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    DT Sen’Derrick Marks Named Jaguars 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner




    Jaguars eighth-year defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has been named the team’s 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner, as voted on by his teammates. The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to players in the NFL, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

    Over the past 24 months, Marks has seen the highs and lows of playing in the National Football League. Marks entered the final game of the 2014 season on Dec. 28 at Houston with a team- and career-high 8.5 sacks on the season. With 6:39 remaining in the game and on the season, Marks sustained a knee injury, which would eventually be diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

    Following the 2014 season, Marks was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but withdrew his name after undergoing knee surgery on January 14, 2015 by Jaguars Head Team Physician Kevin Kaplan.  Marks was also recognized by his peers in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of the 2015,” coming in at No. 76, marking the first time the Jaguars had a defensive player appear on the list.

    “When I went down, I was just thinking about what this injury could be and what could this mean,” said Ma...   [Read More]




    First Italian Fast-Casual Restaurant Opens in St. Augustine




    Dina – The Real Italian Piadina, St. Augustine’s first-ever fast-casual Italian restaurant, proudly announces its grand opening on Saturday, December 10th. Open since mid-November, Dina’s main dish is a piadina or thin, handmade Italian flatbread filled with a variety of local and imported meats, cheeses, and fresh vegetables.

    “We take pride in the quality of our ingredients and source as much of our vegetables from sustainable growers in North Florida,” said Stefano Braganti, co-owner of Dina along with friends Andrea Maccario, Hezi Mena, and Luca Bonfante. “We import our cured meats and cheeses from the best Italian producers and hand-select our smoked fish from right here in St. Augustine.”

    Located in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City, across from Columbia Restaurant, Dina offers signature piadinas such as Maialina (mozzarella, Mortadella, eggplant, and truffle oil) and Dina (Stracchino cheese, Prosciutto, fresh arugula, and balsamic glaze). The restaurant also features homemade desserts like Tiramisu and Coffee Semifreddo and a selection of Italian wine, beer, and sodas.

    “Our mission here at Dina is RO5, which stands for the ‘Rule of Five,&rsqu...   [Read More]




    Places To See Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville




    Looking to find a great place to take the family to see Christmas Lights around the First Coast? We have comprised a list of the best spots to check out. 

    1. Blackhawk Bluff Neighborhood off Girvin Road

    Dazzle your family and friends with a drive through this neighborhood located just West of Neptune Beach. The entire neighbor hood participates in a event that started over a decade ago. 

    2.  Jax Illuminations @ The Morocco Shrine Center​

    Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition. Enjoy the magic of driving through a mile of holiday lights that are perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Come see over one million brilliant LED lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to some of your favorite holiday songs. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to our station then enter into a mile of synchronized lights, giant presents, candy canes, and much more.

    3. Deck The Chairs

    Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach using the iconic red chairs of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp..  Free and open to the pu...   [Read More]




    2016 Nights of Lights In St. Augustine




    St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 19, 2016, and continues nightly through January 31, 2017, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

    During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in previous years as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

    The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built ...   [Read More]




    Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Comes To Jax Beach




    The nations oldest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is coming back to Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, December 10th! The crawl, which includes 8 of The Beaches favorite bars and restaurants, will include a night of fun, dancing, and philanthropy.

    This years event will include complimentary shots and cocktail samples, drink specials all night, chance to win thousands in cash and prizes, plus much more! Additionally, there will be a canned food drive benefiting multiple local food banks. Dressing up isn't mandatory, but highly recommended. Check in will be held at the Ritz Bar and Brix Tap House starting at 5:00.

    For a limited time, save 75% and get early bird tickets for just $5!

