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    St. Augustine Distillery’s Bourbon and Port Finished Bourbon Win Gold and Platinum at 2017 SIP Awards




    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (June 26, 2017) – St. Augustine Distillery is proud to announce two distinguished medal wins at the recent 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards including a gold medal for its Florida Double Cask Bourbon and “Best of Class” platinum medal for its Port Finished Bourbon. The distillery was also recently named “Florida Whisky of the Year” by Whisky Advocate and one of the “Best Whiskey Distilleries in America” by Esquire magazine.

    “We are honored to receive these two awards from the SIP competition and recognition from two legendary publications,” said St. Augustine Distillery CEO and co-founder Philip McDaniel. “When both industry experts and consumers recognize the unique finishes we are developing for our whiskies, it validates the approach we have taken to make our spirits. We are extremely proud of our team, and excited about the future of all our brands.”

    The SIP Awards is an international spirits competition, and the only blind tasting competition that enlists consumers as judges. This year, SIP Awards hosted its largest competition to date with 673 spirit brands and 118 consumer judges at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beac...   [Read More]




    Ninja Challenge 2 Day Event To Come To Rebounderz Jacksonville




    Jacksonville, FL (June 27, 2017) – Beginning Thursday July 27, 2017, Rebounderz Jacksonville will host their second annual Rebounderz Ninja Challenge Competition. The largest of its kind in the area, Rebounderz’s Ninja Warrior Course was designed so everyone could enjoy the attraction, including beginner and advanced level patrons. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge is open to the public to attend, as well as participate; competing age groups include: 7 and under for the Ninja Fun Run, 8-15 years of age (under 60” tall), 8-15 years of age (60” tall and over), and 16 years of age and older.

    In the spirit of family fun and entertainment the Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will include elements of the hit NBC show, American Ninja Warrior. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will commence with a pre-event on Wednesday, July 26th where registered competitors pick up their competition packets and will have the opportunity to scope out the course. On Thursday, July 27th, the Ninja Challenge Event will kick off with the Kid’s Ninja Fun Run and Youth Ninja Competition Qualifiers starting in the afternoon and the Adult Ninja Competition starting in the evening. Throughout the two event days, real life American Ninja Warrior competitors will be onsite...   [Read More]




    4th of July Fireworks in Northeast Florida




     

    Fourth of July is on its way and its time to start planning with your family and friends on where you want to go watch the fireworks. Northeast Florida has a lot of good spots to enjoy a wonderful Independence Day. Here are some of the spots where you can watch an amazing fireworks display. 

    Fernandina Beach

    On July 4th, there is an annual fireworks display held in downtown Fernandina Beach around 9:30pm. You’ll also find vendors, live music, games and other entertainment in the area. Be sure to stop by the festivities in downtown Fernandina Beach which normally start around 6:00 PM on the fourth of July, depending on the weather and schedule. Call the city of Fernandina Parks and Recreation Office at (904)-310-3361 for more details as the event approaches. 

    You can’t go wrong with any of these events, but you’ll find plenty of other activities and exciting things to do while you’re on Amelia Island, so be sure to venture out on the 4th and enjoy the great Independence Day atmosphere! 

     

    Jax Beaches

    Do you enjoy walking on the beach and being by the ocean this year for the fourth? Well, you can head down to the beach with some...   [Read More]




    The Florida Gators Top TCU To Advance To The College World Series Finals




    The Florida Gators pitcher Alex Faedo pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out 11 as the Gators beat TCU, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series Championship Series for the third time in program history.

    Florida (50-19) will face rival LSU for the title after the two schools shared the Southeastern Conference regular-season title this season. Faedo and the Gators shut out TCU (50-18) for the second time this week by matching 3-0 scores. LSU (52-18) earned the championship game by stunning No. 1-ranked Oregon State for the second day in a row, 6-1.

    The Gators face Southeastern Conference rival LSU on Monday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. The Gators won two of three against the Tigers during the regular season March 24-26 at McKethan Stadium. The Gators won the SEC East title, and LSU won the SEC West.

    Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Game 2 at 8 p.m. Tuesday and a third game at 8 p.m. Wednesday, if necessary.

     

     

     

     

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    The Jacksonville Sharks Host The Monterrey Steel In The Playoffs Tonight




    The (11-1) Jacksonville Sharks are set to take on the (7-4) Monterrey Steel for the NAL Playoffs in Jacksonville on tonight at 7 p.m.

