Dear Call Box: What is the status of the park that was supposed to be built for the last 20 years at the corner of Belfort and Touchton roads? We’ve lived in this area since 2001, and we’ve been told since 2001 that the money was set aside, and the park was imminent. But it’s still just dead trees and retention ponds.

R.W., Southside

Dear R.W.: A $2 million master plan for the park was created more than a dozen years ago, but as you note, it never came to fruition. But it’s been on the radar of City Councilman Scott Wilson since he was an administrative assistant to former Councilman Don Redman starting in 2007.

“I am extremely disappointed in the time it has taken to get this project started,” said Wilson, adding that it has remained one of his priorities.

Wilson said he expects construction to finally start by the end of the year.

In June of 2002, developers donated 42.5 acres to the city for a park on the north side of Touchton, according to the JaxParks website. That included the rights of way to widen Touchton from Southside Boulevard to Belfort. But the widening caused the park area to shrink to eight acres to preserve wetlands, a Times-Union story said.

When Redman took office in July 2007, the only funds available were $125,000 donated by the developer who built the shopping center and adjacent residential homes, Wilson said. The economy took a downturn, and the city did not have the funding needed to develop or maintain new parks, he said.

Wilson, who succeeded the term-limited Redman, assumed office in 2015 and worked with Daryl Joseph of JaxParks to identify $550,000 for the park. The money will build the walking trail, a playground, parking and provide fitness equipment, Wilson said.

In a side note, Redman used to keep a poster-sized display of the city’s plan for the park in a prominent place in his barber shop, but eventually put it in storage because customers kept asking him “when, when, when” the plans would materialize.

Dear Call Box: I can never keep straight when Daylight Saving Time ends when it was changed a decade or so ago. It’s already started getting darker, and I’m not fond of driving in the dark.

B.G., East Arlington

Dear B.G.: It will start getting darker even earlier when Daylight Saving Times ends the first Sunday in November, which is Nov. 4. The time change takes place at 2 a.m. when you set your clocks back an hour.

We go back on DST on March 10, the second Sunday of the month. That’s when you set your clock ahead one hour.

Dear Call Box: My wife and I loved the show “Last Man Standing.” They replaced the middle daughter on the show, and we’d like to know why.

H.B., Jacksonville

Dear H.B.: Molly Ephraim played Mandy, the brunette middle daughter of Mike (Tim Allen) and Vanessa Baxter (Nancy Travis), for six seasons when the show was on ABC. But she reportedly moved on to other projects after the network canceled the comedy due to a programming shakeup in 2017 and was not able to do it.

So when Fox revived the sitcom a few months later, she was replaced by blonde Molly McCook, who most recently appeared on the Netflix sitcom “The Ranch.” The new “Last Man Standing” season debuted Sept. 28.

“It’s unfortunate,” executive producer Matt Berry said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We love her deeply, and she’s a big part of who we were. But [it's] exciting for us to look around and see who we can get to play that character. We want someone to come in and not play Molly Ephraim. We want somebody to come in and play Mandy.”

The show follows the church-going, married father of three adult women who is in charge of marketing for a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores in Colorado.

Judging by negative online comments from some readers, you and your wife aren’t the only ones upset by the recasting.

“We fully expected [the backlash],” executive producer Kevin Abbott was quoted as saying. "You don’t take a character played by an actress that’s beloved and suddenly switch them out. I’m glad they missed Molly Ephraim; that’s a good thing. And they’re going to go through the same process we did in casting.”

But a few put a different spin on her departure. Ephraim recently replied to a tweet from someone calling her a "liberal loon," accusing her of wanting to disassociate herself from the conservative show and predicting her career would stall.

"Seems as good a time as any to say see you at #TIFF2018!" Ephraim tweeted in response, along with a link touting her upcoming movie, "The Front Runner," which will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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