on Laura Street between Adams  and Bay streets.

Creator Series: One Spark How-To Guide

Apr 17, 2013
Rebecca Farmer

Elton Rivas is the co-creator of the One Spark Festival. Last week I sat down with him and learned “how to One Spark.” Rivas told me he was excited about how this will transform Jacksonville.

“I think honestly we are most excited about the things we don’t know [are] going to happen," says Rivas. "We have heard some rumblings of some really cool stuff to put on during One Spark. We are just really excited to see this come to life and see what our community can be.”

A smart app that helps drivers find parking spots in downtown Jacksonville went live on Wednesday.