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Mayport makeover

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Updated: 7/29/2013 7:59 pm
MAYPORT, Fla. -- There were once big plans for the land off Ocean Street in Mayport.  There was a possibility it could have been a new cruise terminal, and a multi-million dollar development.

But the recession, and some push back from the community, have put those plans on hold.  In the meantime, the waterfront property has sat empty, an unused eyesore.

Neighbor Dominic Shelton said, "Well, I would like for it to get cleaned up."

And that's exactly what's going to happen.  Jaxport still owns this property.  And this week, a beautification project is set to begin.

Jaxport Spokeswoman Nancy Rubin said, "Understanding that the community has been very patient with us out there, we've talked to a number of the leadership folks and said what can we do."

Rubin said the agency plans to clean up the land, removing concrete foundations and mysterious underground pipes.  Once the property is safely cleared, it will be landscaped, and a portion of it will be open to the public, upon request.

"As they need it, we will open it up to them," she said.

Neighbors like Perry Stewart say anything would be an improvement.  "That'll be a good idea if they do that," he said.

They'd rather see people enjoying the waterfront, than sitting there unused.

Phase one of the beautification process begins this week, and there are several phases. So Jaxport says it's hard to tell right now exactly when the project will be finished.
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