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Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:25:45 AM »
Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu



In a new series, Metro Jacksonville takes a step back to listen to, promote, and discuss the editorials, personal accounts, and vocal opinions of some of the key players in the preservation and progression of our urban core. This week, Riverside Arts Market Director Teri Coutu speaks on the benefits of partnerships, so as businesses, organizations, and the community end up with win-win-win results.

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Re: Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 05:29:31 AM »
I want to be a 501-c

Teri, Would you like to Kayak Hogans Creek behind the Jacksonville Historical Society a non profit which is an Urban Waterway Destination that leads out to our St. Johns River our American Heritage River a Federal Initiative that is overseen by the St. Johns River Alliance a non profit.

Then we can also put in at Chelsea St. McCoys Creek with the St. Johns Riverkeeper a non profit and kayak through another Urban Waterway Destination that is a bird rookery then under the Times Union and into our river which all our regional partners will be saying how are you using the river for Partnering?

In the top photo its good to see city councilman Bill Bishop.
Saw Mayor Brown last night. Can't wait to go kayaking with the Mayor.
Had an opportunity to speak with Dave Roman last night and he is checking out Chelsea St.
Had an opportunity to speak with Terry Lorrince about kayaking Downtown. I like Terry
Went to Art Walk and patronized a business.
The new taxpayer subsidized dock at RAM is only open when RAM is open. This is not sitting well with the Jacksonville Waterways Commission. In fact it sounds like a (lose, lose, lose), that was a signed agreement
Field, JaxNative, and I kayaked Hogans Creek and we then went over and witnessed the first arrival of a boat and ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Peyton, Wayne Wood, and listened to the band.
So who is partnering with the River?
In 6 days a final list that could include a win,win,win, for regional partners, non profits, businesses and that is if someone includes a kayak launch in the FIND subcommittee list that would include the Historic Promised 680' Downtown Public Pier.
The commissioners of FIND and other governmental agencies along with the Governor can't wait to see the list that ultimately partner with our River. 
 

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Re: Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 06:28:47 AM »
The new taxpayer subsidized dock at RAM is only open when RAM is open. This is not sitting well with the Jacksonville Waterways Commission.

I looked into this earlier this year.  The dock's limited hours are a condition of the permit issued by the state due to manatee concerns.  This area of the river is known to have a high concentration of manatees and they don't want to encourage additional motorized traffic.  However, a few simple modifications could be made that permit only non-motorized boats during other hours that wouldn't be harmful to the manatees.  But that doesn't have anything to do with RAM.  I applaud their efforts in getting the dock installed in the first place.

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2011, 06:57:08 AM »
The new taxpayer subsidized dock at RAM is only open when RAM is open. This is not sitting well with the Jacksonville Waterways Commission.

 However, a few simple modifications could be made that permit only non-motorized boats during other hours that wouldn't be harmful to the manatees.

Bingo! And thats where pocket piers come in and a floating kayak launches and an ideal example is the one that was just opened in Tide View Preserve and a partnership with FIND.

Tom Ingram highlighted this at the special FIND subcommittee meeting that looked to identify potential canoe and kayak launches. Will any of his recomendations be on the list in 6 days? Tom ripped into Waterways big time and pointed out the potential with greater access if you have these small pocket pier access points. Where are the partners?
I was sharing this with Dave Roman last night and telling him that I want to be one of Downtowns biggest chearleader but unless legislation is in place you aren't participating.

Imagine my shock with Jacksonville Waterways Commission member and FIND subcommittee participant Scott Shine that the pier is not on the list because of a $20,000,000 price tag. Who is the one giving out these numbers? Call Scott Wilson on this to. Don is the chair of Waterways. This is an embarassment.

Have you checked out Chelsea St. McCoys Creek yet in Riverside? 

I'm not making any of this up. Go and look and ask for yourself. 

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Re: Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 07:05:05 AM »
^Do you have an alternative cost estimate for the pier?  That's something I mentioned a while back that would needed to market the idea of reusing it.  In short, you're going to have to do most of the work the city should be doing to sell the pier idea.  That's how it typically works for just about every successful citizen's based initiative in Jax.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 08:20:18 AM »
Lake, I don't have a cost estimate. And what I have been observing just throw out a number and that is your immediate cost estimate. If you get a chance go and check out Chelsea St at Stonewall down from the Haskell building. Saw Dave Roman last night and what was the cost for this access improvement? He is going to check it out. Put that on the FIND list for a kayak launch. This was a concern as it relates to safety and safe launch sites that outfitters and an instructor gave to the Board of Downtown Vision.

What is getting lost in all this is the process of true Public participation is being circumvented. And the fact that I've been going to meetings outside of Duval county highlights this concern. So now lets bring our regional partners and show you how we limit opportunity to our residents. Especially as it relates to the waterways.

And the problem is not with FIND.

Once this FIND list for potential canoe and kayak launch list leaves city council its history for another year. Another year to make DOWNTOWN a DESTINATION as it relates to our St. Johns River our American Heritage River a Federal Initiative is GONE.

