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Weird, Wild Stuff #1

Buoy, Oh, Boy When it comes to random ridiculous stories, the state of Florida has been ubiquitous, almost since the earliest days of moveable type. So it makes perfect sense that the last stupid story of 2021 and the first stupid story of 2022 are the same story, and it’s a story that took place here in Florida. Two maniacs were caught on camera burning an old Christmas tree in Key West … actually “caught” is the wrong word, as it implies some measure of subterfuge, of which there was none. They clearly saw the security cameras, and they appeared …

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The Green House of Riverside

Nicole Carroll Northeast Florida has a lot of musical history people are well aware of: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Limp Bizkit, Molly Hatchet, JJ Grey & Mofro,.38 Special and Yellowcard just to name a few. Not as well known, however, is Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Allman Brothers formed here too. When the band was starting out in Jacksonville in the late 1960s, they lived in a home called the Green House in Riverside, which still stands today. The Green House was home to the band before they were famous and was purchased in the 1970s by the Brown family. Current …

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Energy, Good Energy – Kona’s Rise as a Music Venue

It’s easy to assume the oldest private skatepark in the world can be found in Huntington Beach or in San Diego, areas where modern skateboarding originated. However, you may be surprised to learn it’s actually an East Coast original based in Jacksonville. Tucked away behind the pines in Arlington, Kona has served generations of skaters since 1977. The park is also notable for its contribution of the first ever vert ramp and being featured as a level in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, which highlights the park’s signature design. Outside of operating as a skatepark, Kona has also garnered buzz …

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January Film Reviews

Spider-Man: No Way Home Spider-Man swings in to save the day—and movie theaters—in what may be the most ambitious and crowd-pleasing superhero film to date. Following the closing moments of the previous entry, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has been outed to the world as being the web-slinger’s secret identity. With his friends and family also catching backlash over the revelation, Peter seeks help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) by asking to have the whole world forget that he is Spider-Man. Unfortunately, Strange’s spell backfires and causes Spider-Man villains from other realities to appear in Peter’s universe. …

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South Carolina to Tokyo – Japanese-Styled Resturant, O-Ku

“What could be better than fresh sushi among a beautiful beach view?” asked Indigo Road founder, Steve Palmer. Indigo Road is a hospitality group formed in 2009 and based in Charleston, South Carolina that owns and operates 25 restaurants and hotels in the Southeast. Among those businesses is modern Japanese-styled restaurant O-Ku. O-Ku, the group’s most recent endeavor, will open in Jacksonville Beach in early 2022. According to Palmer, the restaurant’s cuisine is “modern Japanese [with a] high focus on quality ingredients,” including flying in seafood from Hawaii and Tokyo. At their Jacksonville Beach location, O-Ku will, of course, use …

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P.S. Traditions Do Die – Pete’s Bar Under New Management

When prohibition ended in 1933, Pete’s Bar was the first location in Duval to get a liquor license, despite Pete Jensen selling bootleg liquor out of the grocery next door throughout the years alcohol was banned. For nearly nine decades, Pete’s remained in the Jensen Family and grew to be the go-to watering hole for many Jaxons, including myself. Stepping through the doors of Pete’s Bar used to feel like walking directly into a piece of history. With Pete’s under new ownership, we’ll still be stepping into a piece of history, but now with a much more glum shot of …

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Riverside Arts Market

Located underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge, The Northbank Riverwalk Artists’ Square is one of Jacksonville’s greatest shared public spaces. The Artists’ Square celebrates community with pop-up concerts, car shows, food festivals and other events, but the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is the best representation imaginable attracting over 4,000 patrons each week. Operating since 2009, RAM has become an integral aspect of the entire city providing a space for local businesses to intimately connect with the general public; there aren’t many other attractions able to consistently draw cranky beachsiders away from their sandy bungalows. The market operates year round, rain or …

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A1A Is Not a Highway

It’s a road known nationally as Florida’s “Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway.” As you drive along A1A through the Beaches and into St. Augustine, you get a perfect view of the coast with some of the most serene views in North Florida However, there’s a darker side to this famed road. According to the Jacksonville Beach Police, there is a greater amount of speeding and motor vehicle accidents on A1A (also referred to as Third Street by locals) than anywhere else at the Beaches. If you were to search “car accidents on A1A in Jacksonville,” the first links to come …

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