Bill Delaney
Bill is a writer, marketing director and higher education professional whose writing focuses on the culture and history of the First Coast. He is co-owner and editor of The Jaxson, Modern Cities, and Edible Northeast Florida magazine, and author of the book Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of North Florida. Reach Bill at wdelaney@moderncities.com.
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September 20, 2022

Secret Jacksonville: Exchange Club Island

Although it hasn’t always been accessible or maintained, Exchange Club Island is an official city park and one of Jacksonville’s unique urban spaces. Here’s a dive into the colorful history of the accidental island beneath the Mathews Bridge. An accidental island More than 50,000 people drive over one of Jacksonville’s most singular parks every day without ever realizing it. Officially

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September 6, 2022

Opinion: Jax should apply for the Reconnecting Communities grant

The new federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program offers cities funding for projects that restore neighborhoods split and disrupted by highways in the mid-20th Century. Several projects from Jacksonville would be a perfect fit for the grant, but the city would have to move quickly to meet the Oct. 13th deadline. Will Jacksonville apply, or will the city miss out on

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August 30, 2022

6 First Coast beach stories

Jacksonville and the rest of the First Coast are home to some of the best, most accessible beaches in a state known for them – and we’ve still got weeks to enjoy them in all their summer glory. From unique geological features to lesser-known history to the birth of Florida’s favorite bike, here are six stories from our local beaches.

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August 16, 2022

Opinion: Jax’s accessory dwelling unit bill deserves support

The Jacksonville City Council is debating the Keep Our Families Together Act, which would allow accessory dwelling units — garage apartments, detached suites, etc. — to be built in more neighborhoods. Here’s why it’s exactly the kind of thing local leaders should be pursuing to help fight the housing crisis. What are ADUs? Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a term

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August 9, 2022

6 Jacksonville day trips

There’s a lot to do in the Jacksonville area, and even more within a short drive. With summer winding down, here’s a look at six places with authentic charm that make for great day trips from Jacksonville. Alexander Springs One of the most underrated things about Florida is its abundance of natural springs. Jacksonville is within a one- to two-hour

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August 2, 2022

6 Downtown projects now under construction

Though largely happening in the outskirts, new construction is happening in Downtown Jacksonville. Here’s a look at six projects moving forward now. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Developer: Iguana Investments Address: Metropolitan Park The new development centered on the Four Seasons Hotel Jacksonville is scheduled to break ground later this year on the former grounds of Metropolitan Park on the

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July 26, 2022

Opinion: Don’t sweat the ‘wrong kind’ of housing

New residential projects in established neighborhoods often draw pushback. This is especially the case when the developments are seen as too expensive, too large or otherwise undesirable. But with Jacksonville’s facing down a growing housing crisis, such projects are coming whether we like it or not. Here’s a look at why that’s not a bad thing — and how we

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July 19, 2022

Opinion: Florida’s secret weapon in the housing crisis

With the creation of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund to support affordable housing in 1992, Florida led the way in ensuring that low-income residents had a place to live. But failure to fund the trust over the last 20 years has contributed to Florida’s entering a full-blown housing crisis — still, it just may be our best tool for turning

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June 28, 2022

Opinion: Remembering David, Jacksonville’s trailblazing gay magazine

From 1970 to 1974, Jacksonville was the headquarters of the first magazine to serve Florida’s gay community. In honor of the last week of Pride Month, here’s a look at the history and impact of David magazine. Jacksonville’s LGBTQ history dates back thousands of years. The native Mocama Timucua people had gender roles for two-spirits — individuals who belong to

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June 21, 2022

Opinion: Resolving the Downtown self-storage wars

Developers want to lift a ban on self-storage facilities in Downtown Jacksonville, but building such facilities could stifle streets and create dead space.

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