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    TICKETS TO STYX AND DON FELDER LIVE AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE GO ON SALE FRIDAY




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly presents two juggernaut icons of classic rock, STYX and Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), live in concert on Friday, April 13, 2018. Tickets for STYX and Don Felder go on sale this Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

    The six men comprising STYX (Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan and Ricky Phillips) have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by averaging over 100 shows a year every year since (yes) 1999, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. Founded in Chicago in 1972, STYX has the unique distinction of being the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1978’s Pieces of Eight, 1979’s Cornerstone and 1981’s Paradise Theatre.

    STYX draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts. Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying crescendo, a STYX set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “...   [Read More]




    2018 Pro Bowl Events and Info




    The best meets the next as the tradition of the Pro Bowl is headed to Orlando. During Pro Bowl week, everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a variety of events, including youth football clinics, the NFL FLAG Championships, Pro Bowl player practices, and a host of other family fun activities across Orlando. Tickets for the game start at $45, get yours by clicking here.

    Pro Bowl Experience - Fan Festival:

    NFL Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a free, interactive fan zone with fun activities for the whole family. Fans will be closer to the action with new activities, immersive exhibits, and sponsor activations. The festival opens daily at 10 a.m., January 24 – 27, 2018.

    Pro Bowl Player Practices

    Don't miss the chance to see your favorite NFL players practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and stick around to snag an autograph afterwards. 

    Pro Bowl Practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports are not only a chance to see NFC and AFC teams in action, but also the epicenter of a three-day football festival. Practice combined with various fan competitions and activities will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, January 24 and concluding on Saturday, Januar...   [Read More]




    Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' Hotel May Be Coming To Jacksonville Beach




    A Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' Hotel may be coming to Jacksonville Beach. Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North. 

    Elite Hospitality, based in Ormand Beach, has closed on the purchase of a hotel development site in Jacksonville Beach for $11 million. Located at 15 First Street North, the property has been pre-approved for a eight story tower encompassing 220 rooms. Elite Hospitality has listed the site on its website as the future home of a Margaritaville hotel. Elite owns 11 Florida hotels, including four in St. Augustine Beach, three each in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and one in Ormond Beach under the flags of Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

    The proposed facility will also feature a ground-level restaurant, commercial space and outside amenities. The "Margaritaville" restaurant in Jacksonville Beach would be one of 32 restaurants in the Jimmy Buffett franchise. There are several locations in Florida, including ones in Orlando and Hollywood

    Elite Hospitality stated ...   [Read More]




    The Venardos Circus Is Coming To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Beginning January 24




    The Venardos Circus, a unique family oriented traveling troupe, will bring its big-top performance to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre beginning January 24 and running through February 10, 2018. The Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and seating for up to 300 guests. The tent will be set up in the parking area of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, adjacent to the larger venue.

    Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos (veh-NARR-dos), the Venardos Circus wraps world-class circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format that is called “the American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” The group recently completed a series of shows in Las Vegas and arrives in St. Augustine with aerialists, acrobats, comedians, juggling, balancing, daredevilry and performers hailing from around the world. The Broadway-style singing and dancing adds another level of intrigue to the performance.

    The Venardos Circus’ St. Augustine visit fills a void and is timely. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed in May after 146 years of entertaining. A new 20th Century Fox film musical that portrays the career of P.T. Barnum, entitled “The ...   [Read More]




    Come All Ye Bold Heroes Is Saturday At The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument




    Florida Living History, Inc.’s  volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will recreate a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark in St. Augustine, the capital of British East Florida, enlisting soldiers to "take the King's Shilling" and march against the American rebels this Saturday.

    Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant. Regular soldiers of Florida's British Army will also be on hand to demonstrate the daily life of a soldier on this frontier of the Empire, while the ladies of the garrison will discuss what it means for wives and children to "follow the drum."

