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DVI Updates 

 

PARK(ing) Day Was a Success!

Last Friday, September 16 was PARK(ing) Day in #DTJax with 17 active, unique, temporary parklets lining the streets. Thank you to everyone who came out and for all of the local businesses that participated!

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Get Your VIP Tickets for Oktoberfest Today!

In 15 days, we will be celebrating the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk, our biggest Art Walk of the year! Hosted by Curtis Dvorak, Oktoberfest will include a polka band, contests, a carnival zone, a kids zone and of course, German beer and the traditional tapping of the keg!

What’s the best way to enjoy Oktoberfest? VIP of course! VIP tickets include unlimited food and beverages, private bathroom access, #DTJax swag and more. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

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For more information, visit dtjax.com/oktoberfest. #ProstDTJax

 Volunteer for Oktoberfest:

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With more people than a general Art Walk, Oktoberfest calls for more volunteers! Volunteers are needed to assist with the different zones, pass out flyers, biergartens and more. Sign up here today!

Amplified Vol. 2 Release Party Was a Success! 
 
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Listen to some of the best musical talent our city has to offer with this two-disc, 40-song compilation album. Download your free copy of Amplified Vol. 2 here!

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall or Spring, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

2015 State of Downtown Report:

2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 



DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: Jacksonville Jaguars season! Whether you go for the football, the tailgate or the Cabana pools, there is nothing like spending a Sunday in #DTJax during football season. In preparation of the upcoming home games, we have put together some tricks and tips we have gathered through the years of cheering on our guys in black and teal so you all can experience game day like a local!

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Tailgate the Right Way: In The Elbow

If you’ve gone out in #DTJax before, you were most likely in The Elbow, Downtown’s Entertainment District.  The Elbow bar and restaurant owners, being true locals themselves, are big Jags fans and are offering something special this year. The Elbow, Downtown Vision, Inc. and the Jacksonville Jaguars are joining forces for The Elbow Tailgate, a game-day package providing fans special ticket pricing for 2016 Jaguars home games, plus drink specials before and after home games. Just present your ticket stub for a discounted drink special! Here are the places to go before and after each game:

  • Hourglass Pub | 345 E. Bay St.

    • $1 off all alcohol beverage on the entire tab

  • Spliff’s Gastropub | 15 N. Ocean St.

    • Buy 1, get 1 on first round

  • Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

    • $3 domestic bottles and $4 bomb shots

  • Burrito Gallery | 21 E. Adams St.

    • Happy Hour all day

    • $1 off all drafts, $2 house red or white wines, $3 premium wells, $4 Cuervo Tradicional and $5 house margaritas (draft and frozen)

  • Element Bistro | 335 E. Bay St.

    • 10% Off Game Day Food Menu

    • Buy one, get one (first round)

    • $3 Domestics

    • $4 Jaguar Shots

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 2.53.07 PMTo buy your discounted Elbow Tailgate tickets, head here and use the promo code “ELBOW” at checkout. Not to mention, parking is FREE in The Elbow on Sunday and it’s just a quick 15-minute walk to Intuition Ale Works and Manifest Distillery before reaching EverBank Field!

Manifest Distillery Tailgate Packs

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Manifest Distillery‘s grand opening is Sunday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Manifest is offering bottles of the potato vodka and mixers, as well as various Manifest-branded merchandise for purchase. Up the ante and purchase one of Manifest’s cocktail kits which include everything that tailgaters need to mix the perfect cocktail! The tailgate kit offerings include: vodka tonic, vodka ginger, vodka Collins, vodka with imported Italian sodas, Bloody Mary or vodka and Conagree & Penn’s shrub. Kits range from $45 to $55 and make about 12 drinks.

What could be more local than tailgating with locally distilled vodka?


JTA’s Gameday Xpress

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) offers a convenient Gameday Xpress service on all Jaguar home game days. The buses run to and from the stadium from several Downtown locations. Xpress service begins two hours prior to kickoff and ends one hour after the game. Season Gameday Xpress pass holders receive savings of up to 20% off the cost of buying individual game Gameday Xpress passes. Here’s a list of the Downtown lots:

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  • Convention Center Lot | 1005 Forsyth St.

