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The annual college football classic is held every year, traditionally on Jan. 1, at EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Field Blvd., downtown Jacksonville. Events leading up to the nationally televised game include a 5K, a parade and fireworks. The game is screened live in the courtyard at The Jacksonville Landing. 798-1700. gatorbowl.com
26.2 With Donna Marathon
The only national marathon staged to end breast cancer, the seventh annual 26.2 With Donna is held Feb. 23, 2014; tangential events include a half-marathon and relay. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research and care. 355-PINK. breastcancermarathon.com
Gate River Run
The 37th annual River Run – the largest 15K in the country – is held March 15, 2014 between EverBank Field and Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville. Live bands play along the race route and a post-race celebration is held at the Fairgrounds. 731-1900. gate-riverrun.com
Jax Suns Baseball
The Jacksonville Suns take on teams in the Double-A Southern League from April through the first week in September at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Themed nights, giveaways and special concession pricing are featured. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com
Springing the Blues
This free outdoor blues festival features renowned jazz, blues and rock performers and regional up-and-comers, and is held oceanfront at SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The 24th annual blues festival is held the first weekend in April 2014. springingtheblues.com
Opening of the Beaches
The ceremonial opening of the beaches to tourists and visitors (used to be called “Welcome Day”) occurs each April. Activities in and beside the ocean include a parade, a sandcastle-building contest, a 5K run and a surfing competition at the SeaWalk Pavilion, First Street in Jax Beach. 247-6100.
The annual butterfly festival will be held Sat., April 26, 2014 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 seniors and military; $3 ages 4-17; free for kids younger than 2. 724-4646. treehill.org
Food and more than 50 margaritas flavors are offered at Folio Weekly’s Margarita Festival every April. 260-9770 ext. 110. folioweekly.com
This annual event, sponsored by the local Amity Cultural Center, celebrates Turkish food, music and culture each April at the center’s home, 4540 Southside Blvd., Ste. 202, Southside. atccenter.org
Tour de Farms
Slow Food First Coast held its third annual tour of local farms in April, featuring chefs who used local produce to prepare samples to taste. Local cheeses, honey and plants and herbs, were featured along with free tips on growing your own organically. This fall, on Sept. 8, the Tour de Farm Sunday Supper Series is held at Café Nola at the Museum of Contemporary Art. slowfoodfirstcoast.com
Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
Honoring the late 1960s folksinger and storyteller James Gamble Rogers IV, the 19th annual festival is held mid- to late-April at venues throughout the Oldest City’s historic district. Past performers include Loudon Wainwright III, Ralph Stanley and Richard Thompson. gamblerogersfest.org
Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival
The 51st annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach is held in May, and features a pirate parade, fireworks, a 5K run/walk and lots of shrimp. shrimpfestival.com
Dancin’ in the Street
The annual Dancin’ in the Street festival is held every May at Beaches Town Center, where Atlantic Boulevard meets the ocean. Live music featuring local bands, an art show and food are featured. There’s a kids’ zone, a climbing wall and free health screenings. 246-9133. beachestowncenter.com
World of Nations Celebration
Multiethnic cuisine and international entertainment are featured as part of the annual event, usually held on the first weekend in May at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. 630-3690.
The longest river race in the world – from Palatka to Orange Park – is held every year in May on the St. Johns River. Sailboats only. rudderclub.com
The Players Championship
Top golfers from around the world vie for the title at the annual PGA Tour’s golf tournament at Sawgrass, held May 5-11, 2014, in Ponte Vedra Beach. pgatour.com
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Held annually since 1981, the festival takes place in late May at venues and parks throughout Jacksonville’s urban core. Past performers include Buddy Guy, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. 630-3690. jaxjazzfest.com
Palatka Blue Crab Festival
The annual Blue Crab Festival happens in late May, on Memorial Day weekend, in downtown Palatka, offering tons of delectable crustaceans, along with arts and crafts, cookoffs, a beauty pageant and live music. (386) 325-4406. bluecrabfestival.com
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Every May and June, AICMF presents classical music at venues throughout Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. The festival marks its 12th season in 2014. 261-1779. aicmf.com
Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament
The 33rd annual tournament is the largest one in the nation, held this year July 15-20 at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp along Sisters Creek, 8203 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. Activities include the junior angler tournament, junior dock tournament, Redneck VIP tournament, Liars’ Tent, boat shows, food, live music (George Aspinall Band, The Splinters), fireworks and awards ceremonies. Proceeds benefit Jacksonville Marine Charities’ programs. 251-3011. kingfishtournament.com
Beer & Music Festival
Folio Weekly’s annual Beer & Music Festival is held every July, featuring more than 200 domestic, imported and microbrewed beers, along with cuisine from local restaurants and live music. 260-9770 ext. 110. folioweekly.com
Eat Up Downtown
Downtown Vision holds its fourth annual Eat Up Downtown Aug. 12-25 around Jacksonville’s core, at numerous restaurants providing a three-course meal for $15, $25 or $35. For details and menus, visit eatupdowntown.com or call 634-0303. Call restaurants directly for reservations.
Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff
The fourth annual Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff is held 3-9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Main Beach Park, South Fletcher Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. National barbecue teams and backyard teams compete for prizes and bragging rights. Live music is performed by former Boston lead singer Fran Cosmo, Rockit Fly, Island Vibe, Face For Radio, Beech Street Blues Band and Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves Band. 277-4369. gstailgatecookoff.com
Celebrity Guitar Raffle/Auction
The Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s inaugural fundraiser is held 4-10 p.m. Aug. 24, featuring guitars signed by musicians when they performed there, including Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride, The Fray, Matchbox Twenty, OAR and Boston. Admission is free. Live music by Catfish Jones, Willie Green, Rick Ambrose & the Falling Bones, Dewey Via, Red River Band and Late Nite Transfer. And 15 guitars are auctioned online at biddingforgood.com, including ones signed by Alison Kraus (a fiddle), Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Moody Blues, Stevie Nicks, Joe Cocker, Johnny Van Zant, Heart, Blondie with Devo, Third Day with Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson, Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang, Train, Hall & Oates, Imagine Dragons and STYX/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent. Raffle tickets are $10 each; three for $25. Proceeds benefit a 2014 arts camp to serve disadvantaged children. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340-C A1A S., 471-1965, staugamphitheatre.com, fosaa.org
PGA Web.com Tour
The fourth Web.com Tournament debuts at TPC Sawgrass Sept. 26-29 on Dye’s Valley Course, PGA Tour Headquarters, Ponte Vedra Beach. The championship, with a $1 million purse, finalizes the 50 players who earn PGA Tour playing privileges for the 2013-’14 season, and their positions under the new qualifying system. The Web.com Tournament is the pathway to the PGA Tour. pgatour.com
Filipino Pride Day
Music, food, fashion, art and culture of the Philippines are celebrated every October at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. Proceeds benefit Filipino charities. fpdjax.com
The Jaguars’ 2013 preseason starts Aug. 9, with two home games scheduled; regular season runs from Sept. 8-Dec. 29, with eight home games played at EverBank Field, Downtown Jacksonville. 633-6100.
Amelia Island Jazz Festival
The 10th annual festival is held Oct. 6-13, 2013, at various locations around Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Scheduled to appear this year are Mindi Abair, Royal Crown Revue and The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band with Bonnie Eisele. 504-4772. ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church presents the 16th annual Greek Festival 4-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Special Events Field, Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Live Greek music, a family run and traditional Greek foods are featured. Admission is $3. stauggreekfest.com
Celebrate all things autumnal at Folio Weekly’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, held on Oct. 4. The event features live music and food, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. 260-9770 ext. 110.
The 91st annual matchup of the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs is held 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at EverBank Field. Pigskin-related events include live music, pep rallies and tailgate parties galore. 630-3690, 1-800-985-3542.
The sixth annual gathering is held Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Francis Field and in the historic district in St. Augustine. Re-enactors, weapons demonstrations, parades, land battles, Thieves Market and storytellers are featured. Aaargh! pirategathering.com
The Great Chowder Debate
More than 30 St. Augustine area restaurants ladle it up and duke it out for top honors in the 29th annual competition, held Nov. 3 starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Conch House Marina, 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine. Tastes are $1. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. 829-8646.
The 32nd annual Lincolnville Festival is held Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at St. Augustine’s Francis Field. Ethnic foods, drinks and live jazz and blues are featured. 501-8299.
Sample more than 40 kinds of martinis at Folio Weekly’s annual event, held in November, featuring live music, food from local restaurants, hookahs and a bartending contest. 260-9770 ext. 110.
Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach was founded in 1933, which makes it about the oldest joint still going at the Beaches. Every Thanksgiving Day, a reunion/homecoming happens – they rope off the street ends and folks come by the hundreds for beers and traditional Bloody Marys.
AREA ATTRACTIONS & WORTHY DESTINATIONS
1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-4386
4825 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 771-2803
2780 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 827-9400
These parks offer go-kart, miniature golf, gaming arcades and batting cages. The Beaches location offers a full waterpark and massive game room. adventurelanding.com
111 Busch Drive, Northside, 751-0700, budweisertours.com Complimentary tours are offered at this massive brewery located near Dunn Avenue on Jacksonville’s Northside. Ask for a sample – or two.
Atlantic Pro Divers
314 14th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 270-1747
This local dive shop offers scuba instruction, all the gear you need, and a boat to get out where the diving is best.
The upscale restaurant and shop-lined section of St. Johns Avenue is a destination for diners and wanderers looking for (or living) the good life. Tours, podcasts and information about the historic Riverside/Avondale area are available at riverside-avondale.com.
Beaches Town Center
Located where Atlantic Boulevard meets the Atlantic Ocean, Town Center of both Neptune and Atlantic beaches offers boutiques, restaurants and oceanfront hotels. The annual Dancin’ in the Street Festival is in May, and Pete’s Bar hosts a massive Thanksgiving Day homecoming bash every year. beachestowncenter.com
Black Creek Outfitters
10051 Skinner Lake Drive, Southside, 645-7003, blackcreekoutfitters.com
Black Creek offers stand-up paddleboard mini-lessons every other Tue. all summer, as well as stand-up paddleboard yoga, kayak trips to many of Northeast Florida’s waterways and SUP demos on the ocean. Call for times, dates and fees. Black Creek offers kayak sessions; classes are primarily for beginners, and kayakers must know how to swim.
Black Horse Winery
420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480
With grape juices and other fruits shipped from around the world, Black Horse makes a variety of wines, and offers tastings, tours and live music.
1946 Ray Greene Drive, Jacksonville, 386-1750
All ages can ride; classes start for kids ages 5 and younger. Practices are held every Tue.; races are held every Fri. jacksonvillebmx.com
180 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-3388
At Davenport Park playground, this St. Augustine landmark offers old-timey carnival fun at $1 a ride. Plus, the St. Johns County Main Library is right next door, in case you crave a quick reading session (or bathroom break). Open daily.
