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Best of Saint Augustine 2020

Around this time last year, we had a novel idea. What if we took our long-running Best of Jax reader poll, which covers four counties, and held a magnifying glass to St. Augustine alone? Well, the Ancient City rose to the occasion, and it has done so again for the second edition of Folio Weekly’s Best of Saint Augustine. 8,573 readers participated, casting more than 86,000 votes across our 250 categories. We’ve covered all areas of modern life, from Best Tire Store to Best Beach to Best Personal Trainer—and everything in between. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Best …

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Renner’s Wrong

story by TERRY D. BORK The Florida Legislature is back insession. Normally, this is a time when our representatives try to correct old wrongs and seek justice. But that is not the case for Palm Coast’s GOP Rep. Paul Renner, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He has publicly stated that he has no intention of taking up legislation designed to address the plight of 935 inmates who are serving draconian, out-of-date sentences for petty crimes that would be more reasonably punished if committed today. The problem began in the 1990s, when Florida legislators got swept up in Drug …

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A Good Deed Is Its Own Reward

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND “A good deed is its own reward.” You’ve heard the adage a million times, but it is never truer than when you’re a dog comforting your human–or when you’re a human volunteer taking care of furry friends. High school freshman Lucy Parker began volunteering at Animal Care and Protective Services, because she felt she had something to offer. She would be able to give back to the community by spending time with dogs and cats that needed love and attention. Little did she know how life changing the experience would be.   Davi: Why did …

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Boss of Bosses

story by SHELTON HULL The lights are out at Arnold Tritt’shome tonight. I can see his window from my balcony in the apartment building where we both live. He is closer to 90 than he is to 80. He is closer to Heaven than he is to Earth, and he gets a little bit closer every day, but he’s holding on with style and ferocity. I had a mind to knock on his door to get a couple quotes for this, an obituary for his best friend, former Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold, fallen at the age of 86. But I’m …

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Passion Projects

story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW Past the Maxwell House plant and beneath various expressway ramps stand Old St. Luke’s Hospital and the Florida Casket Factory; they’re not exactly hidden, but years of roadway construction and development have made it difficult to find them. The Jacksonville Historical Society occupies the former hospital site, which dates back to 1878. It seems fitting that a structure raised by way of charity should house an organization dedicated to seeing these buildings preserved. When I arrive at JHS, I approach the back porch, press a buzzer and wait. The building’s facade is both charming and deceiving; …

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Carrot or Stick

story by BASHYAM IYENGAR Food insecurity is a reality for thousands of American families. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an imperfect but vital lifeline. The federal assistance program meets the nutritional needs of thousands of low-income American families. The Trump administration recently passed unprecedented restrictions that will prevent roughly 700,000 unemployed individuals from receiving nutritional assistance through SNAP. Unfortunately, this dramatic news has largely been ignored, drowned in the din of presidential impeachment and military intervention overseas. It should be apparent to most that nutrition and access to sustenance is the cornerstone of health, well-being and overall survival. …

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A Love That Burns Hot Enough to Last

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL: A TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, Times-Union Center, 300 Water St., Downtown, fscjartistseries.org, $44-$112.50. Times-Union Center300 Water St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by LINDSEY NOLEN Nearly eight years after the death of Whitney Houston, Belinda Davids brings the pop star back to life with a touring tribute performance. The production rolls into Downtown Jacksonville this weekend, and it’s not Davids’ first Duval rodeo. She told Folio Weekly she’s excited to return to the River City. “We once had a dancer from Jacksonville with us on stage, and he told …

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Sick as a Dog

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND It’s that time of year: the coughing, sniffling, sneezing season when germs cause infections to run rampant. But what about dogs? Do dogs get colds? Yes, dogs can catch viruses that make them sneeze and sniffle like humans. Where do you think the expression “sick as a dog” comes from? So, how do you know when your dog has a cold and how do you treat its symptoms? Canine cold symptoms are much like humans’: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose. Your best friend may seem lethargic and not like its normal furry …

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