  • Kings Avenue Parking Garage | 1003 Kings Ave.

  • The Landing, load on Hogan St across from The Landing | *Only for special bowl games*

  • The Convention Center lot will use the ramp area that is located at the north end of the stadium. This pickup and drop-off area is located on the stadium property between gates 2 and 3. All other Gameday Xpress users will be dropped off at lot B. This lot is located east of the stadium across Haines Street between gates 3 and 4.

Online purchases are available via JTA eCommerce website or mobile purchases are available on JTA’s user-friendly MyJTA app.

Stadium Rules & Things to Do

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With extra security and new additions to EverBank Field, we have compiled a few key rules and our favorite aspects of stadium festivities:

  • Bag Policy: No one wants to be that person that has to walk back to the car, so remember EverBank’s bag
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    policy is hand-sized clutch or a clear, 12″x 6″x 12″ bag.
  • Bike Racks: Bike safely over from The Elbow for an even quicker trip to the stadium! Bike racks are available between Gates 2 and 3, with bike valet in front of Gate 1.
  • Family-Fun: Bring the whole family to the family-fun zone located in Section 227!
  • Party Zone: Opposite of the family-fun zone, head to the Bud Light Party Zone in the South End Zone of EverBank Field which is open two hours prior to kick-off.
  • Fan Entertainment Zone: Presented by PRI Productions and located on the east plaza level, the Fan Entertainment Zone is where fans can experience food, fun and football three hours prior to kick-off.
  • FanDuelVille: Open to all ticket holders, FanDuelVille is located in the North End Zone of the stadium and opens two hours prior to kickoff for all fans. FanDuelVille features live entertainment including DJs and live music, unique food and beverage offerings and the most exceptional game day experience in all of sports. The post-game party carries on up to 2 hours after most games.
  • Poolside: Stay cool during these blazing summer days poolside! The Jaguars Cabanas offer a full-service, premium experience right outside the South End Zone. Learn more here about booking one for you and 20 of your closest friends.



Whether we win or lose, locals know how to make game day fun. Make coming to #DTJax an all-day party by starting and ending in The Elbow and by traveling courtesy of JTA. More information on where to dine or what to do before or after the games can be found on our website or on our free #DTJax app! Go Jags!

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Thank you to the City of Jacksonville for the light exhibit in remembrance of 9/11.

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DVI Updates 

 

PARK(ing) Day is in 3 Days!

In the midst of the bustle of #DTJax, take a break in any of the 19 mini-parks sprinkled throughout #DTJax’s metered parking spots. Eat your lunch while soaking up some sun, relax from your hectic workday, read a book, grab a mat and participate in yoga or bring your co-workers and have an office outing!

DVI in collaboration with Windmill ConsultingTransForm Jax and ULI North Florida is hosting PARK(ing) Day in #DTJax to benefit local businesses, residents and visitors by creating sidewalk extensions that attract customers and foster community conversations.

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Check out the full list of temporary parklets here!

Oktoberfest at Art Walk is Less Than 1 Month Away:

On October 5, celebrate the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk, our biggest Art Walk of the year. Hosted by Curtis Dvorak, Oktoberfest will include a polka band, contests, a carnival zone, a kids zone and of course, German beer and the traditional tapping of the keg!

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What’s the best way to enjoy Oktoberfest? VIP of course! VIP tickets include unlimited food and beverages, private bathroom access, #DTJax swag and more. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

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For more information, visit dtjax.com/oktoberfest.

Amplified Vol. 2 Release Party Was a Success! 
 
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Listen to some of the best musical talent our city has to offer with this two-disc, 40-song compilation album. Download your free copy of Amplified Vol. 2 here!

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

2015 State of Downtown Report:

2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

 
 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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BB&T Proudly Presents: Dog Days of Summer Art Walk!

