THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Summer’s here, surf’s up: Time for a beach safari

Summer’s here, surf’s up: Time for a beach safari

By Jessica Basham Therriault Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission   Not everyone has a green backyard with bushes and trees. Florida is a peninsula, with the longest coastline of all states in the continental United States. Most of Florida’s nearly 19 million residents live less than 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean or the […]

Lobster season: Catch the family fun this season in the Keys

By Nathan and Ted Miller   Everyone loves to eat fresh lobster tail, and there are several different ways in Florida to harvest your own. One way is to become a certified diver, and head out 30+ miles off the First Coast into 100+ feet of water. If you are bold enough, you can dive […]

San Jose looks to defend swim league championship title

By Mike Bonts   The annual River City Swim League (RCSL) Championships will be held July 26-29 at the Cecil Aquatic Center on Normandy Boulevard. The league is comprised of 18 teams with approximately 2,100 swimmers ranging in ages three to 18 — including many neighborhood swimmers who have been training daily this summer. San Jose Country Club has […]

Avondale resident named USTA Florida tennis volunteer of the month

Avondale resident named USTA Florida tennis volunteer of the month

Charlie Parker’s memories of junior tennis include father-son events, trips with other kids to weekend tournaments, and group tennis drills and games that ended with exhausted smiles and laughter. Now with a son and daughter, the elementary school physical education teacher is introducing his own children to the game through 10 and Under Tennis as […]

Around the Parks

Around the Parks

By Mike Bonts On May 12, players, coaches and families of NOL (Navy-Ortega-Lakeshore) Little League stopped play and left the ball fields, stands and concessions to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Dick Lee, who died in Afghanistan. Tommy Brooke, president of NOL, asked players, coaches and families to be part of a NAS Jacksonville tribute along […]

Trip tales: Residents share ideas for fun summer vacation destinations

By Beth Mixson   Summer is here — but it’s not too late to plan a vacation that will create lasting memories of fun and adventure for your family. One of the blessings of living in the United States is the diversity of our country offers something fun for every age. A favorite vacation destination […]

Garden Club presents check to Riverkeeper

Garden Club presents check to Riverkeeper

The Garden Club of Jacksonville planted a little “seed money” with the St. Johns Riverkeeper last month. During their end-of-the-year council meeting last month, Garden Club leaders presented the Riverkeeper with a $1,500 donation. The organization is one of the groups the club supports through civic outreach programs each year.

In the Garden: Crape Myrtles — love them, or not?

By Victoria Register Freeman   I have a friend who refers to the twin trees on each side of her Historic District driveway as Crap Myrtles. Her mispronunciation is intended to convey her distain for the multi-trunked trees even though their white blossoms present her with a riotous visual bouquet throughout the summer. I confess, […]

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