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    The Bold City Best Party Returns On September 25




    The Bold City Best Party returns on Sept. 25 to celebrate the 2017 Bold City Best competition. Join Jacksonville.com and the Bold City Best winners at Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay St., for the best Monday of the year.

    Open to the public, guests 21 and older are invited to enjoy live entertainment, interactive games and exciting giveaways from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. with host Matt Pittman from The Florida Times-Union’s Matt About Jax.

    “It’s the perfect excuse to extend your weekend into Monday,” Pittman said. “We’ll be hooking people up with awesome prizes all night, including tickets to events at the brand new Daily’s Place amphitheater, Florida Theatre, and Jaguar games. This is a can’t-miss event for everyone who loves Jacksonville.”

    Admission tickets to the party include one complimentary drink of beer, wine or soda; free appetizers from Black Sheep Restaurant in Riverside; a chocolate fountain by Peterbrooke Chocolatier; live entertainment by The Band Be Easy; select drink specials; and much more!

    “We’re making this the best party of the year because it’s celebrating the best Jacksonville has to offer,” Time-Union Media Digital Marke...   [Read More]




    The Biggest Country Music Party North Florida Has Ever Seen




    October is a busy month for festivals, and one that you won’t want to miss is Party of The Pines, a country festival taking place on October 20-21. It is the first country music festival taking place at Bienville Plantation located at White Springs, FL. (known for its premier hunting and fishing resorts). You will enjoy a two day festival full of non stop country music, including two stages, camping and RV accommodations and a variety of food and beverage options. 

    This country festival highlights a great line up of artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brothers Osbourne, Maren Morris, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more.

    VIP Patrons receive special parking, entry privileges and reserved seating. Their unique VIP area offers a never before experienced ambiance, decor and awesome activities. VIP Guests enjoy exclusive amenities from gourmet meals to prime concert viewing. The Jacksonville Landing hosts and presents an amazing bar selection! VIP Tickets include 3 complimentary beverages each day. Your bar is staffed with experienced bartenders who will gladly make any drink you would like to purchase. 

    If you are unable to get a hotel by the festival, you can enjoy it by ca...   [Read More]




    Jaguars’ Home Opener Confirmed For Sunday at EverBank Field




    The NFL and Jaguars confirmed yesterday that the team’s home opener vs. the Tennessee Titans will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. at EverBank Field, as scheduled.

    The Jaguars followed that announcement with word that the team and owner Shad Khan will make a $1 million donation to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund, with Khan personally appealing to the Jacksonville community ahead of Sunday’s game to join the recovery effort assisting those affected locally by Hurricane Irma.

    “Jacksonville gets labeled as ‘small market,’ but it has a heart bigger than any community I’ve been associated with in my life,” Khan said.  “Jacksonville will recover and come back stronger than ever, but who couldn’t use a little help from our friends?

    “I’m hoping that our sponsors, partners and fans will think of Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund this week and give what they can.  Then, we gather Sunday at EverBank Field to show the world we’re back in a big way, as a team and as a community.  This is Jax As One.”

    To help deliver a home-field advantage on Sunday and provide both relief and reward to those affected, Khan and the Jaguars will donate 5,000 ...   [Read More]




    Hurricane Irma Causing College Football Schedule Changes




     

     

    As Hurricane Irma is tracking its way through the Atlantic Ocean with a projected weekend landfall in Florida, many schools are adjusting their Week 2 college schedules to allow fans and students to prepare for the storm. Some of the changed times and dates are listed below

    The Hurricanes' road game at Arkansas State has been canceled with no plans to make up the contest as the teams do not share an off week later in the season. The University of Miami has canceled classes for the rest of the week and Mark Richt has released his players to seek safety from the storm. 

    The home opener for Florida International against Alcorn State has been postponed indefinitely. School officials are looking into alternate options, but announced the game will not be held on Saturday as scheduled. 