This Wednesday, September 7, is Dog Days of Summer Art Walk! In addition to local artists, live music and food trucks, also enjoy pet-friendly vendors and adoptions on Laura St including BARK Downtown and Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA).

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Don’t forget to head to The Landing and bring your dogs for Front Porch Yappy Hour Meetup! Enjoy local dog vendors, a Bowser Beer drinking contest, live music, drink specials, food trucks and more.

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The fun doesn’t end when the sun sets! Just a few blocks from Hemming ParkArt Walk After Dark in The Elbow keeps the party going with drink specials, live music, interactive art and arcade games till late at over 15 participating locations.

More information can be found on iloveartwalk.com. See you Wednesday!

Amplified Vol. 2 Release Party Was a Success! 
 
Last Friday, September 2, fans flooded #TheElbowJax to celebrate the release of the second volume of Amplified, a compilation of local musical talent. Despite Hurricane Hermine, the crowds were huge and it was a terrific night for the music community in #DTJax.

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A big thank you is in order to all those who worked so hard on making this a success: EU JacksonvilleThe W StudioBrian BarnardGrant Nielsen1904 Music Hall and Hourglass Pub.

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Thank you to everyone who came out and continues to support our local, thriving music scene. Don’t forget to download your free copy of Amplified Vol. 2 here!

Oktoberfest at Art Walk is Less Than 1 Month Away:

On October 5, celebrate the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk, our biggest Art Walk of the year. Hosted by Curtis Dvorak, Oktoberfest will include a polka band, contests, a carnival zone, a kids zone and of course, German beer and the traditional tapping of the keg!

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What’s the best way to enjoy Oktoberfest? VIP of course! VIP tickets include unlimited food and beverages, private bathroom access, #DTJax swag and more. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

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For more information, visit dtjax.com/oktoberfest.

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

2015 State of Downtown Report:

2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

 

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
  Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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DVI Updates 

 

Vote YES on County Referendum No. 1 Today!

 

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Downtown Vision’s leadership believes the funding of the pension is crucial before the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville can continue.

A YES vote on County Referendum No. 1 will establish a dedicated funding source for the pension burden and free up general fund dollars to be used for other high priority items, including public investments in #DTJax.

For more information on the Mayor’s plan, visit here and make sure to vote ‘yes’ on August 30. There are six days left of early voting, more information on your polling station information can be found here.

 

Give Back by Volunteering at Art Walk:
 

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We’re looking for volunteers for September’s Dog Days of Summer Art Walk. Give back to your community and plus, volunteers receive cool perks and get to play with puppies! To sign up, visit here today.
 

Oktoberfest at Art Walk is Back!

On October 5, celebrate the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk, our biggest Art Walk of the year. Hosted by Curtis Dvorak, Oktoberfest will include a polka band, contests, a carnival zone, a kids zone and of course, German beer and the traditional tapping of the keg!

What’s the best way to enjoy Oktoberfest? VIP of course! VIP tickets include unlimited food and beverages, private bathroom access, #DTJax swag and more. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

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For more information, visit dtjax.com/oktoberfest.

 

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

 

2015 State of Downtown Report:

2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This  report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends,  residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism,  transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

 
 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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DVI Updates 

 

Vote YES on County Referendum No. 1:

 

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Given the dire circumstances of the City Budget, DVI’s leadership believes the funding of this pressing issue is essential before the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville can continue.

On July 26th, DVI hosted Mayor Lenny Curry at our Quarterly Downtown Stakeholder Meeting to answer questions about his proposed solution to the City’s unfunded pension liability crisis.The very next day, our Board of Directors voted unanimously approving a resolution of support of Mayor Curry’s proposed solution. DVI and its board of directors encourage Downtown supporters to vote “yes” on Duval County Referendum No. 1 on August 30.

For more information on the Mayor’s plan, visit here and make sure to vote ‘yes’ on August 30. There are six days left of early voting, more information on your polling station information can be found here.

 

Give Back By Volunteering at Art Walk:

 

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We’re looking for volunteers for September’s Dog Days of Summer Art Walk. Give back to your community and plus, volunteers receive cool perks and get to play with puppies! To sign up, visit here today.

