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                                                                                                                                                                 Beer & Music Festival Folio Weekly’s annual Beer &
                                                                                                           ANNUAL EVENTS                                         Music Festival is held around second week in June and
                                                                                                                                                                 features more than 200 domestic, imported and
                                                                                                                   January-April                                 microbrewed beers, along with cuisine from local restaurants
                                                                                                                                                                 and live music. 260-9770 ext. 110.




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                                                                                                Gator Bowl The 66th annual college football classic is
                                                                                                held every year on Jan. 1 at Jax Municipal Stadium, 1 Gator      Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Every May
                                                                                                Bowl Blvd., downtown Jacksonville. Events leading up to the      and June, the AICMF presents classical music at venues
                                                                                                game include a 5K run, a parade and fireworks. The game is       throughout Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. 261-1779.
                                                                                                screened live in the courtyard at The Jacksonville Landing.      aicmf.com
                                                                                                798-1700. gatorbowl.com




 Florida
                                                                                                                                                                 Soul Food Festival Soul food, and live R&B and soul
                                                                                                26.2 With Donna Marathon The only national                       music are featured each June at Metropolitan Park in
                                                                                                marathon staged to fight breast cancer, the fourth annual        downtown Jacksonville. 1-888-512-SHOW. ilovesoulfood.com
                                                                                                26.2 With Donna is held on Feb. 13, 2011, and includes a
                                                                                                half-marathon and relay. A full 100 percent of the race          Community Fest 2010 This community pride event
                                                                                                proceeds and raised funds benefit breast cancer research         includes activities for preteens and teens, including health
                                                                                                and care. 355-PINK.                                              screenings, college informational programs and live music.
                                                                                                                                                                 The fest is held on July 17 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator
                          Photos by Walter Coker                                                Gate River Run The 33rd annual 15K River Run is held             Bowl Blvd., downtown Jacksonville. communityfest.com
                                                                                                on March 12, 2011, on Gator Bowl Boulevard between
You’ve just arrived. You’ve lived here forever. You’re building your dream home. You live in    Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and Metropolitan Park. Live       Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament The
                                                                                                bands play along the race route and a post-race celebration      30th annual tournament is the largest one in the nation, held
your parents’ basement. Whatever your circumstance, Folio Weekly’s Field Guide is the only      is held at the Fairgrounds. 731-1900. gate-riverrun.com          this year July 19-24 at Sisters Creek Park, 8203 Heckscher
                                                                                                                                                                 Drive, Jacksonville. Activities include the junior angler
guide you need to make your way in Northeast Florida. Along with contact info for elected       Jax Suns Baseball The Jacksonville Suns take on teams            tournament, Liars’ Tent, boat shows, awards ceremonies and
officials, a four-county guide to parks and a complete guide to historic and cultural           in the Double-A Southern League from April through the           live music. 251-3011. kingfishtournament.com
                                                                                                second week in September at the Baseball Grounds of
resources, our 2010 Field Guide offers a snapshot of the region’s signature events, festivals   Jacksonville, 301 Randolph Blvd., downtown Jacksonville.         River City Pride Festival After a year’s hiatus,
                                                                                                358-2846.                                                        Jacksonville’s annual gay pride festival has been
and attractions, along with a slew of insider secrets that everyone should know. So whether
                                                                                                                                                                 renamed and rescheduled for Oct. 17, 2010 at the
you’re looking to rediscover your own hometown or just want send an annoying houseguest         Margarita Fest More than 40 margaritas and food are              Riverside Arts Market, downtown Jacksonville. Check out
                                                                                                sampled at Folio Weekly’s Margarita Festival every April.        the River City Pride of Jacksonville page on Facebook.
out to explore, Folio Weekly’s Field Guide is the only resource you need.                       260-9770 ext. 110.                                               rivercitypride@gmail.com

                                                                                                Springing the Blues This free outdoor blues festival
                                                                                                features renowned performers and regional up-and-comers,                    September-December
                                                                                                and is held oceanfront at Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville
                                                                                                Beach. The 21st annual Blues festival is held April 8, 9 and     Filipino Pride Day Music, food and culture of the
                                                                                                10, 2011. springingtheblues.com                                  Philippines is celebrated on Sept. 25, 2010 at The
                                                                                                                                                                 Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville.
                                                                                                Opening of the Beaches This ceremonial opening occurs            fpdjax.com
                                                                                                each April. Activities include a parade, a sandcastle-building
                                                                                                contest, a 5K run and a surfing competition at the Sea Walk      Jacksonville Jaguars The Jaguars’ regular season runs
                                                                                                Pavilion, First Street in Jacksonville Beach. 247-6100.          from Sept. 12-Jan. 2, with eight home games held at
                                                                                                                                                                 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, downtown Jacksonville.
                                                                                                                                                                 633-2000.
                                                                                                                     May-August
                                                                                                                                                                 Amelia Island Jazz Festival The annual festival is held
                                                                                                Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Honoring the late 1960s              Oct. 3-10 at various locations around Amelia Island and
                                                                                                folksinger and storyteller James Gamble Rogers IV, this          Fernandina Beach. Scheduled to appear this year are
                                                                                                annual festival is held April 29 and 30 and May 1, 2011, at      Ramsey Lewis Trio and Steve Marche Tormé. 504-4772.
                                                                                                venues throughout the Oldest City’s historic district. Past      ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
                                                                                                performers include Loudon Wainwright III, Ralph Stanley, and
                                                                                                Missy Raines and the New Hip. 794-4163.                          OktoberFest Celebrate all things autumnal at Folio
                                                                                                gamblerogersfest.com                                             Weekly’s 2nd annual OktoberFest, on Oct. 23. The event
                                                                                                                                                                 features live music, food and recognition of 2010’s Best of
                                                                                                Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival The 48th annual                 Jax winners. 260-9770 ext. 110.
                                                                                                Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach is
                                                                                                held April 29 and 30 and May 1 and features a pirate parade      Florida-Georgia Weekend Also known as the World’s
                                                                                                on April 28, fireworks, a 5K run/walk and lots of shrimp. 1-     Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. The 88th annual match-up of
                                                                                                866) 4-AMELIA. shrimpfestival.com                                the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia
                                                                                                                                                                 Bulldogs is held on Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Jacksonville
                                                                                                World of Nations Celebration Multiethnic cuisine and             Municipal Stadium. Weekend events include live music, pep
                                                                                                international entertainment are featured as part of the 19th     rallies and tailgate parties galore. 630-3690, 1-800-985-FLGA.
                                                                                                annual event, held on the first weekend in May at Metropolitan
                                                                                                Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. 630-3690.             The Great Chowder Debate More than 30 St.
                                                                                                                                                                 Augustine area restaurants duke it out for top honors in
                                                                                                Mug Race The longest river race in the world – from              November at the Conch House Marina, 57 Comares Ave., St.
                                                                                                Palatka to Orange Park — has been held annually (usually in      Augustine. 829-8646.
                                                                                                May) for nearly 60 years on the St. Johns River. Sailboats
                                                                                                only. rudderclub.com                                             Lincolnville Festival The 30th annual Lincolnville
                                                                                                                                                                 Festival is held on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 in St. Augustine St.
                                                                                                The Players Championship Top golfers from around                 Francis Field. Ethnic foods, drinks and live jazz and blues are
                                                                                                the world vie for the title at the PGA Tour’s annual golf        featured. 333-0539.
                                                                                                tournament at Sawgrass, held May 9-15, 2011, in Ponte
                                                                                                Vedra Beach. pgatour.com                                         Martini Fest Sample more than 40 kinds of martinis at
                                                                                                                                                                 Folio Weekly’s annual event, held in November, along with
                                                                                                The Jacksonville Jazz Festival Held annually since               live music, food from local restaurants and a bartending
                                                                                                1981, the event is scheduled for late May 2011, at venues        contest. 260-9770 ext. 110.
                                                                                                and parks throughout Jacksonville’s urban core. Past
                                                                                                performers include Buddy Guy, Harry Connick Jr. and the          Holiday Boat Parade The annual boat parade and
                                                                                                Brubeck Quartet. 630-3690. jaxjazzfest.com                       tree-lighting ceremony are held during the last week in




                                                                                                  STUFF WE LOVE
                                                                                                  The Homer Donut
                                                                                                  Pink-frosted, sprinkle-laden and at least a half-size larger than your average donut, Edgewood
                                                                                                  Bakery’s tribute to “The Simpsons” signature confection is a glorious indulgence. And at 95
                                                                                                  cents, worth every penny. edgewoodbakery.com
November (Nov. 27 this year) in The Jacksonville Landing
Courtyard, 2 Independent Drive, and on the St. Johns                STUFF WE LOVE
River, Jacksonville. Fireworks are featured. 630-3690.
makeascenedowntown.com                                              Best Street Sign
                                                                    On I-95 southbound in northern St. Johns
                                                                    County, the green distance sign reads
ART WALKS & FESTIVALS                                               “Daytona 69.”

Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk Thirteen Amelia
Island galleries are open late, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the
second Sat. of each month. 1-800-266-3542.                        Fernandina Beach This city’s charming historic district is
                                                                  centered, appropriately enough, along Centre Street, and
First Wednesday Art Walk Various downtown                         includes restaurants, boutiques and enough charm to sink a
Jacksonville art galleries are open late with live music, DJs     pirate ship. Don’t miss the side streets, for well-preserved
and performance 5-9 p.m. on the first Wed. of each month.         Victorian architecture. fbfl.us
634-0303.
                                                                  Five Points Long known as Jacksonville’s artsy hang, Five
First Friday Art Walk Twenty St. Augustine galleries stay         Points offers an ever-expanding array of indie shops, bars
open late, from 5-9 p.m., for this monthly self-guided tour,      and restaurants. The newly remodeled 5 Points Theatre
beginning at Rembrandtz on King Street. 829-0065.                 offers first-run flicks and midnight movies. Riverside Park, at
                                                                  the north end of Park Street, offers a playground, fountain
North Beaches Art Walk Galleries of Atlantic and                  and plenty of space for medieval sword-fighting.
Neptune Beaches are open late, from 5-9 p.m., on the third
Thur. of each month at various venues from Sailfish Drive in      Friendship Fountain, Southbank Riverwalk
Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. 249-2222.        Located near the Museum of Science and History, the
                                                                  fountain was designed by architect Taylor Hardwick and
Riverside Arts Market Local and regional artists,                 opened in 1965. Plus, the latest Dinosaur Jr. vid was shot
farmers and artisans sell wares every Sat. from 10 a.m.-4         there. The 1-mile wood-plank Southbank Riverwalk offers an
p.m. through Dec. 18 beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on          unhindered view of the St. Johns River.
Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville. Live music, free parking,
children’s activities and food vendors are also featured. 554-    Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens Located off
6865. riversideartsmarket.com                                     Monument Road near Regency, the arboretum comprises
                                                                  120 acres of Floridian plant life. Educational programs
Uptown Saturday Night Galleries and merchants along               centered around conservation, horticulture and natural
San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine stay open late, from 5-9        history are offered. Open daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
p.m., on the last Sat. of each month. 824-3152.                   jacksonvillearboretum.org

                                                                  The Jacksonville Landing/Northbank Riverwalk
  AREA ATTRACTIONS &                                              Located on the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown, The
                                                                  Landing features restaurants and shops, plus a courtyard
  WORTHY DESTINATIONS                                             that hosts everything from local bands to political rallies. The
                                                                  adjacent Riverwalk runs two miles, from Berkman Plaza
Adventure Landing 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach,           condos to I-95 in Riverside.
246-4386. 4825 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, 771-2803
2780 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 827-9400. These parks offer go-      Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex 3605 Philips Highway,
kart, miniature golf, gaming arcades and batting cages. The       Southside, 399-3223
Beaches location offers a full waterpark and massive game         Public skating, live music and DJs, youth hockey and other
room; St. Augustine’s location has an inflatable water slide.     icy events are offered at the rink. A full concession stand and
                                                                  skate rental are available.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery 111 Busch Drive,
Jacksonville, 696-8373, budweisertours.com                        Jacksonville Main Library 303 N. Laura St.,
Complimentary tours are offered at this massive brewery           Jacksonville, 630-2665
located near Dunn Avenue on Jacksonville’s Northside. Ask         The largest public library in the state, this Hemming Plaza
for a sample — or two.                                            landmark features children’s activities, art exhibits, concerts,
                                                                  a film series and a whole lotta books, DVDs and CDs.
Beaches Town Center Located where Atlantic Boulevard
meets the Atlantic Ocean, Town Center offers boutiques,           Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens 370 Zoo Parkway,
restaurants and oceanfront hotels. The annual Dancin’ in the      Jacksonville, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org. With more than
Streets Festival is held in May, and Pete’s Bar hosts a massive   1,400 animals, the Zoo also features a komodo dragon, the
Thanksgiving Day bash every year. beachestowncenter.com           Giraffe Overlook, a kids Play Park with a carousel, garden




  STUFF
  WE LOVE
  Nestled between a gas
  station and a barbershop,
  Tappin Book Mine
  (705 Atlantic Blvd.) is
  something of an Atlantic
  Beach landmark. Tappin’s
  musty charms have
  withstood the rise and fall
  of franchise booksellers
  for nearly 40 years.
  Recent finds include a
  vintage hardback copy of
  Charles Willeford’s
  “Cockfighter” and a
  complete, mint-condition
  multi-volume set of the
  Jewish mystical teachings,
  “The Zohar.”
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The Beaches Museum & History Center in Jacksonville Beach is home to the Beaches Area Historical
Society, a 28-ton steam locomotive and (through Aug. 28) the skateboard exhibit “Dropping In.”


tours, Stingray Bay — with sharks! — and the Range of the        Fernandina Farmers Market Centre Street and
Jaguar. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, till 6 p.m. on            Seventh Street North, Fernandina Beach, 491-4872,
summer weekends.                                                 fernandinafarmersmarket.com. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A
                                                                 growers’ market, with farm-direct organic fruits and vegetables,
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park                     goat and cow cheeses and natural lamb and goat meat.
999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-3337,
alligatorfarm.com. This historic wooded zoo features komodo      Hemming Plaza Market Hemming Plaza, 117 W. Duval
dragons, crocodiles — including 15-foot-3-inch, 1,250-           St., Jacksonville, 634-0303 ext. 225,
pound Maximo — in addition to having huge pits of                downtownjacksonville.org. Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
alligators. The rookery features spoonbills and other wading     Produce, flowers, jewelry and live entertainment.
birds. Kids’ zone, snack bar and daily ‘gator feedings are
featured. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., till 6 p.m. in the summer.   Jacksonville Farmers Market 1810 W. Beaver St.,
                                                                 Jacksonville, 354-2821, jaxfarmersmarket.com. Daily from
St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340-C A1A S.,                        5 a.m.-7 p.m. Florida’s oldest farmers market is also the
St. Augustine, 471-1965, 209-3758, 1-800-653-2489,               biggest in town. A good source for hard-to-find Asian and
staugamphitheatre.com                                            Caribbean produce. Not primarily organic, but great deals.
This newly renovated outdoor concert venue is set in a
maritime oak hammock on Anastasia Island and seats up to         Mandarin Farmers Market 10601 San Jose Blvd.,
4,500. Events include a seasonal Winter Wonderland, a free       Jacksonville (Whole Foods parking lot.). Sundays from noon-
movie series and big-name musical acts. Upcoming shows           4 p.m. Local growers and local artists. 236-9966
include Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and The Flaming Lips.
                                                                 Old City Farmers Market St. Augustine Amphitheatre
San Marco Square The upscale shopping district at the            1304 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-3733,
intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue          taugamphitheatre.com/farmers.php. This booming farmers
features a central statue of lions, San Marco Theatre, Theatre   market runs Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and
Jacksonville and many local merchants and restaurants.           features freshly picked vegetables and fruits, home baked
                                                                 breads, flowers, crafts, live music and eats.
World Golf Hall of Fame, IMAX Theater
World Golf Village, One World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95,     Riverside Arts Market Riverside Avenue beneath the
St. Augustine, 940-4123 and 940-IMAX. Six hundred years          Fuller Warren Bridge/I-95 overpass, 554-6865,
of golf history are featured in interactive displays,            riversideartsmarket.com. The market features everything from
memorabilia and artifacts at the World Golf Hall of Fame         vegan funnel cakes to naturally flavored shaved ices, plus lots
Museum. The village also houses a full-screen IMAX Theater.      of organic produce, local art and roving entertainers.
                                                                 Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April to December.

