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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]




    Jacksonville National Cemetery Volunteers Are Placing Thousands Of American Flags On Graves For The Memorial Day Observance.




    Thousands of American flags are being placed on graves at the Jacksonville National Cemetery to honor fallen members of the armed forces. The headstones are in formation marking the final resting places for men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.

    According to official records.  The cemetery near the northern border of Duval County grows by nearly 50 new gravesites each week, adding to the 12,500 veterans who have been buried there since the first burial in 2009. Every year, people from all over our area head to the cemetery on the Northside and plant flags at each and grave to make sure the fallen aren't forgotten.

    Volunteers do this every year for Memorial Day and then again at Christmas, when they place wreaths at every headstone. There is a group of volunteers called the Jacksonville Ladies who have been there from the start. They offer condolences to loved ones when they are present and stand as silent witnesses to honor the deceased when no one else is there.

    The “Jacksonville Ladies” started meeting in November 2008 and were present for the first interments that began on January 7, 2009. This non-profit Volunteer program shadows the Arlington Ladies, a Volunteer group of military w...   [Read More]




    Hyperion Brewing Company Is Now Open




    Hyperion Brewing Company held its grand opening at their new location on Main Street in Historic Springfield last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

    The Owner and CEO Alexandra McKeown said they originally looked at Murray Hill and Springfield because they were not served by a brewery and ended up choosing the Springfield area. She said that the company’s business model would focus on being a local community gathering place.

    Along with Ms. McKeown at the opening were co-owners and investors Steve & Sheree Schussman, City Councilman Reggie Gaffney and Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Executive Director Christina Parrish-Stone.

    Hyperion will be Jacksonville’s first nano-brewery, a brewery making smaller batches of craft beer . She said that the brewery will produce small batches that will allow them to serve a high variety and wanted the customers to dictate what they wanted brewed. Visit them at 1740 Main Street North.

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    New Five Year Contract Extension Keeping The Annual Florida- Georgia Game In Jacksonville Almost Finalized




    On Tuesday, The city council will be voting to approve a new five-year deal to host the Florida-Georgia football game. The new 5 year contract includes a $2.7 million guaranteed payout to both universities.

    The new five-year contract will guarantee over $2.75 million in incentives over the life of the contract and  will also give each school a $125,000 signing bonus” and $250,000 for the yearly October meeting before the game. The added benefits are part of the city’s effort to keep the rivalry game in Jacksonville, a long-time tradition that city officials estimate delivers an annual $30 million economic impact.

    The Gators and Bulldogs will also get a increase of $10,000 to their travel and lodging raising their overall totals from $50,000 to $60,000. Georgia will also receive up to $350,000 from the city for air travel to the game. Both schools will receive full ticket revenue, which will be split evenly, and will not have to pay Everbank Field. To play the event there. The city will  also cover the cost of game-day operations and has the rights to operate concessions.

    The new contract will also require the city to give its “best effort” to install two signs inside EverBank Field tha...   [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]



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    Rodney Atkins at Mavericks Recap




    Jacksonville FL - On January 25, 2014, Mavericks hosted Rodney Atkins who performed in front of lots of his fans. Braving the cold weather, many people came out to see this performer. Before the country singer went on to perform, two opening acts took the stage to get the crowd warmed up:  Rose Falcon and Frankie Ballad. 

           

    Each of them was great in their performances. Frankie Ballad got the crowd going with his hits, “Bunch of Girls” and his newest song “Helluva Ride”. Frankie also played a cover of John Mellencamp’s song “Ain’t That America”.  Personally, I liked his music; he had some great songs and was no stranger to Mavericks as he performed there last year. He also has a new album that will be released next month.  As for Rose Falcon, she is new to country music and is also Rodney Atkins’ wife.  An interesting fact is that if you were an Inspector Gadget movie fan back in 2003, she played a song for the second Inspector Gadget movie. That was the first time she was introduced as a pop singer. Now that she’s a country singer and starting over, it seems she’s ready for a country music career.

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    Jack Johnson is coming to St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 27, 2014) – Jack Johnson announced a summer headline tour in support of his sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Johnson's fourth chart topping album to date. The tour will make its only Florida appearance at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with special guest ALO.

     

    The public on-sale will be this Friday, January 31 at 10 AM. There are a maximum of 4 tickets per household on this event. No Ticket Transfers are available on this show. This show will be paperless entry for all Standing Pit, 100 and 200 sections and will require the credit card used to purchase the tickets for entry. This show will have a seated general admission 300 section.