    The event takes place at the Castillo de San Marcos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a lecture presented by Roger Smith at 2 p.m. inside the Castillo. Sgt. Batten's stirring recruitment speech will conclude the event at 3 p.m. on the Castillo lawn. General admission into the park is $10, and admission for youth ages 15 and under is free.

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    2018 Pro Bowl Events and Info




    The best meets the next as the tradition of the Pro Bowl is headed to Orlando. During Pro Bowl week, everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a variety of events, including youth football clinics, the NFL FLAG Championships, Pro Bowl player practices, and a host of other family fun activities across Orlando. Tickets for the game start at $45, get yours by clicking here.

    Pro Bowl Experience - Fan Festival:

    NFL Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a free, interactive fan zone with fun activities for the whole family. Fans will be closer to the action with new activities, immersive exhibits, and sponsor activations. The festival opens daily at 10 a.m., January 24 – 27, 2018.

    Pro Bowl Player Practices

    Don't miss the chance to see your favorite NFL players practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and stick around to snag an autograph afterwards. 

    Pro Bowl Practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports are not only a chance to see NFC and AFC teams in action, but also the epicenter of a three-day football festival. Practice combined with various fan competitions and activities will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, January 24 and concluding on Saturday, Januar...   [Read More]




    NFL’S FINAL EIGHT TAKE CENTER STAGE IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS




    And then there were eight. The NFL heads into the Divisional Playoffs with a slate of four key games on tap. 

    On Saturday, January 13, the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3), who won the NFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will host the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at Lincoln Financial Field to kick off the weekend (NBC, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:15 PM ET), the New England Patriots (13-3), who won the AFC East and own the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host the Tennessee Titans (10-7) at Gillette Stadium.

    On Sunday, January 14, the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), the AFC North champions, will welcome the AFC South-champion Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) to Heinz Field (CBS, 1:05 PM ET) and the Minnesota Vikings (13-3), who won the NFC North, will host the New Orleans Saints (12-5) at U.S. Bank Stadium (FOX, 4:40 PM ET), the home of Super Bowl LII.

    Saturday, January 13

    NFC     Atlanta at Philadelphia 4:35 PM ET                                          

    AFC     ...   [Read More]




    NFL Wild Card Schedule Announced




    Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced tonight the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on January 6-7. NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND ​Saturday, January 6

     

    AFC:    4:35 PM (ET)

     Tennessee at Kansas City (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

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    NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)

     Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

     

    Sunday, January 7

     

    AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

     Buffalo at Jacksonville (CBS)

       

    NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

     Carolina at New Orleans (FOX)

    The Divisional Playoffs will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14.  

    The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. 

    The 2018 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be pla...   [Read More]




    FOUR JAGUARS PLAYERS SELECTED TO THE 2018 PRO BOWL




     

    Four players from the Jacksonville Jaguars have been selected to the 2018 Pro Bowl.

    The Jaguars’ four Pro Bowl selections are their most in a season since 1999 (seven players selected) and their four defensive players selected to the Pro Bowl are the most in a season in franchise history. Over the last two seasons, the Jaguars have added four Pro Bowl players to their roster, three via free agency (DT Malik Jackson in 2016, DE Calais Campbell and CB A.J. Bouye in 2017) and one via the draft (CB Jalen Ramsey in the first round of 2016). Bouye and Ramsey are the first Jaguars duo to make the Pro Bowl at the same position in the same year since DT John Henderson and DT Marcus Stroud were selected in 2004.

    Tenth-year DE Calais Campbell has been selected to his third Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2017). Campbell, who currently owns the Jaguars single-season franchise record with a career-high and AFC-leading 14.5 sacks, was signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2017. Campbell finished second in the NFL in Pro Bowl fan voting for defensive ends. Campbell joins Tony Brackens (1999) as the only defensive ends to be named to the Pro Bowl in franchise history

    Sixth-year DT Malik Jackson has been selected to his first ...   [Read More]




    Jags Make It Three In A Row At The Bank




    The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 30-10. Blake Bortles led the Jacksonville offense with over 300 passing yards and 2 TDs in the air. BB5 performance helped to overcome a sluggish Jaguars running game in which the Colts out-rushed the Jags 141-96 yards. However, like most of the Jags wins this season, the Defense put together an elite performance.