                                                                 The Sunday Market Vilano Beach Pier 206 Vilano Road,
      FARMERS MARKETS                                            Vilano Beach Pier and Town Center, 540-8797,
Fresh produce, organic cheeses and homemade crafts are           thesundaymarket.com. Sundays from noon-4 p.m. Features
the bread and butter of most local farmers markets — and         more than 50 vendors, selling local honey, organic and
Northeast Florida’s crop of spots to shop local is blooming.     conventionally grown produce, coffee and arts and crafts —
                                                                 and often there’s live entertainment.
Beaches Green Market Jarboe Park, at the intersection
of A1A and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach, 270-0273,           The Wednesday Market Pier Parking Lot, 350 A1A
beacheslocalfoodnetwork.org. Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.             Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 347-8007,
Fresh-picked organic produce, grass-fed beef and goat and        thewednesdaymarket.com. Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-12:30
cow cheeses.                                                     p.m. This weekly market features dozens of vendors selling
                                                                 organic and conventionally grown produce, crafts and snacks.


  STUFF WE LOVE                                                       COMMUNITY GROUPS
  Secret Parking in downtown                                           & NEIGHBORHOOD
  St. Augustine
  Avoid the new meter fees and check out                                ORGANIZATIONS
  the National Park rangers’ lot, located just
  across from the Fort and next to Acapulco                      Brooklyn Neighborhood Association
  restaurant. The slots are only off-limits                      202 Spruce St., Jacksonville, 354-9266
  during the daytime — after 6 p.m., they’re                     E-mail ayeshacovington@att.net
  wide open, free — and conveniently
  located adjacent to Charlotte Street.                          Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (CPACs)
                                                                 These city sponsored groups are designed to serve as a link
  STUFF WE LOVE
  The Westside is the best side — at least when it comes to watching downtown fireworks.
  Just park in the Winn-Dixie lot on Roosevelt Boulevard near NAS Jax for a sky view, or walk
  or bike to the center of Roosevelt Boulevard bridge and hang out in the pedestrian lane. It’s
  protected by a concrete wall, and the view is spectacular — skyline and all.



between residents and local government, and are split into   West Beaches Community Association
six planning districts — the Urban Core, Greater             4390 Richmond Park, Jacksonville, 343-8325
Arlington/Beaches, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest and       E-mail cediii@ix.netcom.com or scott@openbeaches.org
North. 255-8200 coj.net
                                                             Murray Hill Preservation Association
Myrtle Avenue Neighborhood Improvement                       212-1250, murrayhillneighbors.com
Association, Inc. 1440 N. Myrtle Ave., Jacksonville,         E-mail murrayhilljax@yahoo.com
354-8627. E-mail millecelia@bellsouth.net
                                                             Heckscher Drive Community Club, Inc.
Greater Arlington Civic Council, Inc. 1924 Holly             9759 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 251-3392
Oaks Lake Road W., Jacksonville, 730-9360                    E-mail n_altman@comcast.net
E-mail lhawkins@ggise.com
                                                             North Jacksonville Civic Association
Coalition of Kernan Boulevard Communities                    341 Baisden Road, Jacksonville, 757-4749
3925 Maple View Drive, Jacksonville, 568-7325

JAXPRIDE 220 E. Forsyth St., Ste. C, Jacksonville,           ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
356-2846, Jaxpride.orgA community-wide beautification
organization.                                                Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch Focused on the
                                                             conservation of Amelia Island’s nesting sea turtle population.
Greater Englewood Neighborhood Association                   583-1913
4614 Clinton Ave., Jacksonville, 636-0851
E-mail hollerj1@bellsouth.net                                Duval Audubon Society This nonprofit focuses on
                                                             habitat conservation for birds and wildlife in Clay, Duval and
Mayport Village Civic Association 1331 Broad St.,            Nassau Counties. 566-1695, duvalaudubon.org
Mayport, 655-1526. E-mail carneyt@educationcentral.com
                                                             First Coast Surfrider Foundation This nonprofit
Olde Mandarin Neighborhood Association                       grassroots organization focuses on protecting the world’s
13200 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 880-1231                  oceans and beaches. Locally, Surfrider sponsors fundraisers
E-mail susienscott@aol.com                                   including beach clean-ups and surfing contests. surfrider.org

Spring Park Neighborhood Association                         Greenscape 1468 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville,
2905 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, 398-6539                398-5757, greenscapeofjacksonville.com
E-mail jcnana2@aol.com                                       This tree-planting nonprofit group focuses on improving and
                                                             preserving Jacksonville’s tree canopy.

                                                             North Florida Land Trust 2029 N. Third St.,
  STUFF WE LOVE                                              Jacksonville Beach, 827-9870, northfloridalandtrust.org
                                                             This environmental group helps landowners place
  If you’re traveling to the Oldest City —                   parcels of land — large or small — into permanent
  especially if you plan to hit St. Augustine                conservation easements.
  Beach — it’s best to know the drawbridge
  schedule. Unlike most bridges in Florida,                  Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute
  the Bridge of Lions opens on the half-hour                 of Florida
  — not on (boater) demand. The only                         2029 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach,
  exceptions are at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.,                 247-1972 ext. 418, publictrustlaw.org. This advocacy
  when the bridge doesn’t open at all, in                    organization uses “all legal means” to protect public lands
  order to accommodate roadway traffic.                      and waters.
  (The bridge does open on demand before 7
  a.m. and after 6 p.m., however.)                           St. Johns Audubon Society
                                                             This group promotes the protection, preservation and
   Field Guide
restoration of birds, other wildlife and their habitats through
science-based advocacy. 461-2025

St. Johns Riverkeeper
2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7691,
stjohnsriverkeeper.org
This nonprofit organization is a full-time advocate and
watchdog for the St. Johns River, its watershed and the
public to whom it belongs.

Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
A national organization dedicated to exploring, enjoying and
protecting the planet. The local group organizes outdoor
adventures and lobbies local and state government.
247-1876, florida.sierraclub.org


     POLITICS & ACTIVISM
American Civil Union Liberties of Northeast
Florida Like the national ACLU, the local branch is focuses
on free speech, religious liberty and the right to privacy.
aclufl.org

Americans United for Separation of Church
and State This nonpartisan organization works to
preserve church/state separation to ensure religious
freedom for everyone. au.org

Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County This
watchdog group works to fight fraud, waste, corruption,
inefficiency and tomfoolery at Jacksonville’s City Hall.
jaxtaxpayers.org

Duval County Democratic Party The local organization
promotes the Democratic party with a focus on citizen
involvement in advancing candidates. duvaldemocrats.org

First Coast Tea Party This tax-conscious, limited
government grassroots group meets for rallies and to discuss
national and local trends. firstcoastteaparty.org

JASMYN JASMYN offers a safe place for young gay,
lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. AIDS
awareness, counseling and support groups are offered. The
Gay Youth Information Hotline is 389-0089. 923 Peninsular
Place, Jacksonville, jasmyn.org

MADDADS Men Against Destruction — Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder aims to recruit members to “save
children, communities, and ourselves from the social ills that
presently plague neighborhoods.” maddads.com

Republican Party of Duval County duvalgop.org
The local organization promotes the Republican party and
Republican principles, including strong national defense and
strict immigration policies.


    COMMUNITY GARDENS
Beaches Organic Community Garden Jarboe Park,
located at A1A and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach,
270-0273, beacheslocalfoodnetwork.web.officelive.com
For a $10 fee and three hours of volunteer time per month,
the garden provides gardeners with a plot, water, soil,




  STUFF WE LOVE
  Bird Watching
  During nesting season, there is no vantage
  point as revealing as the Alligator Farm’s
  rookery. A stroll on the park’s swamp
  boardwalk puts you within inches of baby
  birds in the nest and their watchful but
  tolerant mothers. A close birdwatching
  second is Tiger Island, a state-owned oak
  hammock preserve on the Amelia River,
  where bird lovers catch glimpses of rare
  species like the piping plover, painted
  bunting and least tern, in addition to more
  common wood storks, swallow-tailed kites
  and yellow-crowned night herons.
                                                                                                                                                               Gas
                                                                                                                                    TECO PEOPLES GAS
                                                                                                                                    739-1211 or 1-877-832-6747
                                                                                                                                    Provides natural gas to Orange Park, Duval County and parts
                                                                                                                                    of St. Johns County. If there was prior service at the house,
                                                                                                                                    new accounts may be opened by phone. There is a $25-$30
                                                                                                 Alpine Groves Park, on             activation fee per meter, and a deposit is due with the first
                                                                                                 S.R. 13 in St. Johns               gas bill.
                                                                                                 County, is a 54-acre
                                                                                                 former homestead and               FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITIES 911 S. Eighth St.,
                                                                                                 citrus grove on a bluff            Fernandina Beach, 432-4001, 277-1977. Supplies propane
                                                                                                 overlooking the St.                for Nassau and Duval counties. Also supplies electricity and in
                                                                                                 Johns River.                       some areas water for Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.


                                                                                                                                                  Phone Service
                                                                                                                                    AT&T RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER SERVICE
                                                                                                                                    1-888-757-6500; Business, 1-866-620-6000
                                                                                                                                    Applying for service can be done by phone or online by
                                                                                                                                    supplying the company with name, Social Security number,
                                                                                                                                    any other existing phone service and the physical address
                                                                                                                                    where service is requested. Other independent phone service
                                                                                                                                    providers are available.
liability insurance and a basic introduction to organic             parts of Clay County.
gardening education.
                                                                    GREEN COVE SPRINGS UTILITIES                                            Garbage Collection
City Sprout/Lincolnville Community Garden                           Electric, 1289 Harbor Road, 529-2249
Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine,                 Water, 1277 Harbor Road, 529-2226                                          & Recycling
537-5263, citysprout.org                                            City Hall, 321 Walnut St., 529-2200
Community memberships are offered in either shared plots            Provides electricity, water, sewer and garbage collection for   CLAY COUNTY
(free) or individual plots ($25 for 6 months). Meetings are         Green Cove Springs.                                             Environmental Services, 3545 Rosemary Hill Road, Green
held from 4-5 p.m. every Sun. to plant, harvest and enjoy                                                                           Cove Springs, 284-6374
the garden.                                                         TOWN OF ORANGE PARK Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave.,                  Environmental Services serves Clay County (excluding
                                                                    278-3016. Provides water, sewer and sanitation within the       Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms and
Eastside Community Garden                                           town limits of Orange Park.                                     Keystone Heights) for garbage, yard waste and recycling.
960 Spearing St., Jacksonville, 354-4673
E-mail sbailey@operationnewhope.com                                 ST. JOHNS COUNTY UTILITIES                                      GREEN COVE SPRINGS SOLID WASTE DEPT.
This project of Operation New Hope plans to grow edible             1205 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 209-2700. Provides water for       900 W. Gum St., Green Cove Springs, 529-2246
flowers, fruit and, vegetables, and needs donations of funds,       parts of St. Johns County and Anastasia Island, excluding the   Provides garbage, yard waste and recycling collection for
time and supplies.                                                  city of St. Augustine.                                          residential and commercial accounts within the city limits of
                                                                                                                                    Green Cove Springs.
Springfield Community Garden 1101 N. Main St.,                      CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE PUBLIC WORKS DEPT.,
Jacksonville, 657-1177. E-mail jaxgreen@gmail.com                   UTILITIES DEPT. City Hall, 75 King St., 825-1037,               TOWN OF ORANGE PARK Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave.,
Folks work in the garden each Saturday at noon, and Food            825-1040. Provides water, sewer and garbage service in St.      Orange Park.
Not Bombs hosts a potluck meal at 2 p.m. every Sun.                 Augustine city limits and parts of St. Johns County.            Utility Billing, 278-3016 or Public Works Dept., 264-7411
                                                                                                                                    Provides water, sewer and sanitation within the town limits of
                                                                    FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITIES 911 S. Eighth St.,                     Orange Park. For other Clay County areas, call the Clay
 THE BARE NECESSITIES                                               Fernandina Beach, 261-3663. Supplies electricity and in         County Environmental Services Department, 284-6374 or
                                                                    some areas water for Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.        269-6341, for the name and phone number of the collection
Electric & Water Services                                           Also supplies propane for Nassau and Duval counties.            company in your area.
You’ll need to provide your physical address or meter
number, Social Security number, driver’s license, phone
number and place of employment. Before applying in person,
it’s best to call for information. In some cases, a phone call is     STUFF WE LOVE
all that’s necessary.
                                                                      Stewart’s Market
JEA 21 W. Church St., Jacksonville, 665-6000,                         Luther Stewart still runs the produce stand his father started some 30 years ago (311
1-800-683-5542. JEA provides electricity and water to most            Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine). In addition to grocery staples, he sells local shrimp, local
of Duval County, including Atlantic Beach, and parts of Clay          produce and local oysters by the bushel.
and St. Johns counties. Payments may be made by mail to
JEA, P.O. Box 45047, Jacksonville, FL 32232, online at
jea.com or at several full-service and payment only locations.
jea.com/customer/payment/paymentonly.asp

FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT (FPL) 1-800-226-3545
residential; 1-800-375-2434 business. Provides electricity
to portions of St. Johns and Nassau counties. Apply over
the phone, since there are no local offices.

BEACHES ENERGY SERVICES City Hall, 11 N. Third St.,
Jacksonville Beach, 247-6241. Provides electricity for
Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach.
Provides water, sewer and garbage collection for all of
Jacksonville Beach.

CLAY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE 734 Blanding Blvd.,
Orange Park, 272-2456.
Provides electricity to all of Clay County, including Orange
Park, Green Cove Springs and Middleburg.

