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    Party In The Pines Country Music Festival  Kicks Off Oct. 20 in White Springs




    WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. — The countdown begins for the largest country music festival to come to North Florida. Party In The Pines kicks off in White Springs Oct. 20-21 bringing the biggest names in country music to Bienville Plantation for one weekend only. Inclusive of all parking fees, single day, two-day, VIP and hurricane relief discount tickets are still on sale starting at $60 at partyinthepines.com. 

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more will headline the inaugural festival. 

    “I’m so excited to be part of the very first year for Party In The Pines Festival,” said Easton Corbin. “It’s an extra bonus for me because not only do I get to go back to my home state of Florida but getting to play my show at the beautiful Bienville Plantation, a top-notch hunting & fishing resort, is going to be pretty incredible.” 

    Gates open at noon ET on both days. The official performance schedule in order of appearance is as follows: 

    Sleiman Enterprises Stage: In order of appearance

    Friday Oct.20 Saturday Oct. 21

    [Read More]




    Gin Blossoms Return To The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents Nineties Modern Rock Group Gin Blossoms and their “25th Anniversary of New Miserable Experience Tour” on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Tickets for Gin Blossoms go on sale this Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m.

    The Gin Blossoms have undoubtedly left their mark on the Rock music map. The Grammy nominated band’s fusion of melodic Rock, Pop, Folk and Country elements has helped pave the way for the modern rock of today. Fans around the world are very familiar with Gin Blossom’s five-time Platinum breakthrough album New Miserable Experience, containing gems like “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out about You,” “Hey Jealousy” and “Allison Road.” Those hit tracks were followed up by Empire Records Platinum Soundtrack hit, “Til I Hear It From You,” and in 1996, by the singles “Follow You Down” and “As Long As It Matters,” which hit the radio in a big way, making their Congratulations, I’m Sorry record another platinum success. Gin Blossoms hits have crossed over in five different formats, taking the airwaves by siege, and holding MTV hostage for a good portion of the 90s. Boasting record sales of over 10 million, the band cont...   [Read More]




    Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Is Now Open At The Town Center




    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is now open at 4954 Town Center Parkway next to Chuy’s. Featuring the chains latest restaurant design, the Jacksonville location was outfitted with an open-style kitchen that gives you a window into the hard work and passion that their team members put into preparing delicious, made-from-scratch meals.

    The restaurant’s locations typically are 7,000 square feet, seat 255 guests and employ 200 people, according to President and CEO Ian Baines.

    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen serves made-from-scratch goodness in a welcoming place. Enjoy house smoked baby back ribs, hand-battered country fried chicken, scratch burgers, homemade onion rings and homemade soups.

    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    ...   [Read More]




    Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival Is Almost Here




    With October just around the corner, Jacksonville has already started to celebrate Oktoberfest. But in the first week of October, Jacksonville will be celebrating the biggest Oktoberfest Jacksonville will put on at Metropolitan Park. Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will be a 3 day festival full of music from a variety of genres, North Florida’s most popular food trucks that will create german style dish, authentic german beer tasting, arts and craft vendors and a 100 ft ferris wheel. 

    The is festival will have a variety of acts from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This festival will showcase the biggest stars in rock, alternative and country. The schedule of the line up will show who is playing at what time. 

    Friday: 5-11

    5pm Bonnie Blue

    6pm Mama Blue

    7:15pm Absolute Journey (Journey Tribute Band)

    9:15pm Hotel California (Eagles Tribute Band)

     

    Saturday: 12-11pm

    12:30pm Danka

    1:45pm Cloud 9 Vibes

    3:15pm The Expendables

    5:15pm Magic

    7:15pm Neon Trees

    9:15pm Citizen Cope

     

    Sunday: 12-10pm

    12:30pm Jordan Davis

    1:45pm Ashley Mcbryde

    3:15pm C...   [Read More]




    Beaches Oktoberfest Is Coming




    The Beaches Oktoberfest, Jacksonville Beaches Largest Family Friendly Festival, will be taking place at the Sea Walk Pavilion on October 13-15, 2017. The annual festival attracts over 55,000 visitors and offers a large variety of German, craft and Oktoberfest beers, food trucks, a 110+ ft Ferris wheel, arts & crafts market, games, activities, kid zone and so much more.