          Calais Campbell's first quarter sack earned him the Jaguars franchise single season sack record. Jalen Ramsey's (the King of Duval) interception to close out the second half stifled a drive where the Colts could have scored some quick points. Tashuan Gipson earned a second half interception that also stifled another Colts drive in Jaguars' territory. The Defense had problems with the Colts running game and some middle of the field passes, showing that Telvin Smith's absence might be a problem if it is a long term deal. 

          Regardless, let's make this clear: Your Jacksonville Jaguars have won eight games this season. Yesterday's win guaranteed that the Jaguars will not have a losing season for the first time since 2010. Think about this: Did any of us truly believe this team would even win 6 games th...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    The Mini Bar Donuts + Coffee Is Opening This Saturday




    The Mini Bar Donuts + Coffee is opening at 1300 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach at 9am this Saturday. The Mini Bar will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 13 and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

    Jacksonville natives Brooke Sams and her husband, Chase, are the owners of the store. They will also offer coffee by Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and beer by local breweries such as Jacksonville Beach-based Southern Swells Brewing Co.

    “The donuts are all made to order, so if you come you’ll always get a hot donut,” Sams said. “There will be a set menu you can pick from but you can also come in and build your own donut with any number of crazy toppings.”

    The Mini Bar will have 16 donut flavors, including s’mores, peanut butter cup, cookies n’ crème, jelly, birthday cake and a variety of glazes such as vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter and maple. A gluten-free donut also will be available. Their donuts are about a third of the size of a regular donut. This means you get to try more flavors each visit.

    The 2,800-square-foot space will have 30 inside seats plus lounge seats and a 1,700-square-foot outdoor courtyard. Sams said she anticipates having a staff of 15. The s...   [Read More]




    Teal Beer and Food Will Be Served At Sunday’s Jaguars vs Bills Game




    Jacksonville Jaguars fans will get to enjoy teal beer at Everbank Field for Sunday’s home playoff game thanks to the Jacksonville Anheuser Busch Brewery!

    The beer will be sold throughout the stadium on Sunday while supplies last. In addition to the teal beer, Delaware North, the official food provider for the Jaguars, will be creating additional teal fare to support the Jaguars first home playoff game since the 1999-2000 NFL season.

    Here’s what fans can expect:

    ...   [Read More]




    Barrique: The New Resturaunt in Avondale




    Jacksonville has seen a rise in new restaurants this year. The newest restaurant in Avondale is Barrique.  Barrique is all about enjoying life with good friends, good food, & good wine. The name is derived from the old world dialects of France, Italy and Spain, literally meaning a small oak cask barrel used for making fine wines. 

    The three partners of Barrique, Greg Bartolotta, Rich Rapp, and Joseph Murphy, are long time friends from Long Island, NY. Both Rich and Joseph relocated to the Jacksonville area over the past 10 years to bring the idea of a conceptual restaurant here. Greg has built and operated as many as 7 successful restaurants in the NYC area. They chose to open their restaurant in Avondale due to its energy and the contributions of the surrounding community members along with its rustic look. 

    Oven Roasted Oysters, Octopus, Burrata

    Seared Tuna

    Barrique offers fabulous rustic food, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, thin crust pizza, pan pressed sandwiches, mini desserts & much more, all centered around a social sharing experience, with attentive personal service, while letting you, the guest, set the pace. The popular dishes that guests love are the Oven Roasted Oysters...   [Read More]




    Loop Pizza Grill's Avondale Location is Open Again




    After more than a year of waiting, fans of The Loop Pizza Grill can rejoice—the company's ultra-popular Avondale location is open again.