CLAY COUNTY UTILITY AUTHORITY 3176 Old
Jennings Road, Middleburg, 272-5999, 1-877-476-CCUA
Provides water, reclaimed water and wastewater services for
                                                                  Field Guide
                                                                  COMCAST PALATKA 200 N. Third St., Palatka,
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                   (386) 328-4205
                                                                  Payment Centers
  Riverside Arts Market                                           2471 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 824-2813
  This hardly qualifies as a secret. But if you                   Serving most of St. Johns County.
  haven’t been to RAM, you’re missing out
  on one of the city’s best community
  gatherings. There’s art, live music, strolling                            Driver’s Licenses
  jugglers, fire-eaters, plenty of food,
  beautiful produce and, best of all, it’s                        A Florida driver’s license is required of all motorists within
  located in the glorious, merciful shade,                        30 days of becoming a Florida resident, registering a child
  under the Fuller Warren Bridge on                               in a Florida public school or gaining employment in the
  Riverside Avenue.                                               state. A certified birth certificate is required to obtain a
                                                                  license, along with proof of a Social Security number, and
                                                                  two address verifications. Drivers with valid out-of-state
                                                                  licenses are required to pass only a visual exam, while
DUVAL COUNTY                                                      new drivers must pass the eye test, a rules-and-
Garbage collection is provided by the city’s Sanitation           regulations test, a road signs test and a driving test.
Division for the downtown area and by private collection          Gathergoget.com
companies for other areas. For the company that provides
service in your area, call the Sanitation Division.               CLAY COUNTY 1518 Park Ave., Orange Park,
Duval County/City of Jacksonville Environmental Resource          269-1400
Management Solid                                                  868 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 112, Orange Park, 413-3061
Waste Division, 1031 Superior St., Jacksonville, 387-8922         (closing on July 27)
or 630-CITY                                                       477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6320
Advanced Disposal Services (ADS), 9798 Normandy Blvd.,
Jacksonville, 421-7373                                            DUVAL COUNTY
7915 Baymeadows Way, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, 737-7900             7439 Wilson Blvd., Jacksonville, 777-2122
Southland Waste Systems of Jacksonville (SWS), 218                4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 109, Southside, online
Morgan Ave., Jacksonville, 384-2567                               appointments only, flhsmv.gov/offices/duval.html
Recycling Services, 2120 N. Market St., Jacksonville,             231 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 630-1916
354-8107                                                          7120 Hogan Road, Ste. 15, Jacksonville, 630-1916
Waste Management/Jacksonville Waste Control (JWC),                6672 Commonwealth Blvd., Jacksonville, 630-1916
6501 Greenland Road, Jacksonville, 260-1592                       3428 Beach Blvd., Southside, 858-6941
Atlantic Beach Public Works, 1200 Sandpiper Lane,                 7439 Wilson Blvd., Westside, 777-2122
Atlantic Beach, 247-5833                                          10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Mandarin, 630-1916
Residents living north of Church Road and west of Mayport         12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 102, Arlington, 630-1916
Road call city of Jacksonville, 387-8999.                         3520 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Hyde Park, 630-1916
Jacksonville Beach Public Works, 247-6219                         12961 N. Main St., Ste. 210, Downtown, 630-1916
Jacksonville Beach has an automated wheeled-cart program,         910 W. 44th St., Northside, 630-1916
which supplies customers with receptacles.                        1505 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 630-1916
Neptune Beach Public Works, 270-2423
                                                                  NASSAU COUNTY
                                                                  86130 License Road, Fernandina Beach, 548-4965
NASSAU COUNTY SOLID                                               416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-7415
WASTE DEPT.
46026 Landfill Road, Callahan, 321-5770, 879-6321                 ST. JOHNS COUNTY
Fernandina Beach Sanitation/Recycle Department                    4030 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, 209-2250
1017 S. Fifth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7186                     6658 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 209-2250
Provides service within the city. In other parts of the county,   725 Flora Branch Blvd., Julington Creek, 287-2478
you can drop off your own garbage, Mon.-Sat., at the              5430 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 285-5092
Callahan location, or you can hire a private company. The         6195 S. Main St., Ste. E, Hastings, 692-2483
Nassau County Sanitation Division, or the local phone
listings, can provide names and phone numbers of private
companies operating in your area.                                        Vehicle Registration
                                                                  Within 30 days of establishing residence in Florida,
ST. JOHNS COUNTY                                                  you are required to register all motor vehicles with
3005 Allen Nease Road, Elkton, 827-6980                           the state and obtain a Florida license plate. Be prepared
250 N. Stratton Road, St. Johns, 827-6980                         to provide personal identification, title or proof of out-of-
Within the St. Augustine city limits, call 825-1049 (or the       state financing, out-of-state vehicle registration, proof
administrative office at 825-1040). St. Augustine Beach           of personal injury protection and property damage
residents call 471-2122. In other parts of St. Johns County,      liability insurance.
contact the Solid Waste Department at 824-9720.
                                                                  CLAY COUNTY 3245 Bear Run Blvd. (off Blanding
SEABOARD WASTE SYSTEMS                                            Boulevard), Orange Park, 272-5700
445-A International Golf Parkway, St. Augustine, 825-0991         1518 Park Ave., Orange Park, 269-1400
                                                                  477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6320

           Cable TV Service                                       DUVAL COUNTY coj.net/tc
                                                                  Tax Collector’s offices
COMCAST                                                           3520 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Hyde Park, 630-1916
6805 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, 1-800-266-2278             12961 N. Main St., Ste. 210, Downtown, 630-1916
Payment Centers                                                   10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Mandarin, 630-1916
5050 Sunbeam Road, Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 374-8000                 1505 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 630-1916
3031 Monument Road, Ste. 3, Jacksonville, 374-8000                910 W. 44th St., Northside, 630-1916
384 15th Ave. S., Ste. B, Jacksonville Beach, 374-8000            6672 Commonwealth Ave., Northside, 630-1916
2550 Mayport Road, Ste. 4, Atlantic Beach, 374-8000               7120 Hogan Road, Ste. 15, Jacksonville, 630-1916
6011 103rd St., Ste. 4, Jacksonville, 374-8000                    12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 102, Regency, 630-1916
403 W. 48th St., Ste. 3, Jacksonville, 374-8000                   231 E. Forsyth St., Room 108, Downtown, 630-1916
357 College Drive, Orange Park, 1-800-266-2278
900 Dunn Ave., Ste. 4, Jacksonville, 374-8000                     NASSAU COUNTY
1600 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, 1-800-266-2278                15885 C.R. 108, Hilliard, 845-3930
1948 S. Kings Road, Callahan, 1-800-266-2278                      96135 Nassau Place, Ste. 3, Yulee, 491-7400
Serving Duval County and parts of Clay, Nassau and St.            45401 Mickler Road, Callahan, 879-1930
Johns counties.                                                   416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-7415
                                                                  Absolute Animal Control, mobile service throughout Northeast
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                   Florida, 838-1150

  Free Museum Days
  MOCA Jax is free to families on Sundays,                        PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  from noon — 4 p.m. The Cummer
  Museum of Art & Gardens is free every                           JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
  Tuesday night from 4-9 p.m. And Karpeles                        100 N. Myrtle Ave. Customer Service 630-3100, 743-3582
  Manuscript Library Museum at 101 W.                             Hearing Impaired (Voice/TDD) 630-3191, jtafla.com
  First St. is always free.
                                                                  BUSES
                                                                  JTA services Mayport and the Beaches, Arlington, Orange
ST. JOHNS COUNTY                                                  Park, Mandarin, Westside (including Green Cove Springs,
6195 S. Main St., Ste. E, Hastings, 692-2483                      Middleburg, Palatka, Cecil and St. Augustine outlet malls),
725 Flora Branch Blvd., Julington, 287-2478                       Northside, Southside and downtown Jacksonville areas.
5430 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 285-5092                      Fares vary according to the length of the ride (ages 60 and
4030 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, 823-2270                      older ride free). Weekly, monthly and student bus passes can
                                                                  be purchased at JTA’s Transit Information center at FCCJ
                                                                  Station, Tax Collector Offices and most Winn-Dixie stores.
         Voter Registration                                       Route schedules are available at all Jacksonville libraries,
                                                                  major employment centers and through JTA’s website.
Voter registration applications are available at all public
libraries, driver’s license offices and Supervisor of Elections   THE TROLLEY The Beaches Summer Trolly offers
offices. In most counties, they’re also at tax collector’s        weekend service from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri., noon-2 a.m.
offices, banks, public assistance agencies, city halls or         every Sat. and noon-6 p.m. every Sun. through Labor Day,
chambers of commerce. To register, you must be a U.S.             running from South Beach Regional Shopping Center on
citizen, 18 years old and a legal resident of the county.         A1A/Third Street, Jacksonville Beach to Atlantic Village
                                                                  Shopping Center on Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach. Pick
CLAY COUNTY                                                       up a Trolley map at any beaches City Hall or sponsor
Chris Chambless, Supervisor of Elections                          location. The fare is $1 each way. The trolley runs from
clayelections.com                                                 noon-6 p.m. on Memorial Day and Labor Day (Sept. 6), and
1417 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1, Green Cove Springs, 269-6350         from noon-2 a.m. on July 4, passing a stop about every 15
                                                                  minutes. Riders are required to wear shoes and shirts and no
DUVAL COUNTY                                                      surfboards are allowed. 630-3100. jtafla.com
Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections                            Downtown workers and visitors can hop aboard the Bay
duvalelections.com                                                Street or Beaver Street Trolley Lines at no charge at stops on
105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, 630-1414                         the three downtown routes. And a ride on the Riverside
5200 Norwood Ave., Ste. 2, Warehouse, Jacksonville,               Trolley costs 50 cents. 630-1399.
630-8414
Chamber of Commerce locations:                                    SKYWAY Carrying folks across the St. Johns River, The
3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 366-6600                       Skyway is an automated transit system stopping at Central
325 Jacksonville Drive, Jacksonville Beach, 249-3868              Station, Bay Street Station, Convention Center, San Marco
                                                                  Station, Kings Avenue Station, Jefferson Street Station,
NASSAU COUNTY                                                     Hemming Plaza Station, FCCJ Downtown and Riverplace
Vicki Peterson Cannon, Supervisor of Elections                    Station. Skyway service hours are Mon.- Fri., 6 a.m.-9
votenassau.com                                                    p.m.. Special events can be scheduled for Sat. and Sun.
416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-7500                        The cost is 50 cents per ride, 10 cents for seniors and the
96135 Nassau Place, Ste. 3, Yulee, 491-7500                       disabled (use handicapped gate).
Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach & Yulee Chamber of
Commerce                                                          PARK-N-RIDE FOR BUS, TROLLEY & SKYWAY
961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island, 261-3248          Approximately 3,500 spaces are available for monthly
                                                                  parking throughout Duval County, from Mayport to Normandy,
ST. JOHNS COUNTY                                                  from Regency to the Southside. The Kings Avenue Station
Penny Halyburton, Supervisor of Elections                         offers 1,700 parking spaces and another 300 surface spots.
sjcvotes.us. 4455 Ave. A, Ste. 101, St. Augustine, 823-2238
                                                                  JTA CONNEXION, COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION
                                                                  SYSTEM This paratransit service provides daily door-to-
       Animal Control                                             door transportation for disabled, elderly and disadvantaged
                                                                  residents in Duval County. For eligibility requirements, call
        & Adoption/                                               265-6999, Voice/TDD 633-7404.

    Dead-Animal Removal                                           BIKES ON BUSES Exterior bike racks are available on all
                                                                  JTA bus lines. The two-bike rack is available on a first-come,
Atlantic Beach, 247-5866                                          first-served basis. Anyone with a JTA permit may use the
Clay County, 269-6342                                             racks. 630-3160.
Duval County, 387-8924
Fernandina Beach Animal Control, 261-0223 or 491-0122             RIDE REQUEST JTA offers van service for areas not served
Florida East Coast Humane Society, 829-2737                       by buses, including some Clay and Putnam county locations.
Jacksonville Animal Care and Control, 387-8963                    Call Ride Request service at 630-3100, Voice/TDD: 630-3191.
Jacksonville Beach Animal Control, 247-6167
Jacksonville Humane Society, 725-8766                             JTA STADIUM SHUTTLE JTA offers shuttle service
Mandarin Adoption Center, 886-4375                                throughout Duval County for sporting events at Jacksonville
Nassau County Animal Care and Control, 491-7440                   Municipal Stadium for $7 to $12 for a single game,
Nassau Humane Society, 321-1647                                   depending on the location. The shuttle service starts two
Neptune Beach Animal Control, 270-2411                            hours before Jaguars games kickoff and ends approximately
Jacksonville Animal Control & Wildlife Removal, 724-1115          one hour after the game. Discounted season and game-day
St. Johns County Animal Control, 209-0746 or 829-2226             passes are available. 630-3100.




  STUFF WE LOVE
  (Make Your Own) Mercimek Corbasi
  That’s lentil soup, Turkish style. The Amity Turkish Cultural Center in Jacksonville (4540
  Southside Blvd., Ste. 202) gives free monthly cooking lessons, including a DIY baklava class.
  Register and read the recipes at atccenter.org.
                                                                   Field Guide




  STUFF WE LOVE
  Nease Beachfront Park
  This brand new park, approximately one mile north of St. Augustine inlet on A1A, has a
  winding boardwalk through twisted oaks and scrub that ends at a small, tin-roofed gazebo
  overlooking the salt marsh, with a distant view of the Intracoastal. To the east, another
  boardwalk leads to a narrow but nice coquina-shell beach.


RIDE TO READ JTA has partnered with Jacksonville                               Public Colleges
Public Library to give kids a chance to improve reading skills
and learn how to use public transportation. 630-3100 or            FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE
630-2665.                                                          College-wide information center, 646-2300, fscj.edu
                                                                   FSCJ offers credit and continuing education courses,
SUNSHINE BUS COMPANY St. Augustine’s expanding                     telecourses, seminars and community outreach programs at
bus service, now with seven routes, is operated by the local       campuses throughout Northeast Florida. Degrees offered
St. Johns County Council on Aging, and is available to             include associate in arts, associate in science, as well as
anyone for $1 per one-way trip. The bus stops and picks up         technical certificates. Post-secondary job training programs
anywhere on the route — along the beach, outlet malls and          are available.
as far north as the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville. Visit
sunshinebus.net for a schedule or call 209-3716.                   ST. JOHNS RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                                                                   Orange Park Campus, 276-6800, sjrcc.edu
VANPOOL/CARPOOL First Coast Commuter Services                      Palatka Campus, (386) 312-4200
helps commuters hook up for rides, and may even provide            Ponte Vedra Center, 280-1322
the vehicle. Call 306-7500 or visit firstcoastmpo.com for          St. Augustine Campus, 808-7400
more info.                                                         SJRCC is a two-year college of general studies with academic
                                                                   programs for an Associate in Arts degree or Associate in
                                                                   Science degree. Telecourses, continuing education courses
               EDUCATION                                           and one-year certificate programs are offered.

              Public Schools                                       UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA 620-1000, unf.edu
                                                                   With more than 15,000 students, UNF offers 49
Call your county school board to find out where your child         undergraduate programs and 25 master’s programs in five
should be going to school. To register, you will need to show      colleges. A doctoral program in Education is also offered.
a birth certificate, Florida certification of immunization along   UNF’s Division of Continuing Education offers a wide variety
with a physical form, a Social Security number, proof of           of noncredit programs.
address and your child’s last report card.