Amelia River Cruises offers these unique tours at 10 a.m. every Mon.-Sat. June 10-Aug. 17. Drag an authentic Otter Trawl shrimp net, view the live catch and learn from marine biologists about the local wildlife and eco-systems. Book a two-hour tour at ameliarivercruises.com or call 261-9972. Amelia River Cruises also offers tours of Cumberland Island and Family Sunset Cruises through November. A Twilight BYOB catamaran cruise for adults only runs through Nov. 23.
This town’s charming historic district is centered along Centre Street, and includes restaurants, boutiques and enough charm to sink a pirate ship. Don’t miss the side streets for well-preserved Victorian architecture. fbfl.us
Long known as Jacksonville’s artsy hang, Five Points features an ever-expanding array of indie shops, bars and restaurants. Sun-Ray Cinemas runs new blockbusters and indie films. Riverside Park, at the north end of Park Street, offers a playground, fountain and plenty of space for medieval sword-fighting.
A $3.1-million renovation has put the 200-foot streams of water shooting into the air once more. The mid-century modern fountain, located on the Southbank Riverwalk near M.O.S.H., has nightly lights and music watershows between 8:30-10 p.m.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-4500
GTMNERR’s environmental education center has a museum-worthy display of animals in its ocean/estuary habitat, live fish and animal displays, and biweekly educational seminars.
Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
Located at 1445 Millcoe Road, off Monument Road near Regency, the arboretum offers 120 acres of Floridian plant life, educational programs and natural history lessons. Open daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. jacksonvillearboretum.org
The Jacksonville Landing
On the St. Johns River along the Northbank Riverwalk, The Landing features restaurants and shops, plus a courtyard that hosts everything from local bands to political rallies. The adjacent Riverwalk runs two miles, from Berkman Plaza condos to I-95 in Riverside.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex
3605 Philips Highway, Southside, 399-3223
Public skating, live music and DJs, youth hockey and other icy events are offered at the rink. A full concession stand and skate rentals are available.
Jacksonville Main Library
303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 630-2665 The largest public library in the state, this Hemming Plaza landmark features children’s activities, art exhibits, concerts, a film series and a whole lotta books, DVDs and CDs.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org
With more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals, the Zoo also features a botanical garden, a kids’ Play Park with a carousel, tours, a giraffe overlook, a splash park (open May-October) and the popular Stingray Bay – with sharks! And there’s a 4-D ride theater, featuring “Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” open from 9:30 a.m. to a half-hour before closing, daily. The ride can fit up to 18 people per ride, at $3 for Zoo members, $4 for general public; riders must be at least 42” tall. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, till 6 p.m. on summer weekends.
13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 251-0016, kayakamelia.com
Kayak Amelia offers guided kayak events, including firefly paddles, full moon paddles, bike tours and yoga kayak, held throughout the area, with expert instruction and supervision. Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the marshes on your own.
9600 N. Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-1111
Old-school dolphins shows are a thing of the past – this historic Florida attraction now focuses on dolphin encounters, including an opportunity to feed or swim with the creatures. Marineland also offers summer camps. marineland.net
4610 Ocean St., A1A, Mayport Village, 241-9969, stjohnsriverferry.com
For more than 60 years, the Mayport Ferry has connected the village of Mayport to Ft. George Island, northern Duval County and points beyond. The daily service is an eight-minute cruise across the river. The fee is $1 for bicycles/pedestrians, $5 for motorcycles, $6 per car (two-axle).
1620 Riverside Ave., Downtown Jacksonville
This park bordering the St. Johns River was designed by the sons of Frederick Olmstead, the renowned landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park. It features Charles Adrian Pillars’ statue “Winged Victory.”
The Ancient City, founded in 1565, has appealing colonial architecture, historic Flagler College, a 450-year-old coquina fort, horse-drawn carriages and enough tourist distractions to sink a Spanish galleon. City information and links are available at ci.st-augustine.fl.us.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
999 Anastasia Blvd., 824-3337, alligatorfarm.com
This historic wooded zoo features komodo dragons, birds, crocodiles – including 15-foot-3-inch, 1,250-pound Maximo – in addition to huge pits of alligators. The new Crocodile Crossing is an aerial challenge course, with ropes and ziplines over the animal exhibits. Kids’ zone, a fossil exhibit, snack bar and daily ’gator feedings are featured. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., till 6 p.m. in the summer.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
1340-C A1A S., 471-1965, staugamphitheatre.com
This outdoor concert venue, set in a maritime oak hammock on Anastasia Island, seats up to 4,500. Events include a seasonal Winter Wonderland and big-name musical acts. Upcoming shows include The Monkees, Slightly Stoopid, Steely Dan and John Fogerty.
San Marco Square
The upscale shopping district at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue features a central statue of lions, San Marco Theatre, Theatre Jacksonville and many local merchants and restaurants.
World Golf Hall of Fame, IMAX Theater
World Golf Village, 1 World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine, 940-4123, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com
Six hundred years of golf history are featured in interactive displays, memorabilia and artifacts at World Golf Hall of Fame Museum. The village also houses a full-screen IMAX Theater.
Beaches Green Market
Jarboe Park, on the corner of A1A and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach, beacheslocalfoodnetwork.org
Open 2-5 p.m. every Sat. Fresh-picked organic produce, grass-fed beef and goat and cow cheeses, as well as crafts and a children’s garden.
Fernandina Farmers Market
Centre Street and Seventh Street North, Fernandina Beach, 491-4872, fernandinafarmersmarket.com
Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. A growers’ market, with farm-direct organic fruits and vegetables, goat and cow cheeses, honey, and natural lamb and goat meat, as well as demonstrations and workshops.
The Jacksonville Landing Market
2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188, jacksonvillelanding.com
Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. Local produce, flowers, crafts, jewelry and live entertainment are featured.
Jacksonville Farmers Market
1810 W. Beaver St., Westside, 354-2821, jaxfarmersmarket.com
Open daily from pre-dawn to dusk, Florida’s oldest farmers market is also the biggest in town. A good source for hard-to-find Asian and Caribbean produce. Not primarily organic, but great deals can be found.
Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1304 A1A S., 471-3733, staugustinefm.com
This booming farmers market runs 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Sat. and features freshly picked vegetables and fruits, home-baked breads, flowers, crafts, live music and eats. Admission is free.
Riverside Arts Market
Riverside Avenue under Fuller Warren Bridge/I-95 overpass, 554-6865, riversideartsmarket.com
Located on the Riverwalk, RAM features everything from vegan funnel cakes to naturally flavored shaved ices, plus lots of organic produce, local art, roving entertainers and live music by area artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., March to December.
The Wednesday Market
Pier Parking Lot, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 347-8007, thewednesdaymarket.com
Held year ’round 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Wed., this weekly market features dozens of vendors selling organic and conventionally grown produce, crafts and snacks.
ART WALKS & FESTIVALS
Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk
Thirteen Amelia Island galleries are open late, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the second Sat. of each month. 277-0717.
Downtown Friday Market
Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188.
First Wednesday ArtWalk
Various downtown Jacksonville art galleries are open late with live music, DJs and performances, 5-9 p.m. on the first Wed. each month. 634-0303 ext. 225. jacksonvilleartwalk.com
First Friday Art Walk
Twenty St. Augustine galleries stay open late, rain or shine, 5-9 p.m., for the monthly self-guided tour. 829-0065, 825-4577.
North Beach Arts Market
The market features arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386.
North Beaches Art Walk
Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune Beaches are open, rain or shine, 5-9 p.m. on the third Thur. each month, at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. 249-2222. nbaw.org
Riverside Arts Market
Local and regional artists, farmers and artisans sell wares every Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 21 beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville. Live music, free parking, children’s activities and food vendors are also featured. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com
Uptown Saturday Night
Galleries and merchants along San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine stay open late, 5-9 p.m., on the last Sat. of each month. 824-3152.
Black Heritage Museum
4427 Longmire Ave., Middleburg, 282-4168
Housed in a one-room schoolhouse dating from the late 1800s, the assembled collection offers a glimpse of black culture before the turn of the century. Tours by appointment only.
Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park
5629 S.R. 16 W., at Kingsley Lake, Starke, 682-3196 campblanding-museum.org
Designated a World War II Commemorative Community, the museum, housed in refurbished barracks, has exhibits detailing the story of Camp Blanding and the infantry divisions that trained there. Free admission. Open daily noon-4 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Clay County Historical & Railroad Museum
915 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, 284-9644
Located in historic Green Cove Springs, the museum highlights railroad history in Clay County. The collection includes a hand-car house, baggage room and agent’s office.
Beaches Museum & History Center
381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org
Home to Beaches Area Historical Society, the center chronicles Northeast Florida history from pre-Columbian times to present day. A 28-ton steam locomotive and the area’s oldest church are onsite. An exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of local newspaper The Beaches Leader is on display through Aug. 24. Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Black Heritage Trail, Jacksonville
3 Independent Dr., Downtown, 798-9148, jaxcvb.com
The trail includes nine sites in Nassau, Duval and St. Johns counties: American Beach, Catherine Street Fire Station, Kingsley Plantation, Masonic Temple, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Edward Waters College, Olustee Battlefield and Edwin Stanton School. Advance notice is required for group tours.
Bryan Museum of Southern History
4304 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-3574, museumofsouthernhistory.com
Artifacts relating to history and culture of the Antebellum South are displayed. A 3,000-volume research library offers genealogical research assistance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Fort Caroline National Memorial
12713 Ft. Caroline Road, Arlington, 641-7155, nps.gov/foca
Settled by French Huguenots in 1564, Fort Caroline is the site of America’s first Protestant colony. Along with exhibits and artifacts of the area’s first inhabitants, the Timucuan Native Americans, is a replica of the original fort. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Jacksonville Fire Museum
1406 Gator Bowl Blvd., Downtown, 630-0618, jacksonvillefiremuseum.com
Housed in an original fire station built in 1902, this museum displays more than 500 items regarding Jacksonville’s firefighting history. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Jacksonville Historical Center
1015 Museum Circle, Ste. 1, Southbank, 398-4301, jaxhistory.com
This museum features films and exhibits on local history from Native-American culture to the influence and impact of the U.S. Navy on the area.
Jacksonville Historical Society
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 665-0064, jaxhistory.com
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in the 1888 Old St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Jacksonville Historical Society preserves Northeast Florida heritage maintaining archives, operating the Historical Center and promoting the restoration of historic buildings. Meetings are held quarterly.
Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center
The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 355-1101, jacksonvillemaritimeheritagecenter.org
Newly relocated, the museum features scale-model ships, paintings and photographs that relate to the maritime history of the St. Johns River and the port of Jacksonville, including a 16-foot model of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992
Located in historic Springfield, the museum exhibits one of the world’s largest private holdings of original documents relating to history, literature, music and science. The museum also hosts multimedia events and musical concerts. The Boy Scouts Exhibit is on display through Aug. 28. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
Off A1A, half-mile north of Mayport Ferry Landing, Ft. George Island, 251-3537, nps.gov/timu/historyculture/kp.htmA national park located within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Kingsley Plantation is the oldest remaining plantation house in Florida, complete with ruins of slave quarters. Free admission. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net
On the St. Johns River in historic Walter Jones Memorial Park, the museum displays articles regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe’s life in Mandarin. Tours by appointment. Open 1 p.m.-3 p.m. every first and third Sun. each month. Free admission.
Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center
376 Fourth Ave. S., Jax Beach, 241-6923
Rhoda Martin founded the first school for African Americans in Jacksonville Beach in 1924, and this center is located in the 1939 building at that school. Hours are 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Ft. Caroline Road (half-mile east of Ft. Caroline National Memorial)
Jean Ribault placed this replica of a stone column at the mouth of the St. Johns River in 1562 to commemorate the first landing of Protestants and Huguenots on American soil. Open 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. exploresouthernhistory.com/ribault
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com
The Ritz is a cultural arts theater and museum that houses a permanent history exhibit of Jacksonville’s LaVilla African-American community, featuring a traveling exhibit area, a 400-seat theater and Amateur Night performances. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP)
2623 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-2449, riverside-avondale.com
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale offer a rich architectural history from the late 1800s through the 1920s. Information for self-guided tours is available at RAP office.
San Marco Preservation Society
1652 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 396-4734, smpsjax.com
Located in a 19th-century church, the society’s interest is in restoration, maintenance and improvement in the San Marco area. Hosted events include the Dog Days of Summer and the Remote Control Boat Regatta.
Springfield Preservation & Revitalization Council
1321 N. Main St., Springfield, 353-7727, sparcouncil.org
The council was founded in 1975 to help preserve the largest historic district in Florida, with 2,800 structures within its boundaries. Meetings are held on the third Thur. each month at the Klutho building.
Timucuan National Preserve
12713 Fort Caroline Road, Arlington, 641-7155,
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a 46,000-acre ecological and historic preserve that includes Fort Caroline, Cedar Point and Kingsley Plantation. Miles of nature trails, a boat dock and picnic areas are featured, as well as local Florida history exhibits.
Amelia Island Lighthouse
Parks and Recreation Department, 277-7305
Still in use, and now open for tours, the Lighthouse was first lit in 1820 on Cumberland Island, and moved to its present location in 1838, marking the entrance to the St. Marys River. Tours are 10 a.m. on the first and third Wed. of each month. $5 for adults, $3 for kids younger than 12. Meet at the Parks & Recreation building, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Island Museum of History
233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, ameliamuseum.org
Housed in the old Nassau County jail, the museum offers guided tours highlighting Amelia Island’s Eight Flags history. The interactive “Kid’s Construct! Architecture for Children” is on display through Aug. Museum hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sun. Tours include walking and ghost tours of the historic district and a holiday luminary tour.
Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 50-block historical area surrounds the main thoroughfare of Centre Street, an area rich in Victorian architecture with tree-lined streets, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274, floridastateparks.org/fortclinch
This Florida State Park includes a restored Civil War fort, rangers in period dress and a visitor’s center.
St. Johns County
Bridge of Lions
With reconstruction finally finished, this 1920s bridge across the Matanzas Bay is back in service, and draws on the half-hour for boat traffic.
Castillo de San Marcos
1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 829-6506, nps.gov/casa
A national monument overlooking the bayfront, this coquina fort was completed by the Spanish in 1695 and was used to protect the settlement of St. Augustine.
74 King St., St. Augustine, 829-6481, flagler.edu
This private college was once a hotel built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in the late 1800s. Guided tours of this example of Spanish Renaissance architecture are available.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
8635 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-0116, nps.gov/foma
This coquina watchtower was built by the Spanish in the 1740s. Located on Matanzas Inlet, the monument is reachable only by boat. Free tours are offered 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
Government House Museum
48 King St., St. Augustine, 825-5079
St. Augustine’s history is presented from early settlements through the European era into Flagler’s Golden Age. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, lightnermuseum.org
Located in the historic Alcazar Hotel, an 1888 National Register building, the museum features decorative arts and large collections of everything from china to seashells. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
14 St. Francis St., St. Augustine, 824-2872
One of Northeast Florida’s oldest colonial structures and a National Historic Landmark, the González-Alvarez House offers a record of life in St. Augustine. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with guided tours every half-hour.
St. Augustine Historic District
St. Augustine boasts 144 blocks of historic structures, many listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This includes 11 pedestrian-only blocks centered around St. George Street, which are filled with shops, restaurants and historic landmarks.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 829-0745, staugustinelighthouse.com
Tours take visitors 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse. An 18th-century British cannon is also on display. The museum is located inside the lightkeeper’s house.
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 1-877-467-5863, piratesoul.com
The museum houses one of the largest collections of authentic pirate-related artifacts in the world, including the 17th century treasure chest of Capt. Thomas Tew.
St. Photios National Shrine
41 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-8205, stphotios.com
Dedicated to the first colony of Greeks who came to this country in 1768, this shrine features an Orthodox Chapel and artifacts, photographs, documents and Byzantine-style frescoes. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun.
Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum
33 St. George St., St. Augustine, 825-6830, historicstaugustine.com/csq/history.html
This living-history museum depicts life as it was in colonial St. Augustine. Self-guided tours are available.
Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch
Focused on the conservation of Amelia Island’s nesting sea turtle population. 583-1913, ameliaislandseaturtlewatch.com
Duval Audubon Society
This nonprofit focuses on habitat conservation for birds and wildlife in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. duvalaudubon.org
First Coast Surfrider Foundation
This nonprofit grassroots organization focuses on protecting the world’s oceans and beaches. Locally, Surfrider sponsors fundraisers including beach clean-ups and surfing contests. surfriderfirstcoast.org
1468 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-5757, greenscapeofjacksonville.com
This tree-planting nonprofit group focuses on improving and preserving Jacksonville’s tree canopy.
North Florida Land Trust
804 Third St., Neptune Beach, 285-7020, northfloridalandtrust.org
The environmental group helps landowners place parcels of land – large or small – into permanent conservation easements.
Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida
2029 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-1972, publictrustlaw.org
This advocacy organization uses “all legal means” to protect public lands and waters.
St. Johns Audubon Society
The group promotes protection, preservation and restoration of birds, wildlife and habitats through science-based advocacy.
St. Johns Riverkeeper
2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 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.
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
The 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 Freethought Society
Agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, humanists, secularists and the non-religious participate in discussions that support scientific inquiry and challenge religious dogma. firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.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 offers a safe place for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. by appointment only. AIDS awareness, counseling and support groups are offered. The Gay Youth Information Hotline is 389-0089. 923 Peninsular Place, Jacksonville, 389-3857, jasmyn.org
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
The local organization promotes the Republican party and Republican principles, including strong national defense and strict immigration policies. duvalgop.com
Arlington Community Garden Project
Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 725-8133, arlingtoncommunitygarden.org
This group was founded by Unitarian Universalist Church to improve the resiliency of the 32211 ZIP code. Plot rental fee of $60 a year includes a raised bed filled with organic soil, classes in organic gardening techniques and potluck dinners.
Beaches Organic Community Garden
Jarboe Park, A1A and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach, 270-0273, beacheslocalfoodnetwork.org
For $10 and three hours a month of volunteer time, gardeners are provided with a plot, water, soil, liability insurance and a basic introduction to organic gardening education.
City Sprout/Lincolnville Community Garden
Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 537-5263, citysprout.org
Community memberships are offered in either an affiliate membership ($10/year) or a garden box membership ($50/year). Meetings are held 4 p.m. every first Sun.; weekly compost socials are held 5:30 p.m. every Wed.
Eastside Community Garden
960 Spearing St., Eastside, 354-4673
This project of Operation New Hope for the community to grow edible flowers, fruit and vegetables, needs donations of funds, time and supplies.
Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens
1502 Jessie St., Northside, 365-4144, fnfcg.org
This source for information on community gardens, classes, seed swaps, and a Northeast Florida Community Gardening Conference, can help those interested find a community garden in their area.
Hodges Boulevard Community Garden
4140 Hodges Blvd., Southside, 223-6922
This garden, located behind Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, offers workshops and tours.
Springfield Community Garden
1425 Laura St., Springfield, 387-2353
This garden features raised beds, a community orchard, seeds, soil, water and free monthly workshops for a $35 membership fee. Sustainable Springfield organizes an annual gleaning of fruit and nut trees in the neighborhood where the gleaner keeps a share, donates a portion to Sustainable Springfield to raise funds and gives the rest to local homeless shelters. For more information, contact email@example.com or go to sustainablespringfield.net.
COMMUNITY GROUPS & NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS
Brooklyn Neighborhood Association
202 Spruce St., Riverside, 354-9266
Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (CPACs)
These city-sponsored groups are designed to serve as links between residents and local government, and are split into six planning districts – Urban Core, Greater Arlington/Beaches, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest and North. 255-8200. coj.net
Greater Arlington Civic Council Inc.
1924 Holly Oaks Lake Road W., Arlington, 607-5006
Coalition of Kernan Boulevard Communities
3925 Maple View Drive, Southside, 568-7325
Greater Englewood Neighborhood Association
4614 Clinton Ave., Spring Glen
Heckscher Drive Community Club Inc.
9364 Heckscher Drive, Northside
Mayport Village Civic Association
1331 Broad St., Mayport, 655-1526
Murray Hill Preservation Association
North Jacksonville Civic Association
341 Baisden Road, Northside
Olde Mandarin Neighborhood Association
13200 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 880-1231
Spring Park Neighborhood Association
2905 Spring Park Road, Spring Park, 398-6539
University Park Civic Association
P.O. Box 11114, Jacksonville FL 32239, universityparkjax.com
West Beaches Community Association
3113 Coral Reef Drive, Intracoastal West, 223-4139
ARTS & CULTURE
ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM AND GALLERY
Phillips Fine Arts Building, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 744-3950
Permanent pre-Columbian and ivory collections, decorative ceramics, Tiffany glassware, Chinese porcelains. The changing educational exhibit showcases the works of faculty, students and national artists. Admission is free. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.
CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM
48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530
Located on Flagler College’s campus, the gallery features regular exhibits of student portfolio work, local and national contemporary art, live music performances and film screenings.
CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS
829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, cummer.org
The Cummer features more than 5,500 objects in its permanent collection, including ancient artifacts, paintings, and acres of formal gardens. The current exhibit “Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile” runs through Sept. 8. “La Florida” is on display until Oct. 6. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Admission is free for children 5 and younger; free for all 4-9 p.m. every Tue.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE
333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911, mocajacksonville.orgLocated on Hemming Plaza, MOCAJax showcases a permanent collection of 20th-century art, traveling exhibits and extensive educational facilities, as well as a museum shop and Café Nola. “Traces” is displayed through Aug. 18. The exhibit “Inside/Out” is on display through Aug. 25. “Chalk It Up” runs through Aug. 30. Family Fun Free Day is held noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.-Sun.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY
1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org
Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River, MOSH includes educational exhibits and interactive displays. “Be the Dinosaur” is on display through Sept. 3. Open daily. Admission is free for children 2 and younger.
ST. AUGUSTINE SCULPTURE GARDEN
Lakeside Park, A1A South and 11th Street, St. Augustine, 829-0873, st-augustine-sculpture-garden.org
This park features public works of art by Thomas Glover, Marianne Lerbs and other area artists.