    The Sharks and Steel faced off last week, and the Sharks were given their first loss of the season as they fell to the Steel 44-37. Despite resting quarterback Damien Fleming for the majority of game the Sharks will ahead of the Steel at the half however, the Steel made a late drive before the half to score a field goal making the score 29-21 and the Steel received the ball following the half assisting the Steel come back to take the lead in the third quarter. Despite that, the game was a close battle between teams, the Sharks leading the entire first half before Monterrey made their comeback in the third quarter. The Sharks made multiple attempts to retake the lead closing in with a score of 44-37, but turnovers proved to be too costly as the Sharks rallied on their final drive, reaching the redzone but a fumble ended the drive and the Steel ran out the clock to give the Sharks their first loss of the season.

     

    This playoff game is going to be the ultimate test for this Sharks team. The winner of this game will head to the National Arena League Championship ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Ninja Challenge 2 Day Event To Come To Rebounderz Jacksonville




    Jacksonville, FL (June 27, 2017) – Beginning Thursday July 27, 2017, Rebounderz Jacksonville will host their second annual Rebounderz Ninja Challenge Competition. The largest of its kind in the area, Rebounderz’s Ninja Warrior Course was designed so everyone could enjoy the attraction, including beginner and advanced level patrons. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge is open to the public to attend, as well as participate; competing age groups include: 7 and under for the Ninja Fun Run, 8-15 years of age (under 60” tall), 8-15 years of age (60” tall and over), and 16 years of age and older.

    In the spirit of family fun and entertainment the Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will include elements of the hit NBC show, American Ninja Warrior. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will commence with a pre-event on Wednesday, July 26th where registered competitors pick up their competition packets and will have the opportunity to scope out the course. On Thursday, July 27th, the Ninja Challenge Event will kick off with the Kid’s Ninja Fun Run and Youth Ninja Competition Qualifiers starting in the afternoon and the Adult Ninja Competition starting in the evening. Throughout the two event days, real life American Ninja Warrior competitors will be onsite...   [Read More]




    The Florida Gators Top TCU To Advance To The College World Series Finals




    The Florida Gators pitcher Alex Faedo pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out 11 as the Gators beat TCU, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series Championship Series for the third time in program history.

    Florida (50-19) will face rival LSU for the title after the two schools shared the Southeastern Conference regular-season title this season. Faedo and the Gators shut out TCU (50-18) for the second time this week by matching 3-0 scores. LSU (52-18) earned the championship game by stunning No. 1-ranked Oregon State for the second day in a row, 6-1.

    The Gators face Southeastern Conference rival LSU on Monday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. The Gators won two of three against the Tigers during the regular season March 24-26 at McKethan Stadium. The Gators won the SEC East title, and LSU won the SEC West.

    Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Game 2 at 8 p.m. Tuesday and a third game at 8 p.m. Wednesday, if necessary.

     

     

     

     

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    The Jacksonville Sharks Host The Monterrey Steel In The Playoffs Tonight




    The (11-1) Jacksonville Sharks are set to take on the (7-4) Monterrey Steel for the NAL Playoffs in Jacksonville on tonight at 7 p.m.

    The Sharks and Steel faced off last week, and the Sharks were given their first loss of the season as they fell to the Steel 44-37. Despite resting quarterback Damien Fleming for the majority of game the Sharks will ahead of the Steel at the half however, the Steel made a late drive before the half to score a field goal making the score 29-21 and the Steel received the ball following the half assisting the Steel come back to take the lead in the third quarter. Despite that, the game was a close battle between teams, the Sharks leading the entire first half before Monterrey made their comeback in the third quarter. The Sharks made multiple attempts to retake the lead closing in with a score of 44-37, but turnovers proved to be too costly as the Sharks rallied on their final drive, reaching the redzone but a fumble ended the drive and the Steel ran out the clock to give the Sharks their first loss of the season.

     

    This playoff game is going to be the ultimate test for this Sharks team. The winner of this game will head to the National Arena League Championship ...   [Read More]




    Seminoles And Gators Are Headed Back To The College World Series




    The final leg of the 2017 Division I baseball tournament kicks off June 17 and runs through June 27/28. The eight teams participating in this year's CWS are Oregon State, Texas A&M, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville, Florida State, TCU, LSU, and Florida.

