Popular One Spark fizzles in fall


    Spark festival in downtown Jacksonville. While the event has been postponed several times and is now planned for next spring, its future is far from certain.

    The festival’s inaugural year was 2012, when over 100,000 people attended the event celebrating Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial and startup business community. One Spark quickly grew to drawing more than 300,000 people by its third year when it was usually held over a string of days in early April across dozens of blocks downtown.

    But the cost of running the event also grew, and the One Spark chairman and local developer and businessman Peter Rummell announced in 2016 that he had picked up more than half of the expenses that ballooned to more than $6 million in the first three years.