JACKSONVILLE BALLET THEATRE
10131 Atlantic Blvd. (Boleros building), Regency, 727-7515
Dulce Anaya is artistic director of this semi-professional, community-based company and school.
THE FLORIDA BALLET
300 E. State St., Downtown, 353-7518, floridaballet.org
Jacksonville’s first and only professional dance company performs at The Florida Theatre, and features special performances for young audiences.
ST. JOHNS RIVER CITY BAND
841 Prudential Drive, Ste. 150, Jacksonville, 390-1999
For more than 25 years, the “official band of Jacksonville” has performed free local concerts of jazz and other American music, and sponsors the High School All Star Jazz Band.
THE BIG ORANGE CHORUS
The local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is an internationally ranked men’s chorus group that present concerts throughout the community. Rehearsals are held 7:30 p.m. every Thur. at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, 7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville.
DON THOMPSON CHORALE
624 Lomax St., Riverside, 358-0196
This community vocal group performs classical works and popular standards.
FIRST COAST CHORUS
P.O. Box 37583, Jacksonville FL 32236, 778-1592
A diverse group of members sings for the community. Rehearsals are held 7 p.m. every Mon. in the fellowship hall at Riverside Baptist Church, 2650 Park St., Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN’S CHORUS
225 E. Duval St., Downtown, 353-1636, jaxchildrenschorus.org
This young person’s singing group, for kids in grades 6-12, features five choruses and holds auditions for prospective members by appointment only.
JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3976 Hendricks Ave., San Jose, 388-1192, jacksonvillecommunityband.webs.com
Members of the band include high school and college students and adults, at all skill levels, performing Broadway, pop, marches and spirituals. Practice held 7:30-9 p.m. every Tue.
JACKSONVILLE MASTERWORKS CHORALE
This adult community chorus, directed by Dr. Mark Stallings, performs classical and other choral literature with and without an orchestra.
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
300 W. Water St., Ste. 200, Downtown, 354-5479, jaxsymphony.org
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s season opens with music by Gershwin and Tchaikovsky, featuring conductor and pianist Teddy Abrams, performing on Oct. 3, 4 and 5. Most JSO performances are held in Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The Youth Orchestra enrolls more than 200 students, from elementary school through early college, at six ensemble levels.
JACKSONVILLE GAY CHORUS
3733 Pine St., Riverside, 356-2347, firstname.lastname@example.org
A nonprofit organization, GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of choruses) mixed-voice chorus has been performing for more than 16 years in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and is available to promote diversity and education through music.
JACKSONVILLE HARMONY SHOW CHORUS
P.O. Box 24464, Jacksonville FL 32217, 350-1609, jaxharmony.com
A chapter of Sweet Adelines International, this women’s chorus rehearses 7 p.m. every Tue. at San Jose Church of Christ, 6233 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. The chorus performs four-part a cappella barbershop pieces.
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS
Jacoby Symphony Hall, T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Ste. 200, Downtown, 354-5479, jaxsymphony.org
For more than 25 years, JSOC has been performing with the JSO in productions both classical and pop. Membership is made up of volunteers, including professional and amateur musicians.
THE ORANGE PARK CHORALE
410 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 9, Orange Park, orangeparkchorale.com
This 30-member community chorale performs four to 14 concerts annually. Membership by audition. Contact Dr. Carole Clifford for audition information at email@example.com.
RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS
T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Ste. 200, Downtown, 472-4270, ritzchamberplayers.org
This African-American chamber music ensemble performs several local and national concerts a year.
ART GALLERIES OF ST. AUGUSTINE, AGOSA
131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065, 824-2310, artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
A diverse group of more than 20 galleries, AGOSA hosts First Friday Art Walk. Complementary Red Train transportation is available at participating galleries.
BEACHES FINE ARTS SERIES
416 12th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 270-1771, beachesfinearts.org
The organization brings international music and dance to the area in eight free performances annually, held in St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. After each performance, a local artist’s work is exhibited during a reception. Fundraisers include three sprint triathlons.
CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, ccpvb.org
The Cultural Center offers workshops, lectures, films, performances, exhibits and theatrical presentations.
CULTURAL COUNCIL OF GREATER JACKSONVILLE
300 W. Water St., Downtown, 358-3600,
The Cultural Council promotes awareness of cultural activities, provides funding and technical assistance to its affiliates, and administers the city’s “Art in Public Places” program.
ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION
18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020, islandart.org
The Island Art Association sponsors the arts-and-crafts portion of the annual Shrimp Festival, offers scholarships and hosts monthly meetings with demonstrations.
JACKSONVILLE JEWISH CENTER
3662 Crown Point Road, San Jose, 292-1000, jaxjewishcenter.com
The Jacksonville Jewish Center is a conservative synagogue offering youth education and full synagogue activities: religious, educational and social.
JACKSONVILLE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
A group of 200 artists from the Jacksonville metro area meets monthly for the promotion of transparent watercolor. Open to the public. There are at least two juried shows per year and workshops are available.
JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
8505 San Jose Blvd., San Jose, 730-2100, jcajax.org
JCA provides physical, recreational, educational, social and cultural opportunities in one location.
THE MURRAY HILL ART CENTER
4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill, 677-2787, artsjax.org
This community arts center offers workshops and art classes for adults and children.
THE PERFORMERS ACADEMY
3674 Beach Blvd., Southside, 322-7672, theperformersacademy.com
This center offers classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, Mon.-Fri.
RIVERSIDE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION
1100 Stockton St., Riverside, 389-6222, riversidefinearts.org
The Riverside Fine Arts Association presents a series of concerts each season, featuring international chamber and
vocal ensembles, in the historic Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Vienna Boys Choir performs in October.
ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION
22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, staaa.org
Founded in 1924 to support the arts in St. Johns County, the association exhibits work by local artists in the 5,000-square-foot gallery featuring monthly shows. Workshops, lectures and children’s art camps are offered.
ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING
12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, 641-1212, 1-800-688-7469, alhambrajax.com
Featuring a menu by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, this 45-year-old venue offers buffet dining – with a menu to match the current stage production – and Broadway shows in a 394-seat theater. Upcoming productions include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “South Pacific” and “The Dixie Swim Club.”
AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE
209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6749, ameliacommunitytheatre.org
An all-volunteer community theater, ACT presents a handful of mainstage plays each year.
ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7177, abettheatre.com
ABET performs classics and pieces by new playwrights. Upcoming productions, held in Adele Grage Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach, include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” and “Songs For A New World.”
A CLASSIC THEATRE INC.
30 Magnolia Dunes Circle, St. Augustine, firstname.lastname@example.org
A nonprofit company dedicated to producing classic, historic and new plays performs in The Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The new 2013-2014 season starts in September.
FERNANDINA LITTLE THEATRE
1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, Reservations 277-2202, office 321-1595, ameliaflt.org
Celebrating its 19th season, Fernandina Little Theatre offers three to five productions a year in an intimate, black-box-style community setting.
THE 5 & DIME – A THEATER COMPANY
This community theater group, featuring award-winning local actors and playwrights, focuses on cutting-edge and left-of-center productions.
THE LIMELIGHT THEATRE
11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1164, 1-866-682-6400, limelight-theatre.org
St. Augustine’s only live, professional, year-round theater also offers classes and workshops in performance. Upcoming shows for the 22nd season include “The Last Romance,” “Spamalot” and “Bad Seed.”
MURRAY HILL THEATRE
932 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, 388-3179, murrayhilltheatre.com
An old movie theater transformed into a live concert venue features faith-based punk and pop bands.
ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE
2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park, 276-2599, opct.org
The only live theater in Clay County, OPCT provides comedy, drama and musical entertainment. The 44th anniversary season features “Hotbed Hotel” and “Angels Fall.”
PLAYERS BY THE SEA
106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach, 249-0289,
Founded in 1966, PBTS is a volunteer community theater that includes a black box where local original plays are staged. The season’s upcoming productions include “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Young Frankenstein.” The theater offers classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels Mon.-Fri.
RIVER CITY PLAYHOUSE
1026 Edgewood Ave., Riverside, 388-8830
Now in its 32nd year, this not-for-profit professional theater company specializes in arts education.
2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-4425, theatrejax.com
A volunteer-based theater for children and adults founded in 1919, Theatre Jax is the oldest continually producing community theater in Florida.
630 May St., Riverside, 353-3500, 1-877-986-2700, theatreworksjax.com
A nonprofit organization, TheatreWorks offers live educational theater at area facilities, for classroom field trips, young audiences and their families.
THE BARE NECESSITIES
Voter registration applications are available at all public libraries, driver’s license offices and Supervisor of Elections offices. In most counties, they’re also at tax collector’s offices, banks, public assistance agencies, city halls or chambers of commerce. To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old and a legal resident of the county.
Chris Chambless, Supervisor of Elections
500 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 269-6350
Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections
105 E. Monroe St., Downtown, 630-1414
Vicki P. Cannon, Supervisor of Elections
416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-7500
St. Johns County
Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections
4455 Ave. A, Ste. 101, St. Augustine, 823-2238
Animal Control, Adoption, Dead-Animal Removal
Atlantic Beach, 247-5866
Clay County, 269-6342
Duval County, 387-8846
Fernandina Beach Animal Control, 261-0223, 491-0122
Florida East Coast Humane Society, 829-2737
Jacksonville Animal Care & Control, 387-8963
Jax Beach Animal Control, 247-6167
Jacksonville Humane Society, 725-8766
Mandarin Adoption Center, 886-4375
Nassau County Animal Care & Control, 491-7440
Nassau Humane Society, 321-1647
Neptune Beach Animal Control, 270-2411
Jacksonville Animal Control & Wildlife Removal, 724-1115
St. Johns County Animal Control, 209-0746, 829-2226
Absolute Animal Control mobile service, 838-1150
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
100 N. Myrtle Ave., Downtown Jacksonville, Customer Service 630-3181, jtafla.com
JTA services Mayport and the Beaches, Arlington, Orange Park, Mandarin, Westside, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, Palatka, Cecil, Northside, Southside and Downtown Jacksonville. Fares vary according to the length of the ride.
The Beaches Trolley is year-round, running 4:45 a.m.-12:45 a.m. weekdays and 5:46 a.m.-12:43 a.m. Sat. and Sun., from South Beach Regional Shopping Center in Jax Beach to Atlantic Village Shopping Center in Atlantic Beach. The fare is $1.50 each way. Shoes and shirts are required; no surfboards allowed. Downtown riders can take the Downtown/Riverside or Beaver Street Trolley Lines at no charge at stops on the downtown routes.
The Skyway is an automated transit system crossing the St. Johns River, stopping at Central Station, Bay Street Station, Convention Center, San Marco Station, Kings Avenue Station, Jefferson Street Station, Hemming Plaza Station, FSCJ Downtown and Riverplace Station. Service hours are Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-9 p.m. The Skyway is free to all riders through the end of September 2013.
Park-N-Ride for Bus, Trolley & Skyway
Approximately 3,500 spaces are available for monthly parking throughout Duval County, from Mayport to Normandy, from Regency to the Southside. The Kings Avenue Station offers 1,700 parking spaces and another 300 surface spots. A Clay County park-n-ride is still in the works. 630-3110.
