30 09 2005

Julian LeCraw and Co. proposed the 14-story luxury condominium project overlooking a scenic Jacksonville waterway with access to a marina located at the south end of San Jose Boulevard at Mandarin’s Julington Creek Marina. Onced approved, this would be Mandarin’s first high-rise condo.

The developer needs the 10-acre marina and yacht sales site rezoned so the condominium can be added with units priced at $500,000-plus. A condominium is a permitted use under the city’s zoning code. This proposed 104-unit, 210-foot-high building project would keep most of the Julington Creek Marina’s boat slips and all of its dry storage accessible to the public. It may also change the area’s character and add more traffic to two crowded commuter routes, San Jose Boulevard and Julington Creek Road.

The existing marina has dock space for 102 boats, room to stack 190 more in a storage building, and boat sales and service at 12807 San Jose Blvd. The yet-to-be named condominium would consist of one building on the southern end of the site, with 13 residential floors and two parking levels, one below ground. The top floor would be a penthouse, with the other units averaging about 1,600 square feet each. An overall dollar amount for the project hasn’t been determined.

The marina would remain with most of its boat slips and all of its dry storage accessible to the public. The dry stack storage building would be shifted north to make room for the condominium, its entrances planned on San Jose Boulevard and around the corner on Julington Creek Road. No more boat sales would occur, but boat repairs would. The project would take about a year to build.

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Fraudulent Homestead Exemption

30 09 2005

Florida’s homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of a property by $25,000,
but too many residents unlawfully try to get the savings on more than one home.
State lawmakers are cracking down, and Florida House Speaker Allan Bense says
he supports any effort to increase penalties for fraudulent homestead filers.

Legislation has been proposed that would make it a felony to claim more than one homestead exemption. The offense is a third-degree misdemeanor.

The property appraiser can recoup taxes on nonqualified homesteaded property dating back 10 years. There is a 50-percent penalty on the overdue taxes, plus 18-percent interest. The property appraiser also puts a lien on the property until the debt is paid.





Fraudulent Homestead Exemption

30 09 2005

Florida’s homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of a property by $25,000,
but too many residents unlawfully try to get the savings on more than one home.
State lawmakers are cracking down, and Florida House Speaker Allan Bense says
he supports any effort to increase penalties for fraudulent homestead filers.

Legislation has been proposed that would make it a felony to claim more than one homestead exemption. The offense is a third-degree misdemeanor.

The property appraiser can recoup taxes on nonqualified homesteaded property dating back 10 years. There is a 50-percent penalty on the overdue taxes, plus 18-percent interest. The property appraiser also puts a lien on the property until the debt is paid.





Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park, Fish Camp to Make Way For Condos

28 09 2005

The latest condo development plan is announced for the Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park and Fishing Resort on Trout Creek in northwest St. Johns County that has been operated by three generations of Pacettis since 1929.

Pinkham Pacetti announced his plan to ask the county to amend the comprehensive plan to allow as many as 300 condominium units where there now are mobile homes, campers, a restaurant and a bait shop. The process could take a year or more.

The change will displace scores of people who live in campers and mobile homes on the 23 acres along the county’s only deep-water access to the St. Johns River. Some elderly residents have lived in the RV park for years and now are fearful and uncertain about their future.

Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park & Fishing Resort sprawls along the north side of Trout Creek. Pacetti’s wife’s family bought the land in 1929. During the decades that followed, they incorporated a fish camp, a shop for cypress boats, a restaurant for anglers, motel units, a park for campers. They have the only gas dock between Jacksonville and Palatka, Pacetti said.

Pinkham Pacetti, who owns and operates Pacetti’s with his wife, Linda, is ready to retire after running the family business since 1974.

Mostly, the place was famous for the beautiful water, and the Spanish moss dangling from ancient oaks. People such as St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon boated on it for years. Armingeon attended the meeting out of concern for the impact of development on the waterway.





Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park, Fish Camp to Make Way For Condos

27 09 2005

The latest condo development plan is announced for the Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park and Fishing Resort on Trout Creek in northwest St. Johns County that has been operated by three generations of Pacettis since 1929.

Pinkham Pacetti announced his plan to ask the county to amend the comprehensive plan to allow as many as 300 condominium units where there now are mobile homes, campers, a restaurant and a bait shop. The process could take a year or more.

The change will displace scores of people who live in campers and mobile homes on the 23 acres along the county’s only deep-water access to the St. Johns River. Some elderly residents have lived in the RV park for years and now are fearful and uncertain about their future.

Pacetti’s Marina, RV Park & Fishing Resort sprawls along the north side of Trout Creek. Pacetti’s wife’s family bought the land in 1929. During the decades that followed, they incorporated a fish camp, a shop for cypress boats, a restaurant for anglers, motel units, a park for campers. They have the only gas dock between Jacksonville and Palatka, Pacetti said.

Pinkham Pacetti, who owns and operates Pacetti’s with his wife, Linda, is ready to retire after running the family business since 1974.

Mostly, the place was famous for the beautiful water, and the Spanish moss dangling from ancient oaks. People such as St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon boated on it for years. Armingeon attended the meeting out of concern for the impact of development on the waterway.





Jacksonville Building Permits

1 09 2005

U.S. Bureau of Census and Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University publish the report on Single-Family Home Building Permits, a leading index of the real estate market in the area.





Jacksonville Building Permits

1 09 2005

U.S. Bureau of Census and Real Estate Center at Texas A&M; University publish the report on Single-Family Home Building Permits, a leading index of the real estate market in the area.








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