    The restaurant occupies 3,100 square feet at Sadler Point Marine Center, 4619 Roosevelt Blvd. It provides seating for 96 guests inside.  The Loop is the first tenant of the multi-use space, which sits on a working waterfront. For many years, the building housed the marine supply business Pier 17 Marine.

    Loop Co-Founder and President Mike Schneider said the opening marks a happy day for The Loop and its fans."We have been flooded with calls, emails and social media messages almost since the day we had to close the doors on our previous Avondale location," he says. "This restaurant is a beloved part of the neighborhood, and we're thrilled to be back."

    The Loop Pizza Grill will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

     

    ...   [Read More]




    MOD Pizza Is Opening In Jacksonville December 19th




    Seattle-based MOD Pizza is coming to Jacksonville with a location at Bartram Village. Mod Pizza will officially open next Tuesday, December 19 at noon. The 2,284-square-foot restaurant will open at 12547 Bartram Park Blvd, Suite 201.

    MOD Pizza has more than 200 locations in 20 states and five restaurants in the United Kingdom. The franchisee opening the Jacksonville store is Fort Lauderdale-based Food for Thought South LLC.

    MOD says its gas-fired ovens cook at 800 degrees, so it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza, depending on the number of toppings. The menu includes pizzas, salads and drinks

    MOD Pizza, a pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD's individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads, using fresh-pressed dough, signature sauces and over 30 toppings, for one price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that is committed to being a force for good in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad, creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work.

    The Grand Opening will offer:

    -- FREE pizza or salad for first 52 customers!

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    TICKETS TO STYX AND DON FELDER LIVE AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE GO ON SALE FRIDAY




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly presents two juggernaut icons of classic rock, STYX and Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), live in concert on Friday, April 13, 2018. Tickets for STYX and Don Felder go on sale this Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m.

    The six men comprising STYX (Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan and Ricky Phillips) have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by averaging over 100 shows a year every year since (yes) 1999, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. Founded in Chicago in 1972, STYX has the unique distinction of being the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row: 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1978’s Pieces of Eight, 1979’s Cornerstone and 1981’s Paradise Theatre.

    STYX draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts. Like a symphony that builds to a satisfying crescendo, a STYX set covers a wide range of stylistic cornerstones. From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “...   [Read More]




    The Venardos Circus Is Coming To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Beginning January 24




    The Venardos Circus, a unique family oriented traveling troupe, will bring its big-top performance to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre beginning January 24 and running through February 10, 2018. The Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and seating for up to 300 guests. The tent will be set up in the parking area of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, adjacent to the larger venue.

    Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos (veh-NARR-dos), the Venardos Circus wraps world-class circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format that is called “the American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” The group recently completed a series of shows in Las Vegas and arrives in St. Augustine with aerialists, acrobats, comedians, juggling, balancing, daredevilry and performers hailing from around the world. The Broadway-style singing and dancing adds another level of intrigue to the performance.

    The Venardos Circus’ St. Augustine visit fills a void and is timely. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed in May after 146 years of entertaining. A new 20th Century Fox film musical that portrays the career of P.T. Barnum, entitled “The ...   [Read More]




    City of Jacksonville to Host "Bills Bustin' Bash" This Friday




    Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the City of Jacksonville will host the “Bills Bustin’ Bash” this Friday, January 5 at 5 p.m. at Daily’s Place to help demonstrate fan support and excitement for the jaguars playoff game. The Jaguars are AFC South Division champions and will host an AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, January 7 at EverBank Field.

    The stadium gates will open at 4 p.m. and the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. Fans can expect remarks by Mayor Curry and Jaguars Owner Shad Khan as well as performances by THE ROAR of the Jaguars and the D-Line.  Jaguars alumni from their 1999 playoff team will be in attendance to sign autographs beginning at 4:15 p.m.

