Lifestyle

Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote as of this publication date, you are not eligible to vote in Florida’s 2022 primary election on Aug. 23. Because Florida is a closed primary state, eligible voters can only vote for candidates in their same political party. Voters registered as Republican will choose among Republican candidates; voters registered as Democrat will choose among Democratic candidates. Independent and unaffiliated voters are not able to participate. Every two years, a state primary election is held 11 weeks before the general election for the purpose of nominating candidates to be voted for in the general …

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Sea Turtle Season

According to the Florida Wildlife Commission, only one in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings mature to adults. We’re in the heart of sea turtle nesting season in Northeast Florida, and turtle nests and hatchlings have been spotted all over the beaches. According to the Jacksonville Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, around 100 nests have already been counted along our coastline, including over 90 loggerheads and a few leatherbacks, the largest sea turtle in the world that can measure as long as six feet and weigh up to half a ton. With summer in full swing, people are flocking to the beaches in …

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Weird, Wild Stuff

Summer is here now, but Florida Man has been in mid-season form since late last year. He is called upon by destiny to defend his crown as champion lunatic of this somehow still great nation-like thing of ours. He holds firm against stiff competition coming from coast to coast, amidst an overall bull market on scams, shake-downs and shenanigans of all kinds—and the election hasn’t even started yet. It’s like the old saying, “Never gamble with someone who doesn’t know the rules.” I might have just made that up, but I’m pretty sure I read it somewhere, long ago. Florida …

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Vol. 36, Issue 14

In 1987, Folio Weekly made its debut—and Northeast Florida hasn’t been the same since. The “alternative newsweekly” brought a fresh, no holds barred approach to local journalism and served it up with a generous side of sarcasm and sass. No subject was off limits, and the staff were eager to explore them all, the good, the bad and the WTF. Fast forward to 2020 (speaking of WTF!), and Folio Weekly became its own story. More than 30 years after the paper’s publisher Sam Taylor announced Folio was ceasing publication due to economic issues related to the pandemic. But that wasn’t …

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Archive Follow-Up

Archive Follow-Up Words by Rain Henderson & Kerry Speckman In 1995, Folio spoke with Cindy Mosling, co-founder of B.E.A.K.S. (Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary) on Big Talbot Island, about pelicans. “Here we go again,” Mosling said about reports from concerned local workers in Mayport regarding pelicans dying in the St. Johns River. But something was different this time. Instead of being caused by an oil spill, Mosling insisted, a massive petroleum fire occurring two years prior was the culprit. After she learned 600,000 gallons of fire retardant, known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), were dumped in the St. …

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Behind the Lens: Looking back on the golden era of Folio with longtime photojournalist Walter Coker

“This isn’t any of my best or favorite work,” Walter Coker joked as he pulled a quite impressive stack of Folio Weekly issues out from under the bottom shelf of his bookshelf. The other shelves, lined with photography books authored by some of the most impressive photographers of all time, photojournalism textbooks, stories by local novelists and a beachcombing collection, stood as a sort of ingredient list for what Coker created within the pages of those copies of Folio humbly stashed on the bottom rack. Coker’s 21 years with Folio is one of the only reasons we still have a …

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Dear Dumbs,

I really wish you guys would do a few shows a week. I love your insight but what I really love is hearing about your day to day life. Your love for one another and your acceptance for your individual quirks is beyond couple goals. I have an issue. For once it’s not with my husband. It’s my sister. She has a great dog, and it’s with her 24/7. I feel as though her relationship with this dog is a little strange to say the least. When she comes over for dinner she lets the dog lick her plate when …

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Flipping Pages

Tacky:Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King After a recent deep dive into all things Chuck Klosterman, the American essayist who focuses on popular culture, I became unsure if it was his constant mansplaining or my partner’s sudden crack-like addiction to his books that suddenly turned me off. Luckily for me, I have many pals who consume books at an ungodly rate and are always willing to give suggestions, so I found myself with a copy of Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King. King is the …

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It’s My Body and I’ll Do What I Want To

Content warning: This is a story about abortion. It includes descriptions of medical procedures. *I am in no way encouraging the procedures described in this piece, nor am I condoning self-administered medical care in general.* Let’s take a step back to the 1960s, a pre-Roe v. Wade era. Abortion is illegal in 30 states, legal only under specific circumstances in the 20 others. Difficult to imagine a time like that, huh? Carol Downer, mother of six and Los Angeles resident, starts hearing of protests. This is the second-wave feminist movement, focused heavily on reproductive rights. She learns of the pushback …

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