    TO GET TICKETS, CLICK HERE

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    DT Sen’Derrick Marks Named Jaguars 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner




    Jaguars eighth-year defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has been named the team’s 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner, as voted on by his teammates. The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to players in the NFL, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

    Over the past 24 months, Marks has seen the highs and lows of playing in the National Football League. Marks entered the final game of the 2014 season on Dec. 28 at Houston with a team- and career-high 8.5 sacks on the season. With 6:39 remaining in the game and on the season, Marks sustained a knee injury, which would eventually be diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

    Following the 2014 season, Marks was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but withdrew his name after undergoing knee surgery on January 14, 2015 by Jaguars Head Team Physician Kevin Kaplan.  Marks was also recognized by his peers in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of the 2015,” coming in at No. 76, marking the first time the Jaguars had a defensive player appear on the list.

    “When I went down, I was just thinking about what this injury could be and what could this mean,” said Ma...   [Read More]




    Local Furious Over Re Naming of Jacksonville Suns to Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp




    Jacksonville Fl - Wednesday morning, Jacksonville Suns owner Ken Babby unveiled a new logo and name for Jacksonville's beloved minor league baseball team. The team, that's been home to Jacksonville since the 1960's hasn't seen a change like this... ever. The new team name is the "Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp" and the logo portrays a Shrimp shaped as the letter "J" (pictured below).

    “This is a high-energy, impactful, bold move,” Babby said Tuesday. “There’s certainly risk that goes along with it. There’ll be feedback and, I’m sure, some resistance. We’ve been holding on to this for a while and look forward to sharing it with the community. The tradition of the Jacksonville Suns is entrenched in Northeast Florida. It’s been known and loved. The passion for minor-league baseball in Jacksonville doesn’t change [with a new team name]. It’s just a new chapter in its evolution.” 

    As of Wednesday afternoon at 6:00pm, a petition has started circling social media. The petition already has over 6,500 signatures and demands Babby, a "outsider to the community" said one supporter, change the teams name back to the Su...   [Read More]




    Topgolf Jacksonville Progress at the Town Center




    Progress is coming along with Jacksonville's newest attraction, Topgolf! The Project, which was announced in 2015 is expected to open this fall at the St. Johns Town Center. Topgolf Jacksonville will be situated on 15 acres east of St. Johns Town Center and south of Town Center Parkway, west of I-295.

    Topgolf, which opened in Tampa last December, is the only entertainment center of its kind, offering competitive golfing games for all ages and skill levels and advanced technology to track players’ shots. Those who just want to relax can enjoy the upscale, laid-back ambiance that boasts more than 230 high-definition flat-screen TVs and an extensive food and beverage menu.

    “Jacksonville offers everything Topgolf looks for in a location – proximity to local corporations and a major shopping destination in St. John’s Town Center, fantastic demographics, a fast-growing population, a golfing community and a city that promotes outdoor recreation,” said Topgolf Vice President of Real Estate Zach Shor. “Our Tampa location has already broken company records for attendance, and we see a lot of potential for our concept to grow in the state of Florida. Topgolf Jacksonville is the perfect destination to contin...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Armada Opens Up Fall Season with 1-1 Draw




     

    Jacksonville goalkeeper Sean Lewis limited the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a frustrating single point on the opening night of the NASL Fall Season with a 1-1 draw in front of a record crowd of 7,690 fans at Al Lang Stadium.

    Lewis made 10 saves in his first start of the year for the Armada FC to spurn double-digit scoring chances for the Rowdies.

    Jacksonville took a lead in the 12th minute through Zach Steinberger, but the Rowdies equalized less than a minute later via Georgi Hristov to level the match.

    Jacksonville will return to action at 7 p.m. next Saturday July 9th when it hosts NASL expansion side Puerto Rico FC in the Fall Season home opener. Fans are encouraged to wear their best tropical gear for Armadaritaville presented by McDonald’s.

    To round out July, the Armada will host Arts and Culture Night presented by Community First Credit Union (5 p.m., July 23 vs. Ottawa Fury). Fans who already have a ticket to the Jacksonville Sharks game at 7 p.m. against the Los Angeles KISS can take advantage of a buy one, get one free ticket offer by showing their Sharks ticket at the Community First Park box office.

