Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Funding Planned for Parks Kravitz Designates Bond Account Money

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Funding Planned for Parks Kravitz Designates Bond Account Money

Article excerpt

City Councilman Dick Kravitz says he has about $100,000 left of a $2 million recreation bond account he got in his early days as the council representative for Mandarin.

Mandarin's council member said has tried to get the most bang for the buck with his money by using it on a number of park projects in the community, and some are just about to start.

With his three-term tenure on the City Council ending today, Kravitz said he will dedicate half of what's left to the Mandarin Community Club's restoration of the 100-plus-year-old Billard House at 11643 Brady Road. Then the rest will probably be used for another historic project in the community.

The Jacksonville City Council approved the Billard House use June 8, and Kravitz said it will help add it to an ever-growing list of restored historic sites on or near Mandarin Road.

"It is a historical contribution. We are trying to make that Mandarin Road corridor between County Dock and Brady roads a historic site with the Walter Jones Historic Park, the community club and the Billard House," Kravitz said. "That would add to that historic village concept we want in Old Mandarin."

The funding is great news, said Bill Jeter, who chairs the community club's Billard House restoration committee. They will combine Kravitz's donation with state and local grants they hope to get to restore the home, purchased in mid-1997. Then it would become part of a "Mandarin Village," which now includes a restored 125-year-old community club and 88-year-old general store-turned-museum.

"The club is delighted and very grateful that he agrees that this should be a Mandarin priority and we have every intention of restoring that home," Jeter said. "I would like to renovate that house so it will look like it did when Billard built it. . . . I would like to make it available for community events."

Kravitz was one of 14 council members who each received $2 million in bond funds between 1988 and 1993 for local use. Since then, Kravitz has used the funds to develop the Chuck Rogers Soccer Park at 11950 San Jose Blvd., add a shuffleboard court to Mandarin Park and upgrade Alberts Field off Brady Road. …

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

Oops!

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.