Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yes, Downtown Library Is a Wedding Site

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yes, Downtown Library Is a Wedding Site

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: Could you explain what the deal is with these weddings at the public library and a person who works there setting up for somebody's wedding. What is the cost involved? Who's paying for that?

T.K.

Dear T.K.: You're referring to a story that ran in the Times-Union on Aug. 3 about the many weddings that take place at the Main Library downtown and the library event coordinator who is the go-to guy for weddings. The library's Conference Center rents space to public and private individuals, groups, businesses and organizations for training seminars, musical performances, meetings, proms, events and weddings.

The rental fee covers setting up for an event, custodial and security services, salaries and any other costs, said library spokeswoman Kathy Lussier. Thus the center, which has its own budget, is self-sustaining, she said. Though nonprofits, city and governmental agencies get a discount, Lussier said, they are charged. Of course, the library can use its facilities for its own programs, but priority goes to paying customers.

The fee structure is similar to that of renting a hotel ballroom and dependent on such factors as the size of the space, number of hours and use of audiovisual equipment.

Any profit is reinvested and goes toward facility upkeep or other needs. Incidentally, there were 33 weddings in 2013 and more than 40 so far this year, Lussier said. For more, call (904) 630-1947 or e-mail jplconference@coj.net. You can access the fee schedule at jpl.coj.net/ConferenceCenter/Fee-Schedule-Feb2014.pdf.

Dear Call Box: I was told that, as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, the fees to get into Hanna Park are going up. Even the fee for biking into the park is going from $1 to $5. Is this true?

D.M.

Dear D.M.: The fees are going up, but the cost for those arriving by bike or on foot is only going from $1 to $3. The increase also applies to Huguenot Park.

Currently, the fee for a vehicle carrying up to six people is $3 at each park. The cost of additional passengers remains at $1 per person. The cost of entering Hanna Park on Wonderwood Drive in Atlantic Beach will rise to $5 and the entry fee at Huguenot on Heckscher Drive to $4. …

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