Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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SEPT. 11 STORIES

Shorelines is looking for Beaches-area residents who want to share interesting stories about Sept. 11, 2001. If you had a relative or friend at the World Trade Center, Pentagon or on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania, please call reporter Christopher F. Aguilar at 249-4947, extension 19, on or before Wednesday. Also, Shorelines is compiling a listing of Beaches events commemorating the second anniversary of the attacks. Please fax those listings to 249-6762 or e-mail chris.aguilar@jacksonville.com before Friday.

COUNCIL MEETING

The Jacksonville Beach City Council will consider plans for the South Beach fire station when it meets next week.

The meeting will be on Tuesday rather than Monday because of the Labor Day holiday. It will start at 7 p.m. at City Hall at 11 Third St. N.

The council will be asked to approved a final design and construction contract for the new fire station at South Beach Parkway and Osceola Avenue. The contract will cost about $750,000 and construction is expected to take about nine months.

The council will also consider an agreement with the J. Johnson Art Gallery to exhibit eight life-size bronze sculptures at Latham Plaza in October that depict people in everyday activities. The artist, J. Seward Johnson Jr., is a realist sculptor whose work has been exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.

PROPERTY TAXES

Jacksonville Beach City Council will hold its first public hearing on the 2003-04 budget and property tax rate in a special meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will start at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall at 11 Third St. N.

City Manager George Forbes has recommended a $15.6 million budget for the city's general fund, which includes services such as police, fire, parks and recreation, and street work. The entire budget, which contains the general fund plus capital projects and trust funds, will be about $132 million.

Forbes has suggested a property tax rate of $3.90 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate the city has used for eight years. At that rate, residents who own a $125,000 home with a $25,000 homestead exemption would pay $2,183 in property taxes.

Even with the same tax rate, most residents would pay more in taxes because their property values have increased. To offset that increase, the city would need to adopt a lower tax rate of $3.49 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN

An Atlanta developer is seeking a permit to build the Lighthouse Grille Condominiums along the Intracoastal Waterway off Beach Boulevard.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the conditional use permit for 2600 Beach Blvd., near the Lighthouse Grille restaurant, on Sept. 22.

The developer, Walk the Plank LLC, filed a concept plan with the Jacksonville Beach Planning Department this week showing a multistory condo with boat slips, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. …

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