    The eight teams will be playing a double-elimination format to determine who gets to claim the title as national champions. The finals, a best-of-three series, is scheduled for June 26-27/28.

    The Seminoles punched their ticket to college baseball’s championship series in Omaha, Neb., with an emphatic 19-0 win over Sam Houston State late Monday night, clinching the program’s first trip to the CWS since 2012.

    Also on Monday night,  the Gators posted a 3-0 victory over Wake Forest in front of 3,381 at McKethan Stadium, sending UF to the College World Series for the sixth time under coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

    The pairings and game times for the first two days of the Men’s College World Series have been announced. The 71st MCWS will take place at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 17-27/28.

     

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    Champions For Hope Celebrity Golf Tournament This Weekend At The TPC Sawgrass




    The Funk-Zitiello Foundation, formed by professional golfer Fred Funk and his wife Sharon and Tommy and Judi Zitiello, will have the Champions for Hope Celebrity Golf Classic Friday and Saturday at TPC Sawgrass. The inaugural Champions for Hope golf tournament will benefit the JT Townsend Foundation and pancreatic research with the Mayo Clinic.

    The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) was established in 2008 with a mission to help children and adults living with disabilities on the First Coast with financial assistance and adaptive equipment often denied by insurance and to fund spinal cord injury research. To date, JTTF has helped over 250 families with $500,000 given in assistance and equipment.

    Judi Zitiello was the Townsend Foundation’s first executive director and led it through Townsend’s death in 2013. She is now the board chairwoman of the Townsend Foundation and the Funk-Zitiello foundation’s managing director. She credits Mayo for her surviving pancreatic cancer and has become an advocate to ensure others live through it as well.

    First Coast News own Angelia Savage will cohost the gala with Curtis Dvorak, Friday, June 16th at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Curtis served 19 years as the...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    St. Augustine Distillery’s Bourbon and Port Finished Bourbon Win Gold and Platinum at 2017 SIP Awards




    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (June 26, 2017) – St. Augustine Distillery is proud to announce two distinguished medal wins at the recent 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards including a gold medal for its Florida Double Cask Bourbon and “Best of Class” platinum medal for its Port Finished Bourbon. The distillery was also recently named “Florida Whisky of the Year” by Whisky Advocate and one of the “Best Whiskey Distilleries in America” by Esquire magazine.

    “We are honored to receive these two awards from the SIP competition and recognition from two legendary publications,” said St. Augustine Distillery CEO and co-founder Philip McDaniel. “When both industry experts and consumers recognize the unique finishes we are developing for our whiskies, it validates the approach we have taken to make our spirits. We are extremely proud of our team, and excited about the future of all our brands.”

    The SIP Awards is an international spirits competition, and the only blind tasting competition that enlists consumers as judges. This year, SIP Awards hosted its largest competition to date with 673 spirit brands and 118 consumer judges at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beac...   [Read More]




    Dinner in Jacksonville’s Oldest Historic Shopping and Dining District




    Avondale has been well known for its historic shopping and dining districts. Avondale’s sophisticated charm and oak-lined avenues cater to the upscale shopper with a covey of specialty boutiques, fine galleries and gourmet eateries like The Brick, Biscottis, Orsay and others.

    The Brick

    Located in Historic Avondale, Brick Restaurant features eclectic selections with regional inspiration. It is a neighborhood favorite with signature dishes embracing a modern take on American Cuisine.

    Restaurant Hours: Monday thru Thursday: 11am-10pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm

    Sunday: 11am-9pm

     

    Biscottis

    A staple of the Avondale / Riverside dining district is a small bistro style restaurant and bar specializing in eclectic American cuisine infused with Southern charm, craft cocktails and some of the best desserts Jacksonville has to offer. Offering casual comfort, innovative cuisine (try the fabulous Sunday brunch), and with a personality all its own, the Avondale eatery has expanded to accommodate its citywide clientele. Walk through the door and you’re face-to-face with their dessert case filled with decadent ...   [Read More]




    Morton’s The Steakhouse Is Opening Tomorrow At The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront




    Morton's The Steakhouse  is scheduled to open inside the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel tomorrow June 23rd. Morton’s has converted the former Plaza III The Steakhouse, which closed in 2009 and they will have 298 seats, with 224 inside the dining and bar area and 74 seats on the patio.

