It’s breaking news today in Jacksonville and finally the heart of our city – The Landing – can rest. She served us well throughout her lifetime on the St. Johns River.
It was just announced Jacksonville Landing Investments (JLI) and Mayor Curry have entered into a Settlement Agreement regarding the Landing’s future. The details are not public yet.
Both Mayor Curry and Toney Sleiman have agreed it is time to move forward and do what is best for Jacksonville.
None of us knows what that means. But we all have ideas such as:
Turning the Landing into green space? (we hope not because it will become an area for homelessness and crime)
Tearing it down and making it into condos on the River?
Revamping it into something else?
Whatever it will become – it has absolutely given us much joy over the years. She has weathered many storms – both weather related and political ones. She has served the least of the community and hosted many US Presidents too. She has appeared in more pictures depicting Jacksonville than any other building. She even has her own signage on I95. Her orange roof is well known throughout the world. She’s done good!!
She has served her time well and we appreciate her. AND…we appreciate the Sleiman family for all they have done to keep her going. They are wonderful residents who have given much to this community.
We are thankful for a positive statement from the Mayor and Toney Sleiman and we wish them well as they finalize the deal. It’s time to move on and make this city beautiful again.
Sad part is this: Who will host the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony for those who can’t afford fancy and expensive city-owned establishments?
Bittersweet. That’s the word that goes with “CHANGE.”