CLAY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 900 Walnut St.,                                     Private Colleges
Green Cove Springs, 284-6500, clay.k12.fl.us
                                                                   THE ART INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE 8775
DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1701 Prudential                        Baypine Road, Jacksonville, 486-3000,.
Drive, Jacksonville, 390-2000, duvalschools.org                    rtinstitutes.edu/jacksonville. A branch of Miami International
For information regarding Duval County’s Magnet School             University of Art & Design, AIJax offers bachelor of fine arts
Program, with schools focusing on specific interests, needs        or associate of arts degrees in media arts and animation,
and talents, call 390-2082.                                        digital photography, fashion and retail management, graphic
                                                                   design, web design and interactive media, interior design,
NASSAU COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS                                       digital filmmaking and video production, and culinary arts,
1201 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 491-9900,                    management and skills.
nassau.k12.fl.us
                                                                   CHARIS BIBLE COLLEGE 1-800-280-1039
ST. JOHNS COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 40 Orange                          Balancing aspects of spiritual, academic and practical
St., St. Augustine, 547-7500, stjohns.k12.fl.us                    education, Charis offers Bible study classes every Monday
                                                                   through Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
207 N. San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 827-2200,                    COLUMBIA COLLEGE 338-9150, ccis.edu
fsdb.k12.fl.us. A public residential school for sensory-           Columbia College offers associate and baccalaureate
impaired students in grades pre-K through 12.                      degrees for military and civilian personnel with base access.
                                                                                                                                 WEBSTER UNIVERSITY 268-3037, 779-7124
                                                                                                                                 Evening and weekend graduate courses are offered with            STUFF WE LOVE
                                                                                                                                 programs that include human resources development,
                                                                                                                                 management, marketing, business administration and               How much catfish can you eat? Find out.
                                                                                                                                 computer information management.                                 Whitey’s Fish Camp on C.R. 220 in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fleming Island is prepared to serve you till
                                                                                                                                 ZOE UNIVERSITY                                                   you beg for mercy — all you can eat for just
                                                                                                                                 743-6166                                                         $15.95. And when you’re done, you can sit
                                                                                                                                 Programs include a two-year degrees in divinity,                 back, take in the view of Doctors Inlet and
                                                                                                                                 undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology and Christian     try not to think about catfish ever again.
                                                                                                                                 counseling along with professional doctorate degrees.

                                                                                                                                 VIRGINIA COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE                               5600 New Kings Road, Ste. 5, Jacksonville, 924-1646
                                                                                                                                 5940 Beach Blvd., 520-7400, vc.edu                             hill.tony.web@flsenate.gov
                                                                                                                                 Associate degrees, diploma courses, and baccalaureate          John Thrasher (R, District 8)
                                                                                                                                 degrees in business-related, administrative, management,       9485 Regency Square Blvd., Ste. 108, Jacksonville,
                                                                                                                                 technical and professional programs designed to prepare        727-3600
                                                                                                                                 the student for direct entry into the job market.              thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                Evelyn J. Lynn (R, District 7)
                                                                                                                                                                                                536 N. Halifax Ave., Ste. 101, Daytona Beach,
                                                                                                                                       GOVERNMENT                                               (386) 238-3180
                                                                                                                                                                                                lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov
                                                                                                                                 U.S. Senators (senate.gov)                                     Stephen R. Wise (R, District 5)
                                                                                                                                                                                                1460 Cassat Ave., Ste. B, Jacksonville, 381-6000
                                                                                                                                 GEORGE LEMIEUX (R)                                             wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                                                                                  1650 Prudential Drive, Ste. 220, Jacksonville, 398-8586
                                                                                                                                 BILL NELSON (D)                                                STATE REPRESENTATIVES’ DISTRICT OFFICES
  The Best Oak Trees                                                                                                             1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 2218, Jacksonville,                Janet Adkins (R, District 12)
  Treaty Oak (Pictured, 250 years old, Prudential Drive & Flagler Avenue, downtown)                                              346-4500                                                       905 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 491-3664
  Cummer Oak (200 years old, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville)                                                                                                                                  Jennifer Carroll (R, District 13)
  HoJo Oak (purported to be 600 years old, located in the center courtyard of the Howard                                                                                                        8970 103rd St., Ste. 10, Jacksonville, 573-4994
  Johnson Inn, 137 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine)                                                                                         U.S. Representatives                                  Mia Jones (D, District 14)
  Kate’s Oak (200+ years old, at Ash & Eighth streets, Fernandina Beach)                                                                                                                        3890 Dunn Ave., Ste. 901, Jacksonville, 924-1615
                                                                                                                                               (house.gov)                                      Audrey Gibson (D, District 15)
                                                                                                                                                                                                101 E. Union St., Ste. 402, Jacksonville, 353-2180
Programs of study include computer information systems,          and allied health management, as well as bachelor degrees       CORRINE BROWN (D, DISTRICT 3)                                  Charles McBurney (R, District 16)
business administration and criminal justice.                    in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies.          101 E. Union St., Ste. 202, Jacksonville, 354-1652             76 S. Laura St., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 359-6090
                                                                                                                                 ANDER CRENSHAW (R, DISTRICT 4)                                 Lake Ray (R, District 17)
EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY                             KEISER UNIVERSITY                                               1061 Riverside Ave., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 598-0481          9485 Regency Square Blvd., Ste. 109, Jacksonville,
645-0333, 779-0246, 249-6700                                     296-3440. Keiser offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting,       JOHN MICA (R, DISTRICT 7)                                      723-5300
This Daytona-based school offers programs at several area        business administration, criminal justice and elementary        3000 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 1, St. Augustine,            Ronald “Doc” Renuart (R, District 18)
teaching centers. Open to military and civilians.                education. Associate degrees include computer graphics and      810-5048                                                       50 A1A N., Ste. 105, Ponte Vedra, 270-2550
                                                                 design and culinary arts.                                       CLIFF STEARNS (R, DISTRICT 6)                                  Mike Weinstein (R, District 19)
EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE 470-8000, ewc.edu                                                                                          1726 Kingsley Ave., Ste. 8, Orange Park, 269-3203              155 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 10, Orange Park, 213-3005
This four-year historically black college offers courses in      NORTH FLORIDA FLIGHT TRAINING 642-3912                                                                                         William L. Proctor (R, District 20)
business administration, education and human services and        Herlong Airport, 9300 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, 783-1571    FLORIDA HOUSE AND SENATE                                       900 S.R. 16, Ste. 2, St. Augustine, 823-2550
continuing education.                                            This Cessna Pilot Center trains private, instrument,            flsenate.gov; myfloridahouse.gov                               Charles Van Zant (R, District 21)
                                                                 commercial, and instructor pilots in a fleet of 12 glass-                                                                      3841 Reid St., Ste. 5, Palatka, (386) 312-2272
EVEREST UNIVERSITY 731-4949, 264-9952,                           cockpit Cessna 172s and 182s.                                   GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST
everest.edu. The former Florida Metropolitan University has                                                                      400 S. Monroe St., The Capitol
partnered with Everest University, offering programs in          NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY                                    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001                                                     Clay County
accounting, business, criminal justice, massage therapy,         245-8910, nova.edu. Programs include bachelor’s, specialist,    (850) 488-4441 Fax (850) 487-0801
medical programs, paralegal, pharmacy tech, and Master’s         master’s, doctoral and executive education programs,            charlie.crist@myflorida.com                                    CLAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE
programs in business administration and criminal justice.        including business, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, education,                                                                  825 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-6300,
                                                                 social work therapies and school guidance counseling.           CAPITOL BUILDING                                               269-6300
FLAGLER COLLEGE 829-6481, flagler.edu                                                                                            404 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Located, in part, in the historic Ponce de Leon hotel in         UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX 636-6645, 1-866-766-0766                  leg.state.fl.us                                                BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
downtown St. Augustine, Flagler College is a four-year,          This adult-education institution offers bachelor’s, master’s                                                                   Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove
residential liberal arts college offering 20 majors, 16 minors   and doctoral degree programs, certificate, non-degree and       STATE SENATORS’ DISTRICT OFFICES                               Springs, 284-6376, 269-6376
and two pre-professional programs.                               military programs.                                              Anthony C. Hill (D, District 1)                                Wendell Davis, (District 1), 269-6394
                                                                                                                                                                                                Doug Conkey, (District 2), 657-7364
FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW                                                                                                                                                                   Travis Cummings, (District 3), 269-6393
8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, 680-7700, fcsl.edu.                                                                                                                                            Chereese Stewart, (District 4), 482-7738
This private, for-profit law school is accredited by the                                                                                                                                        Ronnie Robertson, (District 5), 284-6385
American Bar Association, and offers degrees in
international law, sports, poverty, information technology,                                                                                                                                     COUNTY MANAGER
among other fields. The school’s Moot Court Honor Board                                                                                                                                         Fritz Behring, 269-6347, 284-6347
is ranked forth nationally among all ABA-Accredited Law
Schools and an average 80 percent of graduates pass                                                                                                                                             SCHOOL BOARD
The Florida Bar.                                                                                                                                                                                900 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6500, 272-8100,
                                                                                                                                                                                                clay.k12.fl.us
ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 573-9100 or 1-800-318-                                                                                                                                                  Ben Wortham, Superintendent, 284-6510
1264, itt-tech.edu. Offering Bachelor of Science degrees in                                                                                                            Crafts, multi-
computer technology, drafting, electronics, business and                                                                                                               ethnic cuisine           BOARD MEMBERS
criminal justice.                                                                                                                                                      and international        Carol Vallencourt, (District 1), 264-1589
                                                                                                                                                                       entertainment are        Carol Studdard, (District 2), 264-9649
JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY 256-8000, ju.edu                                                                                                                               all part of the          Charlie Van Zant Jr., (District 3), (352) 473-9609
Located on the banks of the St. Johns River, JU is known                                                                                                               19th annual              Frank Farrell, Vice Chairman (District 4), 375-0654
for its comprehensive liberal arts curriculum and small                                                                                                                World of Nations         Lisa Graham, Chairman (District 5), 282-3043
classes. JU offers 40 majors and seven bachelor’s degrees.                                                                                                             Celebration, held
Three graduate level degrees are offered in business                                                                                                                   on the first             SHERIFF’S OFFICE
administration, nursing and teaching, along with an                                                                                                                    weekend in May           Sheriff Rick Beseler, 901 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove
executive master in business administration.                                                                                                                           at Metropolitan          Springs, 264-6512
JONES COLLEGE 731-1122, 743-1122, jones.edu                                                                                                                            Park, in
Offers two- or four-year degrees in business administration,                                                                                                           downtown                 CODE ENFORCEMENT
computer information systems, paralegal, medical assistant                                                                                                             Jacksonville.            Cheryl Miller, director, 284-6310, 269-6310
                                                                 Field Guide
                                                                 DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
CITY OF GREEN COVE SPRINGS                                       1701 Prudential Drive, Ste. 8182, Jacksonville, FL 32207
321 Walnut St., 529-2200. greencovesprings.com                   Administrative Offices 390-2000
                                                                 duvalschools.org
CITY COUNCIL 229 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs                  Ed Pratt-Dannals, Superintendent, 390-2115

COUNCILMEMBERS                                                   BOARD MEMBERS
Felecia Hampshire, 529-2200                                      Martha Barrett, (District 1), 390-2371
Debbie Ricks, Vice Mayor, 529-2200                               Nancy S. Broner, (District 2), 390-2386
John Buchanan, 529-2200                                          W.C. Gentry, (District 3), 390-2239
Mike Kelter, 529-2200                                            Brenda A. Priestly Jackson, (District 4), 390-2374
Bob Page, Mayor, 529-2200                                        Betty Burney, (District 5), 390-2375
                                                                 Vicki Drake, (District 6), 390-2373
CITY MANAGER Don Bowles, 529-2200 ext. 307                       Tommy Hazouri, (District 7), 390-2372

POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE
205 Spring St., 529-2220 ext. 2251                               Sheriff John Rutherford
Robert Musco, Chief of Police                                    Police Memorial Bldg., Administration Office, 501 E. Bay St.,
                                                                 Ste. 304, Jacksonville, 630-0500, coj.net/jso
CODE ENFORCEMENT
Sam Weaver, 529-2220, ext. 2220
                                                                    CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH
                                                                 TOWN HALL
    TOWN OF ORANGE PARK                                          800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, 247-5800, coab.us
TOWN HALL 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park, 264-9565,
townoforangepark.com                                             TOWN COMMISSION
                                                                 Mike Borno, Mayor (Seat 1), 246-9383
TOWN MANAGER John W. Bowles, 278-3018                            John Fletcher, Mayor Pro Tem (Seat 2), 694-0315
                                                                 Paul Parsons, (Seat 3), 358-1206
TOWN CLERK Sarah Campbell, 278-3018                              Carolyn Woods, (Seat 4), 241-8973
                                                                 Jonathan Daugherty, (Seat 5), jdaugherty@coab.us
TOWN COUNCIL
Jim Renninger, Mayor, 278-3018                                   CITY MANAGER
Bob Standifer, Vice Mayor, 278-3018                              Jim Hanson, 247-5808
Pete Morgan, 278-3018
Steve Jones, 278-3018                                            CITY CLERK
Steve Howard, 278-3018                                           Donna Bartle, 247-5809

POLICE CHIEF, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY                          POLICE CHIEF/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY
James H. Boivin, 2025 Smith St., Orange Park, 264-5555           Michael Classey.
                                                                 850 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, 247-5859 ext. 12
CODE ENFORCEMENT Gloria Neely, 264-2635
                                                                 CODE ENFORCEMENT Eddie Lopez, 247-5855


         Duval County                                                        CITY OF
     CITY OF JACKSONVILLE                                              JACKSONVILLE BEACH
CITY HALL                                                        CITY HALL 11 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, 247-6100,
117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville 630-2489, coj.net                 jacksonvillebeach.org

MAYOR JOHN PEYTON City Hall, Ste. 400, 630-1776                  MAYOR Fland Sharp, 247-6268

CITY COUNCIL                                                     COUNCILMEMBERS
City Hall, Ste. 425, 630-1377, jacksonvillecitycouncil.coj.net   Penny Christian, At-Large (Seat 1), 285-6787
                                                                 Rick Knight, At-Large (Seat 2), 249-4015
COUNCILMEMBERS                                                   Lee Buck, At-Large (Seat 3), 249-3967
Clay Yarborough, (District 1), 630-1389                          Steve Hartkemeyer, District 1 (Seat 4), 247-6268
William Bishop, (District 2), 630-1392                           Dick Matthews, District 2 (Seat 5), 247-6268
Richard Clark, (District 3), 630-1386                            Tom Taylor, District 3 (Seat 6), 247-6268
Don Redman, (District 4), 630-1394
Art Shad, (District 5), 630-1382                                 CITY MANAGER George Forbes, 247-6268
Jack Webb, (District 6), 630-1388
Johnny Gaffney, (District 7), 630-1384                           CITY CLERK Judy Bullock (interim), 247-6299
E. Denise Lee, (District 8), 630-1385
Warren A. Jones, (District 9), 630-1395                          POLICE CHIEF Bruce Thomason
Reginald Brown, (District 10), 630-1684                          101 S. Penman Road, Jacksonville Beach, 270-1661
Ray Holt, (District 11), 630-1383
Daniel Davis, (District 12), 630-1380                            CODE ENFORCEMENT Crystal Broughan, 247-6232
Art Graham, (District 13), 630-1397
Michael Corrigan, (District 14), 630-1390
                                                                    CITY OF NEPTUNE BEACH
AT-LARGE COUNCILMEMBERS                                          CITY HALL 116 First St., Neptune Beach, 270-2400,
Ronnie Fussell, (Group 1), 630-1393                              ci.neptune-beach.fl.us
John Crescimbeni, (Group 2), 630-1381
Stephen Joost, (Group 3), 630-1396                               COUNCILMEMBERS
Kevin Hyde, (Group 4), 630-1398                                  Harriet Pruette, Mayor (Seat 1), 571-1755
Glorious Johnson, (Group 5), 630-1387                            Eric Pardee, (Seat 2), 241-6113




