Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Say Why They Love Jacksonville

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Say Why They Love Jacksonville

Article excerpt

This year is shaping up as a rebirth for Jacksonville on many fronts.

There is a new mayor, a new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and spirit that the city is ready to embark on great adventures.

Part of this new spirit is a project for the JAX Chamber to celebrate the many positives of Jacksonville.

The editorial page is doing its part by asking members of the Email Interactive Group for their observations.

Why did they come to Jacksonville? Why did they stay?


I met my wife here in 1959 shortly after she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. I was at NAS Jacksonville. We were married at St. Paul's in 1963. Our oldest son was born at NAS in 1965.

Our career and life took us elsewhere after that until we returned as retirees to Jacksonville in 2006 because we are comfortable here; the city is affordable, taxes are reasonable, the weather not extreme, the tropical storms few and far between, great medical care options, a first-class air hub and transportation facilities.

Jacksonville is where the great oak trees and slash pine give in just a little bit to the tropical palms. Just like the trees, people in Jacksonville tend to get along just fine.

Tom Diekmann, Jacksonville


I came to Jacksonville in 1944 at age 15. I thought I had died and gone to heaven; it was so grand compared to Pine Island Road, Fort Myers.

In 1944, some houses were built in Southside, Mayfair, where we were able to obtain a small three-bedroom house.

We came to Jax on the train on June 6, 1944, the day of the big invasion in Europe. I was unaware of what was happening, but the train was packed, literally, with soldiers.

I started 10th grade at Landon High School in the fall, going from a class of nine to a class of about 300. I loved all those people, our neighbors and the big city. I liked being able to ride a bus to downtown or to the beach. People were friendly and kind.

I have traveled to many places overseas and each state except Hawaii, but have never found a place as interesting or kindly as Jacksonville.

I live on Julington Creek where a gentle lake-like creek moves along all day and night. It is the most peaceful place I have ever found.

Georgia MacLean, Jacksonville


Jacksonville provides 340 days of sun with a limited history of exposure to extreme weather, excellent music culture at the Times-Union Center and active museums, as well as the easy proximity of beautiful beaches. Moving from Washington, D.C., could only happen with the wonderful draw of grandchildren as well.

Ralph Sawyer, Jacksonville


I grew up in cold, snowy Connecticut, and my husband grew up in cold, snowy Massachusetts. I always wanted to live in Florida, and luckily my husband was offered a position with Shoney's Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.