    VIP Tickets Include:

    - Access to the pit and preferred viewing areas

    - Commemorative Souvenir Stein

    - Private Bars

    - Private Bathrooms

    - Discount on Refreshments in VIP Area

     

    Friday: 6PM-10 PM Saturday: 1PM-10PM Sunday: 1PM-8PM

    SIDEREAL

    Universal Green

    Cloud 9 Vibes

    Zander

     

    SMASHMOUTH

    New Rock Soul

    NW Izzard

    Danka

    Trev Barnes

    Ramona

    Tad Jennings

    Lane Pittman

    Bach to Rock

    PEPPER

    The Supervillains

    Split Tone

    Sol Rydah

    The Ellameno Beat

    Bach to Rock

     

    ...   [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

    Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Is Now Open At The Town Center




    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is now open at 4954 Town Center Parkway next to Chuy’s. Featuring the chains latest restaurant design, the Jacksonville location was outfitted with an open-style kitchen that gives you a window into the hard work and passion that their team members put into preparing delicious, made-from-scratch meals.

    The restaurant’s locations typically are 7,000 square feet, seat 255 guests and employ 200 people, according to President and CEO Ian Baines.

    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen serves made-from-scratch goodness in a welcoming place. Enjoy house smoked baby back ribs, hand-battered country fried chicken, scratch burgers, homemade onion rings and homemade soups.

    Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    ...   [Read More]




    Nashville’s Edley’s Bar-B-Que Will Be Opening In Jacksonville In The Spring




    Nashville restaurant Edley’s Bar-B-Que announced that it has chosen Jacksonville for its first Florida location and will transform a former gas station property into a restaurant near the historic Ortega neighborhood on the westside . They are expected to open in the Spring of 2018.

    The 2,600-square-foot space is at 5344 Ortega Blvd. at Roosevelt Boulevard near the intersection of Timuquana Road iin a former gas station that closed in 2009.

    Edley’s said it plans to provide a large indoor dining area and an open patio.and  will offer a selection of local craft beers.

    Edley’s Bar-B-Que is a family-owned business, named after the owner’s grandfather, Edley Newman. Edley’s Bar-B-Que has three Nashville locations as well as one in Lexington, Ky., and another opening in October in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    The restaurant offers traditional barbecue menu items, such as brisket platters and pork sandwiches, as well as Mexican-inspired meals like catfish tacos and barbecue nachos.

    ...   [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]




    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]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    Party In The Pines Country Music Festival  Kicks Off Oct. 20 in White Springs




    WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. — The countdown begins for the largest country music festival to come to North Florida. Party In The Pines kicks off in White Springs Oct. 20-21 bringing the biggest names in country music to Bienville Plantation for one weekend only. Inclusive of all parking fees, single day, two-day, VIP and hurricane relief discount tickets are still on sale starting at $60 at partyinthepines.com. 

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more will headline the inaugural festival. 

    “I’m so excited to be part of the very first year for Party In The Pines Festival,” said Easton Corbin. “It’s an extra bonus for me because not only do I get to go back to my home state of Florida but getting to play my show at the beautiful Bienville Plantation, a top-notch hunting & fishing resort, is going to be pretty incredible.” 

    Gates open at noon ET on both days. The official performance schedule in order of appearance is as follows: 

    Sleiman Enterprises Stage: In order of appearance

    Friday Oct.20 Saturday Oct. 21

    [Read More]




    Gin Blossoms Return To The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents Nineties Modern Rock Group Gin Blossoms and their “25th Anniversary of New Miserable Experience Tour” on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Tickets for Gin Blossoms go on sale this Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m.

