Finding new life for old Kmarts

Between 2012 and 2017, the First Coast witnessed every local Kmart store being closed as the long time national retail chain struggles to survive. In a city filled with an increasing amount of mostly vacant retail centers, former Kmart stores have become redevelopment beacons. Here is a look at the fall and adaptive reuse rebirth of five former First Coast Kmarts. Read More

St. Augustine's Lincolnville Historic District

Originally called Africa or Little Africa, Lincolnville was settled by recently freed enslaved in the marshes of Maria Sanchez Creek just west of St. Augustine in 1866. Largely developed between 1866 and 1930 where the former Yallaha and Buena Esperanza orange grove plantations once stood, Lincolnville is a historic Gullah Geechee community and home to the largest concentration of late Victorian era buildings in the oldest city in the continental U.S. Read More

Hidden Florida: Ginger Ale Spring

Bubbling up just off a busy Altamonte Springs road is one of Central Florida's most unique but least known natural treasures. Named for the soft drink made from its waters a century ago, Ginger Ale Spring presents a serene scene that couldn't be more different from the suburban sprawl surrounding it. Read More

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