JTA Connexion, Community Transportation System
The paratransit service provides daily door-to-door transportation for disadvantaged Duval County residents. For eligibility requirements, call 265-6001, Voice/TDD 633-7402.
Bikes on Buses
Exterior bike racks are on all JTA bus lines. The two-bike rack is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s free; no permit is required. 630-3160.
JTA offers van service for areas not served by buses, including some locations in Clay and Putnam counties. Call 630-3100, Voice/TDD: 630-3191.
JTA Stadium Shuttle
JTA offers shuttle service throughout Duval County for sporting events at EverBank Field for $7-$12 for a single game, depending on the location. The service starts two hours before kickoff and ends about an hour after the game. Discounted season and game-day passes are available. 630-3100.
JTA’s Summer Youth Pass
It’s the ticket to unlimited bus and Skyway rides and free admission to Jacksonville Suns’ home games. 630-3100. jtafla.com
Ride To Read
JTA has partnered with Jacksonville Public Library to give kids a chance to improve reading skills and learn how to use public transportation. 630-3100.
Sunshine Bus Company
St. Augustine’s expanding bus service, now with seven routes, is operated by the local St. Johns County Council on Aging, and is available to anyone for $1 per one-way trip. The bus stops and picks up anywhere on the route – along the beach, outlet malls and as far north as the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville. Visit sunshinebus.net for a schedule or call 209-3716.
First Coast Commuter Services helps commuters hook up for rides, and may even provide the vehicle. Call 306-7500 or visit firstcoastmpo.com for more info.
Cable TV Service
4600 Touchton Road, Jacksonville, 586-0654
200 N. Third St., Palatka, (386) 328-1567
A certified birth certificate is required to obtain a license, along with proof of a Social Security number, and two address verifications. flhsmv.gov or gorenew.com
Within 30 days of establishing residence in Florida, you’re required to register all motor vehicles and obtain a Florida license plate. flhsmv.gov or gorenew.com
1518 Park Ave., Orange Park, 269-1400
477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6320
Duval County, 630-1916
231 E. Forsyth St., Downtown
7120 Hogan Road, Ste. 15, Jacksonville
6672 Commonwealth Blvd., Westside
10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Mandarin
12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 102, Arlington
3520 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Hyde Park
12961 N. Main St., Ste. 210, Downtown JAX
910 W. 44th St., Northside
1505 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach
86130 License Road, Fernandina Beach, 491-7400
416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-7415
450077 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Callahan, 491-7400
St. Johns County, 209-2250
4030 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine
6658 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine
725 Flora Branch Blvd., Julington Creek
5430 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra
6195 S. Main St., Ste. E., Hastings
Electric & Water Services
21 W. Church St., Downtown, 665-6000, 800-683-5542,
JEA provides electricity and water to most of Duval County, including Atlantic Beach, and parts of Clay 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 full-service and payment-only locations. jea.com/customer/payment/paymentonly.asp
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL)
1-800-226-3545 residential; 1-800-375-2434 business
Provides electricity to parts of St. Johns and Nassau counties. Apply over the phone; there are no local offices. fpl.com
Beaches Energy Services
City Hall, 11 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-6241, beachesenergy.com
Electricity for Jax Beach, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. Water, sewer and garbage collection for Jax Beach.
Clay Electric Cooperative
734 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 272-2456, clayelectric.com
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, 1-877-476-2282, clayutility.org
Provides water, reclaimed water and wastewater services for parts of Clay County.
Green Cove Springs Utilities
Electric, 1289 Harbor Road, 529-2229, greencovesprings.com
Water, 1277 Harbor Road, 529-2226
City Hall, 321 Walnut St., 529-2200
Electricity, water, sewer and garbage collection.
Town of Orange Park
Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave., 264-9565, townoforangepark.com
Water, sewer and sanitation within town limits.
St. Johns County Utilities
1205 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 209-2700, co.st-johns.fl.us
Water for parts of St. Johns County and Anastasia Island, excluding St. Augustine.
City of St. Augustine Public Works Dept.
Utilities Dept., City Hall, 75 King St., 825-1037, 825-1040, ci.st-augustine/fl.us
Water, sewer and garbage service within St. Augustine city limits and parts of St. Johns County.
Florida Public Utilities
911 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-3663, fpuc.com
Supplies electricity and, in some areas, water for Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, as well as propane for Nassau and Duval counties.
TECO Peoples Gas
Provides natural gas to Orange Park, Duval County and parts of St. Johns County.
AT&T Residential Customer Service
1-888-757-6500; Business, 1-866-620-6000
Garbage Collection & Recycling
Environmental Services, 3545 Rosemary Hill Road, Green Cove Springs, 284-6374
Garbage, yard waste and recycling.
Green Cove Springs Solid Waste Dept.
900 W. Gum St., 529-2246
Garbage, yard waste and recycling collection for residential and commercial accounts within Green Cove Springs.
Town of Orange Park
Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave., Utility Billing, 278-3016 or Public Works Dept., 264-7411
Water, sewer and sanitation within Orange Park. For other Clay County areas, call Clay County Environmental Services Department, 284-6374 or 269-6341.
Garbage collection is provided by the city’s Sanitation Division for the downtown area and by private collection companies for other areas. For the company that services your area, call the Sanitation Division.
Duval County/City of Jacksonville Environmental Resource Management, Solid Waste Division, 1031 Superior St., 387-8922 or 630-2489
Advanced Disposal Services, 9798 Normandy Blvd., 421-7373; 7915 Baymeadows Way, Ste. 300, 737-7900
Southland Waste Systems of Jacksonville, 218 Morgan Ave., 384-2567
Recycling Services, 2120 N. Market St., 354-8107
Waste Management/Jacksonville Waste Control, 6501 Greenland Road, 260-1592
Atlantic Beach Public Works, 1200 Sandpiper Lane, Atlantic Beach, 247-5833 (North of Church Road and west of Mayport Road, call 387-8999.)
Jax Beach Public Works, 247-6219
Neptune Beach Public Works, 270-2423
Solid Waste Dept., 46026 Landfill Road, Callahan, 321-5770, 879-6321
Fernandina Beach Sanitation/Recycle Department, 1017 S. Fifth St., 261-7186
St. Johns County
3005 Allen Nease Road, Elkton, 827-6980
250 N. Stratton Road, St. Johns, 827-6980
Within St. Augustine city limits, call 825-1049 or 825-1040. St. Augustine Beach, call 471-2122.
Seaboard Waste Systems, 445-A International Golf Parkway, St. Augustine, 825-0991
Florida House and Senate
U.S. Senators (senate.gov)
Marco Rubio (R), 1650 Prudential Drive, Ste. 220, Jacksonville, 398-8586
Bill Nelson (D), 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 2010, Jacksonville, 346-4500
U.S. Representatives (house.gov)
Corrine Brown (D, District 5), 101 E. Union St., Ste. 202, Jacksonville, 354-1652
Ander Crenshaw (R, District 4), 1061 Riverside Ave., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 598-0481
Cliff Stearns (R, District 6), 1726 Kingsley Ave., Ste. 8, Orange Park, 269-3203
Gov. Rick Scott
400 S. Monroe St., The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 488-7146, flgov.com
Capitol Building, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100, leg.state.fl.us
State Senators’ district offices
Audrey Gibson, (D, District 9), 101 E. Union St., Ste. 104, Jacksonville, 359-2553, email@example.com
Charles S. “Charlie” Dean (R, District 5)
405 Tompkins St., Inverness, (352) 860-5175, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Bradley (R, District 7)
2233 Park Ave., Ste. 303, Orange Park, 278-2085, email@example.com
John Thrasher (R, District 8), 9485 Regency Square Blvd., Ste. 108, Jacksonville, 727-3600, firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representatives’ district offices
Janet Adkins (R, District 12), 905 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 491-3664, email@example.com
Daniel Davis (R, District 13), 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 13D, Jacksonville, 381-6011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mia Jones (D, District 14), 3890 Dunn Ave., Ste. 901, Jacksonville, 924-1615, email@example.com
Reggie Fullwood (D, District 15), 101 E. Union St., Ste. 402, Jacksonville, 353-2180, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles McBurney (R, District 16), 76 S. Laura St., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 359-6090, email@example.com
Lake Ray (R, District 17), 1615 Huffingham Road, Jacksonville, 723-5300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald “Doc” Renuart (R, District 18), 115 Professional Drive, Ponte Vedra, 270-2550, email@example.com
Charles Van Zant (R, District 19), 3841 Reid St., Ste. 5, Palatka, (386) 312-2272, firstname.lastname@example.org
William L. Proctor (R, District 20), 900 S.R. 16, Ste. 2, St. Augustine, 823-2550, email@example.com
Clay County Courthouse, 825 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-6362, claycountygov.com
Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6376
Wendell Davis, (District 1), 269-6394
Doug Conkey, (Chairman, District 2), 278-4701
Travis Cummings, (District 3), 269-6393
Chereese Stewart, (District 4), 269-6384
Ronnie Robertson, (District 5), 269-6385
County Manager Stephanie Kopelousos, 284-6347
Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Rick Beseler, 901 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 264-6512
Code Enforcement Cheryl Miller, executive director, 269-6310
City of Green Cove Springs
Town Hall, 321 Walnut St., 297-7500, greencovesprings.com
Lee Bentley, City Manager, 529-2200 ext. 317
Council Members, 529-2200 Bob Page
Jim Arnold, City Attorney
Mike Kelter, Mayor
Felecia Hampshire, Vice Mayor
Town of Orange Park
Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave., 264-9565, townoforangepark.com
Town Manager Cindy Hall, 278-3018
Town Clerk Sarah Campbell, 278-3018
Jim Renninger, Mayor, 264-5121
Marge Hutton, Vice Mayor, 269-3642
Steve Howard, 955-4795
Scott Land, 269-5614
Gary Meeks, 269-4036
Police Chief, Director of Public Safety, Gary Goble, 264-5555
Code Enforcement Jeremy Waugh, 264-2635
City of Jacksonville City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 630-2489, coj.net
Alvin Brown, City Hall, Ste. 400, 630-1776
City Council City Hall, Ste. 425, 630-1377
Clay Yarborough, (District 1), 630-1389
William Bishop, (District 2), 630-1392
Richard Clark, (District 3), 630-1386
Don Redman, (District 4), 630-1394
Lori Boyer, (District 5), 630-1382
Matt Schellenberg, (District 6), 630-1388
Johnny Gaffney, (District 7), 630-1384
E. Denise Lee, (District 8), 630-1385
Warren A. Jones, (District 9), 630-1395
Reginald Brown, (District 10), 630-1684
Ray Holt, (District 11), 630-1383
Doyle Carter, (District 12), 630-1380
Bill Gulliford, (District 13), 630-1397
Jim Love, (District 14), 630-1390
At-Large Council Members
Kimberly Daniels, (Group 1), 630-1393
John Crescimbeni, (Group 2), 630-1381