    The Gin Blossoms have undoubtedly left their mark on the Rock music map. The Grammy nominated band’s fusion of melodic Rock, Pop, Folk and Country elements has helped pave the way for the modern rock of today. Fans around the world are very familiar with Gin Blossom’s five-time Platinum breakthrough album New Miserable Experience, containing gems like “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out about You,” “Hey Jealousy” and “Allison Road.” Those hit tracks were followed up by Empire Records Platinum Soundtrack hit, “Til I Hear It From You,” and in 1996, by the singles “Follow You Down” and “As Long As It Matters,” which hit the radio in a big way, making their Congratulations, I’m Sorry record another platinum success. Gin Blossoms hits have crossed over in five different formats, taking the airwaves by siege, and holding MTV hostage for a good portion of the 90s. Boasting record sales of over 10 million, the band cont...   [Read More]




    Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival Is Almost Here




    With October just around the corner, Jacksonville has already started to celebrate Oktoberfest. But in the first week of October, Jacksonville will be celebrating the biggest Oktoberfest Jacksonville will put on at Metropolitan Park. Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will be a 3 day festival full of music from a variety of genres, North Florida’s most popular food trucks that will create german style dish, authentic german beer tasting, arts and craft vendors and a 100 ft ferris wheel. 

    The is festival will have a variety of acts from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This festival will showcase the biggest stars in rock, alternative and country. The schedule of the line up will show who is playing at what time. 

    Friday: 5-11

    5pm Bonnie Blue

    6pm Mama Blue

    7:15pm Absolute Journey (Journey Tribute Band)

    9:15pm Hotel California (Eagles Tribute Band)

     

    Saturday: 12-11pm

    12:30pm Danka

    1:45pm Cloud 9 Vibes

    3:15pm The Expendables

    5:15pm Magic

    7:15pm Neon Trees

    9:15pm Citizen Cope

     

    Sunday: 12-10pm

    12:30pm Jordan Davis

    1:45pm Ashley Mcbryde

    3:15pm C...   [Read More]




    Sister Folk Trio Joseph with guest Liza Anne Host Hurricane Irma Relief Show October 2nd




    Sister folk trio Joseph announces a partnership with Flying Saucer Presents and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to present a special concert to assist victims of Hurricane Irma. The Hurricane Irma Relief benefit concert will be held on Monday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Admission to the event is free but donations in the form of canned food items or monetary donations are a key goal for the evening.

    For those who can donate, the occasion represents a great opportunity to help local residents most severely affected by the Hurricane Irma. The hurricane brought ravaging winds and flooding that forced the displacement of thousands of people when it hit North Florida on September 11. For many, the process of recovery represents a monumental task. Help is needed! Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Social Services Division of the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Department which provides social support and assistance to needy members of the community. Following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the St. Johns County Social Services Division finds itself, gravely, in need of contributions (both monetary and/or food items) to restock community food pantries which were depleted as a result of ...   [Read More]




    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]



  • Articles - Community

    Beaches Oktoberfest Is Coming




    The Beaches Oktoberfest, Jacksonville Beaches Largest Family Friendly Festival, will be taking place at the Sea Walk Pavilion on October 13-15, 2017. The annual festival attracts over 55,000 visitors and offers a large variety of German, craft and Oktoberfest beers, food trucks, a 110+ ft Ferris wheel, arts & crafts market, games, activities, kid zone and so much more.

    VIP Tickets Include:

    - Access to the pit and preferred viewing areas

    - Commemorative Souvenir Stein

    - Private Bars

    - Private Bathrooms

    - Discount on Refreshments in VIP Area

     

    Friday: 6PM-10 PM Saturday: 1PM-10PM Sunday: 1PM-8PM

    SIDEREAL

    Universal Green

    Cloud 9 Vibes

    Zander

     

    SMASHMOUTH

    New Rock Soul

    NW Izzard

    Danka

    Trev Barnes

    Ramona

    Tad Jennings

    Lane Pittman

    Bach to Rock

    PEPPER

    The Supervillains

    Split Tone

    Sol Rydah

    The Ellameno Beat

    Bach to Rock

     

    ...   [Read More]




    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]



  • 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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    Gameday Tailgate Experience Survey




    Fill out the quick survey below for your chance to win 2 FREE VIP TICKETS to an upcoming Gameday Tailgate Experience party this upcoming Jags season! This one-of-a-kind event includes a 4 hour tailgate celebration featuring an open bar, all-you-can-eat food, former athletes/celebrity hosts, a VIP lounge area, live entertainment, exclusive interactive games, & more!

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