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Jacksonville, FL, is currently the largest city in the state by both size and population. The town itself has a population of a little over 900,000, and the metro area has a population of about 1.5 million. And the city is the largest in the United States by land area, with it spanning over 870 square miles.
The city was not always so large, but in 1968 the city government and the Duval County government consolidated to form one governmental entity. The consolidation then caused much of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area to be annexed into the city.
The area was initially settled by people belonging to the Timucua tribe. In 1564, the area was established as French Colony called Fort Caroline, making it one of the first European settlements in the continental United States.
Then, in 1821 Spain gave the Florida Territory to the United States, officially making it part of the country. The next year in 1822, the town was established and named after the Florida Territory's first military governor and the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson.
National Preserves and Historic Areas in Town
Despite the city's exciting nightlife and downtown scene, there are also things to do in the outdoors. The city is home to several beautiful city parks as well as state parks and national memorials. The most famous nationally-recognized sites in the city include:
Timucuan Preserve: This National Preserve site spans over 46,000 acres of waterways and wetlands. The land preserve was established in the late 1980s, and earlier this year, 2,600 more acres were added when two different private land trusts transferred the land near the Nassau River. The area is known for being where the second oldest piece of pottery in the country was found, dating back to 2500 BC.
Fort Caroline National Memorial: This memorial is located in the Timucuan Preserve and was erected to remember the early attempted French settlement. In the 1500s, Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere claimed the land and established it as a haven for French Protestants to escape the Catholic Church's scrutiny. Although the actual location of the settlement is not known, the memorial is said to be close to where the French settlers initially landed on the banks of the St. John's River. The settlement only lasted for about one year when the Spanish took it over and renamed it San Mateo.
Kingsley Plantation: This plantation is the oldest standing one that still exists in the United States. The ranch was named after its previous owner Zephaniah Kingsley who lived there for 25 years. The plantation initially spanned over 1,000 acres, but most of that land has now been taken over by the forest, but about 60 acres of the original plantation land is accessible, including the main house and several former slave cabins.
State Parks in the City
The city also has a large number of state parks within its city limits. Each property offers its sceneries and recreational activities. Jacksonville is the home to the following state parks:
Amelia Island State Park: This park sits on the Atlantic coast, and it is home to 200 acres of forest, beaches, and salt marshes.
Big Talbot Island State Park: This nature preserve is a prime spot for photography, nature studies, or bird watching.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park: Located near the Timucuan Preserve, the park is the home to a former winter resort called the Ribault Inn Club, which is now used as the area's visitor center.
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park: For a small fee of $2, fishermen can have access to this pier that contains several prime fishing hotspots.
Little Talbot Island State Park: This 2,500-acre island sits just south of the Big Talbot Island State Park, and it houses salt marshes, dunes, and forests with a large variety of wildlife.
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park: This preserve is free to enter, and it is located just west of the Big and Little Talbot Islands.
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park: This park enables visitors to enjoy a picnic inside an authentic rendition of a Union and Confederate soldier camp.
SERVPRO Can Use a Variety of Equipment to Restore Fire Damage at Your Place of Business
Electrical shorts or appliances malfunctioning are common causes of fires in office buildings. Sometimes central heating units can malfunction and possibly cause a fire to start. Once the fire is put out, and everyone in the office is safe, our SERVPRO technicians can begin their mitigation efforts.
To start, our team makes sure that the building is safe for our technicians and any other occupants. If we notice dangers such as a possible electrical short or trip hazards due to fallen debris, we can fix the issues before any work commences. Once the work area is deemed safe, we can then take the following steps as a part of the restoration process.
Remove all burnt debris- If there is any loose debris hanging around or if some of your building materials got severely charred, then we can remove all of it and dispose of it in sealed plastic bags.
Clean all surfaces where soot residues are present: When the smoke coming from the blaze gets into the air, it can harden when it touches cooler surfaces and leave behind soot residues. We can often use specialized chemicals and rags or dry cleaning methods to remove all soot residues.
Deodorize the entire structure- If unpleasant aromas still exist in your office after we remove all burnt debris and clean soot residues, then we can use an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) or thermal fogger to dispense deodorants into the air.
Final Cleaning: Once all work is completed, we can conduct a final cleaning process to clean up any messes made during work procedures.
SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East can help you return your place of business to its original condition, "Like it never even happened." Call (904) 721-2230 24 hours a day for professional assistance.