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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/30/2014

The regular City Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 3 has been cancelled.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/30/2014

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, city and GRU offices will be closed Friday, July 4. RTS offices will also be closed and there will be no bus service, including paratransit service. Residential curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard trash will not be affected. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/26/2014

City Manager Russ Blackburn released his recommended budget for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 at a press conference today. Documents available at the press conference included the Budget-in-Brief and budget highlights. The press conference can be viewed online and will run on C12 over the next few weeks. The series of public budget meetins begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9 and continues through wednesday, July 23.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/26/2014

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for long-term volunteers to help support the Living History Days program at Morningside Nature Center. Volunteers will interpret life on a Florida farm in the year 1870. Living History Days are part of the public programming offered annually from September through May.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/26/2014

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will celebrate America’s birthday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza with a reprise of its annual All-American Song Fest Friday, July 4.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/25/2014

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is conducting a prescribed burn at Morningside Nature Center (3540 E. University Ave.) Wednesday, June 25 as part of routine land management activities. If conditions remain favorable, approximately 10 acres are scheduled for an ecological fuel reduction burn. Prescribed fires are carefully planned for specific areas under specific weather conditions. The prescribed burn will begin at 11 a.m. and end before 5 p.m. The Morningside Nature Center and Living History Farm will be closed to visitors during the burn.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/24/2014

Thousands of children and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe united to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) Friday, June 20 at 11 a.m. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is incredibly grateful to everyone who participated in our fourth Guinness World Record attempt and the media that help spread the vital message... swimming lessons save lives. This year, a total of 358 participants participated, topping last year’s total of 284! The global record attempt took place at three Gainesville locations: Andrew R. Mickle Pool with 73 participants, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool with 166 participants and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool with 119 participants.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/24/2014

Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn will discuss his recommended budget for the City of Gainesville for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 during a press conference Thursday, June 26. Blackburn will also discuss the continuation of long-term budget challenges for the city and the impact on demands for increased city services. Senior members of the City Manager's budget staff will also attend the news conference. The conference will begin promptly at 12 p.m. in the City Manager's Conference Room (408) at City Hall, which is located at 200 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/24/2014

The City of Gainesville Budget and Finance Department is notifying residents that residential neighborhood parking decals/permits will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, Aug. 4. Residents in the Controlled Vehicular Parking Zones will be able to purchase decals/permits online at www.cityofgainesville.org by clicking on the “Online Services” tab and navigating to the "parking decals" link.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/19/2014

Closing out its celebration of June as African-American Music Appreciation Month, Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” presents a tribute concert to Bo Diddley Friday, June 27 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of naming the downtown plaza after the rock and roll legend. Bo Diddley, a longtime resident of Alachua County, passed away in June 2008. One year later, the plaza was renamed Bo Diddley Community Plaza in his honor. An inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award winner, Diddley was known as The Originator for his driving rhythms and signature beat. He was a pioneer in developing rock ’n’ roll as a music genre, and influenced bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many other rock ’n’ roll legends in their careers. Bo Diddley played at the plaza concert series in 2006 to an audience of 4,000.

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