County Dock Rezoning Community Meeting Scheduled
Mandarin Community Club
12447 Mandarin Road
Date: Monday, May 1st
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
A resolution was adopted unanimously earlier this year by the Board of Directors of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society opposing Ordinance 2016-805, which would rezone almost 10 acres adjacent to County Dock Road. This rezoning, with access to County Dock Road, would forever destroy the scenic character of that road, one of only three roads in the City designated as scenic and historic corridors. County Dock Road is only 17 feet wide and has an extensive tree canopy, with many trees located within feet of the pavement.
Similar positions have been taken by the Mandarin Community Club, Scenic Jacksonville and City Beautiful Jax.
Here is a photograph showing the scenic beauty and narrow width of County Dock Road - between Mandarin Rd. and Loretto Rd.
If you are interested in learning more about this issue, please plan to attend this important community meeting.
Source: Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
The Club will host a Tree Education Program on Thursday, March 23. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the program at 7 PM. Two JEA arborists will speak on the types of trees best suited for our area, where to locate to avoid power lines, public servicesk and best practices for planting to boost their chances for healthy growth.
Utility Forester for JEA and a Certified Arborist, Joe Anderson’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the power of Jacksonville can be found in the canopy of trees and now serves as a steward of Jacksonville’s utility services and that tree canopy.
The second Urban Forester from JEA will be Scott Souder. Scott manages contract tree crews on the Southside of JEA service territory. Management includes scheduling and inspecting work in order to ensure proper clearance, quality pruning, and customer relations while balancing system reliability, cost, and customer service.
This program will also feature apiary (bee) specialist Rob Horsburgh, Agriculture; Consumer Protection Specialist from the Florida Department of Agriculture to discuss the vital role that bees play in the ecosystem for our food, plant life, etc., and all things related to bees.
There will a door prize drawing at this program for one special attendee who will receive a large potted tree ready to plant!
CONGRATULATIONS TO CLUB PRESIDENT, SUSIE SCOTT, the 2017 Miss Aggie Award recipient! Susie was honored with this year's award by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society on Saturday afternoon, March 4th.
Susie and her husband Bruce moved to Mandarin on Mandarin Road in 1998 where she built a barn which she filled with her passion and hobby, Arabian horses. Susie was invited and served on the NFES Board/Advisory Board for many years to support the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
She discovered an even greater passion while living in Mandarin when she joined the Mandarin Community Club and Mandarin Museum and Historical Society with Life memberships in 1999.
Susie worked with MaryAnn Southwell and Sharon Copeland to draft and adopt the Scenic and Historic Corridor Ordinance for Mandarin Road. Susie worked with Jacksonville community leaders as one of the five petitioners of the Citizens for Tree Preservation group to get the Charter Amendment passed. She has gone on to work with neighbors and as a Board member of the Mandarin Community Club on Mandarin and citywide issues. She served for almost 2 years on the Vision Committee to help draft the Guiding Principles for the 2030 Comprehensive
Land Use Plan.
Susie has served multiple times as President of the Mandarin Community Club and since 2009 as Chair of the annual Mandarin Art Festival. Susie is currently serving in both roles while also serving on the Advisory Board for Scenic Jacksonville.
Photo and article by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
The Mandarin Community Club is pleased to announce it will host a Q&A Session with Sheriff Mike Williams at the Club on Tuesday evening, March 28th. All Club members are invited and encouraged to attend. The event is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m.; doors will open at 6 p.m.
The Mandarin Community Club will be collecting worn, faded, and/or damaged flags for proper and respectful disposal. Collection will be held at the Thursday, 2/2/17, Town Hall Meeting, a collection box will be available at the Club on Sat-Sun, 2/4-2/5, during daylight hours at the Community Club.
Please contact the Club if you have inquiries (904-268-1622).
The Mandarin Community Club is closely monitoring a rezoning application for a property on County Dock Road. County Dock Road is included in the 2001-1009- E Ordinance “concerning scenic and historic corridors; designating sections 305.101-305.104, ordinance code, as part 1 of chapter 305; creating a new part 2 of chapter 305, ordinance code, designating Mandarin road, except as described herein, County Dock road, and a portion of Loretto road as scenic and historic corridors pursuant to chapter 305, ordinance code.” Other civic groups such as City Beautiful Jax, Scenic Jacksonville and others are joining with the Community Club or monitoring to ensure that this historic corridor, the ONLY such designated corridor in Jacksonville, continues to be protected.
A Town Hall meeting with CM Schellenberg is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 2nd, at the Mandarin Community Club. Doors open at 6:30 with the meeting to begin at 7 p.m.
February's lecture is in honor of Black History Month - a powerful performance called "Slave Narratives and Folklore."
Sponsored by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, talented actors from the Readers Theater will bring individuals to life through dramatic storytelling. Those who are portrayed were actually men and women who had endured slavery and lived to tell their stories in their elderly age. You will hear their oral histories through their own words, in their own tones and inflections.
Much of the program was taken directly from the actual interviews conducted by the WPA Florida Writer's Project in the 1930s. Some of these oral histories were then compiled in the book by Stetson Kennedy called "The Florida Slave."
This event will be presented on Thursday, February 16, at the Mandarin Community Club, which is located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are at 6:30 pm with the presentation at 7:00 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 268-0784 or www.mandarinmuseum.net.
Additional details will be communicated to Club members as the date approaches.
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