Dateline: Jacksonville

August 12, 2006

CMP viewIn Jacksonville for the Florida League Of Cities Annual Convention: Spent the evening on the Riverfront. Walked on a nice walkway along the river from the Hyatt to Jacksonville Landing – shopping, office, restaurant, entertainment area on the river. Local band played in the courtyard. Crowds – very diverse – having a great time. Boats anchored by the restaurants. There were dinner cruises on the river. Ferry boats were giving tour. 

This is what the CMP can be!!!!!! 

PS: Ate at the American Cafe (above the local Hooters). No Sheriff Ron McNesby sightings.

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4 Responses to “Dateline: Jacksonville”

  1. Jami Clevenger Says:

    A tale of two waterfronts

    I grew up in a small town on Galveston Bay (in Texas) called Seabrook. I spent most of my life in this sleepy fishing village and my family still lives there. Seabrook is separated from it’s next neighbor to the south, Kemah, by a small channel, about 300 yards wide. Seabrook and Kemah have been a haven for boating enthusiasts for years. Commercial fishing boats, seafood markets and fuel docks lined both sides of the channel. A couple of bars were there are well, and also a couple of places to eat. It was like that since around the 1930’s.

    In 1983 Houston’s “Big” Hurricane came through…Alicia. Pretty much everything was destroyed on both sides of the channel. Everything had to be rebuilt.

    In Kemah, a small group of business owners with a big idea cam forward. They wanted to develop Kemah’s waterfront into a “destination.” At the time, Kemah had a population of about 1300. Seabrook was twice as large. Many laughed at this group of businessmen and pulled the same stunts as the SOC crowd.

    But the business owners, in part with the city of Kemah stuck to their big idea.

    Twenty-three years later, Kemah’s waterfront, called the “Kemah Boardwalk” is a top destination for tourists.

    See this article in USA Today from last August:
    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/10great/2005-08-04-boardwalks_x.htm

    Kemah’s investment in a big idea paid off in a big way. They are indeed a true “destination.” The “domino effect” of development transformed Kemah from a sleepy fising village of delapidated houses into a town where there are many art galleries, restaurants, yachts, concerts, amusements and fun. Their population and tax base has increased many-fold.

    Across the water, Seabrook has added a few small hotels in the likes of Holiday Inn Express, but not a bunch is changed. The waterfront is still mostly commercial fishing, though now it’s really much shabbier looking in comparison to Kemah. Seabrook’s population has increased somewhat, due to the proximity of Kemah and the employment base needing housing. Business has not grown much though.

    I live just over the Bayou Chico bridge on the west side. I would like to see our neighborhood “come up” some! It takes big thinkers with big plans, not to mention deep pockets, create a development of the magnitude of the Maritime Park.

    JUST DO IT.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Studer could sell grass skirts to Eskimos and Pensacola`s willingness to appreciate the Pelicans value with tax dollars is further evidence.

  3. Rick Outzen Says:

    Ahhh! More personal attacks. Any profits from the sale of the Pensacola Pelican go to local charities. You need to find another attack.

  4. Jami Clevenger Says:

    Actually, the profits from the Pelicans games have been going to various charities for years as well. Not a hollow promise. I was amazed when I attended my first Pelican game two years ago and discovered that.

    Interesting that this nay-sayer is too ashamed to sign his/her name to their opinion.

    Jami Clevenger

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