Arlington Offers the Beauty of Florida and the Vibrancy of the Greater Jacksonville Area
Life in Arlington Reflects Florida’s Heritage and Modern Growth
Arlington residents enjoy the benefits of living in one of the most idyllic places in the world.
The greater Jacksonville area provides top services, including healthcare, universities, and industry, close to beaches and pleasant weather. People in the area can rightfully claim that they live where people vacation. It wasn’t until 1968 that Arlington was incorporated into Jacksonville, but it is one of the country's oldest regions.
Duval County, Arlington’s home, honors William Pope Duval, Florida’s first territorial governor. Bluffs surround this peninsular area, and the wind from the water and shaded areas make it a peaceful place. Like several other Florida areas, Arlington was among the first places visited by Europeans, and Fort Caroline, a French fort, was established in 1564. Although population density remained low, plantations lined the St. Johns River banks, and following the Civil War, the area became more residential and grew as time went by. Some historians pinpoint Florida’s highway system's beginning to the creation of Atlantic Boulevard in 1910, which led mainland Jacksonville to its beaches.
Part of Arlington’s growth is tied to the opening of the Mathews Bridge in the early 1950s. The area grew considerably when this cantilever bridge connected downtown Jacksonville and Arlington over the St. Johns River. New communities developed as a result of improved roads. In 1989, Arlington connected once again with Jacksonville when the Dames Point Bridge opened. Its cable-stayed design was the longest of its kind in the world at the time of its opening.
Downtown Arlington is equivalent to Jacksonville’s, and businesses such as Crowley Maritime Corporation have made it their home. The Jacksonville Chamber Arlington Council focuses on improving and promoting businesses in the area and addressing any issues pertinent to its membership. Aside from the business community within Arlington proper, the region as a whole offers many opportunities for growth and entrepreneurship when you include neighboring Jacksonville communities. The beaches also provide many opportunities for business owners to prosper.
Places to Visit in Arlington
Nature lovers have much to enjoy in Arlington and its neighboring communities.
The same natural elements that made Florida attractive to the early explorers are enticing for those who venture outdoors. Even though the summer months can be scorching, most other months invite exploration and adventure. Some of the natural beauties you can explore are:
- The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: Ideal for water sports, fishing and swimming, salt marshes, and coastal dunes welcome you as you explore the preserve. The Fort Caroline National Memorial lives within its boundaries and showcases a replica of the original fort built by the French.
Once inside the Timucuan Preserve, you can also visit the Kingsley Plantation, the only remaining plantation home in the state. The Kingsley Plantation is incredibly rich in history because of its original owners. Mrs. Anna Madgigine Jai, a slave from West Africa, became Mrs. Kingsley upon marrying Zephaniah Kingsley, who had initially bought her as a slave. When she was freed, she acquired land of her own, as well as additional slaves. The plantation grew sugar cane, citrus fruits, and corn and became a powerful entity. You can either drive or sail into the Preserve.
- The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens- right in the heart of Arlington lives a 120-acre space where visitors can enjoy hiking trails and native species. It’s easily accessible and an excellent spot for a quick workout or to spend a leisurely afternoon. Camping facilities are also available, and details can be found on their website.
If the outdoors is not your cup of tea, Jacksonville has much to offer in terms of indoor art and entertainment. As you make plans, you might want to consider the following-
- The Alhambra Theatre and Dining: Theater lovers can enjoy Broadway-style shows along with a fine dining experience. The Alhambra is one of the oldest professional dinner theaters and a great option for date night or a night out. Make sure to check out their website for the most updated information.
- The Norman Studios: Built in 1916, The Norman Studios were purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921. It was one of the first studios in the nation to produce films where African American actors were portrayed positively. You can view the original building along Arlington Road and become involved with the non-profit organization seeking to restore the building and preserve silent films' legacy.
For those who want to broaden their horizon or have a student in their lives, Jacksonville University is a private institution recognized as one of the top colleges in the U.S. Its waterfront campus provides an idyllic setting to engage in academic endeavors. It is barely ten minutes from downtown Jacksonville, and its diverse student body adds to the college experience. Employers often look to recruit out of the campus, and The Economist ranks Jackson University in the top 10% in terms of return on investment.
Protecting Arlington Homes from Flooding
The same reason that makes the area so attractive is perhaps our most significant vulnerability. Proximity to waterways and its climate make flooding a genuine possibility for home and business owners in Arlington. When storms allow water levels to rise and floodwater enters residential settings, our team at SERVPRO becomes essential in restoring homes and commercial establishments alike.
When you reach out to our team of experts, you can expect industrial-grade equipment and the latest techniques to remove debris brought in by stormwater. You can also rely on our team to protect salvageable items and identify specialty drying solutions opportunities. As we progress throughout your home, we document our process and provide coordination and assistance as required by insurance companies.
SERVPRO of Arlington/ Jacksonville East is as committed to the community as you are. A call to our 24/7 line at (904) 721-2230 gets you a team dedicated to leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”