  STUFF WE LOVE
  Downtown and out of quarters? The strip of parking spaces on Duval Street between Julia and
  Pearl is rarely patrolled by parking-enforcement officials.
Kara Tucker, (Seat 3), 502-3446                                                                                                                                                      Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 800 Prudential Drive,
Fred Lee, Vice Mayor (Seat 4),613-2223                                                                                                                                               Jacksonville, 202-8000
John Weldon, (Seat 5), 241-2601
                                                                                                                                                                                     FLAGLER HOSPITAL
CITY MANAGER Jim Jarboe, 270-2400                                                                                                                                                    400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine, 819-5155

CITY CLERK Lisa Volpe, 270-2400                                                                                                                                                      MAYO CLINIC
                                                                                                                                                                                     4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, 953-2000
POLICE CHIEF/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY
David W. Sembach. 200 Lemon St., Neptune Beach, 270-2413                                                                                                                             MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JACKSONVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                     3625 University Blvd. S., Jacksonville, 399-6111

              Nassau County                                                                                                                                                          ORANGE PARK MEDICAL CENTER
                                                                                                                                                                                     2001 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-8500
NASSAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE
416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-6430                                                                                                                                           ST. VINCENT’S HEALTHCARE
Judicial Annex                                                                                                                                                                       1 Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, 308-7300
76327 Veterans Way, Yulee, 548-4600                                                                                                                                                  Medical Center, 1800 Barrs St., Jacksonville, 308-7300
96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, 321-5700 or 1-800-958-3496                                                                                                                                St. Luke’s Hospital, 4201 Belfort Road, Jacksonville, 296-3700
                                                                                                                                                                                     Orange Park Health Center, 2300 Park Ave., Ste. 101-D,
CLERK OF COURTS John Crawford, 491-6430                                                                                                                                              Orange Park, 308-2006

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS                                       Music, art, and a vibrant street scene are all part of First Wednesday Art Walk, held at various                          SHANDS JACKSONVILLE MEDICAL CENTER
96160 Nassau Place, Yulee                                  downtown Jacksonville art galleries from 5-9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.                                   655 W. Eighth St., Jacksonville, 244-0411
Daniel Leeper, (District 1), 430-3868
Michael Boyle, Chairman (District 2), 753-1409
Stacy Johnson, (District 3), 583-2746                      CITY CLERK Mary Mercer, 277-7305
Barry Holloway, (District 4), 753-1072                                                                                      CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE                                                ART & CULTURE
Walter Boatright, Vice Chairman (District 5), 753-0141     POLICE CHIEF
                                                           James Hurley, 1525 Lime St., 277-7344                       CITY HALL                                                                   Museums
COUNTY MANAGER Ted Selby, 491-7380                                                                                     75 King St., St. Augustine, 825-1005, ci.st-augustine.fl.us
                                                           CODE ENFORCEMENT                                                                                                          ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM AND GALLERY
SHERIFF’S OFFICE Sheriff Tommy Seagraves                   Brian Duncum, 277-7325 ext. 233                             CITY COMMISSION                                               Phillips Fine Arts Building, Jacksonville University, 2800
76001 Bobby Moore Circle, Yulee, 548-4000                                                                              Errol D. Jones, Vice Mayor (Seat 1), 825-1006                 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7371.Permanent pre-
Yulee 225-0331; Callahan 879-1563                                                                                      Leanna Freeman, (Seat 2), 825-1960                            Columbian and ivory collections, decorative ceramics, Tiffany
                                                                     St. Johns County                                  Nancy Sikes-Kline, (Seat 3), 825-1006                         glassware, Chinese porcelains. The changing educational
CODE ENFORCEMENT                                                                                                       Don Crichlow, (Seat 4), 824-5785                              exhibit showcases the works of faculty, students and national
96161 Nassau Place, Yulee, 491-3615                        ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 4020 Lewis Speedway,                Joseph Boles, Mayor (Seat 5), 824-4278                        artists. Admission is free. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.,
                                                           St. Augustine, 823-2509, co.st-johns.fl.us                                                                                noon-5 p.m. on Sat.
SCHOOL BOARD 1201 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach,                                                                     CITY MANAGER William B. Harriss, 825-1006
491-9900, nassau.k12.fl.us                                 COUNTY COMMISSIONERS                                                                                                      CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS
                                                           Cyndi Stevenson, (District 1), 209-0301                     CITY CLERK Karen Rogers, 825-1007                             829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857, cummer.org
BOARD MEMBERS                                              Ronald Sanchez, Chairman (District 2), 209-0302                                                                           The Cummer features more than 5,500 objects in its
Dr. John L. Ruis, Superintendent, 879-1142                 Ray Quinn, (District 3), 209-0303                           POLICE CHIEF Loran Lueders                                    permanent collection, including ancient artifacts, paintings,
Donna Martin (District 1), 261-9015                        Phillip Mays, (District 4), 209-0304                        151 King St., 825-1074                                        and acres of formal gardens. Currently on exhibit: “Collectors’
Gail Cook (District 2), 261-9127                           Ken Bryan, Vice Chairman (District 5), 209-0305                                                                           Choice: Works of Art from Jacksonville Collections” through
Muriel Creamer, Chairman (District 3), 491-8050                                                                        CODE ENFORCEMENT 825-1065                                     Sept. 12, “Go Figure: 20th-Century Works on Paper from The
Jim Adams (District 4), 879-4673                           COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR                                                                                                      Cummer Collection” through Aug. 8, and “Jazz ABZ: An A to Z
Kathy Burns, Vice Chairman (District 5), 879-4781          Michael Wanchick                                                                                                          Collection of Jazz Portraits by Paul Rogers with poems by
                                                           4020 Lewis Speedway, 209-0530                                            CITY OF                                          Wynton Marsalis” through Aug. 8. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.,
                                                                                                                                                                                     10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat. and noon-5
CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH                                   SCHOOL BOARD                                                      ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH                                     p.m. on Sun. Admission is free for children 5 and younger and
                                                           40 Orange St., St. Augustine, 547-7500, stjohns.k12.fl.us                                                                 free for all on Tue. from 4-9 p.m.
CITY HALL 204 Ash St., 32034, 277-7305, fbfl.us            Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, 547-7502                  CITY HALL
                                                                                                                       2200 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2122, staugbch.com      MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
CITY COMMISSION                                            SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS                                                                                                      JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911,
Susan Steger, Mayor, 261-4372                              Beverly Slough, (District 1), 210-7289                      CITY COMMISSION                                               mocajacksonville.org. Located on Hemming Plaza, MOCAJax
Tim Poynter, Vice Mayor, 491-7772                          Thomas Allen Jr., (District 2), 547-7510                    Frank Charles, 814-2291                                       showcases a permanent collection of 20th-century art,
Jeffrey Bunch, 415-4902                                    Bill Mignon, Chairman (District 3), 547-7510                Brud Helhoski, Mayor, 460-8100                                traveling exhibits and extensive educational facilities. There is
Arlene Filkoff, 583-8629                                   Bill Fehling, Vice Chairman (District 4), 547-7510          Edward George, 826-1431                                       also a museum shop and Café Nola. Currently on exhibit:
Eric Childers, 261-0116                                    Carla W. Wright, (District 5), 547-7510                     Rich O’Brien, 814-2080                                        “Traditions Redefined: The Larry & Brenda Thompson
                                                                                                                       Andrea Samuels, Vice Mayor, 471-1686                          Collection of African-American Art” through Aug. 29.
CITY MANAGER Michael Czymbor                               SHERIFF’S OFFICE Sheriff David B. Shoar                                                                                   Admission is free for children 2 and younger and free for all
204 Ash St., 277-7305                                      4015 Lewis Speedway, 824-8304                               CITY MANAGER                                                  from 5-9 p.m. on Wed. Open Tue.-Sun.
                                                                                                                       Max Royle, 471-2122
                                                                                                                                                                                     MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY
                                                                                                                       DEPUTY CITY CLERK                                             1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-6674, themosh.org
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                                                                        Sharon Widdifield, 471-2122                                   Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River, MOSH
                                                                                                                                                                                     includes educational exhibits and interactive displays. The
  Green Cove Springs                                                                                                   POLICE CHIEF Richard L. Hedges                                Bryan Gooding Planetarium (396-7062) offers laser shows.
  City Pool                                                                                                            2300 A1A S., 471-3600
  This spring-fed swimming pool is
  always 78 degrees, contains no                                                                                       CODE ENFORCEMENT Terry Magargle, 471-8758
  chlorine, costs just $2 to use and is                                                                                                                                                STUFF WE LOVE
  always refreshed with water, which
  pauses in the pool before flowing                                                                                                      HOSPITALS                                     Breaking Bad
  out into the St. Johns River, at a                                                                                                                                                   Jumping off Fishweir Creek bridge on St.
  rate of 3,000 gallons per minute.                                                                                    BAPTIST HEALTH OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA                             Johns Avenue in Avondale is a right of
  The only downside is the smell of                                                                                    Medical Center Downtown, 8000 Prudential Drive,                 passage in some circles. But if you jump,
  the water, which originates in one                                                                                   Jacksonville, 202-2000                                          beware: Local youths have been known to
  of a dozen of the state’s sulfur                                                                                     Medical Center Beaches, 1350 13th Ave. S., Jacksonville         break bones after jumping too close to
  water springs. But look at it this                                                                                   Beach, 247-2900                                                 shore and landing on submerged debris. If
  way: Folks used to travel hundreds                                                                                   Medical Center Nassau, 1250 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach,      you must jump, jump at the middle. And
  of miles for what they believed                                                                                      321-3500                                                        don’t forget to wash afterwards. There’s
  were the spring’s medicinal effects.                                                                                 Medical Center South, 14550 Old St. Augustine Road,             more in Fishweir Creek than just debris.
                                                                                                                       Jacksonville, 821-6000
                                                                 Field Guide
Currently on exhibit: “Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition”     THE JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
through Sept. 12. Open daily. Admission is free for children     CHORUS Jacoby Symphony Hall, T-U Center, 300 W. Water
2 and younger.                                                   St., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 354-5479. jaxsymphonychorus.org
                                                                 For 26 years, JSOC has been performing with the JSO in
                                                                 productions both classical and pop. Membership is made up
         Dance Companies                                         of volunteers, including professional and amateur musicians.

JACKSONVILLE BALLET THEATRE                                      THE ORANGE PARK CHORALE 2108 Park Ave., Orange
10131 Atlantic Blvd. (in the Boleros building), Jacksonville,    Park, orangeparkchorale.com. This 30-member community
727-7515                                                         chorale performs four to 14 concerts annually. Membership
Dulce Anaya is artistic director of this semi-professional,      by audition. Contact |Dr. Carole Clifford for audition
community-based company and school.                              information at info@ orangeparkchorale.com.

THE FLORIDA BALLET                                               RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS Jacoby Symphony Hall, T-U
300 E. State St., Jacksonville, 353-7518, floridaballet.org      Center, 300 W. Water St., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 472-4270,
Jacksonville’s first and only professional dance company         ritzchamberplayers.org. This African-American chamber music
performs at The Florida Theatre, and features special            ensemble performs several local and national concerts a year.
performances for young audiences.

                                                                              CULTURAL
          Music Companies
                                                                            ORGANIZATIONS
ST. JOHNS RIVER CITY BAND 841 Prudential Drive,
Ste. 150, Jacksonville, 390-1999. Celebrating 25 years, the      ART GALLERIES OF ST. AUGUSTINE, AGOSA
“official band of Jacksonville” performs free concerts of jazz   131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065, 824-2310, staaa.org
and other American music around the city, as well as             A diverse group of more than 20 galleries, AGOSA hosts First
sponsors the High School All Star Jazz Band.                     Fridays art walk. Complementary Red Train transportation is
                                                                 available at participating galleries.
FIRST COAST CHORUS P.O. Box 37583, Jacksonville, FL
32236, 778-1592, firstcoastchorus.org. A diverse group of        BEACHES FINE ARTS SERIES 416 12th Ave. N.,
members sings for the community. Rehearsals are held at 7        Jacksonville Beach, 270-1771, beachesfinearts.org
p.m. every Mon. night in the fellowship hall at Riverside        The organization brings international music and dance to the
Baptist Church, 2650 Park St., Jacksonville.                     area in eight free performances annually, held in St. Paul’s by
                                                                 The Sea Episcopal Church. After each performance, a local
JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND                              artist’s work is exhibited during a reception. Fundraisers
388-1192. Members of this band include high school and           include three sprint triathlons.
college students, and adults performing Broadway, pop,
marches and spirituals.                                          CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
                                                                 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, ccpvb.org
JACKSONVILLE MASTERWORKS CHORALE                                 The Cultural Center offers workshops, lectures, films,
jmcsings.org. This adult community chorus, directed by Dr.       performances, exhibits and theatrical presentations.
Mark Stallings, performs classical and other choral literature
with and without an orchestra.                                   CULTURAL COUNCIL OF GREATER JACKSONVILLE
                                                                 300 W. Water St., Ste. 201, Jacksonville, 358-3600
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                                  culturalcouncil.org. The Cultural Council promotes
300 W. Water St., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 354-5547, 354-         awareness of cultural activities and provides funding and
9238, jaxsymphony.org. The Jacksonville Symphony                 technical assistance to its affiliates, and administers the
Orchestra’s season opens with “Barber and Bolero” on Sept.       city’s “Art in Public Places” program.
23, 24 and 25, followed by “The Pirates of Penzance” on
Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Most JSO performances are held in Jacoby        ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St.,
Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing       Fernandina Beach, 261-7020, islandart.org
Arts. The Youth Orchestra enrolls more than 200 students,        The Island Art Association sponsors the arts-and-crafts
from elementary school through early college, in six             portion of the annual Shrimp Festival, offers scholarships and
ensemble levels.                                                 hosts monthly meetings with demonstrations.

