I've lived in the beaches area of Jacksonville, FL for the
past 20+ years, and have seen the redevelopment of several areas,
maximizing their locations and consumer friendliness. I have first hand
witnessed some of these changes, and for the most part, they have been positive changes.
One of the items the voters of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and
Jacksonville Beach voted on a few years ago was a building height limit
to keep the coastline looking like it did: not dotted with a myriad of
high rise condos. It was really targeting residential, and defined
several Central Business Districts.
Now, someone is proposing a modification of these building height limits, as they prevent businesses from coming and building at the Beaches - really? We have new businesses coming in daily.
They move into existing space, and convert it to their needs. Not to
mention, ahem: we have limited vacant land at any of the beaches! AND,
parking is already tight, so any new projects, or modifications, will
have to address parking issues.
Recent additions include:
- Atlantic Beach: M Shack Restaurant & Royal Palm Villlage Wine, Boom Shaka Laka Food Shack (all existing construction)
- Neptune Beach: Mario's Italian, Smashburger, Publix, Hurricane's Wings, Publix, TCBY (all new construction except for Mario's)
- Jacksonville Beach: 33 (apparel store), Sway (restaurant/bar)
Additionally, in the works are a Denny's and The Metro Diner, both of which are moving into existing spaces.
All of the buildings these businesses moved into are currently
conforming to the building height limits, so it was not an issue to
I'm in support of the voting population. Why can't we work with what we have, rather than go
against the voting public? Or, how about proposing a variance for a
specific project, rather than ANOTHER building height limit vote?
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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly
affiliated with Prudential Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL. I help
buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally. With
hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm
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