    Likewise, fans with a ticket to the Armada match can show up to the Veterans’ Memorial Arena box o...   [Read More]




    What To Do And Where To Be At The 2016 Players




    Blue Room VIP Lounge presented by Michelob ULTRA

    Located between Stadium Village and No. 10 tee, this ticketed venue includes all-inclusive beverages (beer, wine, soda and water), air-conditioned space and entertainment. Preferred-price tickets are $75 for Tuesday and Wednesday, $100 for Thursday, $125 for Friday and Saturday, and $100 for Sunday. Tickets are available exclusively at THEPLAYERSBlueRoom.com. Blue Room VIP Lounge presented by Michelob ULTRA includes:

    Taste of Jax Located between 11 green and 12 tee, this public venue offers flavors from local, favorite restaurants, a Bacardi® open-air bar, permanent restrooms and video boards to keep up with the tournament. In 2016, Taste of JAX will expand the patio, offer more seating and add two new local restaurants. Taste of JAX restaurants include:   • Mojo Kitchen - Located in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Fleming Island and Gainesville, this Jacksonville chain brings barbeque specialties from all over the country giving them a Mojo spin

    • Pele’s Wood Fire - Modern Italian-American cuisine where pizza is the signature dish, but that’s not all that’s on the menu;

    • Trasca & Co Eatery...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    First Italian Fast-Casual Restaurant Opens in St. Augustine




    Dina – The Real Italian Piadina, St. Augustine’s first-ever fast-casual Italian restaurant, proudly announces its grand opening on Saturday, December 10th. Open since mid-November, Dina’s main dish is a piadina or thin, handmade Italian flatbread filled with a variety of local and imported meats, cheeses, and fresh vegetables.

    “We take pride in the quality of our ingredients and source as much of our vegetables from sustainable growers in North Florida,” said Stefano Braganti, co-owner of Dina along with friends Andrea Maccario, Hezi Mena, and Luca Bonfante. “We import our cured meats and cheeses from the best Italian producers and hand-select our smoked fish from right here in St. Augustine.”

    Located in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City, across from Columbia Restaurant, Dina offers signature piadinas such as Maialina (mozzarella, Mortadella, eggplant, and truffle oil) and Dina (Stracchino cheese, Prosciutto, fresh arugula, and balsamic glaze). The restaurant also features homemade desserts like Tiramisu and Coffee Semifreddo and a selection of Italian wine, beer, and sodas.

    “Our mission here at Dina is RO5, which stands for the ‘Rule of Five,&rsqu...   [Read More]




    Biscottis, Avondale Restaurant Now Serving Up Craft Cocktails




    Biscottis, one of Jacksonville's favorite restaurants located in historic riverside, now has a full liquor bar! The casual dining and dessert spot known for their American cuisine infused with Southern charm plus delectable desserts received their new permit to serve liquor this October. The restaurant had previously only been able to serve beer and wine. Stop by and try one of their signature cocktails created with fresh squeezed juices, house made ingredients, and shaken and stirred by some of the areas top bartenders!

    ...   [Read More]




    New Autumn Lunch & Dinner at Seasons 52




    This fall, Seasons 52 will offer a new menu for customers to get everyone into the mood for autumn. I spoke to the manager, Jessica Sprecher, who gave me a little preview of their new menu and information about its history and their chef.

    The new menu is inspired by “What’s Good Now for Autumn” and is woven throughout with Butternut Squash, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, and Truffles. With the fresh appeal of a farmer’s market and authentic flavors, Seasons 52 uses rustic cooking techniques that create dishes that are well balanced and simply lighter.

    A history about the Jacksonville Seasons 52 is that they opened to the public in October of 2011 (this year will be 5 years since its opening). Since then, Seasons 52 has rebranded including adding various holiday menu options such as Brunch for Easter & Mother’s Day, Turkey Dinner on Thanksgiving, and Sunset at Seasons Happy Hour. Some fun facts: three of the four Front of the House Managers opened the restaurant but all in different positions; they were the 20th Seasons 52 opened for Darden Inc.

