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With temperatures in Northeast Florida regularly soaring to the upper nineties during the summer, a blacksmith shop might seem like the last place someone would want to visit.

But that’s precisely what St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park added to its historical attractions last weekend.

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Jacksonville residents trying to beat the heat this summer may be interested in trying some of the state’s best ice cream. Users of the Foursquare app have rated Jacksonville ice cream shop Dreamette the best in Florida.

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This Friday, school’s out this summer for more than 125,000 students in Duval County Public Schools.

But Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says Jacksonville needs more summer programs to keep them out of trouble.

When he spoke to Jacksonville’s City Council in May, Vitti warned of the possibility of increasing violence over the summer.

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A recent Gallup poll found the average retirement age for most Americans is 62, but that number is creeping upward.

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A special urban parks initiative kicks off in a few weeks that’s designed to make summer not just fun but safe for city kids, especially those who live in Jacksonville’s high-crime neighborhoods.

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The beaches in Jacksonville have officially opened, and The New York Daily News has dipped into the archives to post some pictures of fun in the sun in the 70's and 80's from coast to coast.

Check out the fashion, the attitude and of course the swim suits, then head out to the beaches to create your own photo gallery and memories! Don't forget the sunscreen.

YMCA of Florida's First Coast.

Healthy Kids Day is an annual event meant to kick start physical activity and learning during the summer months when children are out of school.

More than 1,900 Y's across the country are participating including all YMCA of Florida's First Coast locations.

The event on Saturday, April 27 is free and open to the entire community. It will run from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.