Duval County

Jax Beach City Council to consider next part of Urban Trail Project amid community concerns

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Jacksonville Beach city leaders are set to consider a more than $1 million grant for a trail connecting the beach community.


It comes just days after the city approved the first 4 parts of its Urban Trails Project.

The city said the funding would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and would go towards building 5 parts of the Urban Trail, which is set to be approved during Monday night’s city council meeting.

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The goal is to create a multi-use urban trail network that would connect parks and green spaces in a safe way for everyone to use. The first 4 corridors of the project include 15th Avenue North, 8th Avenue North, 4th Avenue North and Jacksonville Drive.

Jax Beach City Council already green-lit the first phase of the project, which will begin the final design and construction on Jacksonville Drive.

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But, some are concerned with the space it could take up on people’s properties.

“Nobody wants this going through their front yards. It’s a great concept, but we have to make it work for the community,” said Bruce Wouters, a Jax Beach resident.

The 10-foot wide trail is in the right-of-way area of some homes along the streets.

Jax Beach City Council is meeting tonight to discuss the project at 6 p.m.

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