Beaches Construction Update: July 2011

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Here's a look at new businesses, closings, and renovations this month in the Jacksonville - Neptune- Atlantic Beaches area.

Shopping Plaza on 10th Ave. N and 3rd Street

The new Sprint location is now open for business.

An available vacant space next door to Sprint.

Convenient Store

The new store on the corner of 11th Ave. N and 3rd Street has not made any progress since last month.

The phone store next door still sits vacant with all the old flashy decor still present.

Green Room Brewery

The brewery's storefront facing 3rd Street N. Since last month, they've added their signature sign.

Info via Facebook:
Now on tap, Florida Brewed Craft beers. Coming soon, six in-house brewed beers with 10 guest taps for other Florida breweries.

Wed - Fri: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Green Room's Website:

Interior photos courtesy of:

An article that ran in the Times Union in January, detailing the start-up

The Beaches could be getting its first true brewery.
Green Room Brewery is planned at 228 Third Street N. in Jacksonville Beach in a building that most recently held a scooter store and a tile store before that. Its owners, Eric Luman (currently the head brewer at Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery) and Mark Stillman, have a signed lease, they’ve got the equipment and they’ve got a zoning request into the city of Jacksonville Beach.

Green Room (named after a surfer’s perfect spot in a wave) is not going to be a brew pub, but a brewery along the lines of Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville. That means it will be brewing beer for sale in stores and restaurants and serving the beer in its own tap room. Luman will actually be brewing on equipment he purchased from Bold City.

They’ll have two standard beers, a Munich Helles lager and an India pale ale, while rotating many seasonal beers.

“I don’t want to get into brewing five house beers and not be able to do anything else,” Luman said.

They don’t plan to serve food, but will allow delivery from other vendors.

Intuition and Bold City are both on side streets in a light industrial area in North Riverside with no shortage of empty buildings. Green Room’s 4,000-square-foot building is right on high-traffic Third Street.

Luman said they started off looking at a more industrial area around Ninth Avenue in Jacksonville Beach, but the storefront on Third Street became available at a comparable price.

Breezy Coffee Shop

This new cafe, is replacing "Where Ya Bean?" coffee shop on the corner of 8th Avenue S and 3rd Street.

South Jax Beach Condominium Renovation

This complex has been getting an exterior facelift for the past couple months. Progress is finally being made.

Poe's Tavern
There's no official time slate for this new restaurant to open in the old Sticky Fingers location, but buzz is generating all over the beach and word of mouth says early August.

The storefront finally making design progress.

This back/side view suggests outdoor seating.

Fifth Third Bank

The new branch making progress off Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach.

New Plaza off Atlantic Blvd.
This small three-unit building sits in front of the new Publix Plaza in Atlantic Beach, directly facing Atlantic Blvd.

Hurricane Grill & Wings picking up momentum since its recent opening. The outdoor patio seating is very popular.

Since last month, TCBY yogurt shop went in next door to Hurricane's. One of many "all-the-craze" low-fat treat spots, the new location has yet to open.

Vacant store space on the left end of the plaza.

Neptune Beach Starbucks

This drive-thru, walk-up location recently saw expansion of its outdoor seating area, including booth tables under an awning.

Beach Renourishment Project

Beach Renourishment starts Friday, July 8, 2011

Beach renourishment has begun. Work began near 36th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach, and gradually will move northward toward Neptune Beach. The portion of the operation within Jacksonville Beach is expected to take from 30 to 45 days to complete. The work will then continue into Atlantic Beach where it is expected to take another 20 days to complete. Work on the project will be a 24 hour, seven day a week effort in order to complete the project as quickly as possible. Construction activity, and temporary beach closures, will progress along the shoreline at the rate of about 500 to 700 feet per day.

The Beaches' shoreline has held up well since the last renourishment in 2005, but still requires periodic sand renourishment to offset erosion caused by the jetties and dredging of the St. Johns River Entrance which provides commerce and military vessel access to the Port of Jacksonville and Mayport Naval Station. Restoration of the Jacksonville Beaches, initially constructed in 1978, is among the oldest – and most successful – such projects in the State of Florida. This project is crucial to preserving our beach, recreation, environmental habitat, and protection of property along our shorefront.

Sand, from the bottom of the ocean, will be pumped onto our beach from an area about eight (8) miles off-shore. Sand will be pumped ashore through large pipes and bulldozers and other heavy equipment will distribute it on the shore. The sand being used is of high quality, and is from the same general offshore borrow area that has been used to restore, and renourish, our beaches since 1978.

The renourishment will widen the beach considerably. The project is designed so that natural erosion of some of the newly placed sand will move offshore and rebuild the beach foundation along the seabed below the waterline.

About 62% of this year's renourishment project is being funded with Federal funds, with the remainder coming from the State (18%) and City of Jacksonville (20%).

Growth Spurt
Excerpt of an article via the Jacksonville Business Journal

Hungry times
Premium content from Jacksonville Business Journal - by Christian Conte, Staff Writer
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:00am EDT

JACKSONVILLE —  Sixteen restaurants have opened or will open so far this year in the Beaches area, which includes Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. Retail real estate agents say the number of new restaurants in the area is a sharp contrast to both the number of restaurants that closed in the area during the height of the recession in 2009 and 2010, as well as the much slower pace this year of new restaurant growth in other areas of Jacksonville.

They attribute the recent growth in the number of new restaurants in the Beaches area to a combination of factors, including less expensive rent, more readily available financing and stronger consumer confidence.

“It’s pretty impressive,” said Tom Mundy, a senior sales associate at Strategic Sites-Clifford Commercial. “I don’t think you could come up with this list in any other market in town. It speaks volumes to the confidence.”

Article by Sarah Gojekian.