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City, owners, want to hear from public on how to improve the area

6:20 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Bringing more people to the Jacksonville Landing that's the goal behind a push from the city, and the owners of the Landing.

"We want it to be a great mix of everything so the Landing can continue to be the crown jewel of downtown," said Michael Chambliss, Director of Marketing at the Jacksonville Landing.

The idea is to have more entertainment, more restaurants, and more retail spots available at the site. Chambliss said the owners of the property, Sleiman Enterprises, have wanted to redevelop the Landing since they took over in 2003. It's something shoppers say needs to happen.

"It could have a lot of potential," said Karen Gill, a shopper at the Landing.

There's talk of having a public hearing to get input from people who use the property.

"They should ask us," said Gill. "We're the shoppers, we're the people spending money to come here."

There's no final word on when any public hearing could be held. Chambliss says he's ready for the upgrade, and an increase in the number of people using the Landing.

"I'm excited," Chambliss said.

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