Beaches

People in line in front of the Main Library waiting for their appointment for the $1,000 of relief
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the mortgage, rent and utility relief program that will give $1,000 payment cards to 40,000 households scheduled all available appointments within 24 hours of opening the applications Friday. 

police officer riding on ATV on the sand
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

The cities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach will be opening the Duval County beaches, with activity restrictions, but with no time restrictions starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

person with a mask walking away from the beach, which is in the background
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Flagler County will reopen its beaches on Sunday, April 26, with some restrictions on allowed activities. 

Grass leading up to the beach coastline, a deck to walk closer to the beach on the right, with a sign that reads "beach front closed"
David Luckin / WJCT News

The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss a potential limited reopening of the beaches, settling on a tentative date of May 6.

Sand dune rising up, footsteps in them, cones in front of the pathway blcoking off the entrance to the beach
David Luckin / WJCT News

While Duval County and St. Johns County officials are choosing to reopen their beaches for essential exercise and activities, Nassau County is not ready to give beachgoers the green light yet. 

pathway up to the beaches, police warning tape up to block people from entering, cloudy skies
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

While other major U.S. cities have announced an extension to stay-at-home orders into mid-May, Jacksonville could be headed in the opposite direction.

Beaches with people swiming and along the coastline, skyline in the background of buildings
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday despite the city receiving many calls to reopen the Beaches, on at least a limited basis, they will remain closed. 

DeSantis motioning at the podium while speaking, alongside other state officials
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press

All bars and nightclubs statewide will be suspended for the next 30 days beginning 5 p.m. on March 17. 

Native Sun Natural Foods Market

Two organic supermarket chains from out of state are closing their doors in Jacksonville, which has helped open the door for Native Sun Natural Foods Market to take another run at the Jacksonville Beach grocery market.

Lucky's Market

Publix Super Markets Inc. confirmed late Jan. 27 that it intends to buy the Lucky’s Market lease in Neptune Beach, raising the possibility that it will bring its GreenWise Market concept to Duval County.

Lucky's Market
Lucky's Market

Lucky’s Market has filed for a voluntarily Chapter 11 Bankruptcy reorganization with a plan that would see it emerging with just seven stores.

Pictured: Native Sun Kitchen & Market shelves
Native Sun Kitchen & Market's Facebook page

The supermarket landscape at the Beaches is changing with word that Native Sun will be reopening its former Jacksonville Beach location, while Lucky’s Market is giving up on its Neptune Beach store.

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.

Jacksonville Daily Record

After 23 years, Native Sun Natural Foods Market announced in August it was closing all three of its stores due to increasing competition.

City of Jacksonville file photo

A record number of First Coast residents participated in this month’s Florida Coastal Cleanup event.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Ash Properties, through Beach South One LLC, paid $6 million for the oceanfront Joe’s Crab Shack property in Jacksonville Beach.

A view of the Caffeinated Cat cafe in Jacksonville Beach.
The Caffeinated Cat

If you like cats and coffee, a new cafe is for you.

Hotel, Restaurant, Retail Planned In Jax Beach At Former Bukkets Property

Aug 13, 2019
An artist's rending of 221 N. First St. in Jacksonville Beach.
Level Architecture + Interiors / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

221 Surfside Holdings LLC announced Monday it plans to redevelop a 25,000-square-foot oceanfront property at 221 N. First St. in Jacksonville Beach into a boutique hotel, restaurant, retail and office space.

Jacksonville Beach Pier Expected To Be Closed Up To 2 Years To Repair Hurricane Damage

Aug 5, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Anglers and tourists who frequent the Jacksonville Beach Pier will have to wait longer than anticipated before they have full access.

Land Sold To Build Jax Beach SpringHill Suites Next To Pier

Aug 5, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The proposed SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel is a step closer to development along the Jacksonville Beach oceanfront.

Beach Buggies Fire In Jacksonville Beach Caused By Charger

Aug 2, 2019
News4Jax

A large fire was sparked by a golf cart charger Thursday night at Beach Buggy in Jacksonville Beach.

Solar Energy Organizations Group Picture
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

City officials, environmental activists and solar power advocates met in Neptune Beach’s solar-powered City Hall Thursday morning to launch an affordable solar power co-op program.

City of Atlantic Beach

The mayors of Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches are joining together Wednesday evening as the Beaches make plans to deal with sea level rise.

Jacksonville Beach
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Duval County's beaches have received top honors from a national organization dedicated to shore preservation and renourishment.

Jacksonville City Council candidates facing off in citywide races for at-large seats have been invited to a Thursday evening forum in Atlantic Beach.

The Florida Times-Union

The days of free street parking at the Beaches Town Center are numbered.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

David White has been one of the captains at the helm of the St. Johns River Ferry’s Jean Ribault 40-car vessel for five years.

artist's mockup
Jax Daily Record

Mayo Clinic submitted a permit application for a $50 million Mayo South Building Addition, a project announced a year ago as part of growth at the Jacksonville campus.

homeless man on sidewalk
Mo Riza via Flickr

The Jacksonville nonprofit Changing Homelessness is asking for volunteers next month to help survey the city’s homeless population, especially those who once wore a uniform.

Lillie's Coffee mug
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Lillie’s Coffee Bar, a staple in Neptune Beach, will close at the end of the month.

Debbie Criman opened Lillie’s with her sister a little over five years ago. Criman says it was always a dream of theirs. But negotiations with their landlord recently broke down.


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