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011, 08:34:48 AM »
As a regular visitor of Jacksonville, since I have many relatives living there, I would like to add my 2 cents.  You have nice weather, that many of us living up North, like to visit during the Winter months. You also have nice looking water ways, like the St. Johns River. You should take advantage of these assets, starting with your airport, the gateway to your town. The one thing that attracts people to events (farmers,art), is that of live music. It would be nice, if you create a new push (if not already) for your high school and college age students, to learn musical instruments. (They say students, who learn music, score higher on tests than those who do not, anyway.) What thrill students (and their parents) would have, if they were picked to play at your airport or other events. You could organize a music commission, to help promote live music at other places, like restaurants, as well. If your events (farmers,art) are a few blocks long, organize a few musicians to play music, on every block. Live music could be played at lunch time and soon after work, downtown. These would help attract workers to these events (and restaurants) before leaving downtown.
There was a Mandarin farmers market that I visited. I noticed there were only a few stands set up. They had only a few customers buying stuff. I imagined, if they had live music, they would attract many more customers.
Can new ways to use today's internet technologies, help with your events? We have wireless internet cards, that can play videos, anywhere wifi coverage is made available. Can a few stands be set up, to help educate the public on wellness education, at these events (farmers,art)? Perhaps, the American Diabetes Association, could show videos on recipes' to make healthy meals. These recipes' would be made from the fruits and vegetables being sold at that farmers market. Pamphlets would be made available at these tables. At your airport, you could set up these wireless TVs, showing the many events within your city. These sets could be placed at the baggage pick up; where people are waiting. Finally, can weather proof sidewalk TVs, be set up on your downtown streets, as well? These TVs would not only be used to promote new events at your downtown location; they could help connect the homeless (living downtown) to services.
You have a beautiful town, with nice weather, that many of us up North Envy. These (ideas) may help with your downtown, airport, restaurants and other events to become even better. Thank for posting this blog and to consider its suggestions. 

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Re: Guest Series: RAM's Teri Coutu
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2011, 08:56:16 AM »
I just talked to a marine contractor, Larry Medlock.  I am going to send him some sketches and he will give us budget prices.  He does these and other docks all over the state.

Teri - can you describe to us the process you went through to get the RAM dock funded?

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2011, 06:07:18 PM »
The RAM dock is locked during the week so even a pedestrian can't walk out and enjoy the view or get closer to the water. It's not going to hurt any manatees to allow the taxpayers to sit on the dock and eat their lunch, right?

It'd be great to see the north row of RAM, which was once active but is now empty, be opened to more swap meet type booths: old furniture, records, antique row, etc. People love to peruse through this kind of stuff and it would help keep RAM vibrant and busy by filling empty booths and providing another type of attraction at the market.

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 02:06:42 PM »
I certainly appreciate the St. John's River and all it has to offer! Over the years I have enjoyed kayaking, sailing, and simply walking along the banks. The river is truly a gem that we need to invest in and protect.

Doug, I wish I could be of assistance but the dock project was in place before I came on board and Wayne Wood handled all representation required from RAM. As it is officially a City dock, we are simply happy to have it available for use and applaud the efforts made by those who worked on the project!

I think few people realize that the Riverside Arts Market's mission is to provide a place where artists can sell their works. As such, all products must be handmade and sold by the artist or a close family member. There are plenty of flea markets in the area where people can buy/sell antiques and other used items, wholesale products, etc. Rather than compete with these venues, RAM continues to focus on handmade art.

With more than 350 approved vendors this year, and several interested artists inquiring weekly, I am confident that the Market will continue to grow and develop to serve artists in their quest to share their art, and RAM visitors who want a fun location with great art and entertainment!   

Come out this Saturday or next and help us wrap up our third year! It's a GREAT place to find quality, handmade special gifts!

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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 03:20:13 PM »
RAM is not a "swap meet" we have those at the area flea markets. RAM is several cuts above, I would not like seeing old furniture, records etc among the great hand crafted art. It is after all an Art Market. I'm sure that next season that row will be filled, as it should be. Great job Teri!

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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2011, 06:01:07 PM »
The Riverside Arts Market was years in the planning.

Modeled on the most successful Art markets in the country, it was always intended to be a venue for high quality arts, crafts, and music.

It's location in the Riverside Avondale area, right next to the Cummer museum provides the perfect place to support this vision of the arts in Jacksonville.

Many markets have sprung up in the area since RAM opened up 3 years ago.

They cannot match the success of the RAM market for one reason, and one reason only: the strict and professional jurying process keeps out flea market items, buy/sell merchandise and cheap quality goods.

 There are many places all over Jacksonville where you can find antiques, curios, and a mishmash of anonymous second hand "treasures", and amateur crafts.

There is only one place in Jacksonville that people can go and see the very best Artists in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas every weekend.

That is RAM.

 RAM holds a standard that other markets should aspire to which is showcase the best Art and Artisan Craft in this area.
 
It shouldn't be cheapened with imported goods, shoddy, unimaginative craft, and peoples cast off junk.