San Marco's history on Jacksonville Historical Society's 'most endangered list'

One local group is working to make sure San Marco preserves its history.

One local group is working to make sure San Marco preserves its history.

San Marco landed on the Jacksonville’s Historical Society’s “most endangered list” because the neighborhood history is rich but has no official historic designation.

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“San Marco is one of the most beautiful — if not the most beautiful — neighborhoods in Jacksonville. However, through time, without sufficient protection, the flavor and fabric of that neighborhood could change,” said Emily Lisska, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Lisska said there isn’t a special level of protection for any of the buildings or homes in San Marco, with some rare exceptions. But some people in the area don’t want to have more government regulations or special reviews when it comes to changing the neighborhood.

“They like the novelty and new ideas coming forth and don’t want to be stuck in the past,” Julian Lopez said.

Lisska said she sees both sides and also thinks San Marco’s history is important to the fabric of the neighborhood— and that needs to be preserved forever.