    The Florida State Seminoles have moved the kickoff time for the Seminoles' home opener against Louisiana- Monroe from 7 p.m. ET to 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

    The Central Florida Knights will still play Memphis this weekend, but the game has been moved from Saturday to Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.  

    The Florida Gators have moved up their schedu...   [Read More]




    The Downtown Bellwether Restaurant Will Soon Be Serving Dinner




    Bellwether Restaurant opened on April 13 and is located at 100 N. Laura Street in downtown with a an outside patio area and has been serving lunch followed by happy hour. Now, the restaurant is preparing to serve dinner until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with special hours for downtown evening events.

    Once dinner is implemented, the majority of the lunch menu will still be available with some sandwich items being replaced with entrees and shareable appetizers. Some of the items will include a kimchi plate, duck breast, salmon and vegan entrees along with pie and cake desserts. The prices will range from $17 to $25.

    Their staff has been tweaking recipes and business flow over the past few months and a lot of emphasis has been placed on to go orders.  They have set up the hostess stand with a tablet and card reader to take the to go orders.

    They are also saying that in the next few weeks, they will start doing lunch delivery and a weekend brunch.

     

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Jaguars’ Home Opener Confirmed For Sunday at EverBank Field




    The NFL and Jaguars confirmed yesterday that the team’s home opener vs. the Tennessee Titans will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. at EverBank Field, as scheduled.

    The Jaguars followed that announcement with word that the team and owner Shad Khan will make a $1 million donation to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund, with Khan personally appealing to the Jacksonville community ahead of Sunday’s game to join the recovery effort assisting those affected locally by Hurricane Irma.

    “Jacksonville gets labeled as ‘small market,’ but it has a heart bigger than any community I’ve been associated with in my life,” Khan said.  “Jacksonville will recover and come back stronger than ever, but who couldn’t use a little help from our friends?

    “I’m hoping that our sponsors, partners and fans will think of Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund this week and give what they can.  Then, we gather Sunday at EverBank Field to show the world we’re back in a big way, as a team and as a community.  This is Jax As One.”

    To help deliver a home-field advantage on Sunday and provide both relief and reward to those affected, Khan and the Jaguars will donate 5,000 ...   [Read More]




    Hurricane Irma Causing College Football Schedule Changes




     

     

    As Hurricane Irma is tracking its way through the Atlantic Ocean with a projected weekend landfall in Florida, many schools are adjusting their Week 2 college schedules to allow fans and students to prepare for the storm. Some of the changed times and dates are listed below

    The Hurricanes' road game at Arkansas State has been canceled with no plans to make up the contest as the teams do not share an off week later in the season. The University of Miami has canceled classes for the rest of the week and Mark Richt has released his players to seek safety from the storm. 

    The home opener for Florida International against Alcorn State has been postponed indefinitely. School officials are looking into alternate options, but announced the game will not be held on Saturday as scheduled. 

    The Florida State Seminoles have moved the kickoff time for the Seminoles' home opener against Louisiana- Monroe from 7 p.m. ET to 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

    The Central Florida Knights will still play Memphis this weekend, but the game has been moved from Saturday to Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.  

    The Florida Gators have moved up their schedu...   [Read More]




    Florida State Faces Alabama In The Chick Fil A Kickoff Game Saturday Night




    On Saturday night, No. 1 Alabama will take the field against No. 3 Florida State for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    It will be the first game at the new state-of-the-art stadium and the field is nearly ready for the highly anticipated contest. The end zones are painted and the finishing touches are being put on ahead of tomorrow’s kickoff

    Jalen Hurts returns at quarterback and both Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough return in the backfield of what should once again be an elite offense to compliment the best defense in the nation. The Crimson Tide ranked seventh in the nation in total yards with 6,829 and averaged 38.8 points per game as well, good for 16th best in the country.

    Florida State had a breakout star in redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois last season. Francois showed poise beyond his age with 3,350 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes in 2016 despite playing in a run-heavy offense. The young quarterback should see an uptick in pass attempts this season, but the Seminoles still figure to be an elite rushing team with a strong backfield and offensive line.

