Jennifer Melville

Jennifer Melville is a contributing writer for EU Jacksonville, South Magazine, Folio Magazine, Green Prints, Focus on the Family, and various other print and online publications. She’s a military wife, mother of four, and a leader in the NE Florida homeschooling community. You can check out more of her work on her website, Azalea Publications or follow her on Twitter.
St. Johns County’s Beachwalk, Photo by James Brown Jr.

St. Johns County’s Beachwalk Lagoon Filled, Chic Homes and Shopping Opportunities Coming Soon

  If you’ve ever dreamed of beachfront living with a swim-up bar, 40-foot waterslides, and unique restaurants and entertainment all in your backyard, you just might be in luck. Crews completed the process of filling in the crystal-clear in northern St. Johns County on Monday, July 23, 2018. The 14-acre lagoon contains 37 million gallons of water and will serve as the anchor for the Beachwalk development off CR-210. Developer John Kinsey tossed a ceremonial final bucket of water into the lagoon where residents will soon enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding or relaxing along the 100-foot wide white quartz beach. Kinsey …

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The Maple Leaf Ship just before it hit the mine off the coast of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville’s Military Heritage: 10 Fascinating Things You Should Know

Jacksonville boasts a long and varied military history. Here are some of the most interesting highlights:   The Southernmost Battle of the Revolutionary War Was Fought in NE Florida. The Battle of Thomas Creek occurred near Yulee on May 17, 1777, when the Patriots faced off against the Loyalists, Brits, and Creek Indians. The Patriots lost.   Camp Milton Was an Important Confederate Military Base. Built to block Union forces from getting to the supply and railway center in Baldwin, Camp Milton on Jacksonville’s Westside was built in 1864 and served as Florida’s strongest Confederate field fortification. There’s a Civil …

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Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Photo by Jennifer Melville

Military Museum of North Florida: Local Battle of Britain Survivor Weaves a Tale of Terror, Trials, and Triumph

Had he been on that bus, he may have died. Chris Mayer, Executive Director of the Military Museum of North Florida, points to a powerful picture of a double-decker bus peering from the rubble of Balham High Street in London following a German air raid. “My aunt says she wanted to go to the zoo. And I said, “Yeah, I’d LOVE to go to the zoo,”’ Mayer reminisces in a thick Cockney accent. Despite the bombing, life continued in London during the Battle of Britain. “We got to the bus depot and there are these 8 buses out in front. …

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BaseFEST to Delight First Coast Military Families

 JUNE 2 AT NAVAL STATION MAYPORT Heads up, military families! Good food, great fun, and live entertainment are coming to town this weekend. BaseFEST will visit on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1-10 PM. Entry is free for troops and family members, though tickets are required and easily accessible through the BaseFEST website. Founded by Army Veteran Sean Gilfillan, BaseFEST is a traveling concert series meant to bring comradery to the military community. It’s more than just a concert. BaseFEST offers gaming and technology, sports and fitness, kid’s zones, and food and beverages alongside world-class performers to create an unforgettable …

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