JACKSONVILLE GAY CHORUS 24 Market St.,                           JACKSONVILLE JEWISH CENTER 3662 Crown Point
Jacksonville, 356-2347, jgchorus@aol.com. A nonprofit            Road, Jacksonville, 292-1000, jaxjewishcenter.com. The
organization, GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of choruses)     Jacksonville Jewish Center is a conservative synagogue
mixed-voice chorus has been performing for more than 16          offering youth education and full synagogue activities:
years in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and is     religious, educational and social.
available to promote diversity and education through music.
                                                                 JACKSONVILLE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
JACKSONVILLE HARMONY SHOW CHORUS                                 jacksonvillewatercolorsociety.org. A group of 200 artists from
P.O. Box 24464, Jacksonville FL 32217, 350-1609,                 the Jacksonville metro area meets monthly for the promotion
jaxharmony.com. A chapter of Sweet Adelines                      of transparent watercolor. Open to the public. There are at
International, this women’s chorus rehearses at 7 p.m.           least two juried shows per year and workshops are available.
every Tue. at San Jose Church of Christ, 6233 San Jose
Blvd., Jacksonville. The chorus performs four-part a             JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE 8505 San Jose
cappella barbershop pieces.                                      Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100, jcajax.org. JCA provides




  STUFF WE LOVE
  J’ville’s Signature Drink
  The Redneck Fizz, at Dos Gatos
  on East Forsyth Street
  downtown, also known as
  “sangria for the country boy in
  you.” This concoction is a
  perfect admixture of Jim Beam
  bourbon, fresh lemon, orange
  bitters and red wine. Sez Dos
  Gatos, “That’ll put a little mud
  on yer tires.”
  STUFF WE LOVE
  Grogging through History
  If you’re looking to dazzle — or scare the hell out of — out-of-town guests, take ’em for a mug
  of grog at the Taberna de Gallo in St. Augustine. Located in the Colonial Spanish Quarter
  (with an entrance on St. George Street), this authentic lantern-lit bar is filled with re-enactors
  in full period garb singing sea shanties — and getting really hammered. (Look for the table
  groove where the song’s leader bangs his mallet.) Open Thursday through Sunday evenings,
  with bilge songs performed Friday or Saturday.



physical, recreational, educational, social and cultural         THE LIMELIGHT THEATRE 11 Old Mission Ave., St.
opportunities in one location.                                   Augustine, 825-1164 or 1-866-682-6400, limelight-
                                                                 theatre.org. St. Augustine’s only live, professional, year-round
RIVERSIDE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION 1100 Stockton                    theater. Upcoming shows include “The Crucible,” “Gypsy” and
St., Riverside, 389-6222, riversidefinearts.org                  “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”
The Riverside Fine Arts Association presents a series of
concerts featuring international chamber and vocal               MURRAY HILL THEATRE 932 S. Edgewood Ave.,
ensembles in the historic Church of the Good Shepherd.           Jacksonville, 388-7807, 388-3179, murrayhilltheatre.com
                                                                 An old movie theater transformed into a live concert venue
ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St.,                     features faith-based punk and pop bands. Upcoming acts
St. Augustine, 824-2310, staaa.org.                              include Rejoice the Awakening and Convalesce. Round One
Founded in 1924 to support the arts in St. Johns County, the     of the King of the Hill Battle of the Bands continues on July
association exhibits work by local artists in the 5,000 square   24, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18.
foot gallery featuring monthly shows. Workshops, lectures
and children’s art camps are offered.                            ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE
                                                                 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park, 276-2599, opct.org
                                                                 The only live theater in Clay County, OPCT provides comedy,
   COMMUNITY THEATERS                                            drama and musical entertainment. The 41st anniversary
                                                                 season features “Heartbeats” and “Willy Wonka.”
ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING 12000 Beach Blvd.,
Jacksonville, 641-1212 or 1-800-688-7469,                        PLAYERS BY-THE-SEA
alhambrajax.com. Newly renovated and featuring a new             106 N. Sixth St., Jacksonville Beach, 249-0289,
menu by Chef Michael Medure’s, this 43-year-old venue            playersbythesea.org. Founded in 1966, PBTS is a volunteer
offers buffet dining and Broadway shows in a 394-seat            community theater that includes a black box where local
theater. Upcoming productions include “Amorous Crossing”         original plays are staged. The season’s upcoming productions
and “The Wedding Singer.” Matinees for schoolchildren            include “Parade” and “The Full Monty.”
include “Cinderella” and “The King and I.”
                                                                 RIVER CITY PLAYHOUSE 2642 Rosselle St., Ste. 2,
AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE 209 Cedar St.,                          Jacksonville, 388-8830. Now in its 31st year, this not-for-profit
Fernandina Beach, 261-6749, ameliacommunitytheatre.org           professional theater company specializes in arts education.
An all-volunteer community theater, ACT presents a handful
of mainstage plays per year, including upcoming shows “The       THEATRE JACKSONVILLE 2032 San Marco Blvd.,
Odd Couple” and “The Pirates of Penzance.”                       Jacksonville, 396-4425, theatrejax.com
                                                                 A volunteer-based theater for children and adults founded in
ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE                              1919, Theatre Jax is the oldest continually producing
716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7177,                       community theater in Florida. Upcoming productions for TJ’s
abettheatre.com. ABET performs classics and pieces by new        91st season includes “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Vampire
playwrights. Upcoming productions, held in Adele Grage           Reflects” and “Inherit the Wind.”
Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach, include “The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Little Women” and “Tale of         THEATREWORKS INC. 630 May St., Jacksonville,
the Allergist’s Wife.”                                           353-3500 or 1-877-986-2700, theatreworksjax.com
                                                                 A nonprofit organization, TheatreWorks offers live educational
A CLASSIC THEATRE, INC. 67 Lighthouse Ave., St.                  theater at area theater facilities for young audiences and
Augustine, 829-5807. A nonprofit company dedicated to            their families. Upcoming shows include “The Ugly Duckling”
producing classic, historic and new plays performs in The        and “The Hundred Dresses.”
Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The
new season starts in September.
                                                                     HISTORIC RESOURCES
FERNANDINA LITTLE THEATRE 1014 Beech St.,
Fernandina Beach. Reservations 277-2202, office 321-                     Clay County
1595, ameliaflt.org. Celebrating its 19th season, Fernandina
Little Theatre offers three to five productions a year in an     BLACK HERITAGE MUSEUM 4427 Longmire Ave.,
intimate, black-box style community setting.                     Middleburg, 282-4168. Housed in a one-room schoolhouse
                                                                  Field Guide
dating from the late 1800s, the assembled collection
offers a glimpse of black culture before the turn of the            STUFF WE LOVE
century. Tours by appointment only.
                                                                    Great Sunset Spot
CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM & MEMORIAL PARK                                No need to head to the Gulf Coast for a
5629 S.R. 16 W., at Kingsley Lake, Starke, 533-3100 ext.            classic sundown. In Jacksonville Beach,
3196, campblanding-museum.org                                       bike west from Penman Road down
Designated a World War II Commemorative Community, the              Second Avenue North until you run into
museum is housed in refurbished barracks, with exhibits             the Intracoastal. Nearing sunset, the
detailing the story of Camp Blanding and the infantry               marina employees have left, and a grassy
divisions who trained there. Open noon-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun.             knoll and spectacular vista await.

CLAY COUNTY HISTORICAL & RAILROAD
MUSEUM 915 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, 284-9644
Located in historic Green Cove Springs, the museum                JACKSONVILLE HISTORICAL CENTER 1015 Museum
highlights railroad history in Clay County. The collection        Circle, Unit 1, Jacksonville, 398-4301, jaxhistory.com
includes a hand-car house, baggage room and                       This museum features films and exhibits on local history
agent’s office.                                                   from Native- American culture to the influence and impact of
                                                                  the U.S. Navy on the area.

               Duval County                                       JACKSONVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 317 A. Philip
                                                                  Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 665-0064, jaxhistory.com
BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 312                               Founded in 1929 and headquartered in the 1888 Old St.
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 241-5657, bm-hc.com              Andrews Episcopal Church, the Jacksonville Historical Society
Home to Beaches Area Historical Society, the center               preserves the heritage of Northeast Florida by maintaining
chronicles Northeast Florida history from pre-Columbian times     archives, operating the Jacksonville Historical Center and
to present day. A 28-ton steam locomotive is also featured.       promoting the restoration of historic buildings. Meetings are
The skateboard exhibit “Dropping In” runs through Aug. 28.        held quarterly.
Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
                                                                  JACKSONVILLE MARITIME MUSEUM
BRYAN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY                                  1015 Museum Circle, Unit 2, Jacksonville,
4304 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-3574,                        398-9011 jaxmaritimemuseum.org
museumofsouthernhistory.com                                       Scale-model ships, paintings and photographs that relate to
Artifacts relating to the history and culture of the Antebellum   the maritime history of the St. Johns River and the port of
South are displayed. A research library with 3,000 volumes        Jacksonville, including a 16-foot model of the aircraft carrier
offers genealogical research assistance. Open from 10 a.m.-       USS Saratoga. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 1-
4 p.m. Tue.-Sat.                                                  5 p.m. Sat. and Sun.

BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL, JACKSONVILLE 550 Water                      KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM
St., Ste. 10000, Jacksonville, 798-9100, jaxcvb.com               101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992
The trail includes nine sites in Nassau, Duval and St. Johns      The museum exhibits one of the world’s largest private
counties: American Beach, Catherine Street Fire Station,          holdings of original documents relating to history, literature,
Kingsley Plantation, Masonic Temple, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church,      music and science. Current exhibit, The Slave Trade, includes
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Edward Waters College,       wrist shackles and a page from Alex Haley’s “Roots”
Olustee Battlefield and Edwin Stanton School. Advance notice      manuscript. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-4
is required for group tours.                                      p.m. on Sat.

FORT CAROLINE NATIONAL MEMORIAL 12713 Ft.                         KINGSLEY PLANTATION
Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 641-7155, nps.gov/foca               Off A1A, half-mile north of Mayport Ferry Landing, Ft. George
Settled by the French Huguenots in 1564, Fort Caroline is         Island, 251-3537, nps.gov/timu/historyculture/kp.htm
the site of the first Protestant colony in America. Along with    A national park located within the Timucuan Ecological and
exhibits and artifacts on the area’s first inhabitants, the       Historic Preserve, Kingsley Plantation is the oldest remaining
Timucuan Native Americans, there is a replica of the original     plantation house in Florida, complete with ruins of slave
fort. Hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.                         quarters. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

JACKSONVILLE FIRE MUSEUM 1406 Gator Bowl                          MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Blvd., Jacksonville, 630-0618, jacksonvillefiremuseum.com         11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 268-0784,
Housed in an original fire station built in 1902, this museum     mandarinmuseum.net
displays more than 500 items regarding Jacksonville’s             Located on the St. Johns River in historic Walter Jones
firefighting history. Open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.           Memorial Park, the museum displays articles regarding