    Morton’s is based in Houston and previously operated on the Southbank. It closed in early 2012 as part of shutdowns after a change in ownership.

    What began in Chicago in 1978 is now one of the most award-winning steakhouses around. For over 30 years, Morton's Steakhouse has been on a mission to provide "The Best Steak... Anywhere." Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton's seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed USDA prime-aged steak, it's no surprise that Morton's has thrilled diners all over the world.

    Their hours of operation will be as follows:

    Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm

    Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm

    Sunday - 4pm - 10pm

    ...   [Read More]




    Tropical Smoothie Cafe Is Celebrating National Flip Flop Day Today




     

    Tropical Smoothie Café is hosting it’s National Flip Flop Day on Friday, June 16th! All customers wearing flip flops will receive a FREE Sunshine Smoothie in their  NEW limited edition 16 oz. 20th anniversary souvenir cup. The annual giveaway runs from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Atlanta-based chain's nearly 600 locations.

    Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café said that it had been over 10 years since they started National Flip Flop Day to show appreciation for their guests and mark the kick off to summer.

    National Flip Flop Day® is Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s own holiday when they celebrate their customers and kick-off fundraising for Camp Sunshine of Casco, Maine. The event is held each year on the third Friday in June.

    Camp Sunshine offers countless families the opportunity to put aside the stress and severity of having a child with an illness and just have fun. It costs $2,500 to send one family to camp for a week, but through donations many are sent.

    Tropical Smoothie efforts make a real difference in the lives of the children and families that attend Camp Sunshine. This year, over 4 Million dollars has been raised toward that effort.

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    Local Plant-Based Chef Offers New Home Delivery Food Service




    ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (June 11, 2017) – Sprout Kitchen is proud to announce a new plant-based meal, juice, and smoothie delivery service in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas. The weekly delivery service to your home or work makes it easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle while consuming nutrient-dense and delicious meals.

    “Our products are 100 percent whole-food, plant-based, non-GMO, and gluten-free as well as organic and locally-sourced when possible,” says Forrest Masters, owner and chef of Sprout Kitchen. “I want to make it easy and accessible for people to eat nutritious meals by delivering them fresh and ready-to-eat. ”

    (Plant-based Chef Forrest Masters starts new home delivery food service for St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas.) 

    Masters works out of her commercial-grade kitchen in the West King neighborhood of downtown St. Augustine, and has more than 13 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry. She began her culinary career as a chef at The Present Moment Café, a popular raw and vegan gourmet restaurant in St. Augustine, before serving as Head Chef at Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute in Puerto Rico and then Gen...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    New Bowling Alley Coming To The 904




    The 904 has exciting venues coming in the future. After the opening of Daily’s Place this Memorial Day weekend, the city of Jacksonville may soon have a boutique bowling alley and restaurant complex, modeled after Nashville’s Pinewood Social. 

    The new entertainment destination could feature a six lane, vintage bowling alley complete with period-specific ball returns and scoring tables plus a main dining room with dining booths and tables centered around a copper-topped bar.

    Additionally, the complex would house a restaurant which will serve a full lunch and dinner menu accompanied by an exquisite cocktail program. At the venue’s entrance, a coffee shop would flanked by sectional couches, long tables and an ample amount of power plugs for laptops. The Nashville location also features an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, Bocce ball court, and cabana seating spread throughout a popular outdoor cabana area - Imagine that in downtown Jacksonville!

    The location where the new venue is planned to be developed is in the Doro District, not far from the newly built Daily’s Place. Its exact spot will be adjoining Intuition Ale Works, BLK SHP an...   [Read More]




    Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Will Perform At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall June 8th




    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, will perform on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Zoso last performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on June 23, 2016.

    If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 1970s or are looking to relive the “Hammer of the Gods” phenomenon, you must experience what the St. Petersburg Times calls “the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence.” Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it’s much more than just being a tribute. It’s about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.

    Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In 18 successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso’s 2,400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as ...   [Read More]




    The Beaches Freedom Festival Will Be Held At The Seawalk Pavilion On July 15th




    North Florida's Largest Summer Festival of the year held in Jacksonville Beach at the Seawalk Pavilion on Saturday July 15th from noon-10pm. The Beaches Freedom Festival –will be a family friendly festival featuring BBQ, Music & All Things American . 

    Enjoy BBQ and other delicious foods from over 10 of the area's top food trucks, along with live music, a beer garden, kid zone, arts and crafts  vendors  and more.