    Mayor Curry stated "We are incredibly proud of our Jaguars and their tremendous success this season," "This rally is a fun opportunity for fans to rally together to showcase our pride, love and support for our home team. Go Jags! Let's Bust the Bills!" 

    The fans can register in advance to attend the rally at www.jaguars.com/mayorsbash

    ...   [Read More]




    Plans for New Year's Eve




    Have you got any plans for New Year’s Eve yet? We got you a list of the best parties in Jacksonville that you can attend. 

    Jacksonville Landing’s annual New Years Eve

    Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2018! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! This event is FREE!

    4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Live music by 7th Street Band

    9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m    Live music by Briteside Band

    Midnight                       City of Jacksonville Fireworks

    Celebrate the New Year with family and friends at The Jacksonville Landing. Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 with live music, good times, great food and drink specials and more!

     

    Southbank NYE 2017 at River City Brewing Company

    River City Brewing Company is stepping it up another notch this year with our Southbank New Year's Eve Bash. Not only will the Bar Lounge and Deck be open, the Ma...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville Landing Announces TaxSlayer Bowl and New Year’s Schedule of Events




    The Jacksonville Landing welcomes University of Louisville and Mississippi State fans for a three-day celebration surrounding the TaxSlayer Bowl Game and New Year’s Eve Celebration. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages throughout the property.

    Activities are scheduled to take place in The Landing Courtyard and inside various Landing restaurants and nightclubs. The complete schedule for this year’s TaxSlayer Bowl and New Year’s Eve Celebration is as follows:

     

    Event Schedule:

    Friday, December 29

    1) TaxSlayer Bowl Weekend Celebration The Jacksonville Landing welcomes all fans to celebrate a weekend packed with football, good food, drink specials, entertainment and more! Event schedule includes:

    Saturday, December 30

    Sunday, December 31

    3) TaxSlayer Bowl Pep Rally Dance Party at Mavericks Live. Doors open at 7 p.m. 4) Synchronized Nightly Tree Light Shows every hour on the hour 6 p.m. – midnight

    1) TaxSlayer Bowl Watch Party in Courtyard 12:00 p.m.
2) Jacksonville Light Boat Parade 7:30 p.m. Boats of all sizes dazzle and shine on the St. Johns River as they bring holiday cheer to Downtown. The night i...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' Hotel May Be Coming To Jacksonville Beach




    A Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' Hotel may be coming to Jacksonville Beach. Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North. 

    Elite Hospitality, based in Ormand Beach, has closed on the purchase of a hotel development site in Jacksonville Beach for $11 million. Located at 15 First Street North, the property has been pre-approved for a eight story tower encompassing 220 rooms. Elite Hospitality has listed the site on its website as the future home of a Margaritaville hotel. Elite owns 11 Florida hotels, including four in St. Augustine Beach, three each in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and one in Ormond Beach under the flags of Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

    The proposed facility will also feature a ground-level restaurant, commercial space and outside amenities. The "Margaritaville" restaurant in Jacksonville Beach would be one of 32 restaurants in the Jimmy Buffett franchise. There are several locations in Florida, including ones in Orlando and Hollywood

    Elite Hospitality stated ...   [Read More]




    Come All Ye Bold Heroes Is Saturday At The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument




    Florida Living History, Inc.’s  volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will recreate a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark in St. Augustine, the capital of British East Florida, enlisting soldiers to "take the King's Shilling" and march against the American rebels this Saturday.

    Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant. Regular soldiers of Florida's British Army will also be on hand to demonstrate the daily life of a soldier on this frontier of the Empire, while the ladies of the garrison will discuss what it means for wives and children to "follow the drum."

    The event takes place at the Castillo de San Marcos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a lecture presented by Roger Smith at 2 p.m. inside the Castillo. Sgt. Batten's stirring recruitment speech will conclude the event at 3 p.m. on the Castillo lawn. General admission into the park is $10, and admission for youth ages 15 and under is free.

