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Keeping the bell ringing
For some people, December is the season to be jolly, but for Harold Pierce, it’s the season to ring the bell. One of the most dedicated volunteers for the past 20 years during the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign, Pierce was collecting donations Downtown until 9 p.m. Wednesday during Art Walk. He set up his kettle at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in front of the Duval County Courthouse and said he’ll be on the same schedule in the same location today. Saturday, he will ring the bell at the Riverside Arts Market. Sunday is Pierce’s day off – sort of. “I drive the van for the Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church. I’ll be picking people up and then taking them home after the services,” he said.
Courthouse parking lot under construction
Finding a parking place near the Duval County Courthouse will get even easier when a new surface lot under construction opens for business this month.

The lot, located south of Adams Street between Broad and Clay streets, is scheduled to be complete by Dec. 31.

More than 150 spaces — including short-term, long-term, handicap and motorcycle spaces — will be available in the fenced and landscaped lot.

The new parking option was designed along the lines of more stringent zoning requirements for all Downtown surface parking lots enacted by City Council in 2011.

In addition to enhanced design and landscaping standards, new regulations went into effect regarding maintenance and upkeep of the lots.

"Our first objective was to comply with the ordinance. Our second objective was to make the facility an attractive location," said Micky Biss, president of Miami-based Biss Realty Inc. and owner of the property.

"We hope the lot complements the courthouse and adds to the gentrification of that part of Downtown," he said.

Jim Klement, redevelopment coordinator for the city Office of Economic Development, said the new parking lot could be the first in a trend.

Other similar proposed projects are expected to be presented Dec. 19 to the Downtown Development Review Board.

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A new fenced-in and landscaped parking lot is being built along Adams Street near the Duval County Courthouse.
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