    The AP Top 25 Poll and the Coaches Poll both have Alabama ranked at No. 1 and Florida State rank...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville Jaguars Starting Quarterback This Season Will Be Blake Bortles.




    Just one week after head coach Doug Marrone suggested that the job was up for grabs, the Jaguars starting quarterback competition has reportedly been settled. The man to lead the offense for your 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars will be Blake Bortles. Coach Doug Marrone has picked fourth-year player Blake Bortles over Chad Henne to be the team's starter for the Sept. 10 season opener at Houston, a surprising turnaround for a player whose career with the team seemed to be in jeopardy a week ago.

    Coach Marrone gave Chad Henne the start in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, but was apparently unimpressed by Henne’s 8-of-14, 73-yard performance. Bortles was better, connecting on 12 of 16 throws for 125 yards and a touchdown. 

    Bortles has started the last 45 regular season games for the Jaguars, but a dreadful start to the 2017 preseason following his downturn in 2016 led Doug Marrone to bench him in favor of Chad Henne for the third preseason contest. Henne went 8 of 14 for 73 yards while getting sacked three times with the first-team offense, while Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick with the subs. 

    Despite his downturn in production, the Jag...   [Read More]




    JAGUARS VS. BUCCANEERS – THURSDAY, AUGUST 17




    Football is back at the ‘Bank!

    Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to EverBank Fieldthis Thursday night to see the Jaguars take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the team’s Football is back at the ‘Bank! Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to EverBank Field second preseason game.  The primetime matchup will kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN and broadcast locally on WJXX ABC 25.  Below is important information for fans heading to the downtown sports complex for the Jaguars’ first home appearance of the season.

    Fan Entertainment Zone presented by PRI Productions expands to include Daily’s Place

    One year ago this week, the Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville broke ground on the brand-new Daily’s Place.  This year, the state-of-the-art amphitheater and covered flex facility will provide an extended home to the Fan Entertainment Zone presented by PRI Productions, which opens three hours prior to kick off in the south end zone between Gate 4 and Gate 1 presented by Dream Finders Homes.  Fans can enjoy interactive games and activities inside the covered flex field and along the plaza just inside the gates.  The construction of Daily’s Place also provides an entirely new look to the ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    The Downtown Bellwether Restaurant Will Soon Be Serving Dinner




    Bellwether Restaurant opened on April 13 and is located at 100 N. Laura Street in downtown with a an outside patio area and has been serving lunch followed by happy hour. Now, the restaurant is preparing to serve dinner until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with special hours for downtown evening events.

    Once dinner is implemented, the majority of the lunch menu will still be available with some sandwich items being replaced with entrees and shareable appetizers. Some of the items will include a kimchi plate, duck breast, salmon and vegan entrees along with pie and cake desserts. The prices will range from $17 to $25.

    Their staff has been tweaking recipes and business flow over the past few months and a lot of emphasis has been placed on to go orders.  They have set up the hostess stand with a tablet and card reader to take the to go orders.

    They are also saying that in the next few weeks, they will start doing lunch delivery and a weekend brunch.

     

    ...   [Read More]




    Earth Fare Has Opened In Mandarin




    Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural foods grocery store, has opened their newest location, located at 11700 San Jose Boulevard. This will be the 42nd Earth Fare location nationwide and the second in in the Jacksonville area. Earth Fare has committed to continued growth throughout Florida, and operates stores in Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee and Seminole.

    “Almost three years ago, Jacksonville welcomed Earth Fare with open arms, and we’re thrilled to now offer Mandarin residents a place to shop for their families confidently, knowing their carts are full of only the healthiest, tastiest foods,” said Earth Fare president and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “We are thankful to our Community Advisory Board, made up of a number of passionate community members, who have come together to help Earth Fare build the best healthy offering specific to Mandarin.”