Stephen Joost, (Group 3), 630-1396
Greg Anderson, (Group 4), 630-1398
Robin Lumb, (Group 5), 630-1387
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff John Rutherford, Police Memorial Bldg., 501 E. Bay St., Ste. 304, 630-0500, coj.net/jso
City of Atlantic Beach
Town Hall, 800 Seminole Road, 247-5800, coab.us
Mike Borno, Mayor, 246-9383
Maria Mark, Mayor pro tem, 249-4094
Mark Beckenbach, Commissioner, 536-5355
Carolyn Woods, Commissioner, 241-8973
Jonathan Daugherty, Commissioner, firstname.lastname@example.org
City Manager Jim Hanson, 247-5808
City Clerk Donna Bartle, 247-5809
Police Chief, Director of Public Safety Michael Classey, 850 Seminole Road, 247-5859 ext. 12
Code Enforcement Kathy Stiles, 247-5855
Town of Baldwin
Stan Totman, Mayor
Brenda Hall, Mayor pro tem
Levi Shannon III
Town Clerk Lula Hill, 266-5031
Building Inspector Claude Bagwell
Public Works, emergency 635-5955
Water Plant, 266-5034
Wastewater Plant, 266-5033
City of Jacksonville Beach
City Hall, 11 N. Third St., 247-6100, jacksonvillebeach.org
Mayor Charlie Latham, 247-6268
Chris Hoffman, At-Large (Seat 1)
Phil Vogelsang, At-Large (Seat 2)
Keith Doherty, At-Large (Seat 3)
Steve Hartkemeyer, District 1 (Seat 4), 247-6268
Jeanell Wilson, District 2 (Seat 5), 247-6268
Tom Taylor, District 3 (Seat 6), 247-6268
City Manager George Forbes, 247-6268
City Clerk Judy Bullock, 247-6299
Police Chief Bruce Thomason, 101 S. Penman Road, 270-1661
Code Enforcement, Colleen Klimtzak, 247-6232
City of Neptune Beach
City Hall, 116 First St., 270-2400, ci.neptune-beach.fl.us
Harriet Pruette, Mayor (Seat 1), 571-1755
Scott Wiley, (Seat 2), 626-4612
Kara Tucker, (Seat 3), 502-3446
Richard Arthur, (Seat 4), 422-7424
John Jolly, Vice Mayor, (Seat 5), 249-0225
City Manager Jim Jarboe, 270-2400
City Clerk Lisa Volpe, 270-2400
Police Chief, Director of Public Safety David W. Sembach, 200 Lemon St., 270-2413
Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-6430
Clerk of Courts John Crawford, 491-6430
County Commissioners, 96160 Nassau Place, Yulee
Daniel Leeper, Chairman, (District 1), 430-3868
Stephen Kelley, (District 2), 556-0241
Pat Edwards, (District 3), 335-0260
Barry Holloway, Vice Chairman, (District 4), 753-1072
Walter Boatright, (District 5), 753-0141
County Manager Ted Selby, 491-7380
Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Tommy Seagraves, 76001 Bobby Moore Circle, Yulee, 548-4000
Code Enforcement Janet Wylie, 96161 Nassau Place, Yulee, 491-7326
City of Fernandina Beach
City Hall, 204 Ash St., 277-7305, fbfl.us
Sarah Pelican, Mayor, 432-8644
Charlie Corbett, Vice Mayor, 583-1767
Arlene Filkoff, 583-8629
Ed Boner, 556-7554
Pat Gass, 277-7987
City Manager Joe Gerrity, 204 Ash St., 277-7300
City Clerk Kimberly Elliott Briley, 277-7305
Police Chief James Hurley, 1525 Lime St., 277-7344
Code Enforcement Michelle Forstrom, 277-7342 ext. 230
St. Johns County
Administration Building, 4020 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, 823-2509, co.st-johns.fl.us
Cyndi Stevenson, (District 1), 209-0301
Ron Sanchez, (District 2), 209-0302
Bill McClure, Vice Chair (District 3), 209-0303
Jay Morris, Vice Chair (District 4), 209-0304
Rachael L. Bennett, (District 5), 209-0305
Clerk of Court Cheryl Strickland, 819-3600
County Administrator Michael Wanchick, 4020 Lewis Speedway, 209-0530
Sheriff’s Office Sheriff David B. Shoar, 4015 Lewis Speedway, 824-8304
Town of Hastings
City Hall, 6195 S. Main St., 692-1420
Tom Ward, Mayor, 692-1298
Paul Nunchuck, Vice Mayor, 692-4734
Brenda Robinson-Felder, 692-3621
Jeanette Bradley, 692-1377
Drew Dailey, 377-2005
Town Manager Shelby Jack, 692-1420
Ponte Vedra Beach
Municipal Service District
200 Executive Way, Ste. 208, 285-2221, pvmsd.org
John Wegl, Chairman, email@example.com
Chris Greene, Vice Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Murle Harrison, email@example.com
Philip Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Hammer, email@example.com
Greg Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon Blalock, email@example.com
Ann Jurenovich, firstname.lastname@example.org
City of St. Augustine
City Hall, 75 King St., 825-1005, ci.st-augustine.fl.us
Roxanne Horvath, (Seat 1), 825-1266
Leanna Freeman, (Seat 2), 825-1960
Nancy Sikes-Kline, Vice Mayor (Seat 5), 806-6203
Donald Crichlow, (Seat 4), 824-5785
Joseph Boles, Mayor (Seat 3), 824-4278
City Manager John P. Regan, 825-1006
City Clerk Alison Ratkovic, 825-1007
Police Chief Loran Lueders, 151 King St., 825-1074
Code Enforcement 825-1065
City of St. Augustine Beach
City Hall, 2200 A1A S., 471-2122, staugbch.com
Undine Pawlowski, email@example.com
Brud Helhoski, 460-8100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Snodgrass, Mayor, email@example.com
Rich O’Brien, Vice Mayor, 814-2080, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Samuels, 471-1686, email@example.com
City Manager Max Royle, 471-2122
Police Chief Richard L. Hedges, 2300 A1A S., 471-3600
Call your county school board to find out where your child should be going to school. To register, you will need to show a birth certificate, Florida certification of immunization along with a physical form, a Social Security number, proof of address and your child’s last report card.
900 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6500, clay.k12.fl.us
Ben Wortham, School Board Superintendent, 284-6510
Carol Studdard, Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Graham, Vice-Chairman, email@example.com
Johnna McKinnon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Kerekes, email@example.com
Tina Bullock, firstname.lastname@example.org
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, 390-2000, duvalschools.org
Nikolai P. Vitti, School Board Superintendent, 390-2115
Martha Barrett, (District 1), 390-2371
Fred “Fel” Lee, (District 2), 390-2386
W. C. Gentry, (District 3), 390-2239
Paula D. Wright, (District 4), 390-2374
Betty Burney, (District 5), 390-2375
Becki Couch, (District 6), 390-2373
Tommy Hazouri, (District 7), 390-2372
1201 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 491-9900, nassau.k12.fl.us
Dr. John L. Ruis, School Board Superintendent, 491-9900
Donna Martin, Chairman (District 1), 261-9015
Gail Cook, (District 2), 261-9127
Amanda Young, (District 3), 261-6340
Kimberly Fahlgren, (District 4), 235-9638
Kathy Burns, Vice Chairman (District 5), 879-4781
St. Johns County
40 Orange St., St. Augustine, 547-7500, stjohns.k12.fl.us
Dr. Joseph Joyner, School Board Superintendent, 547-7502
Beverly Slough, (District 1), 547-7510
Tommy Allen, Chairman (District 2), 210-7289
Bill Mignon, Vice Chairman (District 3), 547-7510
Bill Fehling, (District 4), 547-7510
Patrick Canan, (District 5), 547-7510
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 N. San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 827-2200, fsdb.k12.fl.us
A tuition-free, public residential school for sensory-impaired students in grades pre-K through 12.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
College-wide information center, 646-2300, fscj.edu
FSCJ offers associate and bachelor degree programs, credit and continuing education courses, telecourses, seminars and community outreach programs at campuses throughout Northeast Florida.
St. Johns River State College
Orange Park Campus, 276-6800, sjrstate.edu
Palatka Campus, (386) 312-4200
St. Augustine Campus, 808-7400
A college of general studies with academic programs for an Associate in Arts or Science degree, and baccalaureate degrees of Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Applied Science Organizational Management degrees. Florida School of the Arts is on Palatka campus. Telecourses, continuing education courses and one-year certificate programs are offered.
University of North Florida
UNF offers 49 undergraduate programs, 25 master’s programs in five colleges. and a doctoral program in Education. UNF’s Division of Continuing Education offers a variety of noncredit programs.
The Art Institute of Jacksonville
8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, 486-3000, artinstitutes.edu/jacksonville
A branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, AIJax offers bachelor of fine arts or associate of arts degrees in media arts and animation, digital photography, fashion and retail management, graphic design, web design and interactive media, interior design, digital filmmaking and video production, and culinary arts, management and skills.
Charis Bible College
Balancing aspects of spiritual, academic and practical education, Charis offers Bible study classes 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Mon.-Thur.
Columbia College offers associate and baccalaureate degrees for military and civilian personnel with base access. Programs of study include computer information systems, business administration and criminal justice.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 645-0333
This Daytona-based school offers programs at several area teaching centers. Open to military and civilians.
Edward Waters College
This four-year historically black college offers courses in business administration, education and human services and continuing education.
The former Florida Metropolitan University has partnered with Everest University, offering programs in accounting, business, criminal justice, massage therapy, medical programs, paralegal, pharmacy tech, and Master’s programs in business administration and criminal justice.
Located, in part, in the historic Ponce de Leon hotel in downtown St. Augustine, Flagler College is a four-year, residential liberal arts college offering 20 majors, 16 minors and two pre-professional programs.
Florida Coastal School of Law
This private, for-profit law school is accredited by the American Bar Association, and offers degrees in international law, sports, poverty, information technology, among other fields. The school’s Moot Court Honor Board is consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally among all ABA-Accredited Law Schools and an average 80 percent of graduates pass The Florida Bar.
ITT Technical Institute
Offering Bachelor of Science degrees in computer technology, drafting, electronics, business and criminal justice.
Located on the banks of the St. Johns River, JU is known for its comprehensive liberal arts curriculum and small classes. JU offers 40 majors and seven bachelor’s degrees. Three graduate level degrees are offered in business administration, nursing and teaching, along with an executive master in business administration.
Offers two- or four-year degrees in business administration, computer information systems, paralegal, medical assistant and allied health management, as well as bachelor degrees in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies.
Keiser offers graduate degrees in business administration, bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice and elementary education. Associate degrees include computer graphics and design and culinary arts.
North Florida Flight Training
This Cessna Pilot Center trains private, instrument, commercial, and instructor pilots in a fleet of 12 glass-cockpit Cessna 172s and 182s.
Nova Southeastern University
Programs include bachelor’s, specialist, master’s, doctoral and executive education programs, including business, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, education, social work therapies and school guidance counseling.
University of Phoenix
This adult-education institution offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, certificate, non-degree and military programs.
Evening and weekend graduate courses are offered with programs that include human resources development, management, marketing, business administration and computer information management.