    Chef Jeff Buckner, Executive Chef Partner, has been a Chef for 12 years. Although he started out as a bartender, he realized how much he actu...   [Read More]




    Intuition Ale Works Opening Bay St Taproom on Tuesday, September 6th




    From 1pm-10pm on Tuesday, September 6th, Intuition Ale Works will officially welcome the public into their brand new taproom on Bay St. in downtown Jacksonville. On top of the spacial grand opening bash, the World Cup Qualifying Soccer Match between the US Men’s National Team and Trinidad & Tobago will be taking place at neighboring Everbank Field the same day.

    Photo Credit: @chrisbyersinjax  

    Intuition Ale Works new facility will include a new taproom, rooftop biergarten, retail space and a brewery. The Grand opening bash is free, open to the public and will feature a variety of Intuition Ale Works beers plus food from local food trucks. Following the grand opening bash, hours of operation will be 1pm-10pm Monday through Friday, and 11am-10pm Saturday and Sunday.

    Photo Credit: @alliecherie   Photos From Construction: Photo Credit: @mosesedge  

    ...   [Read More]




    5 Points' Americana Resturaunt with a Southern Twist




    The Riverside, 5 Points area is an area full of creativity. There are a lot of places to go to enjoy yourself and some places where you can have delicious food. We take a look at a restaurant that has been a popular spot since 2012. That restaurant is Black Sheep. From its rooftop dining and its delicious fresh produce, Black Sheep started with a similar restaurant named Chew, just like Orsay. I sat down with Allan DeVault to tell me a little bit about the restaurant’s history and how their food has blown people away. 

    Black Sheep spawned from Chew restaurant in downtown by Jonathan Insetta back in 2005. Unfortunately, it did not sustain popularity, so it was decided that they do a different concept that would serve fast casual during the day. Black Sheep was built in September of 2011, It’s doors opened October 1, 2012, and their rooftop opened in late November 2012. It’s upstairs where there is a different atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy their dinner and happy hour from the upstairs bar. The name Black Sheep was Insetta’s call saying “it invokes craft spirit, invokes Americana, sticking out of the crowd, more food, cocktail, and design perspective.”

    The Executive Chef at Black Shee...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    Places To See Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville




    Looking to find a great place to take the family to see Christmas Lights around the First Coast? We have comprised a list of the best spots to check out. 

    1. Blackhawk Bluff Neighborhood off Girvin Road

    Dazzle your family and friends with a drive through this neighborhood located just West of Neptune Beach. The entire neighbor hood participates in a event that started over a decade ago. 

    2.  Jax Illuminations @ The Morocco Shrine Center​

    Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition. Enjoy the magic of driving through a mile of holiday lights that are perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Come see over one million brilliant LED lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to some of your favorite holiday songs. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to our station then enter into a mile of synchronized lights, giant presents, candy canes, and much more.

    3. Deck The Chairs

    Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach using the iconic red chairs of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp..  Free and open to the pu...   [Read More]




    Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Comes To Jax Beach




    The nations oldest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is coming back to Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, December 10th! The crawl, which includes 8 of The Beaches favorite bars and restaurants, will include a night of fun, dancing, and philanthropy.

    This years event will include complimentary shots and cocktail samples, drink specials all night, chance to win thousands in cash and prizes, plus much more! Additionally, there will be a canned food drive benefiting multiple local food banks. Dressing up isn't mandatory, but highly recommended. Check in will be held at the Ritz Bar and Brix Tap House starting at 5:00.

    For a limited time, save 75% and get early bird tickets for just $5!

    TO GET TICKETS, CLICK HERE

    ...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville's Largest Annual Pirate Party Is This Saturday, November 5th




    Don't miss the 6th Annual Pirate Party Fundraiser benefiting Safe Harbor Maritime Academy / Boys Home coming up on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 starting at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now.

    The Pirate Party Fundraiser is the largest annual fundraising event organized by the Propeller Club of Jacksonville. In 2015, they raised $15,474 for Safe Harbor, topping the previous year’s record.

