MAYPORT, Fla. -- Mayport has a rich and long history, and visitors are reminded of that when they see signs welcome signs stating that the village was founded in 1562.
What needs to happen in 2013 to jump start the village is being examined by the City of Jacksonville. Condos that were once envisioned did not come to fruition and the possibility of a Mayport cruise ship terminal is still being studied by JAXPORT.
"I would like to see the Mayport Village area something like Fernandina or St. Augustine," said Elizabeth Sweet, who works at Singleton's Seafood Shack. It is a landmark restaurant that's been in business 68 years.
Others who pass through say they don't want Mayport to lose what it has.
"That is what I like about it. It is quaint, old fashioned. I don't want to see chain restaurants," said Linda Wulff, catching the ferry on her way from Palm Coast to Fernandina Beach.
Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford, who represents the Mayport area, is exploring whether creating a special tax district to pour money back into the village is a viable option.
Gulliford believes the timing is right to explore ways to jump start the village.
"I think affordable housing in the area is going to be key too," said Gulliford.
This Thursday, January 31, there will be a meeting with Jacksonville representatives and civic leaders from Mayport to brainstorm possibilities.
That meeting will get underway at 4 p.m. in the Lynwood Roberts Room at City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
First Coast News