    Enjoy VIP access and a official 2017 commemorative cup at this years festival by registering for a complimentary ticket. The festival is free and open to the public but best enjoyed with a complimentary vip ticket. Get yours by visiting BeachesFreedomFest.com

    The Beaches Freedom Festival festival will benefit multiple Veteran Organizations here on the First Coast!  The Festival hours are from Noon-10pm.The Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion is located at 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Hope to see you there.

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    Volcano Bay Is Now Open At Universal Studios Orlando




    Universal Studios Orlando opened it’s third amazing theme park on Thursday to huge crowds. Named Volcano Bay, it has 18 incredible attractions and is just steps away from Universal Orlando's other world class theme parks.

    Volcano Bay is a next generation waterpark thanks to its rides and reservation system. Guests at the park utilize incredible technology that enhances their experience while on the rides and on your feet. When you arrive at the park, guests received waterproof TapuTapu bands that allow them to reserve their rides. These bands are worn while at the park. Designed specifically and exclusively for use in Universal’s water theme park, TapuTapu will make the guest experience throughout the entire park fun-filled and hassle-free.

    At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau™ streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.

    The flagship attraction of Volcano Bay, the Krakatau Aqua Coaster has a four-person canoe that launches up and shoots down hills and rockets through ...   [Read More]




    Opening Weekend At Daily's Place Scheduled For May 27th With Their First Show




    Daily's Place is a new state-of-the-art, multi-use complex adjacent to EverBank Field housing a 5,500-person capacity amphitheater and 94,000-square foot covered flex field that is slated to open at the end of May.

    The state-of-the-art amphitheater has been designed with both audience and performers in mind. Audience sight lines, sound and video technology have been given every consideration to ensure an outstanding event experience for attendees.  The back-of-house artist building is designed to provide artists with the best possible environment to support their performance. The back-of-house space includes multiple artist dressing rooms, artist lounges, a VIP guest meet and greet space, laundry and dining facilities.

    Daily’s Place will be fully integrated into EverBank Field.  At the ground level, the new south end zone field super-tunnel will lead to a brand new central bar connected to the amphitheater entrance.  The existing Bud Light Party Zone and Field’s Auto Terrace Suite areas will now be linked to the amphitheater’s elevated seating decks via access bridges at each level.

    There first shows at the new amphitheater are listed below with the dates.

    May 27th:  TED...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    4th of July Fireworks in Northeast Florida




     

    Fourth of July is on its way and its time to start planning with your family and friends on where you want to go watch the fireworks. Northeast Florida has a lot of good spots to enjoy a wonderful Independence Day. Here are some of the spots where you can watch an amazing fireworks display. 

    Fernandina Beach

    On July 4th, there is an annual fireworks display held in downtown Fernandina Beach around 9:30pm. You’ll also find vendors, live music, games and other entertainment in the area. Be sure to stop by the festivities in downtown Fernandina Beach which normally start around 6:00 PM on the fourth of July, depending on the weather and schedule. Call the city of Fernandina Parks and Recreation Office at (904)-310-3361 for more details as the event approaches. 

    You can’t go wrong with any of these events, but you’ll find plenty of other activities and exciting things to do while you’re on Amelia Island, so be sure to venture out on the 4th and enjoy the great Independence Day atmosphere! 

     

    Jax Beaches

    Do you enjoy walking on the beach and being by the ocean this year for the fourth? Well, you can head down to the beach with some...   [Read More]




    8 Lazy Rivers In Florida That Are Perfect For Tubing On A Summer’s Day




    Summertime is here in Florida and many can agree that it is unbearably hot. This time of year, Floridians begin a season-long conquest for fun ways to get out of the house without melting into a puddle. While swimming pools and water parks are fun, there is nothing that beats Florida’s natural lazy rivers.

    Despite Florida having its alligators living in the state, they usually prefer to stay clear of these busy areas. However, its always wise to stay alert and aware of your surroundings when exploring anywhere in Florida.

    1. Ichetucknee, Fort White

    Flickr/Paul Clark

    The most well-known tubing spot in Florida. It marks the summer tubing season here when visitors are allowed to launch from the north end. There are daily limits on the number of tubers and this popular park can reach maximum capacity easily in summer months, so arrive as early as possible. Located northwest of Gainesville, open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown every day of the week. The north launch closes at 2:00 p.m., or earlier if the 750-person limit has been reached.

