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DVI Updates 

 

Back to School SmARTs Art Walk:

One week till First Wednesday Art Walk – Back to School SmARTs with Fun4FirstCoastKids.com. This month we have tons of kid-friendly activities up and down Laura Street including:
As always, we’ll also have local art, food trucks and live music. Come visit us at the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park to pick up your Get Fit at Art Walk stamp card in order to complete the route and win a prize by participating in the Mayor Curry’s Mayorthon!

Don’t forget to hang out at the Front Porch at The Landing and to visit Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow.

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For more information, check out our website and we’ll see the whole family August 3!

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 and events 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!

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

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

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.

If you are a #DTJax area business interested in creating a temporary parklet for PARK(ing) Day, please email hana@dtjax.org no later than August 12.

Here is the sample parklet designed by Transform Jax in front of Zodiac Bar and Grill:

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The Elbow Tailgate:

The Elbow, DVI and the Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up for The Elbow Tailgate, a game-day package providing fans special ticket pricing for 2016 Jaguar home games. This package not only includes discounted tickets, but also drink specials in Downtown’s Entertainment District before and after home games. Just show your ticket stub for a discounted drink!

For more information, visit theelbowjax.com/tailgate to purchase your tickets today!

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We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
It’s summertime, so enjoy the warm weather on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises. Read our blog on the experience of the sunset river cruise, a perfect end to a day in #DTJax or the beginning of a night in #TheElbowJax!

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the River Taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here and buy your tickets today!

 

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 

 

DVI’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Next Week:
 

Mark your calendars to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting. Our featured speaker at this quarter’s meeting is Mayor Lenny Curry. He will discuss the pension referendum that will appear on the ballot August 30. The meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Training Room in the Ed Ball Building.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the many things happening Downtown. To attend, contact Jennifer Hewett-Apperson at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or Jennifer@downtownjacksonville.org.

 

We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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Downtown Event Signage:
 
Special Events has updated its signage & banner application to be more inclusive. Anyone wanting to put up street pole banners, lay down side walk stickers, spray chalk, or any other things will need to have the “Special Event Signs” application filled out. The application is on the City of Jacksonville’s website under “permits,” or can be found here.


St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the River Taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here and buy your tickets today!


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 Jacqueline Guthart, DVI Intern

Jacksonville Magazine recently released a list of 95 Places We Love about Jax. Although their list spanned over all the 875 square miles of the Bold New City of the South, we found 13 places that were unique to the heart of #DTJax. For all you natives of Jacksonville, there are some places in DTJax that we hold near and dear to our hearts that give Jacksonville a flavor like no other.

1. Maxwell House Coffee

It’s rumored that no one has been seen going in or out of the coffee plant. However, someone has to be working there because if you’re in the area, you can’t help but smell the aroma of delicious coffee brewing from the Maxwell Coffee House.

2. The Jam cocktail from The Volstead

Dive into DTJax’s prohibition era! Jacksonville was the place to be during the Jazz Age and The Volstead is sure to bring the past back to life. One of the best parts of The Volstead is their Jam cocktail. It’s a whiskey-based drink where “blueberries, lemon and brown sugar balance out the basil thrown in the end for good measure.” We can’t wait to try it!

3. Local Brews and an Ale Trail

People in DTJax seem to like beer. A lot. It’s home to many local microbreweries and to add to its ever growing list, both Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works will be opening new locations in DTJax soon! We have so many breweries that visitors like to do the Jacksonville Ale Trail! Make sure to grab the Jacksonville Ale Trail passport before embarking on your next beer adventure!

4.Touring Sweet Pete’s

Sweet Pete’s is every child’s dream! Walk into this candy factory and you will feel as if you are in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Located in a historical, plantation-style house in the center of DTJax, you’ll enter a magical world of lollipops, ice cream, licorice, traditional soda pop and more. Visitors can see candy makers in live action and take classes to learn just how Pete makes such wonderful delicacies!

5. Jacoby Symphony Hall

If you grew up in Jacksonville, there is a 99% chance you had a field trip to the Jacksonville Symphony. Inspired by Wiener Musikverein in Austria, this European style symphony hall is simply breathtaking! Jacoby Symphony Hall is shaped like a shoebox to give it superior sound and is designed by KBJ Architects; Rothman, Rothman & Heineman architects and internationally acclaimed acousticians Kirkegaard & Associates.

6. Peterbrooke Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Most visitors to DTJax are perplexed by Jacksonville’s obsession with chocolate covered popcorn. If you find a visitor that thinks it sounds gross, ask them to try it, because it is amazing. Peterbrooke Chocolatier is famous for its chocolate covered popcorn and it’s been sort of a  Jacksonville “thing” for decades. Although stores are popping up in other cities on a national level, we are proud that the growing trend of chocolate covered popcorn started here.

 7. Squid Vicious of the Jacksonville Armada FC

Described as an “inflatable octopus who wears a scarf,” Squid Vicious is DTJax’s favorite soccer mascot! Soccer has been becoming increasingly popular in the United States and DTJax is proud to be a part of the hype. Come out to support the Jacksonville Armada with friends and family and get your tickets today!

8. The Lights on the Downtown Bridges at Night

DTJax is simply beautiful at night. Come when it gets dark and you will get a big city feel from all the bright lights and tall buildings. The lights on the bridges give the city an extra twinkle that makes for the perfect photo op.

