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Beaches Leader
Beaches Leader

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Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250   Directions

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LiquiMoly ProWatercross National Championship kicks off Saturday
08/08/2020 7:13am

LiquiMoly ProWatercross National Championship kicks off Saturday Inaugural event at Vilano Beach will crown the nations best News StaffSat, 08/08/2020 - 08:13 am The LiquiMoly ProWatercross National Tour event at Vilano Beach this weekend will now crown the national championships as the tour season will end this weekend.The season ending event in Palm Beach, originally scheduled for next weekend, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.While we are disappointed we dont get to race next weekend, we are excited that we are able to have name the LiquiMoly ProWatercross national champions this weekend, said AJ Handler, CEO of the LiquiMoly Prowatercross Tour. We are looking forward to a great championship event at a beautiful venue here in Vilano Beach, who has done so much to embrace the event.We want to thank our friends in Palm Beach County for their efforts. These are different times and appreciate their efforts to bring our tour to the area.Airstream Ventures, in partnership with the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau and St. Johns County Parks & Recreation, worked to bring the now national championship to Vilano Beach.It takes a team effort to bring nationally televised events like this to our area and we couldnt do this without the support of the entire community, said Alan Verlander, CEO of Airstream Ventures. We are excited that our event has been designated the national championship and look forward to a great weekend of racing.The racing kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Vilano Beach, with the final professional motos scheduled to start at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the amateur races take the spotlight starting at 11 a.m. with the final round starting at 2 p.m.Hosting the national championship of the LiquiMoly ProWatercross Tour is an honor for Floridas Historic Coast and we look forward to the competition this weekend, said Richard Goldman, President and CEO of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau.Fans can follow the action LIVE all weekend on Prowatercross.org, with a 30-minute recap show scheduled for Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network. Section Sports

Swimming restricted at Vilano Beach due to Pro Watercross event
08/08/2020 7:03am

Swimming restricted at Vilano Beach due to Pro Watercross eventNews StaffSat, 08/08/2020 - 08:03 am Area of Vilano Beach closed for the Pro Watercross event. A portion of Vilano Beach will be closed to swimmers Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9, for the Pro Watercross National Tour Stop event. On-beach driving will remain available until capacity is reached. Parking and traffic flow in the Vilano Beach area will also be impacted for the duration of the event.For more information, follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter, or download the St. Johns County Reach the Beach mobile app at www.sjcfl.us. Section Sports

New bowling alley planned for Jax Beach
08/08/2020 6:56am

New bowling alley planned for Jax BeachNews StaffSat, 08/08/2020 - 07:56 am By Liza Mitchell, Contributor A bowling alley is coming to the former location of Beach Bowl following a series of upgrades.Preliminary engineering plans were submitted in May for a 70-by-125-foot building addition on the west side of the existing building at 818 Beach Blvd. An additional 108 parking spaces will be incorporated on the east side of the building to support a 24-lane bowling facility. A building permit application has not yet been submitted and there is no timeline for construction.Beach Bowl closed abruptly in November 2019 amid lengthy legal proceedings between the land owner, H&H Enterprises, Inc., for Ash Properties, and Taylor Girard, Inc., and Beach Bowl owner Miles and Barbara Batt, who also own the Batt Family Entertainment Center on Cassat Avenue, which they will continue to operate. They are not part of the new expansion.Billed as the main attraction center for recreational and competitive bowling in Jacksonville Beach, Beach Bowl was a fixture for more than 50 years, hosting leagues, youth groups, birthday parties and more. The bowling alley offered 24 bowling lanes, a video game arcade, snack counter and full-service lounge.The Batt family operated Beach Bowl for 30 years, but closed following three years of ongoing litigation over lease renewal terms. Thelease stated that if both parties were unable to agree on a renewal rate, each had to obtain independent appraisal and the rate would be calculated based on an average of two values within a specific range. The lease, however, did not outline a calculation of rent if the appraisals did not fall within prescribed range.Court documents show that H&H Enterprises identified a market appraisal of approximately $34,434.75 per month while the Batt family appraisal came in at $18,000 per month.To activate the method of averaging appraisals, the landlords appraisal was required to be at or equal to 110 percent of tenant appraisal i.e., 110 percent of $18,000 is $19,800.With no agreement reached, the lease renewal option was rendered void and the lease terminated at the end of its initial five-year term Jan. 1, 2017. From that point, Beach Bowl was required to pay rent at a rate 200 percent of the last years effective base rent as a hold-over tenant, which equated to $28,696.According to court documents, H&H alleged that Beach Bowl breached the lease by paying $15,352.36 per month. Court records show Certificate of Disbursements paid by Beach Bowl in the following amounts:January 2019, $17,175.45 February 2019, $28,481.10 March 2019, $28,481.13 April 2019, $27,368.78 and May 2019, $56,105.65. Since June 2019, records show monthly disbursements in the amount of $28,052.84.A writ of possession was filed by the landlord Oct. 28, 2019. On Nov. 1, attorneys for the tenant filed a voluntary dismissal of appeal.Its not the answer we wanted, but there was no way to negotiate anything with them, Miles Batt said. They had already doubled our lease payment. It is what it is.Barbara Batt said her husbands plans for improvements to the facility were halted by legal fees. The case is still ongoing.Instead of upgrading the facilities the last years, we had to pay attorneys. But it is their property to do as they wish, she said in a final post before closing the beach location. I wish we could have had a happy ending, or at least a fun goodbye. Section Sports

