Imported Folio

The Power of Song

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected]. Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by MINDY WADLEY There are some who say the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” But what if sadness is the thing you need to be cured from? Tears are certainly a wonderful expression of sadness, but they do little to heal it at the source. Then …

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No Days Off

story by SHELTON HULL The fourth floor of Jacksonville City Hall was essentially a ghost town when “the Folio crew” (as the receptionist dubbed us) met with city Councilmember Garrett Dennis. It was the first Monday of February, balmy and beautiful, definitely not the kind of day you’d want to spend at work—but there he was, working. It seems like he’s always working. The 45-year-old father of two has been working in some form or fashion since he was a precocious pre-teen; his mother became disabled, and he became the man of the house. After shooting photos in Hemming Park, …

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Search No More

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND In a day and age where scroll-through, swipe-left dating has killed romance, it’s good to know there’s one Valentine’s date that will be delighted to spend the whole day by your side. As it turns out, one in five people prefer spending Valentine’s Day with their pets rather than their partners. Here’s the lowdown on why dogs make a better date this Valentine’s Day. Dogs won’t leave you hanging. It might not text you back, but your pooch is not likely to stand you up. Chances are it will patiently wait for you at home, …

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Garrett’s Ganja Gambit

story by SHELTON HULL This week’s Garrett Dennis profile touched on a number of topics, but our meeting ended with a discussion of the councilmember’s efforts to decriminalize cannabis in Jacksonville. “I don’t participate in marijuana,” he said, but he sees no value in locking up those who do. Bill 2019-0330 would have reduced the penalty for possession of 20 grams of cannabis or less to a $100 fine or 10 hours of community service. A UNF PORL poll from June 2019 puts local support for decriminalization at 84 percent, making it about the lowest-hanging fruit you can find in …

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Meet the Neighbors

LINCOLNVILLE PORCH FEST Noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Lincolnville, St. Augustine, lincolnvilleporchfest.org, free. story by GEORGIO VALENTINO Once an expanse of orange groves fringing the periphery of St. Augustine proper, Lincolnville became a haven for freedmen after the Civil War. Indeed, the neighborhood is named after President Abraham Lincoln, he who decreed the end of the peculiar institution. It later became a hub of activity during the civil rights era, serving as a beachhead for Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, Lincolnville retains its historic character, although it has also become a popular and (relatively) affordable place for the Ancient City’s …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 12. Sam McDonald Feb. 13. Kevin Ski Feb. 14. Shawn Layne, Rob Peck Feb. 15. Joe King, Amy Vickery Feb. 16. Travis Harden Feb. 18 SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Kevin Ski Feb. 15 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. Hupp Huppman Feb. 12. Sam McDonald Feb. 14. Justin Spivey Feb. 15 THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BEACHES MUSEUM, 381 Beach Blvd. Jack Broadbent Feb. 17 BLUE JAY LISTENING ROOM, 2457B S. Third St. Shawn Mullins Feb. 12. Laura …

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