Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Condo Towers, but Houses; Marina Cove Will Have Five Homes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No Condo Towers, but Houses; Marina Cove Will Have Five Homes

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Byline: Caren Burmeister

JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Bulldozers are clearing trees for an upscale housing project next to land where a developer made a controversial proposal to build a 550-unit condo and yacht club project at Beach Marine.

The project was turned down after hundreds of residents opposed it.

The lot clearing is for Marina Cove, a five-home project that will be built on 19th Street North, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The homes will range from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet and start at $700,000, according to Watson Custom Home Builders in Jacksonville, which owns the property.

Wally Devlin bought the five parcels from Beach Marine owners Rose and Ken Taylor in October 2003, about the same time he applied for a rezoning to build Jacksonville Beach Yacht Club, which would have been a complex of eight condo towers with a clubhouse and other amenities at the 27-acre marina at 2315 Beach Blvd.

As a concession for the controversial project, Devlin had offered to donate 120 acres of land north of Second Avenue North to create park space and preserve environmentally sensitive land. …

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