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Florida Yacht Club

Ortega: Historic & Beautiful    Once an island, now a spit of a peninsula protruding into the ’s western waters and threading into the Ortega and s, there is a neighborhood called . Its eastern part is known as and western as , split in the middle by Roosevelt Boulevard, or US17. Verona Boulevard splits Old Ortega, the eastern part known as the by the . Wealthy, as well as historic, the neighborhood was part of a . In 1763, Spain ceded Florida to England. Soon, the Jones Plantation was made residence for cattle by owner and Scotsman (also known …

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Big Smiles For Ortega Landmark – Old Carter’s Pharmacy

Ask any resident about , and you’ll get a big smile. That’s because it’s been a part of the local landscape for decades. Tucked away in Old Ortega, on Corinthian Avenue off Ortega Blvd, this old-fashioned pharmacy and lunch counter has been catering to the neighborhood for sixty years. , a longtime Ortega resident, has fond memories of Carter’s growing up. “It was the real center of everything,” he says. More than just a pharmacy, the store boasted a traditional soda fountain and lunch counter (and still does today), and also played the role of bank and post office in …

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Timuquana Country Club and the Florida Yacht Club: History of Ortega’s Private Clubs

Florida Yacht Club

Golf Clubs & Mainsails – Ortega’s Private Clubs In the early days of the 20th century, Jacksonville was a social and cultural hotspot. With a flourishing silent film industry and a warm climate, the city attracted wealthy families from all over the country for social events and recreational activities during the winter months. For these visitors, was ideally located, surrounded by water and an oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown. It’s no surprise that two of the city’s oldest institutions, the and , opened during this time. The oldest of these, the Florida Yacht Club, was founded in …

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Eco Relics at One Spark

It’s a time warp. The 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse is busting at the seams with items that span centuries. In addition to the age of the inventory, it’s a time warp in the sense that you can spend hours in Eco Relics without realizing it. The items are a recycled reservoir of Jacksonville history and a convergence of classic quality and new vision. It’s part hardware store, antique shop, building material supplier and thrift store with a knowledgeable, inventive staff. Eco Relics took part in last year’s One Spark festival after having been open for only one week. The festival …

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The 14 Best Things that Happened in Jacksonville in 2014

14 Best Things of 2014

Now that it is possible to fully reflect on the year that was 2014 it is safe to say it was the most energized and productive 12 months seen in Jacksonville in decades! EU Jacksonville invites you to be inspired by our listing of the 14 Best Things of 2014. And by all means share your own opinion: if you think there is something monumental we overlooked, if you truly disagree that our choices are worthy or if you want to compliment us on our taste, please do so at our Facebook page. 14. Street Food Makes a Home in …

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Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro

Those that live on the Westside know the soul food goodness of The , but those that don’t might not know they have a location on the outer edge of Jacksonville (Greater Arlington) toward the Beaches. Potter’s has been so popular on the Westside that they had to adopt a cafeteria-style way of running things. Soul Food Bistro on Atlantic still has the trays and the counter ordering, but they also have a hostess station, a modern layout, with great signage and design details. They’ve been in this spot since 2013, and they have both the Lenox location on the …

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