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Fried Chicken & Ramen: Chris Straw of Hangar Bay Café in Mayport

Hangar Bay, Bayou Ramen, Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Florida

Chris Straw never exactly intended to open a restaurant. “I didn’t follow my dreams,” he says of his entrepreneurial ventures. “I followed opportunity.” In 2009, an opportunity came along for Straw to open his first restaurant. The joint Simply Tasty Thai rapidly grew in popularity, becoming a staple among residents of the . Fast forward to May 2016, when the chance arose for Straw to open a second restaurant in the same shopping plaza as Simply Tasty. That’s how Hangar Bay Café was born. At Hangar Bay, Straw quickly earned a reputation for serving two unique foods—authentic Japanese ramen and …

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Honor & Duty: A Look at the History of the Military in Jacksonville, Florida

U.S. NAVY Sailors depart on USS Simpson decommissioning, US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Heading south in a 1972 Monte Carlo bought with his last $500, Bill Spann caught a glimpse of the Jacksonville skyline as he made his way down I-95 to his new home at Naval Station Mayport. “I thought, ‘How did I never know about this before?’ I fell in love with the city that day,” says Spann. When Spann received his duty orders, people asked if he had an admiral in his family or someone to pull the strings for such a desirable station. “I just got lucky. Jacksonville has long been the most requested duty station in the Navy,” …

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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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Pie From The Sky

Baker is bustling around the quaint little kitchen, pausing to find a spot for a freshly baked strawberry pie to cool. A multi-level baker’s rack is brimming with flaky fruity and savory pies, the results of a productive morning. It’s a quiet Friday afternoon at , but tomorrow “will be a different beast” for National Day Pie. Then again, every day is pie day at Pie Heaven Café. Pie Heaven Café is a little slice of heaven situated in a charming blue cottage on Mayport Road. As owner and pie master, Hyde started the business in her kitchen to satisfy …

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Massacre at Mayport

On the heels of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary, Jacksonville historians and civic leaders will recognize an even earlier European presence in the “New World” by the French Huguenots during the 4th annual . A marker dedication ceremony will take place at noon on October 10th to commemorate the massacres which occurred between May 1562 and September 1565 near Mayport Village and the Matanzas Inlet. The Huguenots set sail to this uncolonized portion of the New World in 1562 to escape religious persecution in Western Europe and established La Caroline in June of 1564. The Huguenots shaped early American history with …

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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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One Spark Creator: Marine Science Educational Cruises

There’s no better way to learn about the ocean, river, or the water cycle than being directly on the water. The idea to bring a marine science educational vessel to Jacksonville might seem superfluous, but we don’t actually have anything like this in our city. We could benefit vastly. While  recently launched its “Larkin R/V” in the St. Johns River for graduate students from the , this One Spark project would likely give the opportunity to kids of all ages and students from local public and private schools.  is not only Captain of the in , but he is a …

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