      

    Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You tour continues to pave the way in green touring practices and community engagement initiatives. Greening actions include fueling tour vehicles with sustainable biodiesel, offering eco-friendly tour merchandise, sourcing local food from local farms, and promoting ride share programs and mass transit in addition to engaging venues and fans to eliminate single-use plastics, recycle, use water refill stations and...   [Read More]




    Darius Rucker with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith Coming To St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 20, 2014) –Darius Rucker returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Darius Rucker previously performed at the Amphitheatre on October 29, 2010.

    Rucker, who first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, wrote ten of the twelve tracks on True Believers - ranging from his current single, the feel-good, sing-along, "Radio" to the sophisticated narrative of "Shine." He expresses special pride in the raw and realistic sentiments of songs like "Miss You" and "I Will Love You Still," a duet with young powerhouse vocalist Mallary Hope.

    The two songs Rucker didn't have a hand in writing are both major events of their own. "Love Without You" features Sheryl Crow, with whom Rucker had wanted to record ever since they sang together at a VH1 function almost twenty years ago. For his version of the popular Old Crow Medicine Show song "Wagon Wheel," initially based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, Rucker, never expecting them to say yes, invited his tour partners and Capitol Records labelmates Lady Antebellum into the studio. When they came...   [Read More]




    New Lounge - The Volstead Opens Downtown




    The Volstead joins Downtown Jacksonville right in time for 2014. Indulge in decadent bourbon, whiskey, and scotch on the top shelf, and try their classic cocktails made with a unique twist. Great drinks start with great ingredients, and aren’t we glad that we aren’t faced with the challenges that Prohibition brought to this nation.

    “The Volstead” gets its name from The Volstead Act, which enacted Prohibition in the United States in late 1919. The act was later repealed in 1933, but the era would forever leave its mark on history. Some of histories most colorful personalities were players in bootlegging operations, and to this day bars still carry on the tradition.

    Jacksonville Florida pre-prohibition was a beautiful, bustling city where people came to achieve their dreams; designed to be the original site of Hollywood where the stars and starlets of the era came to spend their time.

    As the decade progressed the nation fell on hard times, Congressman Andrew Volstead chalked up the bill to eradicate the production and sale of liquor throughout the United States. As liquor became more scarece, people became craftier in finding ways to get hooch into the country. Due to the prime waterfront ...   [Read More]




    Dave Matthews Band Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - The Dave Matthews Band will be preforming in Jacksonville on July 15th 2014. Presales go on sale February 7th. 

    In 2013, Rolling Stone put Dave Matthews Band on its list of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now,” observing, “Two decades in, DMB still know how to surprise their fans.” The group’s 2014 North American summer tour may be its most surprising yet.

    “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” will feature the group delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout its career. Dave Matthews Band will wind through numerous configurations – from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire band to more intimate moments featuring small groups of band members – including a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds, performing as an acoustic duo, as they occasionally do when the band is off the road. A variety of guests will join the band throughout the summer.

    "I was talking to Carter about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together. It's how we started – in the basements of Carter's and my mom'...   [Read More]



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    Man Bitten By Alligator




    Lake City Fl - Yesterday while repairing his dock, James Tennant, 44, was bitten by a alligator. The Attack happened just after 3pm in about 4 ft of water. James was bitten on his calf and was taken to UF Shands where he under went surgery. Since the attack, FWC issued a permit to a trapper who has since trapped the gator. The alligator turned out to be a little over 8 ft long and weighed in at 150 lbs. It was caught Thursday night and euthanized.We wish James the best with his recovery. Just a reminder, please do not feed alligators or tantalize them. These un-natural human behaviors can turn normal alligators into nuisance alligators which are relocated and sometimes put down. ...   [Read More]




    10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!




    Jacksonville Fl - Summer is almost over and our fitness partner LA Fitness shared this awesome article with us about ways to have fun while still getting fit at the beach. It is time to make your beach outings more fun-and fit-this summer! Adding some activities to your beach days will have you soaking up rays from that beautiful summertime orb in the sky, all while burning some extra calories.

     

    In fact, some of the high-intensity activities are not only fun, they can provide an incredible workout, too!   So get off of your beach towel and grab your friends this summer because it is time to have FUN and stay FIT! To get you warmed up, we will start with some moderate-intensity activities that are perfect for fun in the sun and burning some extra calories. After that, we will give you some higher intensity options that will have you sweating and feeling invigorated at your favorite summertime beaches.   All of the calorie totals are for the following activities are based on 150 pound person doing the specified activity for 1 hour. They are only estimates and are provided to give you a general idea of the calories burned while performing the listed activity.   Sun Bathing - 68 calories/hour - This is only 7 more calories per ...   [Read More]



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