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Hemming Plaza’s H.A.R.T. on Hold

UPDATE FEB. 14

The Downtown Investment Authority will continue studying the idea of having a nonprofit foundation to run events at Hemming Plaza. On Feb. 13, Jim Bailey, publisher of the Financial News & Daily Record and chairman of the Hemming Plaza Committee of the Downtown Investment Authority, proposed the creation of a private foundation to take over administration and programming of the downtown park. The organization would be called H.A.R.T - an acronym for the Hemming Arts Recreation Team, after Isaiah Hart, the founder of Jacksonville, who deeded the land for the park to the city. Other DIA board members said more research is needed before such a committee could be formed. Board Chairman Donald Harris said the DIA was still in the fact-finding stage. Bailey’s proposal was to have 10 board members contribute $5,000 each to establish and form a non-profit to run the park.

FEB. 13

The Hemming Plaza Committee of the Downtown Investment Authority is proposing the creation of a private foundation to take over administration and programming of the downtown park. Jim Bailey, chairman of the committee and publisher of the Financial News & Daily Record, outlined the proposal Tuesday. The organization would be called H.A.R.T - an acronym for the Hemming Arts Recreation Team, after Isaiah Hart, the founder of Jacksonville, who deeded the land for the park to the city. If approved by the Downtown Investment Authority, the non-profit foundation would be supported entirely by private contributions and its mission would be “to enhance Hemming Plaza through events, collaboration with local businesses and volunteerism.”   More

Lawsuit May Challenge Closed State Attorney Primary

According to emails obtained by Folio Weekly Magazine, Jacksonville pastor R.L. Gundy is attempting to collect plaintiffs to challenge the closed State Attorney primary in federal court. And he’s getting an assist from the Jacksonville Young Democrats.

The complete, unedited text of a May 18 email, entitled, “Need your help! State Attorney's race/Federal Lawsuit,” says:

PLEASE KEEP THIS CONFIDENTIAL - DO NOT FORWARD except to a prospective volunteer

Hi Everyone,

Pastor Gundy called me today. He is taking the State Attorney's close primary issue to the federal courts on the basis on expressed intent of voter suppression.

He's found an attorney who's willing to file the lawsuit but needs 3 democrats to jump on board with him to file the lawsuit. Just 3 residents.

The Democratic Party has not endorsed this officially. I've just been asked to provide Pastor Gundy with 3 Democrats who are willing to get on this with him.

We need 1 African American, 1 Hispanic, 1 White ASAP.

If interested, I will connect you with Pastor Gundy and you can proceed. Let me know ASAP if you're interested by replying to this email.

Thank you!!

Article for reference: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/209877-activists-protest-write-candidate-4th-circuit-state-attorney-race

Be Bold,

Kris

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A May 19 email from JYD president Kristellys Estanga with the subject line, “Re: Need your help! State Attorney's race/Federal Lawsuit,” updated the group that, “We need 3 people from each county.” According to the email, so far three whites and two blacks from Duval and one white from Clay have signed on as plaintiffs.

On the last day of qualifying, write-in candidates filed to run in the state attorney and public defender’s races, …   More

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Bill Would Give City $2 Million for Stadium Upgrades

Two Clay County lawmakers are filing a bill that will make public-owned stadiums with professional franchises eligible for a $2 million a year sales tax rebate for the next 30 years, the Times-Union reported. If the bill passes, the city-owned Everbank Field, the home of the Jaguars, would be eligible for a total of $4 million a year based on the new rebate and a rebate the stadium received in 1995. Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, will sponsor the bill.   More

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PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE, FIREFALL, ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION

If you are longing for the epitome of classic rock, then look much further than Atlanta Rhythm Section. Still, these old school faves have invested 30 years into the genre while obtaining a rather successful career. ARS will be sure to take their audience back in time - predictably to the '70s, the era they specialize in solely. Despite losing two original members, including bassist Paul Goddard, ARS continue to rock the Baby Boomer nation with timeworn concerts.

However their look has been updated, they have since traded in their sleek, tailor-made suits for T-shirts and jeans. The audience can be sure to expect their top hits, “So in to You” and “Champagne Jam” to be in the lineup. Nevertheless, there are ARS fans and other classic rock music lovers who will thoroughly enjoy the melodic flashback.

 

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Culhane's Featured in Guy Fieri's New Book

In 2010, when the economy was plummeting and businesses across America were being forced to close their doors, four Ireland-born sisters received a phone call that changed the fate of their Atlantic Beach restaurant. Talk about Culhane's Irish Pub had reached producers of the Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." They loved the restaurant's website, menu and story, prompting them to contact Mary Jane Culhane about the possibility of being featured on the popular show hosted by Guy Fieri.

"Having our own Irish pub had been a dream of ours since we first came to the states," Culane said. "After 10 years of saving, we were finally able make it a reality. We used our own money to back the restaurant — never taking out loans from any banks — so watching the economy drop in 2009 and knowing that 70 percent of restaurants fail, we were thankful for the publicity that a visit from Fieri would bring."

Before a spot of the show could be secured, production teams were sent to check out the pub in person.

"They wanted to make sure everything was made from scratch and to make sure it was a legitimate, authentic place," Culhane said. "A lot of Irish pubs are all about the bar, but we've always focused on our Irish chefs and authentic food; many of our recipes come straight from our mother's kitchen. That's what sets Culhane's apart."