    Earth Fare made headlines earlier this year when they challenged Americans to take back control of their health through their food choices and Live Longer With Earth Fare ™. Since 1975, Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the healthy foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every product offere...   [Read More]




    Chuy's Opens At The Strand At Town Center




    Chuy’s, opened last Tuesday at The Strand at Town Center. It’s address is 4914 Town Center Parkway which is across the street from The Markets.

    The TexMex restaurant  has eight locations in Florida and has 10 made-from-scratch signature sauces, Big As Yo’ Face Burritos and hand-rolled tortillas.

    Chuy's opened on April 16, 1982 in an old, abandoned Texas Barbeque joint on iconic Barton Springs Road in Austin, TX. There was seating for about sixty, a women's restroom the size of a broom closet and a men's restroom that was, well, outside. Founders Mike Young and John Zapp had a vision of a fun and funky Tex-Mex restaurant that served authentic and fresh food in an atmosphere that appealed to everyone. From these humble beginnings Chuy's was born.

    Chuy's is known for its authentic, fresh food and fun, eclectic atmosphere. This Town Center location will be its first one in Jacksonville.  Almost everything is made from scratch in the giant kitchen, and the 800-degree comal where fresh tortillas are constantly rolled out. The queso, guacamole and green chile are all great.

    Their store hours are:

    Sun - Thurs 11am to 10pm

    Fri - Sat 11am to 11pm

    ...   [Read More]




    Krispy Kreme Original Glaze Goes Chocolate For The Solar Eclipse




    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is going to be delivering the tastiest Eclipse in history. Coinciding with the solar eclipse, the Original Glazed® Doughnut will be Eclipsed by Chocolate for First Time in History Aug. 19-21

    For the first time, their Original Glazed® Doughnuts will be eclipsed by a mouth-watering chocolate glaze to coincide with the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21 at participating U.S. shops. Guests also can get an early taste of this limited-time doughnut during evening Hot Light™ hours Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. **

    The Krispy Kreme Chocolate Glazed Doughnut features the classic Original Glazed Doughnut, smothered in a rich chocolate glaze. Guests who visit participating Krispy Kreme shops can see the chocolate glaze waterfall as the doughnuts are prepared, smell the aroma of chocolate wafting through the shop and taste the familiar Original Glazed Doughnut smothered in a new delicious chocolate.

    Be one of the first to try the tastiest eclipse in history. Find a Krispy Kreme shop near you and find out when the Hot Light™ is on by going to www.krispykreme.com/Eclipse.

    ...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Town Center PDQ To Open July 30th




    Stop by on Sunday, July 30th to celebrate the Grand Opening of the fourth PDQ Jacksonville location at the Jacksonville Town Center.

    PDQ will be kickin' the day off with their First 50 lineup (check out all of the details and rules below). The first 50 guests in line on opening day will receive a $50 PDQ Gift Card, lunch, and a PDQ swag bag. See below for the official rules and deets.

    Their 58th restaurant will be the first location in Jacksonville to feature the delicious new chef-inspired menu, including seasonal bowls, premium sandwiches and unique sides. They will still feature all of their traditional fan favorites, including the hand-breaded chicken tenders, homemade sauces and dressings, hand-tossed salads, made-to-order sandwiches and hand-spun milkshakes. 

    You can check out their newest Jacksonville spot located at 4816 Gate Parkway in Jacksonville Town Center. Stop in and try their delicious new menu items 7 days a week from 10:30 am - 10 pm.

    First 50 Deets  As one of their “First 50” Guests in line on Grand Opening Day, Sunday, July 30th, each person will receive a special PDQ numbered lanyard denoting your place in line. The “First 50” Guests ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    The Bold City Best Party Returns On September 25




    The Bold City Best Party returns on Sept. 25 to celebrate the 2017 Bold City Best competition. Join Jacksonville.com and the Bold City Best winners at Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay St., for the best Monday of the year.

