On the River

River Life A Short History of the St. Johns People

    The St. Johns River provided a virtual cornucopia to its inhabitants for millennia. The rich bounty of the coastal riverine environment spawned a unique St. Johns culture. Before 500 BCE, residents had already established a basic lifeway from which the culture developed over the next thousand years. Fishing and shellfish-collecting supplied the bulk of their diet, supplemented by hunting and gathering. So reliable was the river’s reward that it supported permanent settlements long before the introduction of corn-based agriculture in the region. When St. Johns villages grew too large for adjacent resources to support, breakaway villages formed elsewhere …

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FERRY FEST WITH LISA KING – OUR FERRY GODMOTHER

When settled with her family on the St. Johns River across from Mayport 17 years ago, she was drawn to the area’s natural beauty and the warmth of the community. Their neighborhood was removed from rush-hour gridlock, commercial development and urban sprawl but, with a quick ferry ride across the , it was easily accessible. “I live about a quarter mile from the ferry landing on the Ft. George side,” King says. “The ferry was one of the reasons why we decided to live there because we just love it. When my kids were little, it was an important part …

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2015 State of the St. Johns River Report Card

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for Jacksonville residents place a high value on the . This mighty river flows through the heart of our , and its tributaries, the creeks and streams that feed it, flow through all of our neighborhoods. It is understandable then, with algae bloom outbreaks and failing septic tanks, that you might be curious about the health status of our river. Unfortunately, with shrinking budgets and a constant assault on the agencies charged with protecting our river, there is less monitoring of the river’s health. Despite this insufficient monitoring and an “unsatisfactory status” for so many …

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Year Of The River: ENVIROFEST

The Year of the River is an initiative by bringing together more than 50 institutions to raise awareness of the St. Johns River as the “cultural current” of our city and an important driver for economic development, recreation, tourism and quality of life throughout Northeast Florida. @CulturalFusionJax #yotr One of the most unique collaborations surrounding the lineup of activities is the , a family friendly event centered on raising environmental awareness through the arts, education, and music. This event is a partnership between the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, which develops …

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On The River: Taking a Deeper Look

Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin August 22, 11am to 2pm Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 Cost is $18 for adults and $12 for kids and includes lunch, admission to MOSH and the “Springs Eternal” exhibit, and participation in all lectures or workshops. The Year of the River is an initiative by Cultural Fusion Jax bringing together more than 50 institutions to raise awareness of the St. Johns River as the “cultural current” of our city and an important driver for economic development, recreation, tourism and quality of life throughout …

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On The River: Raising a Ruckus for the St. Johns

  Every Saturday under the shade of the , the Riverside Arts Market brings thousands of people to our downtown waterfront for local produce, fresh food, artisan crafts, live music and entertainment. While the St. Johns River is a beautiful backdrop for all of these exciting weekend activities, the river itself is seldom used. The 200 ft. boat dock may get one or two visitors. The Water Taxi doesn’t stop here. Kayakers or swimmers aren’t usually seen passing by the waterfront amphitheater. Fishing isn’t allowed. The river isn’t as healthy as it could be. Algae blooms are so common now …

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On The River: Central Florida Water Initiative

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper While California receives the bulk of attention for its water shortages, water managers in Florida are also looking for solutions. How will our state meet the growing demand for water with an ever-increasing population? Central Florida is already reaching the sustainable limits of its predominant source of water, the Floridan Aquifer, with average total water use expected to continue to increase from approximately 800 million gallons a day (mgd) to about 1,100 mgd in 2035. In May 2015, the three water management districts surrounding central Florida formed the (CFWI) which created …

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Year of the River: Voices of the River

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper is an initiative by bringing together more than 50 institutions to raise awareness of the as the “cultural current” of our city and an important driver for economic development, recreation, tourism and quality of life throughout Northeast Florida. @CulturalFusionJax #yotr Staying true to the purpose of Cultural Fusion,  is a first of its kind collaboration project. Program staff from the , the , the , News, , and combined forces to host this unique event. Voices of the River is an event that literally transports passengers via boat and bus through …

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Protecting Our Water – What Amendment 1 funds can do for Northeast Florida

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In November of 2014, Florida voters overwhelmingly said “Yes” to a constitutional amendment that would provide dedicated funding to conserve critical lands and protect our water resources. If you were wondering what that has to do with an entertainment magazine, then you should probably learn more about the priority list of 119 properties sprinkled throughout the state that need more funding, with more than half in north Florida. This “wish list” is developed by Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council, the ARC, which evaluates and ranks state land acquisitions based on more than 40 different attributes. Having a wide variety of …

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Pecha Kucha: Year of the River

   Event: Pecha Kucha: Year of the River When: Thursday, June 18, happy hour at 6 p.m., presentations at 7 p.m. Location: MOCA Jacksonville Tickets: Free Contact: www.mocajacksonville.org or www.pechakucha.org   was introduced in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The word is Japanese: a term for the sound of conversation or chit-chat. As it is used today, Pecha Kucha is a presentation style of 20 images at 20 seconds each, which makes for rapid, fun imagery and impressions. Pecha Kucha has quickly gained international appeal with events …

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