The creators of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" agreed. A week after learning they had landed a highly-coveted spot on the show, Fieri was in their kitchen. The show highlighted popular Irish comfort foods, like their Guiness Beef Stew, Dingle Fish Pie and Blarney Lamb Sliders. The unique ambiance and close-knit community, too, were emphasized — a true Irish pub atmosphere.

Culhane's has had loyal local customers since it's opening, but being on national television and now having a six-page spread in Fieri's new book has opened up a whole new group of patrons. People travel all over the country, following in Fieri's …   More

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The Art of Presence and PROGRESS

Artist Morrison Pierce first introduced me to Art Basel in 2007.

A group of eight Jacksonville creatives (including writers, painters, and experimental musicians) all piled into two vehicles and arrived in Miami Beach just in time for an Iggy and the Stooges performance held at the oceanside.

The next morning we all walked to the Miami Beach Convention Center to take in the international art fair known as Art Basel Miami Beach. Originally founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, the South Florida version of the art fair kicked off in 2002. Today, it attracts nearly 80,000 artists, private collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons of nearly 200 museum and institution groups each year.

During that initial visit, I immediately realized that I would not be able to afford to see the show and that a few of the guys I had ridden down with had press passes. Local writer and Folio Weekly contributor Shelton Hull was kind enough to draft a letter of assignment from Section 8 magazine, to help get me and psychedelic music cohort Seth Ossachite Stephens press access.

With press passes in hand we were suddenly admitted to Basel and all it's surrounding fairs such as SCOPE, Red Dot, and Art Miami. Ten years have flown by and I find myself in Miami Beach every early December to compulsively feed my head with what the international art community has to offer. And in that time, I have covered the fair for nearly as many years for Folio Weekly.

From elegant and extravagant down to inane and undignified, every possible medium of art is represented at Art Basel Miami Beach and its neighboring art fairs. If you can't find the white whale in one of the fairs, perhaps you'll hunt him down in the Wynwood Art District, where graffiti art reigns supreme.

Miami traffic and the logistics involved can be daunting. One year I slept on the beach, and in 2010 Pierce and I were stranded in Miami Beach and slept on the roof of the very hotel we had to leave.

This …   More

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Turning the PAGE

My fingers have never been heavier typing a sentence than this one: Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

I did not believe that in the 21st century it was remotely possible that my America would elect a person as president who has been a lightning rod of bigotry, racism, nationalism and xenophobia, who has threatened journalists for doing their jobs, mocked the disabled and treated women as his own personal fuck dolls for his entire adult life. But here we are.

Those of us in the media owe the nation a sincere apology. For we must have let you down in some deeply abiding way, elsewise just under half of the electorate would not have ignored our dire warnings about the results of voting for an inexperienced man who routinely takes intolerance to new and frightening levels. Perhaps we were too smug, too confident in your trust that we, who are tasked with pointing our lenses and pens at that which is wrong and ugly in the world, do in fact know what we are talking about. Perhaps we do not yet grasp the full implications of the Internet age, for we thought that certainly people would not believe the farces and lies published by fake news and propaganda sites, some of which receive their nuggets of deceit directly from foreign nations that have no greater desire than to take America down and destroy our power. For we seem to have underestimated the desire of 50 million Americans to be told things that jibe with their opinions, regardless of whether those things are true.

Today, my morning got off to a different start than most other mornings. Having stayed up until it was certain that Hillary Clinton could not win, I grieved until sleep carried me away and woke five hours later crushed with dread for the years to come. To comfort myself and secure some semblance of normalcy, I sought solace in the woods, running through the rain to pound out the worst of my horror before facing the world.

At work, I gathered the rest of the …   More

Safer Streets for Cyclists and Pedestrians

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is in the early stages of developing a regional bicycle and pedestrian plan. The organization is asking for help in gathering information reflecting the current levels of bicycling and walking for residents living in Northeast Florida, attitudes about cycling and walking and opinions about barriers that currently exist. Community input is invaluable. Click here to go to the survey. The survey will be open until Jan. 31.

Folio Weekly is also interested in your opinions. Leave your comments below.   More

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Mayor Urges Adoption of Dogs

Mayor Alvin Brown is making an urgent plea asking for Jacksonville residents to help ease the crowding problem at Animal Care and Protective Services by adopting one of the 90 dogs crowding the facility.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work for this city to reach a no-kill status and we want to make sure we keep it that way,” the mayor said in a press release Feb. 19.

Division Chief Scott Trebatoski said with 50 to 100 dogs entering the facility each day, the shelter is becoming too crowded. The current adoption fee through the end of the month is $14 for any dog or cat, which includes spaying or neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchips. It does not include the $20 city licensing fee.

ACPS is located at 2020 Forest St. Regular adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shelter can be contacted on Facebook or Twitter.   More

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Mayo Clinic Gets $7 Million Grant for Parkinson's Research

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has received a five-year $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its study into the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease. The clinic’s Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s disease has received funding for research since 1999. In recent years, that funding has dropped to about $500,000 a year, said Dennis Dickson, a neuropathologist and the center’s director. Unlike a yearly grant, the current grant is guaranteed for five years. Mayo researchers have identified 10 genes connected to Parkinson’s or related neurodegenerative diseases.   More