    “Our goal this year is to increase donations by 25 percent,” said Tammy Emerson, 2016-2017 club president. “We’re looking to grow our sponsorships, grow our attendance, and bring in more funds for this worthy cause. We need everyone’s help to make this year the best yet!”

    The event will be held this year at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Northeaster Lodge 17, located at 1 Sawgrass Rd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. This location doesn’t appear on most online maps – directions are listed on the event page.

    Tickets include:

    Open bar Entertainment by local DJ Vito Costume contest Auctions for treasure A pirate king’s feast Proceeds go to Safe Harbor Maritime Academy

    ...   [Read More]




    Main Event Entertainment Venue To Open In Latitude 360 Vacant Location




    Jacksonville is getting a new entertainment complex which will be located in the vacated Latitude 360 building across from the Avenues Mall. Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment is a top destination for people ready to play! Its unique Eat.Bowl.Play. experience features state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, high ropes adventure courses, billiards and interactive and virtual video games, with dining experiences ranging from fast-casual to chef-inspired casual and creative cocktails, beer and wine. Founded in 1998, the rapidly growing subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) of Australia turns ordinary days into memories at 22 U.S. entertainment centers. Corporations, individuals and families consistently rank the centers “Best Place to Bowl” and “Best Party Place.” Details on opening have not been released at this time but Main Event Entertainment has received a building permit for almost $4 million worth of work to convert the building​.

    ...   [Read More]




    Beaches Oktoberfest This Weekend In Jacksonville Beach




    THIS WEEKEND IN JAX BEACH!

    Don't miss this weekends Beaches Oktoberfest - Florida's Largest Oktoberfest happening this Friday - Sunday, October 14-16 at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach! National headliners will include Blues Traveler, Collie Buddz, The Movement + More. Additionally, the festival will offer a large variety of German, craft and oktoberfest beers, food trucks, a 110+ ft ferris wheel, arts & crafts market, games, activities and much more. The festival is FREE to attend but is best enjoyed with a VIP pass.

     

    Festival Hours:

    Friday: 6PM-10PM

    Saturday: 1PM-10PM

    Sunday: 1PM-8PM 

    For more info, CLICK HERE

     

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    2016 Nights of Lights In St. Augustine




    St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 19, 2016, and continues nightly through January 31, 2017, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

    During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in previous years as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

    The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built ...   [Read More]




    Silkies Hike Coming Up In Jax Beach




    Join local veterans and show your pride in America this Veterans Day Weekend for the annual Silkies Hike in Jacksonville Beach. The event, created by Nathan Bradley and Jarrod Smith, is a 22km walk with pack, intended to stop and raise awareness for the 22 Veterans that commit suicide every day. The hike is aimed to provide unconventional therapy, networking, and support for veterans. The hiking event is military and veteran exclusive, but civilians are encouraged to support through volunteering and socializing after the hike.

    Sign in will take place at the Wreck Tiki Bar, which is located just to the south of the Jax Beach Pier on the boardwalk! Sign in is from 9:00 am-10:00 am with the walk beginning at 10:00 am. More info will be available soon. To rsvp, click here

    To view more images from last year's walk, click here

    ...   [Read More]




    Donald Trump and Barack Obama Both Scheduled To Visit Jacksonville Thursday, November 3rd




    Donald Trump Rally

    Donald J. Trump, Republican nominee for president, is holding a rally at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Thursday morning. Trump is expected to speak around noon. The equestrian center is located at 13611 Normandy Boulevard. For free tickets and more info, click here. 

    President Barack Obama Rally

    President Obama will be visiting Jacksonville on Thursday and he will speak at the University of North Florida's arena. Obama is coming to town to promote Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The address of the arena is: 1 U N F Dr., Building 34, Jacksonville, FL 32224. For free tickets and more info, click here. 

    ...   [Read More]




    Monday, October 31st is Trick or Treat on the Street in Downtown Jacksonville




    Halloween is Monday, October 31st and we want to celebrate with Downtown Jacksonville's 4th annual Trick or Treat on the Street during lunch time on Monday, Oct. 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participating businesses and restaurants will be set up either inside or outside their storefronts handing out candy, coupons and other promotional goodies. Grab a costume, a friend and be sure to partake in this sweet treat! 