    Open to the public, guests 21 and older are invited to enjoy live entertainment, interactive games and exciting giveaways from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. with host Matt Pittman from The Florida Times-Union’s Matt About Jax.

    “It’s the perfect excuse to extend your weekend into Monday,” Pittman said. “We’ll be hooking people up with awesome prizes all night, including tickets to events at the brand new Daily’s Place amphitheater, Florida Theatre, and Jaguar games. This is a can’t-miss event for everyone who loves Jacksonville.”

    Admission tickets to the party include one complimentary drink of beer, wine or soda; free appetizers from Black Sheep Restaurant in Riverside; a chocolate fountain by Peterbrooke Chocolatier; live entertainment by The Band Be Easy; select drink specials; and much more!

    “We’re making this the best party of the year because it’s celebrating the best Jacksonville has to offer,” Time-Union Media Digital Marke...   [Read More]




    The Biggest Country Music Party North Florida Has Ever Seen




    October is a busy month for festivals, and one that you won’t want to miss is Party of The Pines, a country festival taking place on October 20-21. It is the first country music festival taking place at Bienville Plantation located at White Springs, FL. (known for its premier hunting and fishing resorts). You will enjoy a two day festival full of non stop country music, including two stages, camping and RV accommodations and a variety of food and beverage options. 

    This country festival highlights a great line up of artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brothers Osbourne, Maren Morris, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more.

    VIP Patrons receive special parking, entry privileges and reserved seating. Their unique VIP area offers a never before experienced ambiance, decor and awesome activities. VIP Guests enjoy exclusive amenities from gourmet meals to prime concert viewing. The Jacksonville Landing hosts and presents an amazing bar selection! VIP Tickets include 3 complimentary beverages each day. Your bar is staffed with experienced bartenders who will gladly make any drink you would like to purchase. 

    If you are unable to get a hotel by the festival, you can enjoy it by ca...   [Read More]




    Metropolitan Park's First Oktoberfest & Music Festival




    The first ever Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will hold some of the biggest stars in rock, alternative, and country music, is set for October 6,7, and 8, 2017.

    Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun. The festival will feature activities for all ages including a 100 ft ferris wheel, games, and inflatables zone, and arts and crafts vendors. Children under the age of 12 are free to attend.

    Festival goers will be able to travel around Germany and purchase a wide variety of German and Oktoberfest style ales. Additionally, 15 of North Florida’s most popular food trucks will create a German inspired dish as well as their most popular menu items.

    Friday  5pm- 11pm:

    Absolute Journey - Journey Tribute Band Hotel California - The Eagles Tribute Band + More

    Saturday Noon-11pm: 

    Citizen Cope Neon Trees Magic! The Expendables Cloud 9 Vibes + More

    Sunday Noon - 10pm:

    Dustin Lynch Granger Smith David Nail Craig Campbell Ashley McBryde + More

    Tickets are on sale now on www.thefloridaoktoberfest.com

    ...   [Read More]




    Tickets For Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio Go On Sale Today




    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents rousing, down-home feel-good blues musician Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets for Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio go on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m.

    “Fabulous good-time romps…The pleasure is infectious.” –Blues & Rhythm

    A lot has happened since guitar legend Elvin Bishop released his last album, 2014’s Grammy-nominated Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and soon after into the Blues Hall Of Fame. He won the Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album Of 2014 and three 2014 Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for the title track) and The Elvin Bishop Band took the award for Band of the Year.

    Now, Elvin—along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan—launches The Big Fun Trio. Preparing for one of the first live gigs with his new trio, Bishop told The San Jose Mercury News, “Every time I pick up the guitar, something new comes out of it. I guess you’d call me a late bloomer. When you get to be my age, you’re not expecting to be progressing or coming up ...   [Read More]




    Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night Watch Party At River City Brewery




    Make plans to join us at River City Brewing Co on the Southbank in San Marco for their Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night Watch Party on August, 26th, 2017. Watch the fight of the century on our big screens at Jacksonville's First Micro Brewery plus enjoy great drink specials sponsored by Terremoto Tequilla all night and DJ J Doll all night! Additionally, all ladies 21+ will receive $1 well cocktails from 6-8pm!

