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    PDQ Plans to Open 30 More Locations By The End Of 2018




     

    Tampa-based PDQ was founded by Bob Basham, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, and Nick Reader, former CFO of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2011, They opened the first PDQ in Tampa, Florida. They plan to open 15 more stores in 2017 and another 15 stores in 2018.

    PDQ was founded on a concept that high-quality food, memorable service and genuine hospitality are the basis of an excellent restaurant. PDQ values genuine customer service, whether dining in or picking up at the drive-thru. They are committed to doing the things they do the right way.

    PDQ stands for "People Dedicated to Quality" or "Pretty Darn Quick" and its menu has just nine primary items: Chicken tenders (crispy or grilled), five types of made-to-order chicken sandwiches (crispy or grilled) and three hand-tossed salads with homemade dressings.

    PDQ currently has 3 locations in the 904 area. The first opening was at 3260 Hodges Blvd. followed by 13702 Old St Augustine Road and 194 State Road 13 near Racetrac Road. Coming soon they will be opening at The Town Center. They have said that there will be 10 PDQ restaurants in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties within five years and 20 within the decade.

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    Beaches Freedom Festival




    Fourth of July may be over, but the party at the beaches is just getting started. Get ready for Jacksonville Beach’s largest festival of the summer. The Beaches Freedom Fest will be held on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Seawalk Pavilion. It will run from noon till 10pm. Music, food, games, Beer Garden, will be provided at the festival. For local bike riders, there will be free bike valet presented by Velofix located on the North Festival Entrance on 1st Street. 

    A Hot Dog eating contest will take place at the Main Stage from 2-4. Ten brave and hungry men and women will be selected to face off to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. Women’s Division will begin at 2:15 and Men’s Division will begin 3:45. 

    The following food trucks will be at Freedom Festival: Bubba Burger, Son of a Butcher BBQ, Wingin It, Delish Kebabs, Rite On Que, Best Burger, Wurstburger, Guanabana, Rocco’s Pizza, Daddy Boyz BBQ, Wrap It Up, Treemendous Sea & Soul and Zoe’s Shaved Ice. 

    This year’s music line up will include Sidereal, Ray Fulcher, Split Tone, The Firewater Tent Revival, Tad Jennings, Lane Pittman, Ramona, Sol Ryder and more.

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    intoGo Partners with 904HappyHour to reinvent the local event scene




    Jacksonville locals are always interested in the local event scene. For far too long we’ve heard the cries of locals who complain that there is no easy to use, all-inclusive event resource in Northeast Florida. Let alone one that can be accessed from a phone. Often times consumers have to scour the web and print publications, going calendar to calendar to see what’s featured. To ensure our city never has to go searching for events again and to bring them all into one place, we have partnered with 904HappyHour to make it easier than ever to find local events.

    “intoGo thrives on creating disruptive technology and we believe this new event platform is a big step towards disrupting the way events have previously been found in our community. We want to make it easier for people to simply see what’s happening this weekend.” said Zachary Schwartz, CEO at intoGo, the cities Official Destination App.  

    The new event platform within the intoGo app offers users ‘Top Events’ - a curated list of the biggest upcoming events in town, ‘This Week’ & ‘This Month’ – all local events happening in the next 7 and 30 days respectively, ‘Live Co...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville IceMen Announce Their NHL/AHL Partners




     

    The Jacksonville IceMen welcomed their first ever NHL/AHL partners, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, to the River City at a press conference today at the JAX Chamber of offices. When the IceMen take the ice on October 14, their roster will contain some of the top prospects from the Winnipeg organization.

    The Winnipeg Jets  finished the 2016-17 season with 87 points (40-35-7),  fth in the tough Central Division, just behind eventual Stanley Cup  finalist, the Nashville Predators. In recent days, the Jets have boosted their roster adding defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (from Buffalo) and goaltender Steve Mason (from Philadelphia) – two highly rated free agents.

    The Winnipeg Jets began their history in the former World Hockey Association featuring one of hockey’s greatest superstars – Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. The team entered the National Hockey League in 1976. In 1996, the team, with- out an NHL quality arena was sold and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2011, with a new building, the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and moved to Winnipeg-the Jets were reborn.

    The Manitoba Moose began as the Minnesota Moose and moved to Winnipeg for the 1996-97 Interna...   [Read More]




    Flour And Fig Bakehouse Will Open Soon In Historic Springfield




     

    The Flour & Fig Bakehouse is planning on opening in November and will be a bakery and restaurant located in Historic Springfield at 1715 North Main Street. The storefront will include inside and outside seating, bakery cases full of creative products, an innovative menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients, and a retail area offering locally grown produce. They will also have a coffee bar, local beer, wine, kombucha on tap, and craft cocktails.

