Carmen Macri

Since a young age, Carmen Macri knew she wanted to be a writer. She started as our student intern and has advanced to Multi-media Journalist/Creative. She graduated from the University of North Florida and quickly found her home with Folio Weekly. She juggles writing, photography and running Folio’s social media accounts.

Beach Bowl Is (Almost) Back and Better Than Ever

  Words by Carmen Macri    The time has finally come! The re-opening of Beach Bowl is right around the corner, with a soft-open scheduled for June 17, and here is what we have to look forward to.   This Jacksonville staple, around for over 60 years, was due for some significant renovations and a nice facelift. Fortunately, the Jacksonville Beach Board of Adjustment approved the $7.5 million restoration plans in February 2021. These plans included a 6,200-square-foot addition featuring a two-story restaurant and a rooftop bar — what more could Jax Beach ask for? Well, a lot more.    …

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The Clock is Ticking for TikTok in the U.S

  Words by Carmen Macri   Our favorite clock app is facing scrutiny within the U.S. Congress — again — and here is everything you need to know.   To put it bluntly, the U.S. Government is worried that a Chinese-owned company is accessing sensitive user data and promoting Chinese propaganda to its users. Personally, my For You Page (FYP) is mainly filled with mindless memes and new music—I haven’t come across any Chinese propaganda, but that’s not the main issue here. U.S. officials have repeatedly cautioned that TikTok poses a threat to national security because the Chinese government could …

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Chicks Love Charley

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    A seemingly harmless COVID project turned into a massive success story.    Back in 2020, Charley Harrold was facing difficulty finding work in the film industry as a grip which involves setting up, rigging and dismantling lighting equipment on set, a job he described as “problem-solving on set.” When job opportunities were scarce, Harrold turned his attention to projects around his 6-acre property in Baldwin. One day, he visited Tractor Supply Co. to pick up a part for a new project. While browsing the aisles, he noticed the chick pen. Without giving …

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Riding the Wave of Shopping Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

Words by Carmen Macri    Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to finally ditch that old ratty bikini and trade it in for something better — for you and the environment.   It’s always a mission to find a swimsuit that’s both durable and easy on the wallet — every girl’s dilemma. With high-end brands charging a fortune for a bikini and the dark side of fast fashion wreaking havoc on our planet, it’s tough to navigate. That’s why when local businesses start rolling out eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable swimwear options, it’s time to jump on board. …

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Make America Late Again – The San Marco Train Saga

Words by Carmen Macri  Remember when Wendy’s Twitter account went supernova with their comeback tweets a few years back? Well, brace yourself for déjà vu, but on a neighborhood level. This time, it’s not a fast-food joint, it’s the San Marco Train Twitter account causing a stir. Yep, that infamous train — the one responsible for gridlock, tardiness excuses and a cacophony of noise complaints (seriously, is that volume even legal?) In 2016, amidst the frustration of the San Marco Train’s notorious delays, a new Twitter account emerged aiming to inject humor into the situation. Yet, its idea of humor …

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No Day Left Behind: Is There Any Holiday Too Weird?

Words by Carmen Macri    As I write this on March 22nd, it is National World Water Day. When I came up with the idea for this story March 18, it was National Awkward Moments Day. Actually, for the last three weeks, there has been a “national holiday” every single day. Multiple national holidays. Every. Single. Day.    So who comes up with these “holidays”? Is there a board meeting where people gather and converse about which niche events deserve their own holiday? The answer is yes. Well, not necessarily a boardroom committee, but have you ever heard of Chase’s …

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Make America Late Again – The San Marco Train Saga

Words by Carmen Macri  Remember when Wendy’s Twitter account went supernova with their comeback tweets a few years back? Well, brace yourself for déjà vu, but on a neighborhood level. This time, it’s not a fast-food joint, it’s the San Marco Train Twitter account causing a stir. Yep, that infamous train — the one responsible for gridlock, tardiness excuses and a cacophony of noise complaints (seriously, is that volume even legal?)   In 2016, amidst the frustration of the San Marco Train’s notorious delays, a new Twitter account emerged aiming to inject humor into the situation. Yet, its idea of …

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Harmonizing Jacksonville: RTEAM’s Artistic Alchemy in Event Production

Words by Carmen Macri    Have you ever wondered about the inner workings behind the scenes of Jacksonville’s beloved festivals? Who might be the mastermind behind the curtains? When it comes to events like Florida Fin Fest, we simply stroll in and soak up the music, the food, the art and the learning experiences. But let’s not be fooled — while it may appear seamless, these festivals don’t materialize overnight. Behind the scenes, a dedicated team pours their hearts and souls into ensuring Jacksonville’s entertainment scene thrives for everyone’s delight.   One man, in particular, is Niko Costas, founder and …

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AI Anti-Hero

Words by Carmen Macri   Artificial intelligence seems scary, does it not? We grew up on movies that warned humanity about the radical evolution of AI. “The Terminator,” “Ex Machina,” “I, Robot,” “I Am Mother,” “The Matrix …” I think you get the point. So it comes as no surprise that with the sudden rapid advancement of artificial intelligence in our day-to-day lives, some people don’t seem too keen on the idea.   The rise of AI technology isn’t sudden. Rather, it has been used for decades in the medical and computer fields, among others. But it’s only recently been …

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Streamageddon: How the Entertainment Industry Got Played

  Words by Carmen Macri    Back in the good ol’ days, catching a movie trailer meant sitting through cable TV commercials. If it piqued your interest, you’d eagerly mark your calendar for the release date, rally your friends (or call up a hot date) and hit the theaters. You’d splurge on popcorn that could buy a small island and a soda with enough sugar to power a small town. You’d settle into your seats to endure 20 minutes of previews — that might be better than the movie itself — and have yourself a movie night.    These days, …

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