 

Oktoberfest at Art Walk is Back!

On October 5, celebrate the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk, our biggest Art Walk of the year. Hosted by Curtis Dvorak, Oktoberfest will include a polka band, contests, a carnival zone, a kids zone and of course, German beer and the traditional tapping of the keg!

What’s the best way to enjoy Oktoberfest? VIP of course! VIP tickets include unlimited food and beverages, private bathroom access, #DTJax swag and more. Purchase your VIP tickets today!

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For more information, visit dtjax.com/oktoberfest.

 

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

 

2015 State of Downtown Report:

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Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on  the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This  report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends,  residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism,  transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety  on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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By Madelene Skinner, Contributing Writer

FNLlogoJacksonville’s most unique festival dedicated to local music, arts, culture and community returns for another exciting year. The 4th Annual Friday Night Live! Music Festival (FNL) will take place in Hemming Park every Friday in September from 7–10 p.m. FNL is a five‐night, family‐ friendly event uniting cultures through music, arts and community with a music competition, live art display, silent auction and more. Showcasing some of the best bands in Jacksonville and an energetic crowd of community support, the music competition creates a space for music lovers to engage with performers through crowd voting. From jazz to pop, rock to country, all genres are welcome to perform.

The 4th Annual Friday Night Live! Music Festival takes the attendees on an expedition to “experience, engage, and express” with the multifaceted elements of the event. Bands and musicians interested in performing in the music competition are encouraged to register online. A panel of community leaders serve as guest judges who evaluate the performances through an interactive voting component make the competition entertaining for both performers and attendees and past judges include Tony Allegretti of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Mal Jones of The Lyricist Live, Erica Bennett of Action News Jax and Rob Campman, an international hip hop artist formerly known as Southstar. The diverse group of cool guest judges make the competition entertaining for both performers and attendees. Prizes include studio time with Bryce Professional Studio Engineer, a performance on River City Live and a chance to return on the grand finale night to win $1,000.

In addition to the bands, FNL continues its tradition of giving back to the community with the Friday Night Live Gives Back Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit Yoga 4 Change, a non‐ profit that uses teachings and practices of yoga to transform the lives of veterans, incarcerated individuals, youth and those who suffer from substance abuse. Donations are still being accepted. Any business interested in donating items for the silent auction may email here.

While bands perform, attendees are invited to the Urban Arts Live exhibit, a live art demonstration representing the cultural and artistic diversity of our local arts community, as well as various street acts as they provide entertainment throughout the evenings. Radio sponsors 93.3 The Beat and V101.5 will be onsite.FNLcreators

Being the creators, cofounders and coordinators for this event, Jasmine Rhey and I are passionate about the opportunity to exhibit Jacksonville’s many talents through music, arts, culture and community engagement. We are an ambitious duo pursuing our passion and contributing to community revitalization by organizing this event in partnership with Hemming Park.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information and updates.

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DVI Updates 

Mayor Curry’s Pension Reform:

 
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On July 26th, DVI hosted Mayor Lenny Curry at our Quarterly Downtown Stakeholder Meeting to answer questions about his proposed solution to the City’s unfunded pension liability crisis.

 On July 27, DVI’s Board of Directors voted unanimously approving a resolution of support of Mayor Curry’s proposed solution. DVI and its board of directors encourage Downtown supporters to vote “yes” on Duval County Referendum No. 1 on August 30.

A copy of the DVI resolution can be found here.

Given the dire circumstances of the City Budget, DVI’s leadership believe the resolution of this pressing issue is essential before the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville can continue.

By establishing a dedicated funding source for the pension liability, general fund dollars will eventually be freed up and used for other high priority items for the City of Jacksonville, including public investments to better Downtown Jacksonville.

For more information on the Mayor’s plan, visit here and make sure to vote ‘yes’ on August 30.