    For a limited time, tickets are available for just $20 online / $30 day of or until the event sells out. Doors will open at 6:00pm and to ensure you receive a seat, we reccomend arriving before 8:00pm. Once 8:00pm hits the tickets are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. For table and bottle packages, call or text (571) 288-2616. Tickets are non-refundable and the fight will be aired rain or shine!

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    Northern St Johns County Welcomes Beachwalk




    A new community in Northern St. Johns County called Beachwalk will have residents living there before the year ends. Beachwalk is planned to be an upscale neighborhood anchored by what is essentially a 14-acre swimming pool. Plenty of work has already been done, and developer John Kinsey and others associated with the development were in town Thursday for the official groundbreaking ceremony. The enormous Crystal Lagoon has been dug out and is taking shape. Water should fill the Lagoon as soon as July of this year with residents living around it by fall.

    The project being done by Art Falcone’s Encore Capital Management and Kinsey’s Twin Creeks Development, brings a man made lagoon into the project and makes it part of the unique character of the community. The architecture, landscaping and amenities will be different from any other community in the area. It will offer a beach vibe with palm trees rather than live oaks and sandy beaches around the lagoon.

    Kinsey stated that it is a departure from what you see everywhere you go. Working on the whole idea of Beachwalk two years ago, Art and Kinsey came to the conclusion pretty quickly that this area didn’t need more of what was being built and sold in every other community. There i...   [Read More]




    Clear the Shelters Hosted By The Jacksonville Humane Society Is This Weekend




    Drive over to the Jacksonville Humane Society for #ClearTheShelters with FREE pet adoptions this weekend. The event will be this weekend, Saturday August 19th and again on Sunday August 20th from 10am until 5pm each day.

    The Jacksonville Humane Society is located at 8464 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL 32216

    For the event this weekend, the adoption fees for all pets will be waived. Additional fees may apply.

    For further information about Clear the Shelter at The Jacksonville Humane Society and to view available pets or learn more about the adoption process, please visit jaxhumane.org/pets.

    ...   [Read More]




    Devil's Den: A Natural Wonder




    Explore one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den! Devil's Den, a underwater cave and spring in central Florida, was formed by a karst window in which the roof over a subterranean river collapsed, exposing the water to the open surface. Over the years, this natural wonder has been transformed from a simple scuba diving site to a world class tourist attraction. 

    Photo Courtesy: @chisumbond

    At the cave, remains of extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) have been discovered, including the bones of early man, dating back to 7,500 BC. On cold winter mornings, you can see steam-like smoke rising from the chimney opening. Thus, the early settlers graced the name Devil’s Den.

    The spring features crystal clear water, year round 72 degree water temperatures, fossils beds dating back 33 million years plus more! Devil's Den offers scuba diving and snorkeling 7 days a week. They also offer equipment rentals, scuba instruction and night dives with special reservations. All divers must be Open Water certified, sign release, have proper training, and follow rules and regulations.

    Photo Court...   [Read More]




    Freedom Boat Club honors long-time partner by naming new boat ‘904 Happy Hour’




    Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 1, 2017 – What is the best way to show appreciation for a valued partner? Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville has come up with a unique tribute.

    “We wanted to honor a successful partnership we have had for many years now,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “So, we are naming our newest boat ‘904 Happy Hour’.”Almeida explains the logic of naming a boat after another organization.

    “We describe our club as 'boating made simple' and 'your director of fun',” Almeida said. “And 904 Happy Hour is Jacksonville’s premier entertainment resource. And of course, every hour you are out on a Freedom Boat Club boat is a happy hour.”