Virginia College at Jacksonville
Associate degrees, diploma courses, and baccalaureate degrees in business-related, administrative, management, technical and professional programs designed to prepare the student for direct entry into the job market.
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida
Medical Center Downtown, 800 Prudential Drive, Southbank, 202-2000
Medical Center Beaches, 1350 13th Ave. S., Jax Beach, 627-2900
Medical Center Nassau, 1250 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach, 321-3500
Medical Center South, 14550 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, 271-6000
Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 800 Prudential Drive, Southbank, 202-8000
400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine, 819-5155
4500 San Pablo Road, Intracoastal West, 953-2000
Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
3625 University Blvd. S., Southside, 399-6111
Orange Park Medical Center
2001 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-8500
St. Vincent’s Healthcare
1 Shircliff Way, Riverside, 308-7300
Medical Center, 1800 Barrs St., Riverside, 308-7300
St. Luke’s Hospital
4201 Belfort Road, Southside, 296-3700
Orange Park Health Center, 2300 Park Ave., Ste. 101-D, 308-2006
Shands Jacksonville Medical Center
655 W. Eighth St., Northside, 244-0411
BLACK CREEK PARK AND TRAIL
This site offers 15 acres serving Green Cove Springs and Fleming Island. It’s the staging area for the 8-mile bicycle/pedestrian trail that runs along U.S. 17 between Green Cove and Orange Park.
BAYARD POINT CONSERVATION AREA
(386) 329-4404, sjrwmd.com. Located off S.R. 16 on the St. Johns River, this resource-based park has 9,615 acres for hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding.
BLACK CREEK RAVINES
5645 Green Road, Middleburg, (386) 329-4404, sjrwmd.com. This 973-acre regional park along the south bank of Black Creek is a resource-based park for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boating and canoeing on Black Creek.
CARL PUGH PARK
317 S. West St., Green Cove Springs, 284-6378, claycountygov.com. This county-owned facility, located along Idlewild Avenue (behind the Health Department), features Little League fields and tennis courts.
DOCTORS LAKE PARK
Corner of White Owl Lane and Lakeshore Drive N., Fleming Island. Provides a picnic area with a covered pavilion and a 320-foot fishing pier. This one-acre passive park provides access to Doctors Lake for fishing, small boats and canoes.
EAGLE HARBOR SOCCER COMPLEX
4387 Lakeshore Drive, Fleming Island, 278-1182, claycountygov.com. This 28-plus-acre park offers 12 soccer fields, a pavilion with a picnic area and a playground.
FOXMEADOW RECREATIONAL PARK
1155 Foxmeadow Trail. Off Old Jennings Road in the northern section of the county, this 19-plus-acre park offers a large covered pavilion, a basketball court, an all-purpose ball field, two tennis courts, horse-riding trails and an equipped playground.
MIKE ROESS GOLD HEAD BRANCH STATE PARK
6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights, (352) 473-4701. A 2,000-plus-acre park with camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, nature trails, canoeing and lakefront cabins.
CAMP BLANDING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (386) 758-0525, floridaconservation.org. This 56,197-acre resource based park, located across from Gold Head Branch State Park, offers hunting, fishing, swimming and picnicking.
VERA FRANCIS HALL PARK
West end of ML King Boulevard, Green Cove Springs, greencovesprings.com
Features basketball courts, a volleyball area, a fitness center, nature trails, toddler playground equipment, restrooms and picnic facilities, a nature interpretive center, canoe landing, an amphitheater and horseshoe courts.
4427 Longmire Road, Middleburg. This 10-acre park serves Middleburg, Penney Farms and Clay Hill and includes a pavilion with picnic areas, a softball field, basketball court, tennis court, playground and large meeting room.
JENNINGS STATE FOREST
1337 Longhorn Road, Division of Forestry, 291-5530, floridaconservation.org. Located in both Clay and Duval counties, Jennings features 23,995 acres and is open during daylight hours for swimming, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and horseback riding. Closed to recreational activities during hunting season.
MAIN STREET PARK
3788 Main St. Boat Ramp, Middleburg. A five-acre park with boardwalk and fishing piers, pavilions and playground equipment, located on the North Fork of Black Creek.
O.P. SKATE PARK
1006 Fromhart St., Orange Park, 625-6260. A free skate park for skaters of all ages and abilities. Helmet and notarized waiver required. Open daily. Skateboards and in-line skates are permitted.
RONNIE VAN ZANT PARK & PLAYGROUND
C.R. 739B, 2760 Sandridge Road, Penney Farms/Lake Asbury, 269-6378. This 85-acre park offers an equipped playground, covered pavilions with picnic areas, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a fishing pond with four fishing piers and nature trails.
ARLINGTON LIONS CLUB PARK
4322 Richard Gatlin Road. The 31-acre park offers a boat ramp and dock, fishing areas, nature trails and boardwalk, picnic shelters, playground equipment, grills and restrooms.
BLUE CYPRESS PARK
4012 University Blvd. N. A nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, soccer fields, a community center, picnic shelters, restrooms, docks, and areas for swimming, hiking and fishing are available.
ED AUSTIN REGIONAL PARK
11751 McCormick Road. Covering 140 acres, Austin Park has basketball courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a community center, grills, restrooms and hiking, as well as an 18-hole flying-disc golf course.
2 Imeson Road, Jacksonville, 573 2498. This serene 14.5 mile trail (converted from abandoned rail tracks) is perfect for biking, hiking, in-line skating and running.
LONNIE WURN BOAT RAMP
4131 Ferber Road. Boating docks and a launching ramp, fishing areas, picnic shelters, playground equipment and restrooms are available.
TREE HILL NATURE CENTER
7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, 724-4646. The 50-acre nature facility offers a visitor’s center, picnic tables, freshwater streams, gardens, nature trails, an amphitheater and exhibits.
Yukon Street off Park Street. Fishweir features a massive playground, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, all-purpose fields, a water feature and a wetlands preservation project.
Park Street next to the Willow Branch Library. The spacious park features playground equipment, a walking trail a pine and oak canopy, and an open, all-purpose field.
BULL MEMORIAL PARK
716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Across from of the Adele Grage Cultural Center, Bull Park offers tennis court, full playground, picnic area, amphitheater area and restrooms.
CRADLE CREEK PRESERVE
South 15th Street and Fairway Lane, Jax Beach. This new 42-acre park along the Intracoastal Waterway plans to have a system of nature trails and elevated boardwalks with observation platforms.
DAVID WAYNE PACK PARK
4871 Ocean St., Mayport Village. This little spot honors the late David Wayne Pack, a Mayport community advocate. It has a lighted basketball court, grills, a picnic pavilion and playground equipment.
DUTTON ISLAND PARK AND PRESERVE
2001 Dutton Drive, Atlantic Beach. The largest Atlantic Beach park, Dutton Island offers canoe and kayak launches, fishing areas, picnic shelters, playground equipment, nature trails and wildlife observation.
HUGUENOT TENNIS FACILITY & PARK
218 16th Ave. S., Jax Beach. Located on A1A, this park includes a three-acre stocked lake with fishing pier and boardwalk, basketball courts, Huguenot Tennis Facility and playground equipment.
JACK RUSSELL PARK
800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach. Jack Russell features a picnic pavilion with grills, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts and racquetball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, playground and restrooms.
Third Street and Florida Boulevard, Neptune Beach. Tennis courts, baseball field, volleyball court, jogging trail, playground equipment and picnic areas.
KATHRYN ABBEY HANNA PARK
500 Wonderwood Road, Mayport, 249-4700. The 447-acre oceanfront park offers a 1.5-mile beach and woods with nature and off-road biking trails, 293 campsites, laundry and shower facilities, picnic areas with grills, 60 acres of fresh-water lakes and a children’s water park.
First Street South between Fifth and Sixth Avenue South. Picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, playground, educational kiosk system and dune walkovers.
PAWS DOG PARK
Penman Road South, across from Wingate Park. This off-leash park is for dogs and their owners.
One Begonia St., Atlantic Beach. The preserve consists of eight acres of passive parkland, with a scenic view of the Intracoastal Waterway, hiking trails and boardwalks, canoe launch, fishing area and restrooms.
South Penman Road, Jax Beach. In addition to Paws Park dog facility, Wingate has 16 acres with a softball field, football field, Tee-ball fields, baseball fields and a picnic area.
CATHERINE HESTER McNAIR PARK
551 W. 25th St. The 16-acre park offers basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, shuffleboard, picnic tables, playground equipment, a community center and restrooms.
FLOSSIE BRUNSON EASTSIDE PARK
1050 Franklin St. With more than seven acres, this community park has lighted baseball fields and basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playground equipment, water features, restrooms and a community building.
EMMETT REED PARK
1093 W. Sixth St. Baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pools, picnic tables, a community center, playground equipment and restrooms are featured.
JEFFERSON STREET PARK
1359 Jefferson St. Jefferson offers basketball courts, baseball fields, grills, playground equipment and restrooms.
4110 Gator Bowl Blvd., 630-0837. Located along the St. Johns River and home to many of Jacksonville’s outdoor events, Metro Park is slated for major redesign and improvements. The 23-acre park has shelters, playground equipment, restrooms and docking facilities.
6912 Buffalo Ave. Lighted baseball and softball fields, lighted basketball and tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic area and restrooms.
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH HERITAGE PARK
1096 Randolph Blvd. This park, named for the Civil Rights activist, has picnic tables, playground equipment and a life-size bronze statue of Olympic Gold Medalist and Dallas Cowboy star Bob Hayes, who grew up less than a mile from the park.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY PARK
1133 Ionia St. Softball fields, lighted basketball courts and tennis court, gymnasium, swimming, playground equipment, grills and picnic tables, a community building and restrooms.
CASTAWAY ISLAND PRESERVE
2921 San Pablo Road S. Its 235 acres encompass a canoe/kayak launch site, paved trails, an wildlife observation post, grills, tables and security lighting. Which is odd because it closes at dusk.
12073 Brady Road. Facilities at the park’s 16.3 acres include lighted softball and baseball fields, lighted tennis courts, T-ball fields, picnic shelters, grills, playground equipment and restrooms.
14780 Mandarin Road. Visitor’s center, tennis courts, hiking trails, fishing area, boat ramps, shelters, playground equipment, picnic shelters, shuffleboard and restrooms.
WALTER JONES HISTORICAL PARK
11964 Mandarin Road. A visitor’s center, several picnic shelters, hiking trails, wildlife observation, grills and restrooms are featured.
BARNEY BROWNING PARK
6014 Norwood Ave. Browning Park offers a lighted basketball court, lighted softball diamond, grills, tables and playground equipment. It was named for a Northside business and community leader.
10790 Key Haven Blvd., 764-5531. A 20-acre lake stocked for fishing, canoeing, nature trail boardwalk, docks, a lodge, picnic facilities and fully equipped cabins for camping.
BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK
12157 Heckscher Drive, Ft. George, north of Little Talbot Island. Canoe launch spots and routes, fishing, boat ramps, beach area and hiking trails are found at this 1,709-acre oceanfront park.
