Women’s Board of Wolfson Hospital announces 2019 Arts & Antiques Show

September 23, 2019

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The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital proudly announces its 2019 Art & Antiques Show, Paris in Full Bloom, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8.

            The eagerly anticipated event will bring art, jewelry, textiles and furnishings from all design periods together under one roof. An Evening in Paris Opening Night Gala will celebrate the magic and style of France’s capital city and feature The River Town Band. The Children’s Fashion Show will present Wolfson Children’s Hospital patients, who are truly the heart of the three-day event.

            The 2019 Art & Antiques Show will feature more than 40 renowned art and antiques dealers from across the county. Lecturers and special guests will include iconic Jacksonville designers Jim, Phoebe and Andrew Howard and Julianna Catlin, antiques appraiser E. William Nash, journalist Julia Reed, revered architect and designer Ray Booth, Continue reading

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Classic Courtroom Drama “Twelve Angry Men” now showing at Theatre Jacksonville

Theatre Jacksonville
Press Release
September 23, 2019

Performances Sponsored by Law Offices of Delegal & Poindexter, P.A.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 12, 2019) – A dozen men serve on a jury to decide the fate of a Puerto Rican teenager accused of murdering his abusive father. The jury must return a unanimous verdict. Only one juror thinks the boy might be innocent. Curious what happens?

Theatre Jacksonville is now showing the classic drama Twelve Angry Men, kicking off its 100th Anniversary Season. (Photo credit: Maya Adkins)

The iconic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men, which debuted in 1955 and has received numerous tributes and accolades, is now showing at Theatre Jacksonville, ushering in the theater’s 100th anniversary season. The show runs through September 29 as this year’s Theatre Jacksonville Classic in San Marco. Tickets are deeply discounted at $22 for general public and $12 for students.

“This play is an excellent offering to kick off our 100th anniversary season because it appeals to a wide audience,” said Theatre Jacksonville Executive Director Sarah Boone. “The story was Continue reading

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Ribbon cutting for Bailey-Simmons Multi-Use Trail today at 4:00 p.m.

Media Release

September 23, 2019

Update:  The Ribbon Cutting Event will be held today at 4:00 p.m. near the Ybor Alvarez Sports Complex on Bailey Road.

The public is cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony and be one of the first to walk or ride the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail!

Amelia River-To-Sea Logo (L), created by artist Susan Henderson, was adapted from the Amelia Island Trail logo (R).

 

On Monday, September 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., the Board of County Commissioners will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the opening of the new Bailey-Simmons Multi-Use Trail in Fernandina Beach. (Public invited.)

The County, with funding from the Florida Department of Transportation’s Local Agency Program (LAP), completed construction of the 10’ Wide, 1.8 mile-long multi-use trail which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean (Beach Access #30) to the Ybor Alvarez Sports Complex on Bailey Road. This segment of trail is the eastern half of the overall Amelia River-to-Sea Trail.

Board of County Commissioner’s Chairman, Justin Taylor, stated, “The Board is committed to creating healthy recreation and transportation opportunities for people of all ages and Continue reading

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Florida Attorney General takes action to stop teen vaping

Florida Attorney General
Ashley Moody
Press Release
September 23, 2019

As the #BacktoSchoolOAG campaign continues, Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking action to stop teen vaping and asking parents to talk to their children about e-cigarettes. Attorney General Moody, along with 42 other state attorneys general, is urging leading-streaming companies to limit tobacco imagery content on their platforms. The attorneys general are encouraging leaders in this new and growing industry to adopt practices to protect young viewers from tobacco imagery in video content.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As a mother, it is very important to me that our kids are not turned onto harmful habits and that is one reason why I am conducting a statewide fact-gathering mission into student vaping. I am also proud to stand with 42 of my peers in encouraging streaming services to eliminate tobacco-related imagery in content geared toward children. Parents, as your students head back to school, please talk to them about the risks associated with nicotine and e-cigarette use.”

In a letter signed by Attorney General Moody and a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, the group urges streaming companies to eliminate tobacco imagery in all future Continue reading

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Signature Land offers new proposal to replace Amelia River Golf Course

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
September 23, 2019

Following public outcry against his proposal to convert the Amelia River Golf Course into a car centric complex, Signature Land Company developer Steve Leggett and his team went back to the drawing board.  Leggett and his team have met one-on-one with dozens of people throughout the community to take input and address concerns.  The result is a slimmed down proposal for the Amelia River Car Club, only 40 percent the size of the original proposal.

The site will feature large green spaces – about 70 percent of the 175-acre facility.

Gone are the driving track and the family entertainment center, including the go-kart track. The hotel has been redrawn as a 100-room boutique hotel, with a smaller swimming pool.  The additional entrances to the property have been eliminated.  There are no proposed changes for the landscaping along Buccaneer Trail.

The centerpiece of the development will be 210 single-story club member garages, which will provide car enthusiasts a place to store and admire their special vehicles.  A showcase area will allow manufacturers to display their cars and host driver education events.  A member clubhouse will also be part of the project.

As in the initial proposal, there will be no residentiial units on the property.

Because the project will replace the existing golf course, there will be no need for tree clearing.  Large areas of the property will remain conservation lands, and there will probably be more trees planted to some areas.  “We are leaving some areas open,” Leggett said, “as event space, room for auctions, and parking space for car trailers bringing vehicles to the Concours d’Elegance.”

Steve Leggett said, “We listened to all the comments.  What we heard was that what we were proposing initially was too much for the community to bear.  In our desire to provide amenities for the community, we loaded the project with too many features.  But we don’t want the community to change, so we scaled back our plans to concentrate on building an ultra luxury, high end club where car enthusiasts can house and enjoy their cars.”

Leggett emphasized that the only “driving range” on the property will be one to accommodate Driving Dynamics.  That activity currently takes place on a runway at the City Airport.  Via public records request to the City, Leggett determined that there have been no related noise complaints filed during the past 5 years.

The cost for the slimmed down project has dropped to $85M from the original $125M.  There will be 150 jobs created under the new plan.  The City and the County will receive increased ad valorem tax revenues; the airport will receive more rental income.  There will also be more money spent in the Amelia Island community by club members and event attendees.

Retained from the original plan is a car detailing/repair shop.  The developers hope to attract local youths who might be considering a career in repairing and maintaining high end cars to work with them in this facility.

An area designated for pickleball courts has been added.

In order to keep the public accurately informed on what the developers propose for the site, a website.has been created.  People are encouraged to use a form available on the website to ask questions and clear up misconceptions. Continue reading

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