    Locations include: 

    1. Anytime Fitness | 100 N. Laura St. 2. BARK Downtown | 45 W. Adams St. 3. Downtown Vision | 14 N. Hogan St.   4. Chamblin's Uptown | 215 N. Laura St. 5. folkfood | 219 Hogan St. 6. Hemming Park | 135 W. Monroe St. 7. Hemming Plaza Jewelers | 231 N. Hogan St. 8. Jacksonville Landing | 2 W. Independent Dr. 9. Jacksonville Public Library | 303 N. Laura St. 10. Jacobs Jewelers | 204 N. Laura St. 11. Jax Vision Care | 201 W. Hogan St. Suite 100 12. Jimmy John's | 201 N. Laura St. 13. Level Office | 25 N. Market St. 14. MOCA Jacksonville | 333 N. Laura St. 15...   [Read More]




    Ben Byrns Runway Rally To Be Held At Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport




    Coming up on October 22 on the taxiways and runways of the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport is a unique 5k race called the Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally. The special event and fundraiser was organized to honor the memory of Ben Byrns, a college student who loved the outdoors, surfing, running, sports, and who was studying to become a pilot like his father. Ben Byrns passed away in 2012 from an accidental overdose of prescription pain medication at the age of 20. His parents and friends organized this race held in his memory with the express desire to raise funds for local charitable organizations that work to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among Fernandina's youth,  including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County because of the work they do with children and young adults, and to the Nassau Humane Society where Ben volunteered.

    The race, which attracts hundreds of participants and spectators will start 9 am, but racers are encouraged to arrive early to check in. Festivities will include a 5K Runway Rally, Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, Nassau County School Challenge, Silent Auction and much more. 

    Those interested in signing up for the race can do so online until 10/18, or ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Local News

    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!

    ...   [Read More]




    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. 

    Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com

    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. 

      Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com   Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com   ...   [Read More]




    904 Happy Hour Website Gets Revamp




    Jacksonvilles favorite entertainment website got a facelift on Thursday, October 17th. Over the past month, lead designer Shawn Jasmin worked late nights to complete the technical & time consuming project. Shawn has a extensive background in webdesign but this website tested his skills. 

      

    The new website still features all of your old favorites like the where to go section where you can browse bars and venues to see their specials. The website will be undergoing updates through the coming weeks to all venues to display the most accurate specials. The new website will focus more on localized articles, info and events to keep everyone in the North Florida region up to date. 

    The original website, founded in 2011 was created by founder Charles Wagoner. After much deliberation and technical consultation, Charles decided it was time to give 904 Happy Hour the "revamp" that would change everything. "The new website integrates everything we could think of that a user would want to know about a specific area or region. The new website also gives restaurants, concert halls and really any business looking to increase their market share and capital the availability to update their own profiles and share...   [Read More]




    Huge Country Superfest Set To Come To Jacksonville




    October 10, 2013 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – The first-ever Florida Country Superfest, featuring the biggest stars in country music, is set for June 14 and 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla., officials announced today. Jacksonville’s EverBank Field will play host to two jam-packed days and nights of country music and tailgating fun.

    The complete talent lineup along with ticket information and other details surrounding this mega-event will be released at a press conference scheduled for Nov. 14 in Jacksonville. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Nov. 21.   Country music fans interested in signing up for the mailing list and securing tickets before they are available to the general public through a special pre-sale opportunity can register at www.FloridaCountrySuperfest.com.   “The Florida Country Superfest will generate a lot of excitement and showcase Jacksonville as a destination for entertainment,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “Events like this have a great impact on tourism and the local economy. I am thrilled that the community leaders and event producers worked together to make Jacksonville the host for this festival.”

    Festival Productions, Inc.–New Orleans (FPI-NO) and S...   [Read More]




    October Art Walk




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