    Flour and Fig Bakeshop will be run by Allison and Kurt D’Aurizio. Allison has built a loyal following with her artisanal bakery business, My Grandmother’s Pie. Kurt has been working in restaurants for most of his career and has won numerous awards for his work including two AAA four diamond awards. Kurt has also been making and selling pestos, cashew cheese, marinades, and granolas at the Riverside Arts Market and at the Beaches Green Market where you can continue to find our bakery and specialty items.  

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    They changed the business name because they did not it to just be a bakery and are hoping to attract customers from outside of the Springfield area to their storefront. The owners plan to source from local far...   [Read More]



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    Tres De Mayo Bar Crawl This Saturday




    This Saturday is the Tres De Mayo Bar Crawl in Jacksonville Beach. This year is the 2nd Annual event that moved to the beach this year after being held at the Town Center last year. Over 500 participants dressed up in sombreros and other festive themed apparel for the big fiesta last year. 

    The Event is 21 + and costumes are encouraged. This year the participating locations are: 

    Check-in & First Stop: Ritz

    Second Stop: Brix

    Third Stop: Tavern

    Fourth: Blue Water Island Grille

    Fifth Stop: Zeta Brewing

    Sixth Stop Harmonious Monks

    Seventh Stop: Lynch's Irish Pub 

    Final Stop and After Party: The Pier

    Check In Location & Participating Venues: Check in will be at the Ritz from 5-8pm; Event specials run from 5-10pm 

    Tickets: Online $10, Day of $15 - Tickets can be purchased by visiting this link: Tickets

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    Easter Keg Hunt Saturday




    This Saturday, one of Jacksonville's Most popular event is back by popular demand. The Easter Keg Hunt is fun-filled but limited in size so make sure to sign your team up quickly! At this scavenger hunt teams will travel all over Jacksonville to find the Easter Kegs.

    Easter Kegs are not normal kegs. They are painted kegs that are hidden all over town and are found by teams solving clues. The first team to find all the kegs including the Golden Keg will win the Easter Keg Hunt.

    Winning team wins Beer For A Year. 2nd and 3rd place teams also receive runner up prizes. Costumes are encouraged. "Best Team Name" and "Best Dressed Team" also receive prizes. All teams must have a designated driver.

    The event headquarters will be at Nippers Beach Grille in Jacksonville Beach. Registration will take place from 9:00-10:30 AM. Brunch and Bar will be available. Scavenger hunt will begin at 10:30 am. Course will aprox. take 2-3 hours. Award ceremony and post race festivities will be between noon and 3pm

    Sign up at www.TheEasterKegHunt.com

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    Weekend Events - April 12th & 13th




    1) One Spark Festival in Downtown Jacksonville  2) The Oyster Jam Music Festival & Southeast US Boat Show at Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville 

    3) Lauren's Kids Walk Saturday to help end child sexual abuse in Duval County 4) Dierks Bentley Live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday 5) The San Marco Art Festival at the historic San Marco Square Saturday and Sunday 6) Check out Riverside Arts Market on Saturday from 10-4pm 7) $1 Bowling at Latitude 30 on Sunday after 9pm 8) Its the final weekend of the Clay County Fair . Arts, crafts, rides, family fun and more! 

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    ZZ TOP AND JEFF BECK RETURN TOGETHER TO PERFORM AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE




    St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – ZZ Top and Jeff Beck return to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday,  September 7. Tickets will go on sale next Friday, April 11 at 10am.    This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time.  Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ  Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour. 

      ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking on behalf of band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of  musical inspiration from the time when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Britrock band. Gibbons  commented, “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus  with the curator of crunch.” 

      This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th  anniversary celebration of the Rock An...   [Read More]




    The Soulshine Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall Coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – This Summer Michael Franti & Spearhead, will launch the first--‐ever music & yoga  tour, Soulshine, that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and  dj’s guaranteeing a full--‐blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the North  American Tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers, such as Canada’s Ryan Leier. The tour will stop at the St.  Augustine Amphitheatre on Wednesday, July 30. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 18 at 10AM. 

      With a collective reach of over 90 million impressions, the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett  Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a tour that embraces their passions and love of music, dance, yoga  and sustainability. Soulshine will be affordably priced, offering activities to keep people of all ages entertained  throughout the day and night. 

      Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends,  led by some of today's most inspiring teachers from across North America, including Ryan Leier. The yoga session&nb...   [Read More]



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    First Wednesday Artwalk Map and Info




    Jacksonville Fl - Tis the season to celebrate holiday art, music and culture at Downtown's signature event!