9. Going for a New Spice Level at Indochine.

If you’re in the mood for Thai food, DTJax has just the place for you! Indochine is sure to satisfy your taste buds for South Asian food. The spices at Indochine couldn’t get any more hot, and we suggest ordering a glass of water before you decide to take your spice level up a notch.

10. Themed Nights at Sharks Games

If you live in Jacksonville, you’ve probably gone to one of the Jacksonville Shark’s themed games once or twice. Whether the theme is redneck or Star Wars, it will make your experience watching an indoor football game that much better.

11.Florida vs. Georgia

“Since the early ’30s, the ‘World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party’ has been one of the biggest events,” in DTJax. Come out during the Florida vs. Georgia game and find yourself in a RV City, surrounded by miles of die hard Gator and Bulldog fans. The game puts tailgating to a whole new level. It’s a party you do not want to miss!

12. Thirsty Thursdays at Suns Games

It’s Thirsty Thursday every Thursday at the Jacksonville Suns’ baseball grounds. Enjoy a Suns game with $1 beers, listen to great tunes and have a ball! “It’s so much fun you might forget there’s a baseball game going on.” Whether it be acrobats, a firework show, giveaways, or a themed night, the Jacksonville Suns FUNdamentally Promotions are sure to make your experience FUNdamentally different!

13. Pools at Everbank Field

The best place to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars may be in their pools. The Everbank Field’s swimming pools are high up in the stands, and you can cool off in the heat as you watch your favorite players tackle each other from below.

DTJax has a little bit of everything. For all you natives, we’re sure you’re feeling a tad nostalgic as you read this list. Come to DTJax for an experience you won’t forget!

For a full directory of all the cool places DTJax offers, visit our website or download our free DTJax app today! Available on the Apple Store or Google Play store.

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DVI Updates 

 

DVI’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting:
 

Mark your calendars to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting. Our featured speaker at this quarter’s meeting is Mayor Lenny Curry. He will discuss the pension referendum that will appear on the ballot August 30. The meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Training Room in the Ed Ball Building.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the many things happening Downtown. To attend, contact Jennifer Hewett-Apperson at (904)634-0303 ext. 224.

 
Downtown Event Signage:
 
Special Events has updated its signage & banner application to be more inclusive. Anyone wanting to put up street pole banners, lay down side walk stickers, spray chalk, or any other things will need to have the “Special Event Signs” application filled out. The application is on the City of Jacksonville’s website under “permits,” or can be found here.

We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

DTJax App Rack Card

Take our Parklet Survey:
 
We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

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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IMG_3271 It’s summertime in the city and #DTJax has some cool amenities for you to enjoy. With the St. Johns River being one of them, we like to look at it as an American Heritage River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational and cultural significance. In doing so, the public may gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the river’s importance to the quality of life for current and future generations. We like to take advantage of using the St. Johns River as much as we can and one way is by riding the St. Johns River Taxi. It is a great way to get to all of your favorite spots and even comes with a great view! New to the River Taxi are the Sunset Cruises running from Thursday to Sunday for just $20 a person and Saturday cruises to the Jacksonville Zoo for just $40 a person! Grab a group of friends or that special someone and take a ride on the river while enjoying the wind, water, live music and maybe even a few dolphins – if you’re lucky! Some of the DVI staff had a chance to check out the Sunset Cruise this past weekend and it could not have been a more perfect day to be on the water. IMG_3253 Pick up/drop off takes places at River City Brewing Company and if you get there early, it is a great way to kick off a date night and grab some dinner or drinks beforehand. Once you hop onto the taxi, you pick a seat with the best view. We recommend anywhere near the front, back or sides of the boat. You get the perfect amount of wind in your hair and some of the best photos of our beautiful #DTJax skyline. Once everyone is loaded on, a lovely musician begins to perform some great tunes while you’re staring off into the shimmering lights bouncing off the river. Another cool perk is that you can bring your own food and drinks to make it a party! What can be better than that? During our Sunset Cruise, we were able to experience a wonderful singer, beautiful weather (finally a break from all the rain!) and a family of dolphins swimming near by. At the end of the cruise, the taxi takes you back to River City Brewing Company where you can continue to enjoy the night by walking the Southbank Riverwalk, the Main Street Bridge or even hang out some of our favorite spots such as The Jacksonville Landing, Hemming Park or The Elbow. If you haven’t taken a ride with the St. Johns River Taxi yet, don’t worry. They are open Tuesday through Sunday. If you’re interested in signing up for a sunset cruise or a zoo cruise, be sure to buy your tickets today! For more information about the St. Johns River Taxi or anything else in #DTJax, visit our website or download our FREE app today! While you’re at it, please take a moment to fill out this quick survey and share your thoughts about the St. Johns River.

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DVI Updates 

 

Red, White and BBQ Art Walk:
 
Just a few days until First Wednesday Art Walk – Red, White and BBQ. Continue the celebration with live music by The Band Be Easy, local art, delicious brews and more! Plus, don’t miss the Front Porch at The Landing and Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow. For more information, check out our website. So get on your most patriotic garb and we’ll see you July 6!

 

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We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

DTJax App Rack Card

Take our Parklet Survey:
 
We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

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.