 

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

 

Mark your calendars for PARK(ing) Day in #DTJax:

 

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September 16, 2016 is PARK(ing) Day, which is an internationally celebrated event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to turn metered parking spaces into temporary public spaces.
There are over ten participating businesses creating temporary parklets all over #DTJax. Take your lunch break and visit them all!

For more information on PARK(ing) Day in #DTJax, visit here.
 

2015 State of Downtown Report:

2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on  the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This  report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends,  residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism,  transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety  on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 


 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

by: Haleigh Hutchison in Downtown Partners, Placemaking No Comments  

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It’s not hard to walk around #DTJax and see beauty. From the historic buildings and eye-catching architecture to the hidden gems like Spliff’s Beer Garden and murals throughout the city, we have a lot of offer. The streets of #DTJax are about to get even more artsy with the help of The City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Program, together with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Downtown Investment Authority.

If you’ve walked around #DTJax lately, you may have seen green decals sprinkled throughout the streets. Come Spring 2017, these spots will be home to brand new art pieces thanks to the Urban Arts Project Phase 1 of the Art in Public Places Program.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.23.29 AM

The Art in Public Places Program was adopted by City Council in 1997 and thus created the Art in Public Places Trust Fund. This fund is subsidized through an allocated percentage of construction costs for building a public facility thus designating specific funds for capital improvement and even more specifically, for public art. This money then goes toward large-scale community art projects that gets broken down into artist fees and supplies (85%), maintenance (5%) and community outreach programs (10%).

Phase one of the Urban Arts Project, with guidance from the Downtown Investment Authority, focuses on placing street art like bike racks, street furnishings and outdoor sculptures along the streets while also beautifying existing infrasture like the skyway columns and traffic signal cabinets. After all is said and done, 34 different projects will embellish #DTJax. Six artists from the State of Florida, two of whom are from Jacksonville, will produce original art installations at each location. Meet the six artists:

  • Cecilia Lueza, of Miami is a 2-D and 3-D artist who will address nine of the JTA Skyway columns along Hogan Street from Hemming Park Station to Bay Street. Lueza is interested in this project “because it will provide us the opportunity to create a site specific public art that would engage the public while creating welcoming focal points for the area.”
  • Andrew Reid, of North Bay Village, Florida is a muralist who will paint eight JTA Skyway columns that run from Bay Street to Central Station. Reid emphasizes that the “collaborative process is important to help inform the final vision for the artwork. By working closely with the people and organizations that are invested in the community, I would come up with an artistic solution that is perfectly and uniquely suited for this project.”
  • Michelle Weinberg, of Miami Beach, has a fine art background and works in multiple media. She will design images for vinyl wraps to be placed on seven traffic signal cabinets within the urban core. She says, “my paintings describe architectural spaces as theater. Streetscapes, alleys, plazas, kiosks, storefronts, any instance in which wall meets floor and forms an area for drama to occur – this is where my imagination begins.”
  • Lance Vickery, of Jacksonville Beach, is a sculptor who will design and build several sets of sculptural bike racks for Downtown, creating enticing art for passersby as well as convenient racks for cyclists. Lance Vickery says he is “very interested in working with the various stakeholders to make this a significant project for Jacksonville.”
  • Jenny Hager, of Jacksonville Beach, is a UNF art professor who will design and create sculptural seating along Hogan Street to both delight pedestrians and offer the respite of seating. Hager states, “the intention behind my work is to create a truly engaging experience for the viewer, one that has resonance and power in the moment. I believe very much in being a part of my local art community and strive to make it a more interesting and cultural place in which to live.”
  • Rafael Consuegra, who was born in Cuba and resides in Miami, is selected by the panel to create a large iconic outdoor sculpture to be placed near the corner of Monroe and Laura Streets by Snyder Memorial Church. Consuegra believes that public art “rests not only in creating a unique and fresh work of art that will never go unnoticed, but also a work of art that: is site-specific, has intrinsic value, is considered a landmark, is able to withstand the passage of time, succeeds in expressing a concept and/or emotion and is easy to maintain.”