Fernandina Beach’s charming historic district is centered, appropriately enough, along Centre Street,
a walkable stretch of restaurants, boutiques and enough charm to sink a pirate ship.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s life in Mandarin. Tours by                                                                                                                                                    BLACK CREEK RAVINES 5645 Green Road,
appointment. Open 1 p.m.-3 p.m. every first and third Sun.              Located near the Museum of Science and History, Friendship                                                                    (386) 329-4404, sjrwmd.com
each month. Free admission.                                             Fountain was designed by architect Taylor Hardwick and opened                                                                 This 973-acre regional park along the south bank of Black
                                                                        in 1965. The adjacent 1-mile wood-plank Southbank Riverwalk                                                                   Creek is a resource-based park for horseback riding, hiking,
RHODA L. MARTIN CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER                                offers an unhindered view of the St. Johns River.                                                                             fishing, boating and canoeing on Black Creek.
376 Fourth Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach, 241-6923,
rhodalmartin.org. Rhoda Martin founded the first school for                                                                                                                                           CARL PUGH PARK 317 S. West St., Green Cove Springs,
African Americans in Jacksonville Beach in 1924, and this                                                                                                                                             529-7800, claycountygov.com. This county-owned facility,
center is located in the 1939 building at that school. Hours                                                                                                                                          located along Idlewild Avenue (behind the Health
are 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., and 1 a.m.-3 p.m.                                                                                                                                             Department), features Little League fields and tennis courts.
on Sat. The center is closed the first week of every month.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DOCTORS LAKE PARK Corner of White Owl Lane and
RIBAULT MONUMENT Fort Caroline Road (half-mile east                                                                                                                                                   Lakeshore Drive N., Fleming Island. Provides a picnic area
of Ft. Caroline National Memorial), 641-7155, nps.gov/foca                                                                                                                                            with a covered pavilion and a 320-foot fishing pier. This one-
Jean Ribault placed this replica of a stone column at the                                                                                                                                             acre passive park provides access to Doctors Lake for
mouth of the St. Johns River in 1562 to commemorate the                                                                                                                                               fishing, small boats and canoes.
first landing of Protestants and Huguenots on American soil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      EAGLE HARBOR SOCCER COMPLEX 4387 Lakeshore
RITZ THEATRE & LAVILLA MUSEUM 829 N. Davis                                                                                                                                                            Drive, Fleming Island, 278-1182, claycountygov.com
St., Jacksonville, 632-5555, ritzlavilla.org                                                                                                                                                          This 28-plus-acre park offers 12 soccer fields, a pavilion
The Ritz is a cultural arts theater and museum that                                                                                                                                                   with a picnic area and a playground.
houses a permanent history exhibit of the LaVilla African-
American community of Jacksonville featuring a traveling                                                                                                                                              FOUR SILO PARK 1657 Farm Way, off C.R. 220
exhibit area, a 400-seat theater and regular Amateur                                                                                                                                                  Volleyball courts, two tennis courts, a basketball court,
Night performances.                                                                                                                                                                                   softball field, playground and pavilions with picnic tables
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and grills.
RIVERSIDE AVONDALE PRESERVATION (RAP)
2623 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 389-2449, riverside-               AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY                                  features decorative arts and large collections of everything     FOXMEADOW RECREATIONAL PARK 1155
avondale.com                                                        233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378,                    from china to seashells. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.               Foxmeadow Trail. Off Old Jennings Road in the northern
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the             ameliamuseum.org                                                                                                                  section of the county, this 19-plus-acre park offers a
neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale offer a rich                Housed in the old Nassau County jail, the museum offers          OLDEST HOUSE 14 St. Francis St., St. Augustine,                  large covered pavilion, a basketball court, an all-purpose
architectural history from the late 1800s through the 1920s.        guided tours highlighting Amelia Island’s Eight Flags history.   824-2872. One of Northeast Florida’s oldest colonial             ball field, two tennis courts, horse-riding trails and an
Information for self-guided tours is available at RAP office.       Museum hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1-        structures and a National Historic Landmark, the                 equipped playground.
                                                                    4 p.m. on Sun. Tours include walking and ghost tours of the      González-Alvarez House offers a record of life in St.
MAYPORT FERRY 4610 Ocean St., S.R. A1A, 241-9969,                   historic district and a holiday luminary tour.                   Augustine. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with guided             MIKE ROESS GOLD HEAD BRANCH STATE PARK
stjohnsriverferry.com. For more than 60 years, the Mayport                                                                           tours every half-hour.                                           6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights, (352) 473-4701
Ferry has connected the village of Mayport to Ft. George Island,    HISTORIC DOWNTOWN FERNANDINA/                                                                                                     A 2,000-plus-acre park with camping, picnicking, swimming,
northern Duval County and points beyond. The daily ferry            AMELIA ISLAND Listed on the National Register of                 ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORIC DISTRICT                                  fishing, nature trails, canoeing and lakefront cabins.
service provides an eight-minute cruise across the river. The fee   Historic Places, this 50-block historical area surrounds the     St. Augustine boasts 144 blocks of historic structures, many
is $1 for bicycles/pedestrians, $3 for motorcycles, $5 per car.     main thoroughfare of Centre Street, an area rich in Victorian    listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This         CAMP BLANDING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
                                                                    architecture with tree-lined streets, boutiques, galleries       includes 11 pedestrian-only blocks centered around St.           Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (386)
                                                                    and restaurants.                                                 George Street, which are filled with shops, restaurants and      758-0525, floridaconservation.org. This 56,197-acre
                                                                                                                                     historic landmarks.                                              resource based park, located across from Gold Head Branch
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                     FORT CLINCH STATE PARK                                                                                                            State Park, offers hunting, fishing, swimming and picnicking.
                                                                    2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274,                  ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM
  Straight-razor shaves and $8 haircuts aren’t                      floridastateparks.org/fortclinch                                 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 829-0745,                     GREENWOOD PARK 245 Evergreen Ave. off Knight Boxx
  history. You just have to go to a historical                      This Florida State Park includes a restored Civil War fort,      staugustinelighthouse.com                                        Road, Doctors Inlet/Ridgewood. Greenwood has a basketball
  area to find them. Both are on the menu of                        rangers in period dress and a visitor’s center.                  Tours take visitors 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse. An   court, playground equipment, covered pavilions and picnic
  services at Jim Newman’s Family Style                                                                                              18th-century British cannon is also on display. The museum       areas with grills.
  Barber Shop on Edgewood Avenue in                                                                                                  is located inside the lightkeeper’s house.
  historic Murray Hill.                                                        St. Johns County                                                                                                       VERA FRANCIS HALL PARK West end of ML King Jr.
                                                                                                                                     COLONIAL SPANISH QUARTER MUSEUM                                  Blvd., Green Cove Springs, greencovesprings.com
                                                                    BRIDGE OF LIONS thebridgeoflions.org                             29 St. George St., St. Augustine, 825-6830,                      Features basketball courts, a volleyball area, a fitness center,
                                                                    With reconstruction finally finished, this 1920s bridge across   historicstaugustine.com/csq/history.html                         nature trails, toddler playground equipment, restrooms and
SAN MARCO PRESERVATION SOCIETY 1652                                 the Matanzas is back in service, and draws on the half-hour      A living-history museum depicting life in colonial St.           picnic facilities, a nature interpretive center, canoe landing,
Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-4734, smpsjax.com                 for boat traffic.                                                Augustine. Self-guided tours are available.                      an amphitheatre and horseshoe courts.
Located in a 19th-century church, the society’s interest is in
restoration, maintenance and improvement in the San Marco           CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS 1 S. Castillo Drive, St.                                                                                   HUNTER-DOUGLAS PARK 4427 Longmire Road,
area. Hosted events include the Dog Days of Summer and              Augustine, 829-6506, nps.gov/casa. A national monument                               PARKS                                        Middleburg. This 10-acre park serves Middleburg, Penney
the Remote Control Boat Regatta.                                    overlooking the bayfront, this coquina fort was completed by                                                                      Farms and Clay Hill and includes a pavilion with picnic areas,
                                                                    the Spanish in 1695 and was used to protect the settlement                        Clay County                                     a softball field, basketball court, tennis court, playground and
SPRINGFIELD PRESERVATION AND                                        of St. Augustine.                                                                                                                 large meeting room.
REVITALIZATION COUNCIL 1321 N. Main St.,                                                                                             AUGUSTA SAVAGE FRIENDSHIP PARK Corner of
Jacksonville, 353-7727, sparcouncil.org. The council was            FLAGLER COLLEGE                                                  Walburg Avenue and Pine Avenue, Green Cove Springs,              JENNINGS STATE FOREST 1337 Longhorn Road,
founded in 1975 to help preserve the largest historic district in   74 King Street, St. Augustine, 829-6481, flagler.edu             529-2200, claycountygov.com. A park designed for use by          Division of Forestry, 291-5530, floridaconservation.org
Florida, with 2,800 structures within its boundaries. Meetings      This private college was once a hotel built by railroad          preschool children.                                              Located in both Clay and Duval counties, Jennings features
are held on the third Thur. each month at the Klutho building.      magnate Henry Flagler in the late 1800s. Guided tours of this                                                                     23,995 acres and is open during daylight hours for
                                                                    example of Spanish Renaissance architecture are available.       BLACK CREEK PARK AND TRAIL This site offers 15                   swimming, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and horseback riding.
TIMUCUAN NATIONAL PRESERVE 12713 Fort                                                                                                acres serving Green Cove Springs and Fleming Island. It’s the    Closed to recreational activities during hunting season.
Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 641-7155, nps.gov/timu                 FORT MATANZAS NATIONAL MONUMENT                                  staging area for the bicycle/pedestrian trail that runs along
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a 46,000-acre          8635 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-0116, nps.gov/foma               U.S. 17 between Green Cove and Orange Park.                      LITTLE RAIN LAKE PARK Little Rain Lake Road off S.R.
ecological and historic preserve that includes Fort Caroline,       This coquina watchtower was built by the Spanish in the                                                                           21, Keystone Heights, 473-4400, claycountygov.com
Cedar Point and Kingsley Plantation. Miles of nature trails, a      1740s. Located on Matanzas Inlet, the monument is                BAYARD POINT CONSERVATION AREA                                   This 34-acre park offers 2 football fields, baseball fields, a
boat dock and picnic areas are featured, as well as local           reachable only by boat. Free tours are available from 9 a.m.-    (386) 329-4404, sjrwmd.com. Located off S.R. 16 on the St.       basketball court, tennis courts and an equipped playground.
Florida history. Presentations are at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sat.          5:30 p.m. daily.                                                 Johns River, this resource-based park has 9,615 acres for        The site includes restrooms, covered pavilions with picnic
                                                                                                                                     hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding.                areas and a paved parking area.
                                                                    GOVERNMENT HOUSE MUSEUM 48 King St.,
             Nassau County                                          St. Augustine, 825-5079.
                                                                    staugustine.com/visit/history/govt_hse.shtml
AMELIA ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Parks and Recreation                       St. Augustine’s history is presented from early settlements        STUFF WE LOVE
Department, 277-7305. Still in use, and now open for tours,         through the European era into Flagler’s Golden Age. Hours
the Lighthouse was first lit in 1820 on Cumberland Island,          are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat.                                       A Bridge with a Passing Lane
and moved to its present location in 1838, marking the                                                                                 Sure, it sounds insane and kinda dangerous and definitely anachronistic, but you can still fly
entrance to the St. Marys River. Tours are at 10 a.m. on the        LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-                   past pokey motorists at speeds approaching 50 mph on the Crescent Beach Bridge (C.R. 206)
first and third Wed. of each month. Meet at the Parks &             2874, lightnermuseum.org. Located in the historic Alcazar          — assuming the drawbridge isn’t raised, that is.
Recreation building, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach.          Hotel, an 1888 National Register building, the museum
                                                                  Field Guide
MAIN STREET PARK 3788 Main Street Boat Ramp,
Middleburg. A five-acre park with boardwalk and fishing                                AVONDALE
piers, pavilions and playground equipment, located on the
North Fork of Black Creek.                                        FISHWEIR PARK Yukon Street off Park Street
                                                                  Fishweir features a massive playground, a baseball diamond,
OMEGA PARK 4317 C.R. 218, one mile west of S.R. 21,               basketball courts, all-purpose fields, a water feature and a
Middleburg/Clay Hill, 282-9847 claycountygov.com                  wetlands preservation project.
This 16-acre park offers baseball fields, a large concession
facility and allows for league and tournament competition.        WILLOWBRANCH PARK Park Street next to the Willow
Omega serves the Doctors Inlet, Penney Farms and                  Branch Library
Middleburg areas.                                                 The spacious park features playground equipment, a walking
                                                                  trail a pine and oak canopy, and an open, all-purpose field.
O.P. SKATE PARK1006 Fromhart St., Orange Park,
625-6260. A free skate park for skaters of all ages and
abilities. Helmet and notarized waiver required. Open daily.                             BEACHES
Skateboards and in-line skates are permitted.
                                                                  BULL MEMORIAL PARK 716 Ocean Blvd.,
RONNIE VAN ZANT PARK & PLAYGROUND                                 Atlantic Beach
C.R. 739B, 2760 Sandridge Road, Penney Farms/Lake                 Across from of the Adele Grage Cultural Center, Bull Park
Asbury, 269-6378. This 85-acre park offers an equipped            offers tennis court, full playground, picnic area, amphitheater
playground, covered pavilions with picnic areas, softball and     area and restrooms.
soccer fields, tennis courts, a fishing pond with four fishing
piers and nature trails.                                          CRADLE CREEK PRESERVE South 15th Street and
                                                                  Fairway Lane, Jacksonville Beach
                                                                  This new 42-acre park along the Intracoastal Waterway plans
               Duval County                                       to have a system of nature trails and elevated boardwalks
With more than 375 parks, developed and undeveloped,              with observation platforms.
Duval County has something for everyone. Parks are located
in Jacksonville unless otherwise noted.                           DAVID WAYNE PACK PARK
                                                                  4871 Ocean St., Mayport Village
                                                                  This community park offers basketball courts, grills, picnic
                    ARLINGTON                                     shelters and playground equipment.

ARLINGTON LIONS CLUB PARK 4322-1 Richard                          DONNER PARK 2072 George St., Atlantic Beach
Gatlin Road. The 31-acre park offers a boat ramp and dock,        More than five acres of parkland include a community center,
fishing areas, nature trails and boardwalk, picnic shelters,      two lighted basketball courts, picnic grills and shelters, youth
playground equipment, grills and restrooms.                       baseball/softball field and playground.

BLUE CYPRESS PARK 4012 University Blvd. N.                        DUTTON ISLAND PARK AND PRESERVE
A nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, soccer fields,            2001 Dutton Drive, Atlantic Beach
community center, picnic shelters, restrooms, docks,              The largest Atlantic Beach park, Dutton Island offers canoe
swimming, hiking and fishing are available.                       and kayak launches, fishing areas, picnic shelters,
                                                                  playground equipment, nature trails and wildlife observation.
BRUCE PARK 6549 Arlington Road.
Lighted softball/baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts,   HUGUENOT TENNIS FACILITY AND PARK
volleyball courts, playground equipment, picnic areas,            218 16th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach
shelters and restrooms are available.                             Located on A1A, this park includes a three-acre stocked lake
                                                                  with fishing pier and boardwalk, basketball courts, Huguenot
ED AUSTIN REGIONAL PARK 11751 McCormick Road                      Tennis Facility and playground equipment.
Covering 140 acres, Austin Park has basketball courts,
baseball, softball and soccer fields, a community center,         JACK RUSSELL PARK
grills, restrooms and hiking, as well as an 18-hole flying-disc   800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach
golf course.                                                      Jack Russell features a picnic pavilion with grills, baseball
                                                                  and soccer fields, tennis courts and racquetball courts,
LEONARD ABESS PARK 12743 Leonard Abess Blvd.                      basketball and volleyball courts, playground and restrooms.
Softball, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis
courts, playground equipment, grills, hiking trails and           JARBOE PARK
restroom facilities are available.                                Third Street and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach
                                                                  Tennis courts, baseball field, volleyball court, jogging trail,
LONNIE WURN BOAT RAMP 4131 Ferber Road                            playground equipment and picnic areas.
Boating docks and ramp, fishing areas, picnic shelters,
playground equipment and restrooms are available.                 KATHRYN ABBEY HANNA PARK
                                                                  500 Wonderwood Road, Mayport, 249-4700
TREE HILL NATURE CENTER 7152 Lone Star Road. The                  The 447-acre oceanfront park offers a 1.5-mile beach and
50-acre facility offers a visitor’s center, picnic tables,        woods with nature and off-road biking trails, 293 campsites,
freshwater streams, gardens, nature trails, an amphitheatre       laundry and shower facilities, picnic areas with grills, 60
and exhibits.                                                     acres of fresh-water lakes and a children’s water park.

                                                                  OCEANFRONT PARK
  STUFF WE LOVE                                                   First Street South between Fifth and Sixth Avenues South
                                                                  Picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, playground, educational
  Atkinson Shoe Repair                                            kiosk system and dune walkovers.
  This family-owned business (1245 S. Third
  St., Jacksonville Beach) has served the                         PAWS DOG PARK Penman Road, across from
  Beaches since 1969, and offers four                             Wingate Park. This off-leash park is for dogs and their owners.
  generations of experience in shoe repair.
  The smell of cigarette smoke and leather at                     TIDEVIEWS PRESERVE One Begonia St., Atlantic Beach
  times is so overpowering that one may                           The preserve consists of eight acres of passive parkland,
  wonder if they had accidentally stumbled                        with a scenic view of the Intracoastal Waterway, hiking trails
  into an Amy Winehouse Home Crafts and                           and boardwalks, canoe launch, fishing area and restrooms.
  Bondage Workshop, but the wares are
  perfectly safe, including a selection of                        WINGATE PARK
  wallets, orthopedic products and various                        South Penman Road, Jacksonville Beach
  leather items. Best of all, most of the staff is                In addition to Paws Park dog facility, Wingate has 16 acres
  in the Skynyrd cover band, Kymystry.                            with a softball field, football field, Tee-ball fields, baseball
                                                                  fields and a picnic area.
                    DOWNTOWN                                                                                                                       The Beaches Organic Community                                     Nassau County
                                                                                                                                                   Garden at Jarboe Park in Neptune
BUSTER FORD CHECKERBOARD PARK                                                                                                                      Beach offers everyone a chance to                    AMELIA ISLAND STATE PARK 12157 Heckscher Drive,
804 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.                                                                                                                       cultivate their green thumbs. For a                  251-2320. More than 200 acres of undeveloped sea island
Picnic tables and benches and security lighting.                                                                                                   $10 fee and three hours of volunteer                 with beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests.
                                                                                                                                                   time each month, the garden provides                 Fish, hike, sunbathe, birdwatch and horseback ride.
CATHERINE HESTER MCNAIR PARK                                                                                                                       gardeners with a plot, water and a
551 W. 25th St.                                                                                                                                    basic organic gardening education.                   CENTRAL PARK 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach
The 16-acre park offers basketball and tennis courts,                                                                                                                                                   Central Park contains a tennis court, restroom, playground,
baseball fields, shuffleboard, picnic tables, playground                                                                                                                                                basketball court and the Buccaneer field baseball/
equipment, a community center and restrooms.                                                                                                                                                            softball complex.

