Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hospitality Zone Ideas Compiled for Review; Jacksonville Beach Seeks to Increase Downtown Appeal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hospitality Zone Ideas Compiled for Review; Jacksonville Beach Seeks to Increase Downtown Appeal

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski

JACKSONVILLE BEACH | The Jacksonville Beach City Council next month will review the results of a survey of residents, business people and community leaders who were queried in an effort to make the downtown more diverse and appealing.

The city is exploring the feasibility of transforming downtown into a "hospitality zone." The goal is improving the quality of life and bolstering the economy by attracting more people downtown.

Since late April, the city has been working with the nonprofit Responsible Hospitality Institute, a nationally known consulting firm that helps communities and businesses "plan safe and vibrant places for people to socialize."

Mayor Charlie Latham said staff is compiling the surveys but an analysis will have to wait until the city budget process is completed.

"This is the busiest time of the year for us, the budget. Summarizing the comments from the survey has been put on hold for now," Latham said. …

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