    Address: 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, FL 32038.

     

    2. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunlop

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    Rainbow Spring...   [Read More]




    One Spark Returning To Jacksonville




    The One Spark event in Jacksonville will have a new home in 2017 thanks to a partnership with Bold Events, the entertainment arm of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The two-day event that showcases creators, innovators, entrepreneurs and social and cultural projects will take place Oct. 6-7 at the newly opened Daily's Place and EverBank Field's West U.S. Assure Club.

    Spark Tank, sponsored by One Spark Ventures, returns and will feature several rounds with $5,000 prizes,.The championship competition will award a $20,000 prize. Each zone will have creators selected by a panel of judges to participate in a Spark Tank round for a chance at a $5,000 award. There will be 5 different zones for the creators to qualify in.

    Helping to offset the costs associated with putting on the event, Festival attendees will be required to register and purchase a ticket this year: $5 in advance and $10 on the day of the event.

    One Spark will begin the night of Oct. 5 with a concert, which will require the purchase of another ticket. The act for the concert has not been announced yet.

    Potential creators can begin registering for the festival on July 10th. Registration will run through Sept. 8. There is no cost to ap...   [Read More]




    The Lilly Pulitzer Boutique Will Be Opening At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island




    The iconic prints for women and girls sold by Lilly Pulitzer, the authentic American resort wear brand, will be featured at a new store at the famed Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island opening on June 30th The store, operating as the “Lilly Pulitzer Boutique at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island,” represents the first Lilly Pulitzer boutique location in Northeast Florida. The store opening marks the latest chapter in a long connection to the destination, as one of Lilly Pulitzer’s best-selling tunic designs is named after Amelia Island.

    “We are thrilled to bring Lilly Pulitzer’s authentic American resort wear to The Ritz-Carlton. We share an appreciation for effortless luxury amidst the joyful, sun-filled seaside lifestyle,” Michelle Kelly, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer said. “Amelia Island is a favorite resort destination for Lilly lovers and we are excited to showcase this very special boutique at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.”

    In addition to its resort wear collection for ladies and girls, the Lilly Pulitzer boutique at The Ritz-Carlton will feature the brand’s accessories, jewelry, and athleisure, as well as a hand-painted wall mural that echoes the spirit of Amelia Island’s colorful heritage. The n...   [Read More]




    Dream Day 2017 hosted by Dreams Come True




    Dream Day, hosted by Dreams Come True charity and PRI Productions, is a celebration for Northeast Florida children who are battling life-threatening illnesses. It’s truly a magical event where the children can let loose and have some fun.

    The purpose of Dream Day is to provide an unforgettable day for local children and families in need of a break from their day-to-day struggles with life-threatening illnesses. The celebration is part of Dreams Come True’s Special Times program, which provides the dream child and his or her family opportunities to enjoy special activities they may not otherwise get to experience. They may get tickets to a Jaguars game, an evening at the movies, a concert or a festival to spend a day at. Whatever the opportunity, Special Times reminds the children and their families they are special and loved.

    Saturday, June 10th, 2017 will be the third year for Dream Day to be here in Jacksonville, where young dreamers are celebrated as super heroes, princesses, and more in a party and parade just for them. Children will be celebrated one family at a time by riding in either a stretch limo or cruising in one of Main Street’s antique classic cars. They will start at the entrance to the PRI P...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Local News

    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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    Jacksonville Armada Kick Off Party




    Kick off the start of Jacksonville's new professional soccer team! Come join us for an evening of fun and celebration. The party will be held at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday February 20, from 5:00-8:00pm. 

    - Great selection of food and beverage - Soccer style games and experience - Merchandise Tents - Live Music - Q&A session with Club Executives - Special Fan Entertainment And more!

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    Alligator Tries To Enter Walmart In Florida Monday Night




    Apopka, Fl - A 6 ft alligator hung out at the entrance of a Florida Wal-Mart Superstore Monday Night. The gator (pictured below) wasn't afraid of shoppers and hung out in front of the moving doors for about a hour. The doors even opened multiple times for the creature but the gator remained outside. 

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    Police were dispatched to the scene and barricaded the area. Shortly after, the gator quietly crawled off into the brush nearby. Shoppers claim they have seen the 6ft gator in the retention pond next to the store before. 

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