FLOSSIE BRUNSON EASTSIDE PARK 1050 Franklin St.                                                                                                                                                         EGAN’S CREEK PARK Amelia Island, near the Atlantic
Lighted baseball fields and basketball courts, tennis courts,                                                                                                                                           Avenue Recreational Center. Playground equipment, hiking
picnic shelters, playground equipment, water features,                                                                                                                                                  and biking trails, baseball diamond.
restrooms and a community building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        FERNANDINA BEACH SKATE PARK 25 Tarpon St.,
EMMETT REED PARK 1093 W. Sixth St.                                                                                                                                                                      Fernandina Beach. This park offers a variety of ramps and
Baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, swimming                                                                                                                                                 obstacles for skateboarders, inline skaters and bicyclists.
pools, picnic tables, a community center, playground                                                                                                                                                    Open 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unattended and 2:30 p.m. to dusk
equipment and restrooms are featured.                                                                                                                                                                   attended, Mon.-Fri. Open 8 a.m.- noon unattended and noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                        till dusk attended Sat. and Sun. Go to fbfl.us or to the Atlantic
JEFFERSON STREET PARK 1359 Jefferson St.                                                                                                                                                                Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach,
Jefferson offers basketball courts, baseball fields, grills,                                                                                                                                            for required health waiver.
playground equipment and restrooms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORT CLINCH STATE PARK Northern end of Amelia Island
METROPOLITAN PARK                                                                                                                                                                                       2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274
4110 Gator Bowl Blvd., 630-0837                                      fields, swimming pool, playground equipment and a                  Lighted baseball, T-ball and youth ball fields, basketball      Site of a restored Civil War fort. Park amenities include a
Located along the St. Johns River and home to many of                community center are featured.                                     courts, playground equipment and restrooms.                     visitor’s center, beaches, bathhouse buildings, guided nature
Jacksonville’s outdoor events, Metro Park is slated for major                                                                                                                                           walks, campsites, mountain bike trails, ocean fishing pier,
redesign and improvements. The 23-acre park currently has            CLANZEL T. BROWN PARK                                                                                                              picnic areas, restrooms, concessions and a gift shop.
shelters, playground equipment, restrooms and docking                4575 Moncrief Road                                                                     SOUTHSIDE
facilities.                                                          Softball field, lighted basketball and tennis courts, public                                                                       MAIN BEACH PARK Corner of Atlantic and South Fletcher
                                                                     pool, playground equipment, restrooms and a community              ADOLPH WURN PARK 2115 Dean Road                                 Two sand volleyball courts, a cabana, restrooms and
PANAMA PARK 6912 Buffalo Ave.                                        building are found at this park.                                   A basketball court, public pool, playground equipment and       changing rooms, picnic tables, gazebos, a playground, a
Lighted baseball and softball fields, lighted basketball and                                                                            restrooms are featured.                                         skate park, a game room and concession stands are
tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic area and                 GEORGE CRADY BRIDGE FISHING PIER STATE                                                                                             available at Main Beach Park.
restrooms.                                                           PARK 12157 Heckscher Drive, 251-2320                               BEACH & PEACH URBAN PARK 10013 Anders Blvd.
                                                                     This mile-long, pedestrian-only fishing bridge spans Nassau        This park has nearly 69 acres of undeveloped land, with a       PECK RECREATION CENTER & PARK Elm Street,
ROBERT F. KENNEDY PARK 1133 Ionia St.                                Sound and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Primary         pond for fishing and 1.25 miles of trails.                      corner of 10th and 11th streets, Fernandina Beach, 277-7350
Softball fields, lighted basketball courts and tennis court,         access is on the north end through Amelia Island State Park.                                                                       This 104-year-old former schoolhouse offers a gymnasium,
gymnasium, swimming, playground equipment, grills and                                                                                   CUBA HUNTER PARK 3620 Bedford Road                              weight room, outdoor field, volleyball and basketball courts
picnic tables, a community building and restrooms.                   HUGUENOT MEMORIAL PARK                                             A skate park, football fields, hiking trails, playground        and aerobics room. The center houses a computer lab, a
                                                                     10980 Heckscher Drive, 251-3335                                    equipment, grills and picnic shelters.                          library, an auditorium and a reception room.
                                                                     Nearly 295 acres of beachfront for surfing, sailboarding,
                     MANDARIN                                        swimming, fishing, picnicking, volleyball, wildlife observation,   9A/BAYMEADOWS REGIONAL PARK                                     PETER’S POINT Off South Fletcher Avenue
                                                                     playgrounds, tent and RV camping.                                  8000 Baymeadows Road E.                                         A county beach park with covered picnic areas, fishing,
ALBERTS FIELD 12073 Brady Road                                                                                                          Situated between Baymeadows Road East and S.R. 9A , this        restrooms and outdoor showers.
The park’s 16.3 acres include lighted softball and baseball          JOHNNIE W. WALKER PARK 2500 W. 20th St.                            park has grills, a playground and soccer fields.
fields, lighted tennis courts, T-ball fields, picnic shelters,       Baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, swimming and                                                                        YULEE BALL PARK 686 Goodbread Drive, Callahan,
grills, playground equipment and restrooms.                          water features, a community center and restrooms.                  SOUTHSIDE PARK 1541 Hendricks Ave.                              225-9611. Playground, baseball, softball and football fields,
                                                                                                                                        Youth ball, basketball and lighted tennis courts, playground    tennis courts, picnic shelter, restrooms and a gymnasium
MANDARIN PARK 14780 Mandarin Road                                    LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK                                    equipment, picnic area and shelters.                            are featured.
Visitor’s center, tennis courts, hiking trails, fishing area, boat   12157 Heckscher Drive
ramps, shelters, playground equipment, picnic shelters,              This beachfront park offers surfing, swimming, canoeing,
shuffleboard and restrooms.                                          kayaking, camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing.                                      WESTSIDE                                              St. Johns County
WALTER JONES HISTORICAL PARK 11964 Mandarin                                                                                             ARGYLE FOREST PARK 8533 Acanthus Drive                          ALPINE GROVES PARK 2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns,
Road. A visitor’s center, picnic shelters, hiking trails, wildlife                       RIVERSIDE                                      A lighted baseball field, two softball fields and four tennis   between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic &
observation, grills and restrooms are featured.                                                                                         courts, grills, playground equipment and restrooms.             Historic Highway. Majestic canopy oaks, wildlife and birds are
                                                                     BOONE PARK 3700 Park St.                                                                                                           featured in the 54.5 acre park, also home to a historic farm-
                                                                     Lighted tennis courts — including 14 clay — a walking trail,       CRYSTAL SPRINGS ROAD PARK                                       house and a shed, circa 1900, and a two-story structure that
                     NORTHSIDE                                       picnic shelters, playground equipment and grills are featured.     9800 Crystal Springs Road                                       housed curios collected by the former owner. Hiking trails, a
                                                                                                                                        This 37-acre park offers baseball fields, tennis courts,        river boardwalk, fishing and visitors’ center are also onsite.
BETHESDA PARK 10790 Key Haven Blvd., 764-5531                        CRISWELL PARK 5372 Park St.                                        handball courts, soccer fields, playground equipment,
A 20-acre lake stocked for fishing, canoeing, nature trail           Lighted baseball, softball, T-ball and youth ball fields,          exercise area and community center.                             ANASTASIA STATE RECREATION AREA
boardwalk, docks, a lodge, picnic facilities and fully equipped      basketball courts, picnic tables and shelters, playground                                                                          St. Augustine Beach, 1340 A1A S. at S.R. 3, 461-9322,
cabins for camping.                                                  equipment and restrooms.                                           TILLY K. FOWLER REGIONAL PARK 7000 Roosevelt                    floridastateparks.org/anastasia. A bird sanctuary and natural
                                                                                                                                        Boulevard, 573-2498. A 509-acre park features nature and        preserve with coastal camping, swimming, sunbathing, surfing,
BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK 12157 Heckscher                         JOHN STOCKTON ELEMENTARY PARK                                      hiking trails, off-road biking, wildlife watchtower, outdoor    hiking, biking, sailboarding, canoeing, fishing and boating.
Drive, Ft. George, north of Little Talbot Island. Canoe launch       4827 Carlisle Road                                                 classroom and nature center, nature resource library,
spots and routes, fishing, boat ramps, beach area and hiking         Lighted tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, soccer     archery range, playground equipment, pavilions with grills      FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK 100 Faver-Dykes Road, at
trails are found at this 1,709-acre oceanfront park.                 field, trails, picnic area and playground equipment.               and restrooms.                                                  I-95 & U.S. 1, 794-0997. An aquatic preserve featuring a

BLACK HAMMOCK ISLAND PARK 15770 Sawpit Road                          MURRAY HILL PLAYGROUND
This 24.5-acre park has a community center, volleyball court,        4208 Kingsbury St.
baseball field, basketball court, grills, picnic tables,             Lighted baseball fields and basketball courts, playground            STUFF WE LOVE
playground and two tennis courts.                                    equipment, water features, trails, grills, picnic tables and
                                                                     restrooms.                                                           Waterfront Escapes
CARVILL PARK 1302 Carvill Ave. Softball and baseball                                                                                      The best of Old Florida in your own backyard: Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek in St.
field, lighted basketball and tennis courts, a public pool,                                                                               Johns County. A sprawling deck and 1,500-foot-long dock are complemented by buckets of
playground equipment and picnic shelters.                                SAN MARCO & SAN JOSE                                             beer, live music and platters of food, piled high and served either fried or low-country boil
                                                                                                                                          style. (For a somewhat more upscale alternative, head to Cap’s on the Water, in Vilano Beach,
CHARLES BOOBIE CLARK PARK 8793 Sibbald Road                          BEAUCLERC ELEMENTARY PARK                                            which has a large, oak-shaded deck, a small beach and sunset views over the Intracoastal.)
Basketball and tennis courts, lighted baseball and football          4555 Craven Road
                                                                   Field Guide
  STUFF WE LOVE
  Secret Beach
  The north end of Fort Clinch on Amelia Island features towering sand dunes and expansive
  views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cumberland Island. Bonus: Not many people use it, so you
  can pretty much have the place to yourself.


state canoe trail. More than 1,000 acres along Pellicer Creek      THEODORE ROOSEVELT AREA 13165 Mt. Pleasant
for camping, fishing, picnics, birding, hiking and nature walks.   Road, Jacksonville, 641-7155. Part of the Timucuan
Open 8 a.m.-sunset.                                                Ecological and Historic Preserve, the area has four miles of
                                                                   hiking trails over sand dunes and through maritime
FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK Fort Mose Trail,                     forests, as well as an observation tower overlooking a
off U.S. 1, St. Augustine, 823-2232. Birdwatching, a picnic        pristine saltmarsh.
pavilion, a boardwalk and history tours. Open from 8 a.m. till
sundown daily.                                                     UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
                                                                   4567 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville, 620-1810. UNF
GUANA TOLOMATO MATANZAS NATIONAL                                   features 5 miles of nature trails and boardwalks through a
ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE                                         natural preserve. Some are wheelchair accessible. Trails are
505 Guana River Road, South Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-                open daily, sunrise to sunset.
4500, nerrs.noaa.gov/GTM/welcome.html
Located off A1A, Guana offers 73,352 acres of freshwater           TILLY K. FOWLER REGIONAL PARK Timuquana &
and saltwater fishing, boating on the Guana and Tolomato           Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville. This 509-acre park offers
rivers, nature study, ocean swimming and surfing, birding,         three miles of mixed hiking trails and two miles of off-road
picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. The Environmental          biking trails. Trails run through sand hills, forest and swamp.
Education Center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.                 Open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time.

SOLOMON CALHOUN COMMUNITY CENTER &
SWIMMING POOL 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine,                          CANOE & KAYAK SPOTS
209-0395. This new 24,000-square-foot community center             No motorboat can recreate the intimacy between a kayaker
is located in the heart of West Augustine and includes a full-     and the water. Here are a few perfect spots to enjoy the
size gymnasium, swimming pool and splash park.                     benefits of shallow-water exploring, with zero risk of
                                                                   manatee casualties.
TREATY PARK
1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, 829-8807                       Cumberland Island, launch from St. Marys Inlet.
This large regional park offers a picnic shelter, trails, tennis   Fort George Inlet, launch from behind the Alimacani fish
and racquetball courts, volleyball court, skate park, dog          camp or Huguenot Park.
park, lighted baseball and softball fields, multipurpose field     Simpson’s Creek, launch from Fort George Inlet and paddling
and playground.                                                    to Nassau Sound.
                                                                   Huguenot Park, launch from almost anywhere along the 450
                                                                   acres of beachfront.
             HIKING TRAILS                                         Julington or Durbin creeks, launch from Mandarin Park.
                                                                   Doctors Inlet/Lake, launch from Whitey’s Fish Camp and
BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK                                       paddling Fish Eating Creek north or launch from one of the
S.R. A1A (Heckscher Drive), Ft. George Island, 251-2320            marinas along U.S. 17.
Located 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville, this park          Black Creek, launch from Jennings Forest or the city dock
offers five separate hiking trails on a sea island with diverse    in Baldwin.
habitats, ideal for photography and birdwatching.                  St. Marys River, launch from Hidden River Ranch in St.
                                                                   George, Ga., Stokes Bridge on S.R. 121.
BLACK CREEK PARK & TRAIL Green Cove                                Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research
Springs/Fleming Island, (386) 329-4404                             Reserve, launch from the boat ramp or the dam.
This park is the staging area for a seven-mile                     Pellicer Creek near Marineland, launch from Faver-Dykes
pedestrian/bicycle trail that runs along U.S. 17 between           State Park.
Green Cove Springs and Orange Park. Paved parking area,            The Intracoastal Waterway is full of hidden water trails
covered pavilion and restrooms.                                    through marsh flats, launch further south near Matanzas Inlet.
                                                                   Experience the somewhat awkward exhilaration of kayak-
EGAN’S CREEK GREENWAY                                              surfing, launch anywhere along the Atlantic Ocean.
2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7350. Grass-
covered, mosquito-controlled roads along Egan’s Creek can
be used for walking or bicycling. The park is a favorite spot
for birdwatchers, is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and leashed dogs            STUFF WE LOVE
are allowed.
                                                                     Coolest Pad
FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK 15 miles south of St.                         The 1975 beachfront duplex known as The
Augustine at I-95 & U.S. 1, 794-0997. There are two .                Dune House (1900 block of Beach Avenue,
5-mile hiking trails, several miles of land available for            Atlantic Beach), was built by Jacksonville
hiking, and a dock for launching canoes and kayaks.                  architect William Morgan, who wanted his
                                                                     buildings to appear to grow out of the
FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL 1-877-445-3352                         Earth (he also built the Police
or 1-800-343-1882, floridatrail.org. More than 1,400 miles           Administration Building in downtown
of continuous trail run from the Gulf Island National Seashore       Jacksonville). This duplex, built into a
near Pensacola to the Big Cyprus National Preserve near              dune, was photographed for Playboy as the
Miami and Naples. A portion of the Florida Trail can be found        swingingest thing in bachelor pads.
in the southwestern quadrant of Clay County.

GUANA TOLOMATO MATANZAS RESERVE South
Ponte Vedra Beach on A1A, 823-4500. Hiking and biking is
available along more than nine miles of nature trails and old
service roads that wind through the interior of the reserve.

LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK
S.R. A1A (Heckscher Drive), Ft. George Island, 251-2320
Boasts a complete cross section of a barrier island. A four-
mile nature trail on a sea island with maritime forests, dunes
and salt marshes, located just south of Big Talbot Island.

				
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