    The latest addition to the local Freedom Boat Club fleet is a 21-foot, 2017 Key West 219, with a light blue hull and a hard top. It has a 200 horsepower Yamaha four-stroke engine, a Bluetooth stereo, livewell and rod holders. It was designed with comforts like full-width bench seating in the aft, seating in the bow with removable backrests, plenty of room under the console and more. It can accommodate up to eight people.

    "We are honored to be a partner with Freedom Boa...   [Read More]




    Indoor Skydiving Coming to Jacksonville's Town Center




    An indoor skydiving facility coming to St. Johns Town Center agreed to a land purchase in the shopping center, according to the Daily Record. A contract for 2.5 acres for the development of a $10 million to $12 million project was signed for an iFLY location, just south of Topgolf.

    Representatives of Sky Entertainment LLC told the Daily Record that they expect the land sale to be completed early in 2018. The project should be completed by September or October 2018, according to the report.

    Other iFLY centers in the state of Florida are open in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The iFLY Orlando site says that prices start at $69.95 for two flights. Each session is 60 seconds, although the entire iFLY first-time experience takes about 90 minutes from start to finish.

     

     

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Local News

    Morris Publishing Sells The Florida Times-Union To GateHouse Media




    Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Florida Times-Union and the St. Augustine Record to GateHouse Media. These are among 10 daily newspapers and other publications owned by Morris including numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets that were sold.

    Morris Communications announced the sale today and the transaction is expected to close on Oct. 2. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. According to the Times-Union, the Morris family will continue to own the Times-Union building.

    GateHouse Media owns more than 130 daily newspapers and more than 500 non-daily publications across the country. Nine of GateHouse's daily newspapers are in Florida, including the Gainesville Sun, Daytona Beach News and Ocala Star-Banner.

    Morris, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is also selling the Augusta Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and the Athens Banner-Herald. William “Billy” Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications, will remain publisher of The Augusta Chronicle and will oversee editorial-page policy for the three Morris newspapers in Georgia.

    Morris said the sale will al...   [Read More]




    2017 Total Solar Eclipse On August 21st




    On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .

    A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth — just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun. However, these heavenly bodies line up only about once every 18 months.

    The path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak o...   [Read More]




    Riverplace Boulevard Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project On Its Way




    The Riverplace Boulevard Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project is up for final approval from the Downtown Development Review Board on Thursday.  The project would alter about a half-mile of Riverplace Boulevard from the Main Street Bridge to Prudential Drive on the Southbank to “prioritize access for pedestrians and bicyclists over cars.”

    The “road diet” includes slimmer traffic lanes in exchange for protected bike paths, off-street parking, wider sidewalks, built-in bus stops and upgraded landscaping.

    The Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) application said the project focuses on “reduced travel lanes, traffic calming, and enhanced landscaping” to make the area safer for Southbank residents. In addition to existing condo and apartment towers, more housing is in development for the area, including Catalyst Development Partners’ proposed San Marco Apartments at 1444 Home St. and the 263-unit riverfront Broadstone River House under construction.

    The design renderings presented to the Downtown Investment Authority show three lanes of traffic and off-street parking which would provide a buffer for 5-foot-wide bike paths and 8-foot-wide sidewalks on each side...   [Read More]




    New Indoor Skydiving Facility May Be Opening In Jacksonville




    iFLY, a company who operates indoor skydiving facilities, is looking at the possibility of opening one of them in our area near the Town Center off I-295.

    iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving. They make the dream of flight a reality by giving their customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment.

    iFLY started in 1998 as SkyVenture, LLC. Once they had developed the technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber, they knew they could offer an incredibly realistic and safe indoor skydiving experience. They opened their first indoor skydiving facility in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, they opened three more facilities. In 2005, they rebranded themselves iFLY, maintaining SkyVenture as their design and manufacturing company.

    They welcome flyers from 3 to 103. If you have reasonable health and fitness you can fly. iFly will do everything they can to help you fly because their goal is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone

    Today, iFLY has 37 locations around the world in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, and the list continues to grow.

     

     

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