    HIGHLIGHTS: Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Enjoy sing alongs and holiday music by LK Nation from 5-7 p.m. and Orange Park Choral Ensemble from 7-9 p.m. Take photos with Santa Claus in The Big Red Chair. Florida Theatre: Hosts Jacksonville Songwriter’s Residency’s David Dondero and features Tour FT at Art Walk! at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Severine Photography: Presents a holiday photo booth, free wine tastings by PRP Wine International, art by the UNF Sculpture Guild and a Stella & Dot jewelry sale. Mark’s Downtown Club & Lounge: Get in the spirit with LK Nation Group as they sing acapella holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m.  Southlight Gallery: Features holiday window displays highlighting the works of Allison Watson, Enzo Torcoletti and Jack Allen. E3 Business Group, Inc.: Enjoy hot chocolate and live jazz music while browsing holiday-themed art.  Holiday Business Storefronts: Enjoy holiday windows at participating locations. List coming soon. WHERE: Hemming Plaza and Downtown Jacksonville galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses COST: Free PARKING: Free street parking...   [Read More]




    Boating In Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - Florida has long been recognized as the Sunshine state but it could just as easily be known as the Coastline state. No matter where you live in Florida, you are never very far from the water. Certainly, people have been flocking to Florida for generations to take advantage of the legendary beaches and warm sunshine.

    The unanswered question: How many people who live in the Sunshine state fail to take advantage of the abundant, magnificent waterways? The statistics are striking: The Florida coastline, at 1,350 miles, dwarfs the coastline of California, at 840 miles. Of course, when it comes to enjoying Florida’s waterways, the coastline is only part of the story. In addition to numerous lakes and rivers, Florida’s Intercoastal traverses the entire eastern coast. To live in Florida and never go out on boat would be like living in Vermont and never viewing the fall leaves or living in Maine and never eating a lobster. Nothing but a missed opportunity.

    When is the last time you enjoyed an afternoon out on Florida’s beautiful waterways? What is stopping you? In many ways, modern technology and improved equipment are revolutionizing boating, making it easier and safer than ever. More women have taken up boa...   [Read More]




    St. Johns Ferry Out Of Service




    Jacksonville Fl - On December 1, 2013, the ferry will begin an inspection and overhaul as periodically required by the United States Coast Guard. The inspection and overhaul will require the ferry to be dry docked. Therefore, it is expected that the ferry will be out of service for 3-4 weeks. Normal daily service will continue through November 30. Download the fax Ferry phone app to view an alert in advance of the date the ferry will return to normal daily service.

    About the Ferry: The St. Johns River Ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River. The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns River 2.5 miles inland of the river's mouth and departs every half hour.

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    Putting Safety First Out On The Water




    The most enjoyable days out on the water always require a little preparation.

    An otherwise perfect day of boating can be quickly short-circuited if you didn’t bring enough food, beverages, or ice. Virtually all recreational boaters are familiar with that punched-in-the-gut feeling of being out on the water and realizing they forgot something essential.

    Of course, some forgotten items – like a favorite pair of sunglasses – are simply an annoyance. Others are more serious. Before you begin gathering all your favorite snacks, drinks and assorted boating accessories and toys, be sure to plan for safety first. No amount of fun in the sun is worth taking an unnecessary risk.

    Before you begin your day on the water, it is important to know every person who will be on your boat and know for certain that you have a properly fitting life jacket. If you realize at the last moment that you do not, before you rush out to buy one, check to see if a nearby marina is participating in the BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids.” It can save not only time but money.Freedom Boat Club at the Julington Creek Marina 12807 San Jose Blvd is a site for  Life Jacket Loaner program. Visit Freed...   [Read More]




    Have You Seen Molly? 9 things everyone should know about the drug Molly




    (CNN) -- The drug called Molly isn't what most of its users think it is. If you Google "Molly," many articles say the drug is "pure" MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy.

    Users often talk about the "purity" of taking Molly, as if it's somehow better; after all, MDMA was originally developed as a medication to treat depression. But today's Molly is most often not MDMA -- in the last few years, the drug has become a toxic mixture of lab-created chemicals, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Here are nine things everyone should know about this rapidly changing party drug:

    1. What is Molly?

    Someone who buys or takes Molly now is probably ingesting dangerous synthetic drugs that have not been tested and are produced in widely varying strengths. The DEA says only 13% of the Molly seized in New York state the last four years actually contained any MDMA, and even then it often was mixed with other drugs. The drugs frequently found in Molly are Methylone, MDPV, 4-MEC, 4-MMC, Pentedrone and MePP.

    2. What does Molly do?

    The lab-created chemicals mimic the effects of MDMA; most of them are central nervous system stimulants that cause euphoric highs. Th...   [Read More]



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