by: admin in Events No Comments  

Move over, Halloween. Proud to be home to this fierce rivalry since 1933, Jacksonville welcomes back the Gators and Dawgs on Oct. 31! Our handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about festivities, entertainment and travel options during Florida-Georgia weekend. And don’t forget to use #UGAvsUF and #DTJax!!

Florida Vs. Georgia



The Main Event


Click here for the official page Florida vs. Georgia event page where you can buy tickets and learn more about RV City, rules and restrictions and game-day FAQs. Event maps and the weekend guide



Click to open the official Weekend Guide online

Click to view the Game Day Map

Click to view the Game Day Map

Click to view the Seating Map

Click to view the Seating Map



By Hana Ashchi, DVI Intern

bollard charging station

Bollard Charging Station. Photos provided by the City of Jacksonville.

The City of Jacksonville and CSX are taking charge. That is, providing two electric vehicle charging stations within the Downtown Jacksonville area.

Expected to open within the next two weeks at the Water Street garage, two types of charging stations will be installed, capable of charging four cars at a time. The garage, located at the corner of Water and Broad street, will have close to 10 parking spots dedicated to electric vehicles. Once a vehicle has completed charging, the charging station will send the owner a text message alert.

Through a public-private partnership with the City, CSX will fund the development of the second charging station and the installation of both stations. The first charging station was purchased by the City using a federal grant.

Wall Mount Charging Station.

Wall Mount Charging Station.

“By providing convenient access to these charging stations, we make our Downtown a more inviting and welcoming place for the growing number of people who drive electric-powered vehicles,” said Mayor Brown in a press release. “We appreciate CSX’s initiative and generosity in making this a service available to people who come Downtown.”

While Jacksonville has experience with electric vehicle charging stations — including at an airport parking service, two local car dealerships and the St. Johns Town Center — these CSX-City stations are the first for Downtown. As of the end of 2013, there were 225 electric cars in use in the Jacksonville metropolitan area.

“The world of transportation technology is changing, and our city needs to be in step with these changes,” said Brown. “As more drivers convert from gas to electric vehicles, it’s important that our City is able to accommodate and support new transportation options. These electric charging stations reflect our City’s commitment to innovative technology and environmental sustainability.”



by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Shout-outs, Spotlight No Comments  

Oliver Barakat Profile JBJ 2013 ListRecently released, the Jacksonville Business Journal’s annual list of top movers and shakers spotlights local business, civic and government decision makers of 2013. It’s no surprise that one major unifying thread joined many of named–20 of the 30–together: Downtown Jacksonville.

Some based in Downtown, some cultivating Downtown and some championing Downtown, DVI would like to thank the following Downtown-minded movers and shakers for their commitment to enriching the fabric of Downtown Jacksonville. Leading the list is DVI’s very own Board of Directors secretary, Oliver Barakat.

1. Oliver Barakat is senior vice president at CBRE Group, Inc. and chairman of the Downtown Investment Authority.

2. Lori Boyer, City Councilmember, District 5, is an outspoken advocate for Downtown in policy-making.

3. Alex Coley, principal at Hallmark Partners Inc., is a driving force for 220 Riverside, a new mixed-use development in Downtown set to launch this summer.

4. Daniel Davis, president and CEO of JaxChamber continues to make Downtown a priority for the Chamber.

5. Renee Finley was head of public-private partnerships for the City of Jacksonville and is a vice president with Florida Blue.

6. Bill Foley III is Chairman of Fidelity National Financial, one of Downtown’s Fortune 500 companies.

7. Mark Frisch is CEO of Sunshine Sports Soccer Group, a new entertainment advocate group located in Downtown – and we’d love to see a soccer stadium Downtown!

8. Pat Geraghty is CEO of Florida Blue, a longstanding tenant in Downtown’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

9. William Gulliford, City Council president, is a major supporter of Downtown revitalization, including efforts to secure private management for Hemming Plaza.

10. John Keane is the executive director of the Police and Fire Pension Fund, which owners properties in Downtown.  

11. Jacques Klempf, CEO of Dixie Egg Co. and Ovinte Wine Lounge, is a key party interested in the rehabilitation the Bostwick Building.

12. Sherry Magill, president at Jessie Ball duPont Fund, is leading the charge to renovate the Haydon Burns Library for a major nonprofit center.

13. Hope McMath, executive director of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, is a major supporter of connectivity between Downtown and Riverside/Avondale.

14. Matt Rapp, executive director of THE PLAYERS Championship, was instrumental in expanding TPC into Downtown in 2013.

15. Elton Rivas, co-creator of One Spark and KYN, helped bring more than 100,000 people Downtown for the inaugural crowdfunding festival with a spinoff business incubator program.

16. Peter Rummell, immediate past chair of Jacksonville Civic Council, is a key advocate for Downtown revitalization and a major backer of One Spark.

17. Toney Sleiman is CEO of Sleiman Enterprises, which owns The Jacksonville Landing, and is working toward public-private investment to re-imagine this major landmark.

18. Hap Stein, is chairman and CEO of Regency Centers, a major developer, owner and operator of commercial property, is developing develop a Fresh Market-anchored shopping center in Downtown’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

19. Alan Verlander, COO of Gator Bowl Sports and Entertainment, is working attract major sporting events Downtown and community-wide.

20. Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority, is leading the update of Downtown’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) strategy to drive short and longterm economic development and revitalization.

View the full JBJ list here.


by: Katherine Hardwick in Advocacy No Comments  

Next time you’re walking around Downtown and you see something you love …or something that needs work, get your smartphone out.

The City of Jacksonville has introduced “More of This, Less of That,” a campaign to create dialogue about our city’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. And all you need to do is snap and share a photo to participate.

If it’s a picture of something you like, tweet or post on Instagram with the hashtag #MoreOfThis, post it on the City’s Facebook page, or email it to If it’s something you don’t like, tweet or post on Instagram with the hashtag #LessOfThat, post on the City’s Facebook page, or email it to

So far, public art and events like the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and PB&J’s Pop-up Picnic make the “more” list.

Not surprisingly, vacant buildings and trash show up frequently on the “less” list.

For the fine print, you’ll want to check out the disclaimer regarding the use of submitted materials. And as always, if you wish to report an issue to the City of Jacksonville, you can do so online at, by emailing, or by calling 630-CITY at (904) 630-2489.