Heading north on I-95 From downtown, you'll pass over what is one of the most spectacular architectural features in Jacksonville -- the Dames Point Bridge. The bridge takes travellers over to the Northside, where many large industrial, commercial and transportation businesses anchor this area of town. First, there’s JAXPORT, the 754-acre marine terminal -- one of the largest vehicle import/export centers in the United States. It’s also where Carnival Cruise lines docks to load and unload passengers for their Bahamas and Carribbean cruises. Northside is also home to one of the most popular featured attractions in North Florida, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The zoo covers 110 acres, with more than 2,000 animals, and the popular “Range of the Jaguar," exhibit, a tribute to the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.
exploded with growth during the during the early 2000’s housing boom, due in large part to the growth in the marine commerce and cruiseline traffic, and the Northside’s proximity to the Jacksonville International Airport (JIA). The area near the airport has experienced especially robust growth with affordable new construction homes within a ten mile radius of JIA, and the addition of the River Place Town Center, with its new multiplex, big anchor stores like Home Depot, and many chain restaurants. Northside neighborhoods cover a large swath of northern Jacksonville, from downtown northward all the way to just south of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, These neighborhoods include Springfield, Paxon, College Park, Ribault, Trout River, Brentwood, Oceanway, San Mateo
, Ft. George
, Panama Park
, Lake Forest
, and the Dunn Avenue corridor.
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