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Call Box: Stagnant courthouse trailers won’t be permanent – The Florida Times

Dear Call Box: Why are the construction trailers still at Julia and Adams streets near the new courthouse. It seems to me the courthouse was finished long ago, and I don’t know why there are still those trailers sitting there in the middle of downtown.


D.K., Jacksonville

Dear D.K.: Several other people have asked Call Box why the trailers are still there almost six years after the Duval County Courthouse opened in 2012 and five years after it passed its last building code inspection. The city’s Public Works Department said they remained at the site because at one time there was a potential alternative use for them, said Tia Ford, city spokeswoman. However, there are now plans to sell the trailers. While there is no time frame, the process has begun, Ford said.

In a Florida Times-Union story in 2017, reporter Nate Monroe wrote that the JEA board had agreed to pursue an agreement with City Hall that JEA would swap its current land on West Church Street for a plot on West Adams Street between the Duval County Courthouse and the federal courthouse. That property currently houses the trailers in question but is otherwise vacant. The plans called for a separate building to serve as a parking garage, the story said.

It’s unclear what will happen to the property now.

Dear Call Box: A couple of years ago you printed a picture of the original Krystal on Main Street for me because that’s where my husband and I met. I have another Krystal question. Many years ago, do you know if they served meals on ”real” dishes. I have a platter that was my Mom’s that she acquired maybe at a yard sale years ago. And it reminded me of something that would have come from the Krystal. The funny thing is that on the back the imprint shows the words CHINA and underneath it shows USA.

A.C., Georgia

Dear A.C.: Most likely Krystal did serve meals on “real” dishes at one point, although its corporate headquarters in Atlanta did not have records to confirm that, a company spokeswoman said.

In 2014 the Krystal Co. sent us a photograph of the first Krystal in Jacksonville. It was at 21 W. Adams St., opened in 1942 and was a narrow restaurant with counter stools and no drive-through. You can see customers drinking from “real” cups and soft drinks from glass bottles.

We checked online for pictures of possible Krystal dinnerware and found one of a coffee cup and a dinner plate made by Shenango China Co. based in New Castle, Pa. The company closed its doors in 1996. From 1909 to 1936, the company focused on commercial china for use in restaurants, hotels and large institutions.

One of Shenango’s main product lines was Incaware, restaurant china with a light buff-colored background and various designs added for decoration, according to internet accounts. To identify Shenango-made china, examine the company’s marks for specific production years or look for the client’s name and a date stamp. Collectors of commercial or restaurant dishware use the back stamp on the bottom of plates, teacups and saucers to determine the age of a piece. Because the marks made by the pottery company often changed by production years, these marks can help to identify the age of the china.

In addition to the maker’s mark, Shenango often added the name of the hotel, company or restaurant for whom the company made the china. We have no idea if the platter inherited from your mother came from the Krystal, but you might check out online photos, which have a copyright, and thus we cannot reproduce.

Garbage: From time to time, readers ask about their garbage collection schedule. If you’re not sure of your garbage collection day, you can visit  coj.net/swschedule. The city’s Solid Waste Division manages collection and disposal of waste, the curbside recycling program and household hazardous waste disposal. For more information about garbage, recycling and yard waste collection, citizens should visit coj.net/departments/public-works/solid-waste/faqs.

Submit questions by calling (904) 359-4622 or mailing to Call Box, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Please include contact information. If you have a picture to offer with your question, feel free to send it.

Sandy Strickland: (904) 359-4128

 

 

 

 

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