BLACK HAMMOCK ISLAND PARK
15770 Sawpit Road. This 24.5-acre park has a community center, volleyball court, baseball field, basketball court, grills, picnic tables, playground and two tennis courts.
1302 Carvill Ave. Softball and baseball field, lighted basketball and tennis courts, a public pool, playground equipment and picnic shelters.
4000 Liberty St. N. Between Springfield and Panama Park, this little spot was deeded from Evergreen Cemetery to the city in 1921. It’s a quiet place amid the business bustle of Main Street.
CHARLES BOOBIE CLARK PARK
8793 Sibbald Road. Basketball and tennis courts, lighted baseball and football fields, swimming pool, playground equipment and a community center are featured.
CLANZEL T. BROWN PARK
4575 Moncrief Road. Softball field, lighted basketball and tennis courts, public pool, playground equipment, restrooms and a community building are found at this park.
10632 Old Kings Road. Between historic Old Kings Road and Iowa Avenue, this park has two-plus acres with a lighted basketball court, grills, tables and shelters, a soccer area and a lighted tennis hard court.
J. GARDNER NIP SAMS MEMORIAL PARK
6602 Richardson Road. More than 14 acres on the Northside, Nip Sams Park offers a lighted baseball field, softball field, a lighted tennis hard court, bike racks, grills, picnic shelters, a prototype restroom with four unisex ADA toilets and a paved pathway.
GEORGE CRADY BRIDGE FISHING PIER STATE PARK
12157 Heckscher Drive, 251-2320. This mile-long, pedestrian-only fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Primary access is on the north end through Amelia Island State Park.
HUGUENOT MEMORIAL PARK
10980 Heckscher Drive, 251-3335. Nearly 295 acres of beachfront for surfing, sailboarding, swimming, fishing, picnicking, volleyball, wildlife observation, playgrounds, tent and RV camping.
JOHNNIE W. WALKER PARK
2500 W. 20th St. Baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, swimming and water features, a community center and restrooms.
LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK
12157 Heckscher Drive. This beachfront park offers surfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing.
3700 Park St. Lighted tennis courts – including 14 clay – a walking trail, picnic shelters, playground equipment and grills are featured.
5372 Park St. Lighted baseball, softball, T-ball and youth ball fields, basketball courts, picnic tables and shelters, playground equipment and restrooms.
JOHN STOCKTON ELEMENTARY PARK
4827 Carlisle Road. Lighted tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, soccer field, trails, picnic area and playground equipment.
MURRAY HILL PLAYGROUND
4208 Kingsbury St. Lighted baseball fields and basketball courts, playground equipment, water features, trails, grills, picnic tables and restrooms.
San Marco & San Jose
1999 San Marco Blvd. This small park, suitable for arts events, has a sound system, landscaping and a bronze sculpture, “Windy Days.”
BEAUCLERC ELEMENTARY PARK
4555 Craven Road. Lighted baseball, T-ball and youth ball fields, basketball courts, playground equipment and restrooms.
HISTORIC KINGS ROAD PARK
1972 Kings Ave. At the intersection of historic Kings Road (now Kings Avenue) and Atlantic Boulevard, this wedge-shaped park was part of the 1918 plat of Fletcher Park, originally called Fulton Park, after Robert Fulton, who invented the steamship.
ADOLPH WURN PARK
2115 Dean Road. A basketball court, public pool, playground equipment and restrooms are featured.
BEACH & PEACH URBAN PARK
10013 Anders Blvd. This park has nearly 69 acres of undeveloped land, with a pond for fishing and 1.25 miles of trails.
CUBA HUNTER PARK
3620 Bedford Road. A skate park, football fields, hiking trails, playground equipment, grills and picnic shelters.
9A/BAYMEADOWS REGIONAL PARK
8000 Baymeadows Road E. Situated between Baymeadows Road East and 295 North, this park has grills, a playground and soccer fields.
1541 Hendricks Ave. Youth ball, basketball and lighted tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic area and shelters.
ARGYLE FOREST PARK
8533 Acanthus Drive. A lighted baseball field, two softball fields and four tennis courts, grills, playground equipment and restrooms.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS ROAD PARK
9800 Crystal Springs Road. This 37-acre park offers baseball fields, tennis courts, handball courts, soccer fields, playground equipment, exercise area and community center.
TILLIE K. FOWLER REGIONAL PARK
7000 Roosevelt Blvd., 573-2498. A 509-acre park features nature and hiking trails, off-road biking, wildlife watchtower, outdoor classroom and nature center, nature resource library, archery range, playground equipment, pavilions with grills and restrooms.
AMELIA ISLAND STATE PARK
12157 Heckscher Drive, 251-2320. More than 200 acres of undeveloped sea island with beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests. Fish, hike, sunbathe, birdwatch and horseback ride.
2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Central Park contains a tennis court, restroom, playground, basketball court and the Buccaneer field baseball/softball complex.
EGAN’S CREEK PARK
Amelia Island, near the Atlantic Avenue Recreational Center. The park has playground equipment, hiking and biking trails, baseball diamond.
FERNANDINA BEACH SKATE PARK
25 Tarpon St. This park offers a variety of ramps and obstacles for skateboarders, inline skaters and bicyclists. Open 3:00 p.m. to 5:00, Mon.-Fri. Go to fbfl.us or to the Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, for required health waiver.
FORT CLINCH STATE PARK
Northern end of Amelia Island, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274. Site of a restored Civil War fort. Park amenities include a visitor’s center, beaches, bathhouse buildings, guided nature walks, campsites, mountain bike trails, ocean fishing pier, picnic areas, restrooms, concessions and a gift shop.
MAIN BEACH PARK
Corner of Atlantic and South Fletcher. Two sand volleyball courts, a cabana, restrooms and changing rooms, picnic tables, gazebos, a playground, a skate park, a game room and concession stands are available at Main Beach Park.
PECK RECREATION CENTER & PARK
Elm Street, corner of 10th and 11th streets, Fernandina Beach, 277-7350. This 105-year-old former schoolhouse offers a gymnasium, weight room, outdoor field, volleyball and basketball courts and aerobics room. The center houses a computer lab, a library, an auditorium and a reception room.
Off South Fletcher Avenue. A county beach park with covered picnic areas, fishing, restrooms and outdoor showers.
YULEE SPORTS COMPLEX
686 Goodbread Drive, Callahan, 225-9611. Playground, baseball, softball and football fields, tennis courts, picnic shelter, restrooms and a gymnasium are featured.
St. Johns County
Alpine Groves Park
2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns, between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway. Majestic canopy oaks, wildlife and birds are featured in the 54.5 acre park, also home to a historic farmhouse and a shed, circa 1900, and a two-story structure that housed curios collected by the former owner. Hiking trails, a river boardwalk, fishing and visitors’ center are also onsite.
ANASTASIA STATE PARK
St. Augustine Beach, 1340 A1A S. at S.R. 3, 461-2033, floridastateparks.org/anastasia. A bird sanctuary and natural preserve with coastal camping, swimming, sunbathing, surfing, hiking, biking, sailboarding, canoeing, fishing and boating.
FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK
100 Faver-Dykes Road, at I-95 & U.S. 1, 794-0997. An aquatic preserve featuring a state canoe trail. More than 1,000 acres along Pellicer Creek for camping, fishing, picnics, birding, hiking and nature walks. Open daily from 8 a.m.-sunset.
FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK
15 Ft. Mose Trail, off U.S. 1, St. Augustine, 823-2232. Birdwatching, a picnic pavilion, a boardwalk and history tours. Open from 8 a.m. till sundown daily.
GUANA TOLOMATO MATANZAS NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
505 Guana River Road, South Ponte Vedra, 823-4500, gtmnerr.org. Located off A1A, Guana offers 73,352 acres of freshwater and saltwater fishing, boating on the Guana and Tolomato rivers, nature study, ocean swimming and surfing, birding, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. The Environmental Education Center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
SOLOMON CALHOUN COMMUNITY CENTER & SWIMMING POOL
1300 Duval St., St. Augustine, 209-0395. This 24,000-square-foot community center is located in the heart of West Augustine and includes a full-size gymnasium, swimming pool and splash park.
1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, 829-8807. This large regional park offers a picnic shelter, trails, tennis and racquetball courts, volleyball court, skate park, dog park, lighted baseball and softball fields, multipurpose field and playground.
BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK
12157 A1A (Heckscher Drive), Ft. George Island, 251-2320. Located 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville, this park offers five separate hiking trails on a sea island with diverse habitats, ideal for photography and birdwatching.
BLACK CREEK PARK & TRAIL
Green Cove Springs/Fleming Island, (386) 329-4404. This park is the staging area for a seven-mile pedestrian/bicycle trail that runs along U.S. 17 between Green Cove Springs and Orange Park. Paved parking area, covered pavilion and restrooms.
EGAN’S CREEK GREENWAY
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. Mon.-Fri., and leashed dogs are allowed.
FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK
15 miles south of St. Augustine at I-95 & U.S. 1, 794-0997. There are two 5-mile hiking trails, several miles of land available for hiking, and a dock for launching canoes and kayaks.
FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL
352-378-8823, 1-877-HIKE-FLA, floridatrail.org. More than 1,400 miles of continuous trail run from the Gulf Island National Seashore near Pensacola to the Big Cyprus National Preserve near Miami and Naples. A portion of the Florida Trail can be found 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. This popular park 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.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT AREA
13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, 641-7155. Part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the area has four miles of hiking trails over sand dunes and through maritime forests, as well as an observation tower overlooking a pristine saltmarsh.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville, 620-1810. UNF features 5 miles of nature trails and boardwalks through a natural preserve. Some are wheelchair accessible. Trails are open daily, sunrise to sunset.
TILLIE K. FOWLER REGIONAL PARK
Timuquana & Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville. This 509-acre park offers three miles of mixed hiking trails and two miles of off-road biking trails. Trails run through sand hills, forest and swamp. Open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time.
Canoe & Kayak Spots
No motorboat can recreate the intimacy between a kayaker and the water. Here are a few perfect spots to enjoy the benefits of shallow-water exploring, with zero risk of manatee casualties.
Cumberland Island, launch from St. Marys Inlet.
Fort George Inlet, launch from behind the Alimacani fish camp or Huguenot Park.
Simpson’s Creek, launch from Fort George Inlet and paddling to Nassau Sound.
Huguenot Park, launch from almost anywhere along the 450 acres of beachfront.
Julington or Durbin creeks, launch from Mandarin Park.
Doctors Inlet/Lake, launch from Whitey’s Fish Camp and paddling Fish Eating Creek north or launch from one of the marinas along U.S. 17.
Black Creek, launch from Jennings Forest or the city dock in Baldwin.
St. Marys River, launch from Hidden River Ranch in St. George, Ga., Stokes Bridge on S.R. 121.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, launch from the boat ramp or the dam.
Pellicer Creek near Marineland, launch from Faver-Dykes State Park. The Intracoastal Waterway is full of hidden water trails through marsh flats, launch further south near Matanzas Inlet. Experience the somewhat awkward exhilaration of kayak-surfing, launch anywhere along the Atlantic Ocean.