Jax Beach Freedom Boat Club gets Best of Jax award
08/06/2020 8:24am

Jax Beach Freedom Boat Club gets Best of Jax awardNews StaffThu, 08/06/2020 - 09:24 am Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville Beach has been named the best boat club of 2020 in the Best of Jacksonville Awards presented by the Jacksonville Awards Program. The Jacksonville Beach location was chosen for the award due to the clubs commitment to its members and the community.Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville Beach is located at Beach Marine at 2315 Beach Blvd., and is one of three Freedom Boat Club locations in Northeast Florida owned by Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig.Kevin and I, along with our staff, are honored to be named best boat club at our location in Jacksonville Beach, said Almeida. We are committed to bringing the very best boating experience to our members and are committed to being great stewards of the community. We support nonprofits, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, and are part of many community initiatives including Boat U.S. Foundations Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids. We promise to continue our efforts to make boating safe and fun for all.Freedom Boat Clubs Jacksonville Beach location at Beach Marine was opened in April of 2018 and is home to Freedom Boat Clubs 70-foot houseboat which serves as the office. The boat club also has locations at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine.Members can choose from any location locally with fleets of more than 90 boats including deck boats, center consoles, bay boats and pontoons. They also have reciprocal access to more than 230 clubs across the United States, Canada and France. Section Sports

Forecast for the next few days looks great for fishing
08/06/2020 7:38am

Forecast for the next few days looks great for fishingNews StaffThu, 08/06/2020 - 08:38 am Capt. Matt Chipperfield with a nice tarpon caught off the beach just before the Isaias swell started to show.photo submitted Local fly angler Steve Johnson releasing a flood tide redfish. photo submitted by Gabe Lefebvre By Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org After last weekends focus on the tropics, the forecast is looking great for fishing the next few days. While Isaias only skirted the First Coast, the storm did churn up a good amount of swell for local surfers and kept the offshore anglers at the dock. The coming weekend looks wide open for both inshore and offshore, light winds and not much swell. It will be hot but so should the fishingInshore, the fishing has been steady, not wide open but pretty good for a mid-summer patter with the water temperature in the mid to upper 80s. Flounder is still the main fish to target. Isaias pushed some extra water in the last days, creating some flood tide opportunities for the anglers who watched the buoys and wind. It looked like we had enough tidal surges Saturday through yesterday, although the late evening high tide limited the fishable window to just at sunset. I talked to a few fly fisherman who found tailing fish and caught a few in between the rain squalls.Offshore, Isaias made a close pass through the islands that likely added some debris to the stream. This makes for a fantastic mahi fishing opportunity if you can find some any floating debris is a fish haven and some of the best mahi days Ive had, we caught them off debris instead of weed lines.Catching these pelagics off the surface sight-fishing is all about preparation, having rods ready to go as soon as the opportunity presents itself. If you see a slammer mahi or monster cobia, chances are it isnt going to stick around long and youve gotta be ready to have a bait in front of it fast. I like to keep a couple rods with artificial and one free line with a live bait already hooked in the well good to go. Be sure to have some pitch rods ready for any offshore trip the next couple days. If you dont like starting the day cutting a ton of chunks for pitching have some 5000-6000 size spinning reels with casting rods and small plastics on jig heads and naked jig heads ready for a live bait. Small mahi will crush a paddle tail or jerk bait on a 1/4-ounce jig head. Live grunts free lined, or a topwater/subsurface plug, are also great options to have ready for a bigger mahi or cobia.This coming Saturday is the NE Florida Back to School Kids Kingfish Derby, hosted by the Jacksonville Bluewater Club. This is a great tournament with some awesome prizes for the kids. The entry is only $25 and the proceeds support the Safe Harbor Boys Home. The forecast looks great if you have kids and a boat, sign up For tickets and more information, check out www.jaxbluewaterclub.com.Good luck out there this weekend and if you get a good one, send us some pictures of your catch to be posted in next weeks report.For any questions or to book a charter, send an email to Chrisfishjax.org. Section Sports

Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

(904) 359-4111

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Hola Noticias
Hola Noticias

9831 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246   Directions

(904) 683-2198

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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

11700 Central Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32224   Directions

(904) 996-0400

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WJXT-TV 4
WJXT-TV 4

4 Broadcast Pl
Jacksonville, FL 32207   Directions

(904) 399-4000

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WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC
WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC

1070 E Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

(904) 354-1212

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