Atlantic Beach

Work continues on the Barge Bridgeport
Barge Bridgeport Response

After about 90 days stranded off the Jacksonville coast, a barge called the Bridgeport has been re-floated. 


It may soon become even harder to find a free parking spot at the Beaches as Atlantic Beach looks at expanding paid parking in the area.

‘Smart’ Recycling Bins Installed In Atlantic And Neptune Beaches

Apr 20, 2021
Atlantic and Neptune Beaches' new recycling bins.
Beaches Go Green

Around 30 new high-tech recycling bins have been installed in Atlantic and Neptune Beach.

Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser / Via Facebook

Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser wants to put any rumors to rest surrounding how her city will be celebrating the holiday season.

Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Shop Coming To Atlantic Beach

Aug 26, 2020
Owners stand behind the counter, smiling
Jacksonville Daily Record

While craft beer and coffee already have taken off in Northeast Florida, Jessica Diebel and Tucker Juan are hoping to make bar-to-bean craft chocolate a new trend.

Jacksonville Beach
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All Duval County beaches will be closed to the public beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Florida Times-Union file photo

If you've been avoiding learning the new parking system at the Beaches Town Center,  you no longer have a choice. Paid parking enforcement began Wednesday morning, according to the city of Neptune Beach.

File Photo / The Florida Times-Union

The grace period has ended in Atlantic and Neptune beaches. Police can now issue tickets for those who don’t pay to park in city spaces around the Beaches Town Center, which straddles the city line of the two beachfront communities.

Welcome to Atlantic Beach sign.
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The City of Atlantic Beach is trying to become Florida’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified city under a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) pilot program.

New Owner Hopes To Renovate Atlantic Beach’s Salt Air Motel By Memorial Day

Feb 19, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Neptune Beach-based Beach Hospitality Services Inc. bought the Salt Air Motel at 425 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach and hopes to renovate it for a Memorial Day weekend opening.

Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
City of Atlantic Beach

At Monday’s meeting, the Atlantic Beach City Commission took steps to acknowledge the threat of sea level rise and to begin exploring coastal resiliency strategies.

Infill Housing Projects Planned For Riverside, Atlantic Beach

Oct 15, 2018
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Jacksonville-based company that buys, sells, rents, manages and invests in area properties has ventured into building homes, choosing historic Riverside and Atlantic Beach for its first projects.

Friday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Ryan Benk led our weekly Media Roundtable with panelists Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:07). We spoke with K9s United Executive Director Eric Heineman about his organization and how the upcoming Spanish Wine Festival in St. Augustine (39:51) will benefit it, and Jacksonville musician Jenni Reid performed live in Studio 5 (48:36).     

Brandt Absolu / Flickr

Cyclists and pedestrians will soon have a safer route across the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge on Atlantic Boulevard.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the end of a multi-million dollar project to rebuild area beaches after last fall’s Hurricane Matthew.

What Should The Old Neptune Beach Kmart Become?

Dec 8, 2016
exterior of plaza
Google Maps

The owners of the former Kmart shopping center in Neptune Beach are asking the Beaches community for input as they redevelop the site.

Nuijens at work
Warren Miller

Tom Nuijens grew up in Fort Lauderdale, waterskiing and surfing. His family was devoted to good food.

“We all loved dinner hour, which is kind of unusual for younger kids,” he says. “My father was the cook of the family. My sister is an accomplished cook, and my nephew is a James Beard Award chef.”

John Stinson / Twitter

Atlantic Beach businessman John Stinson is running for city commissioner against incumbent Maria Mark this month.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Stinson talked about some of the leading issues in his campaign.

“I chose to run for office because during the [human rights ordinance] debate I heard the comment was made that 'some things are too important to let the voters decide,'” Stinson said.

Businessman John Stinson is taking on incumbent Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark in this month's City Commission elections. We speak with Stinson about the issues he's focusing on in his campaign.

City of Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark is running for re-election this month after occupying the position for the past four years.

Mark is best known for leading the effort to pass the first and only inclusive human rights ordinance or HRO in Northeast Florida. The ordinance bans acts of discrimination against LGBT residents and visitors in Atlantic Beach.

Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark is currently running for re-election against challenger John Stinson. Mark is best known for leading the effort to pass the first and only inclusive Human Rights Ordinance in Northeast Florida. The city of Atlantic Beach passed an inclusive HRO in August of 2014. We speak with Maria Mark about this and other key issues in her campaign.

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The Beaches Branch Library located in Neptune Beach is getting some renovations in the near future.

A meeting about the planned library improvements is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

The meeting is at the Beaches Branch Library on Third Street, blocks away from downtown Neptune Beach. City officials will be giving a presentation about upcoming changes to the library.

The library was partially renovated last year. But the city terminated the contractor and is now seeking a new one.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and columnist.

Topics include Marissa Alexander's release from jail, former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey taking a plea deal on five felony drug counts, the outcomes of local Republican primary elections this week, Gov. Rick Scott's budget, and more.

Michael Dunn in court.

Michael Dunn, former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey and ridesharing services are making headlines this week.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey on 21 counts of drug trafficking, possession and evidence tampering.

gay pride flag
Ted Eytan / Flickr

With a unanimous four to nothing vote, Atlantic Beach this week became the first city in Northeast Florida to adopt a Human Rights Ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.  

gay pride flag
Ted Eytan / Flickr

This week the city of Atlantic Beach moved ahead with a potential update of its Human Rights Ordinance.

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Atlantic Beach’s proposed Human Rights Ordinance is tentatively set to come before the City Commission sometime next month.

Carolyn Woods, Tony Sleiman, and midazolam hydrochloride are in the headlines today.

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