Atlantic Beach

Rally 904: How Dean Grant Serves up Community in Atlantic Beach

Words and photos by Travis Zittrauer While the last few months have brought families together around the dinner table, Dean Grant has been working hard to bring the Jacksonville community around a different kind of table: a table that is 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. Rally 904, which opened in October, is a ping pong bar located off Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach. What used to be Grant’s mixed martial arts gym once lined wall-to-wall with training mats has transformed into a space lined with tables and dedicated to the art and sport of ping pong. The transition …

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Jax Beach to Fernandina: The A1A Ocean Islands Trail

A1A Ocean Islands Trail, Florida Scenic Highway, Amelia Island Plantation, Photo courtesy of Amelia Island Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Along the A1A Ocean Islands Trail Jacksonville’s Beaches | Mayport | Broward House | Kingsley Plantation | Big Talbot | Downtown Fernandina Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina | The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina | American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts | Amelia Island Culinary Academy | Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour | The First Coast’s Only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant: Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island   Every place has a story, stitched together with humble beginnings and historic figures to create a living narrative. In very few places can you travel along a timeline of a region’s history as it unfolds before you. The …

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Fishing in Northeast Florida: Jacksonville is a Fisherman’s Paradise

Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise, Photos by James Brown

Numerous fish species, unbeatable weather, and a healthy fishing infrastructure make the First Coast a fisherman’s paradise. Our state offers 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline, 10,550 miles of rivers, 7,700 lakes, and countless ponds. The First Coast offers a multitude of options. From offshore saltwater fishing, surf fishing, bridge fishing, river fishing and plenty of freshwater ponds or lakes around, there are options far and wide. Inspiration That Lasts a Lifetime Former Jacksonville Beach Councilman and Mayor Rick Hale has been a fisherman in Florida’s waters for close to 70 years. The native’s passion for fishing was largely influenced by …

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What’s Next for Scotty Briggs’ Art? Show Up, Create, & Savor the Whole Human Experience

Scotty Briggs Art

It’s not hard to understand why ’ paintings are in such high demand. With subject matter as diverse as neon dive-bar brands, Hindu deities and Catholic saints, run-on catch phrase sentences, pop culture portraits, and under-water vignettes, Briggs has created a niche for himself that defies all definitions of the word ‘niche’. His style extends beyond the reach of any singular mode of painting because he is continually experimenting with his craft, and has become quite comfortable in the all-encompassing art land of what next?  Over the past three years, Briggs has made his presence known more so as a …

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#EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

Ida Claire open at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, Blueberry Waffle, #EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX is a monthly column featuring restaurant openings, closings, new locations and other food news in the local Jacksonville food scene brought to you by   on the is now closed. If you still have gift cards or turkey orders, they will be honored at ’s restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen.  Craving some vegan and gluten-free? This November, coming to 311 West Ashley Street near the Duval County courthouse in , is Grenville Kitchen. They’ll be serving pastries, soups, salads, and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. The most intriguing of their selections: the voxtail, a vegan version of an oxtail.  The super-swanky Downtown eatery, , …

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Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery

Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery, Mayport Mural Painting Party

Artists, merchants and property owners in can add a little color to the city and give it a new sense of place. A public art grant is available to encourage businesses along the commercial strip leading to to incorporate their own vision and help redefine the sagging Mayport corridor. Word Revolt Art Gallery located on Mayport Road is the first recipient of the city’s public art grant program adopted last year. Owners Theresa and Todd Rykaczewski will lead installation of a new outdoor mural on the south facing wall of The Shoppes of A1A North with a painting party Nov. …

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#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene, JaxMinerva

Long-time Italian chef and restaurant owner Jerry Moran recently did a good deed for a dying man. His New York-style cheesecake has many fans, and when a customer learned that a terminal man in asked for NY cheesecake, they asked Moran if he could help. Moran hand-delivered the cheesecake to the hospital. His restaurant, , was located Downtown for many years but made the move to on Edgewood Avenue, a couple of years ago. The owners of  in are making use of the space next door, which used to be Pure Barre, by converting into a secondary restaurant space, this …

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#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

1748 Bakehouse in Springfield, #EATUPJAX: Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: Local Food News From the Folks at   is open at the Markets at Town Center, which is just south of the . The grocery chain, based out of Phoenix, provides shoppers with an organic and healthsome selection. This is their first in the Jacksonville area, but there are plans to open up a second on Beach Boulevard.  We’ve had quite a spate of specialty grocers opening in the Jacksonville area, places like Sprouts, something that the owners of  cites as the reason they’ll be closing all three of their locations. opened the first Native Sun here in Jacksonville …

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Brooks Rehab Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create Adaptive Kayak Launches

Hanna Park Ramp, Brooks Rehabilitation Center Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create 11 New Adaptive Kayak Launches

Physical Therapy Takes on New Meaning with Adaptive Kayak Launches Hanna Park is one of three recreational sites in Jacksonville with a new adaptive kayak launch to serve the disabled community. As part of the City of Jacksonville’s Adaptive Recreation Program, the Disabled Services Division and Brooks Rehabilitation have partnered to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the waterways. Alice Krauss manages the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program at Brooks Rehabilitation Center where she works with patients as an Occupational Therapist. The recreation program offers individuals with disabilities the chance to participate in sports at , compete against …

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Around and Near Jacksonville: The Best Beaches to Visit on the First Coast of Florida

Around and Near Jacksonville: Best Beaches on the First Coast, Mickler's Beach in Ponte Vedra, Sharks Teeth

The expression “Life’s a beach” looks at the bright side of things, putting a sunny spin on a phrase that when substituting its more vulgar counterpart means the exact opposite, or at the very least a female dog. “A day at the beach” also serves as a unit of measurement to describe a pleasurable situation, but in an idiomatic sense denotes less than desirable circumstances, as in ‘she was no day at the beach’. What does a day at the beach mean to you? For some, it’s as simple and stretching out on a towel or lounge chair, turning the …

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