    ...   [Read More]




    THE ALLIGATOR FARM IN ST. AUGUSTINE CELEBRATES ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY




    The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park this year celebrates its 125th Anniversary. The beloved Northeast Florida destination will mark its century-and-a-quarter birthday with a wide range of celebrations and special events, most notably the opening of a brand-new attraction, Oasis on the Nile.

    A History of Crowd-Pleasing and Conservation

    The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was founded in 1893 as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles, and it soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. In 1937 it was purchased by W.I. Drysdale and F. Charles Usina, who began acquiring additional animals from other alligator farms, zoos, and museums, and by the 1950s, The Alligator Farm had become world famous. In the 1970s, scientists from the University of Florida began research on the premises, and exhibits were improved, with additions including the theater, outdoor amphitheater, and the stunning rookery boardwalk.

    Since 1989, The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has extended accreditation to The Alligator Farm, elevating the institution to a select list of zoos, aquariums, and other zoological facilities throughout the nation recognized for the quality and care of their collections.

    A ...   [Read More]




    Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary Welcomes Four Tigers And One Grey Fox




    Four tigers and one grey fox now call Catty Shack Ranch their “fur-ever” home. Their new residents came from a private facility in South Florida which had sustained damage during Hurricane Irma.  Combined, the new tigers can eat over 100 pounds in a single day.

    The first tiger is Dozer, and he was named appropriately. At just 4 years old, he weighs an estimated 550 pounds. Dozer was born on September 11, 2013. He is still adjusting to his new home and settles in a bit more every day. He is enjoying meeting all of his new caregivers and greets them with warm chuffs. The second tiger, Haley, is 15 months old and all spunk. She is the most talkative of all and loves to egg on her habitat mates! Haley was born on September 13, 2016. The last two tigers are a brother/sister pair, Rocky and Adrian. Although they are not related to Haley, they do share the same habitat and love each other dearly. Rocky and Adrian are 20 months old, born on April 28, 2016. Rocky, Adrian, and Haley have already been dubbed “The Three Amigos” by several of the volunteers.

    Piper, the new grey fox, is 2 years old and was originally born in a wildlife rehab center where her mom was being treated. Piper was born ...   [Read More]




    Florida East Coast Railway Christmas Train Is Coming To Town Saturday




    Santa is coming to visit good boys and girls this week when Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway’s eighth annual Christmas Train comes to town on Saturday, December 9th.

    The FEC Christmas Train is run in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and travels from Jacksonville to Miami along FEC Railway’s 351-mile mainline track.

    Along the way to Miami, Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer from the decorated, historic FEC passenger cars. US Marine Corps service members will be at each stop along the route to greet Santa and his FEC elves. Santa will de-board at each stop so children can tell him what they’d like for Christmas. It is a beloved tradition among FEC employees, their families, customers, suppliers and the communities in which they serve.

     Jim Hertwig, FEC President and CEO. Stated “We are proud to be able to once again work alongside the Marine Corps and the Toys for Tots Foundation to contribute to those in need during the holiday season," "Since we started the program seven years ago, we have donated close to 300,000 toys for distribution throughout the community, and it only continues to grow.”

    The FEC Christmas Train is a 501c3, s...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Local News

    More Than 40 Retailers Will Be Open On Thanksgiving Day




    Big-box stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Big Lots are opening their doors to the masses on Thanksgiving. More than 40 retailers will be open on Thanksgiving Day and remain open into the early hours of the morning. Other major retailers are opting to remain closed this year, including H&M, IKEA, Home Depot and TJ Maxx.

    Some of the stores opened are listed here:

    Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Belk – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Best Buy – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Big Lots -7 a.m. to midnight Cabela’s – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday Dollar General – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. JCPenney – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday Kohl’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT Black Friday Kmart – Opens 6 a.m.; Doorbusters Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday; Some stores to close at 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday before reopening at 6 a.m. Friday. Doorbusters until Friday at 1 p.m. Michaels – 6 p.m...   [Read More]




    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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