Riverside

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The Riverside Avondale Preservation Board of Directors is putting together a new strategic plan and is seeking input from residents and the general community.

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With millions in Florida without power after Hurricane Irma, many Jacksonville residents have flocked to the few open restaurants to soak up the air conditioning and get a hot meal.

 


 

Man pleads guilty to killing Blind Rabbit employee

Jul 28, 2017
Erron Coleman / Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

After two years of denying his role in the shooting death of 20-year-old Daniel Rowe outside the Blind Rabbit restaurant in July 2015, Erron Coleman pleaded guilty Thursday

Coleman, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, second-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery. He faces terms of 25 years to life for the murder plus a minimum of 10 years for the armed robbery when he is sentenced in Sept. 25.

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Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville’s Five Points area is having its first-ever Sleeping Giant film festival, which runs through Sunday.

Visitors can expect screenings of everything from horror movies to westerns. Some of the movies showing at the four-day festival include: “The Unknown,” “Serial Mom,” “Rat Film,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Void,” “Dark Side of Dr. Suess” and “Tampopo.”


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For vegans in Jacksonville, it’s getting easier and easier to find friendly menus when dining out.

That’s partially because restaurants are seeing their bottom line grow when they adapt for those who don’t eat animal products, including milk, cheese or eggs.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Love is withdrawing a Riverside zoning bill that caused an uproar last month.

Love said he plans to start a new bill from scratch to clarify and strengthen rules that govern the neighborhood’s historic overlay map.


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After outraged business owners and Riverside residents spoke out against a proposed bill that would alter the process of applying for a mixed-use development in the Jacksonville neighborhood, the City Council member who introduced it is looking to quell concerns with a substitute bill.

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Jacksonville social media has been on fire this week with outcry over a Jacksonville City Council proposal dealing with Riverside’s historic overlay — that’s a map showing where types of buildings and activities are allowed to happen.

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Updated at 11:45 p.m., Oct. 19

JACKSONVILLE — The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at St. Vincent’s in Riverside opened its doors Monday to provide patients in Northeast Florida with more access to advanced and specialized cancer treatment. 

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Updated 7/19/16 2:00 p.m.

Riverside’s Sbraga & Company restaurant closed without warning Monday.

The Northeast Florida-inspired eatery was launched by reality show “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga less than a year ago.


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Jacksonville police are looking for a man who robbed four Riverside restaurant employees at gunpoint in broad daylight Friday.

This happened a year after another restaurant employee was robbed and fatally shot across the street.

 


Celebrating July 4 With A Bang

Jun 30, 2016
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This is your complete guide to firework displays around Jacksonville.

Celebrate the red, white and blue with family and friends with spectacular shows for a night you won’t soon forget.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted 13 to 5 Tuesday night to rezone an old laundromat in Riverside, paving the way for a 150-seat restaurant, The Roost.

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At Riverside’s Bold Bean, barista Chris Jackson works the counter Thursday afternoon.

He shakes an iced latte on this hot Florida day. The coffee shop has brick walls adorned with paintings from local artists arranged between square windows, supplying plenty of natural light for the tables of customers on laptops.


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Updated: 11:15 a.m. Thursday

A committee vote on a Riverside restaurant was delayed Wednesday night after a hearing that took more than seven hours and included intense public comment.

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Riverside residents near the Cummer Museum's termite-infested Women’s Club Building might want to have their homes inspected for the wood devouring pests.

The nearly 100-year old structure is riddled with Formosan Subterranean Termites to such a degree that it will have to be torn down.

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A favorite local restaurant has solidified its plans to expand to the heart of Downtown.

A local company called SweetWater Restoration is busily turning two cargo containers into a restaurant. Come summer, Riverside eatery Black Sheep will open a kiosk in the containers in Hemming Park. 

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Some Riverside residents are upset about a proposed restaurant that would open on their street, saying the late-night eatery would disrupt the low-key, residential tone of the street.

 


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JACKSONVILLE - Months after numerous neighborhoods around Jacksonville were flooded with fliers for the Ku Klux Klan, more fliers popped up Sunday morning in San Marco and Riverside.

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New dining options continue popping up in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood, with the latest restaurant HOBNOB, opening next week.

 


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The city of Jacksonville funds some maintenance for Riverside’s Memorial Park, but the nonprofit Memorial Park Association fills a large gap.

This weekend, the group is holding its annual lobster bake fundraiser, “Claws for a Cause,” to support its efforts.

Memorial Park Association President Agnes Danciger says “Claws For A Cause” will be hosted by Cool Moose Cafe on Saturday.

All money raised will go to keep up the riverfront park up the road from the cafe.

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A new Cummer exhibit is highlighting museum founder Ninah Cummer’s contribution to Jacksonville’s beauty.

Her vision is on display both inside the museum and in places like Riverside’s Memorial Park.


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Weekend revelers will soon have a more frequent ride around the Riverside neighborhood.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is about to start weekly service of its Riverside Avondale Night Trolley


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The animal-rights group PETA ranks Sun-Ray Cinema the No. 1 theater in the country for patrons who don’t eat animal products.

 


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Northeast Florida’s restaurant scene is heating up, with a new eatery’s being announced seemingly every day.

The latest addition is a "modern Italian" restaurant called Il Desco opening Thursday, Nov. 12, in Riverside in the space that used to be Pele's pizza joint.


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Originally published October 2015

A new nonfiction book is inviting readers to take a journey through historic Jacksonville neighborhoods.

“The Mad Atlas of Virginia King” is part biography, part city guide, and part comic book. On Wednesday morning, the book’s author, Tim Gilmore, led WJCT’s Jessica Palombo on a tour through Riverside using his illustrated “Atlas.”


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New free events for the Jacksonville community are planned, as the Unity Plaza urban park officially opened its grounds on Tuesday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked phase one of the community spot in the riverfront Brooklyn neighborhood.

 


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Jacksonville residents may soon be able to enjoy a stiff drink with their meals at their favorite boutique restaurants.

That’s if a proposed local bill passes, expanding who can serve liquor within city limits.

Avondale and Riverside business owners are hoping the change will help them compete.  


Business Brief: Riverside Transformation Picks Up Pace

Sep 21, 2015
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Big changes are coming to Jacksonville’s Five Points area. Among them, the antiques mall Fans & Stoves is being forced to relocate because a Miami developer bought its building.

Business analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the quirky neighborhood began its commercial transformation more than a decade ago when a Publix supermarket opened next to Memorial Park—and today the rapid changes are making some long-time tenants nervous.

Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

Trolleys and ferries are running this weekend on the First Coast.

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