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We are excited to see these stunning new additions to #DTJax art and culture soon! Keep up with the Art in Public Places Program by visting the website or following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

by: Haleigh Hutchison in Business Spotlights, Featured, Riverfront No Comments  

It’s summertime and the living’s easy, especially when your days consist of feeling the cool breeze and enjoying a drink on the St. Johns River. It’s easy to take for granted just how much to see along our Riverwalk, but spanning along both the Northbank and the Southbank, there are plenty of things to keep you busy, outside and active this Summer on the river!

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Getting in shape has never been so enjoyable, with so many sights and places to explore along the way in #DTJax. Walk, jog or run along the Riverwalk and get in your miles for Mayor Curry’s Journey to One – Mayorthon. If you’re looking for a little more guidance on where to run along the river, check out our #RunDTJax blog for specific routes. You can also grab some friends and head to Friendship Fountain for a serene group yoga session on the river. Additionally, we have a “Getting Fit Downtown” itinerary which provides cycling routes along the river so that even while you’re exercising, you have a great view!

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The Iconic Skyline 

Some say that Jacksonville has one of the most picturesque skylines and we agree. Whether you’re a amateur or a professional, you won’t have a hard time finding #DTJax’s best angle – they’re all great! Check out some of our favorite spots like the Mirrored River mosaic underneath the Main St. Bridge on the Southbank or the perfect headshot (*or Instagram selfie*) on the bridge with the skyline behind you.

Paddleboards, boat rentals and kayaks – oh my!

For those that are a little more adventurous, take your river experience off dry land. There are plenty of activities to choose from, ranging from stand-up paddle board rentals to kayak tours. Don’t forget to watch for dolphins and manatees who regularly make an appearance along the riverfront.

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St. Johns River Taxi

The fun on the river doesn’t stop with boat rentals, enjoy the sights of #DTJax with a cruise along the riverfront on the St. Johns River Taxi! With new programming, a night out on the river has never been so fun. Every Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., enjoy the Sunset River Jam Cruise where you can enjoy live, local entertainment and bring your own food and beverages! Plus, every Saturday this Summer, take the River Taxi from Friendship Fountain Park to the Jacksonville Zoo for a day of family fun. Not sold yet? Read our DVI staff experience blog and then buy your tickets here today.

Dinner with a View

#DTJax is home to some of the best restaurants in Jacksonville (see our blog on Jacksonville Magazine’s 50 best restaurants). What is better than finishing up a delectable meal than watching the sun set over the St. Johns? Check out restaurants with riverfront dining such as River City Brewing Company, especially on Sunday-Funday with live music on the Brew House Lounge and Deck! Other riverfront dining options include Benny’s Steak & SeafoodRuth’s Chris SteakhouseFionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub and the River Club to name a few!

 

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Music by the River

Almost as iconic as the skyline itself, The Jacksonville Landing is a staple in #DTJax. Multiple times a week, The Landing hosts free music by the river in their courtyard at the Coca Cola Riverfront Stage every Friday and Saturday. The Landing also has ongoing events like the annual X102.9′s Rock on the River, Bud Lights Up The Landing and Caribbean Sundaze. Learn more about The Landing’s events on their website.

Just Around the River Bend

As if walking along the panoramic riverfront wasn’t enticing enough, there are many events, activities and things to see just a short walking distance from the Riverwalk. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. visit the Riverside Arts Market, located under the Fuller Warren Bridge, which showcases the best local artists, food vendors, entertainers and non-profits in our area. Walk to 220 Riverside Avenue and find Unity Plaza, which is home to great restaurants like Hobnob and Brixx Pizza plus an array of events ranging from live music from the Chris Thomas Band, free yoga in the amphitheater, weekly Winston YMCA Y-Fit bootcamps and a monthly speaker series.

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 In #DTJax, we’re lucky to have some of the best elements of our city right here. Enjoy one of the most beautiful attributes of Jacksonville with any of the activities above or let us know your favorite thing to do on the riverfront!

For more information, look to our website and download our free DTJax app today! Available on the Apple Store or Google Play store.