Sports & Recreation

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

Labor Day marks the end of the traditional summer boating season in many places, even though Florida weather is perfect for getting out on the water most of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to have fun by boating safely, and to be careful over the upcoming busy holiday weekend.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary works to keep boaters safe on the St. Johns River

The Coast Guard Auxiliary works to keep boaters safe on the St. Johns River

On the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida - Coast Guard Auxiliary members Whit Vick and Cris Vonderheide spent last Saturday doing what they love: getting out on the water and volunteering their expertise in keeping area boaters safe. Whit and Cris were assisting the Coast Guard in verifying the location and condition of navigation markers for the entrance and channel into Goodby’s Creek from the St. Johns River. The Coast Guard and private organizations place markers to assist boaters in navigating shallow waters. These markers are often marked on nautical charts and in GPS chartplotters. Strong current, storms, and collisions from boats can move or destroy markers creating a potential navigational hazard. Checking navigational markers is an ongoing job. The Coast Guard often calls upon their organization of volunteers, the Auxiliary, to assist in this Coast Guard Mission by recording the existence, position, and condition of navigational markers.

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks are back in the River City as ArenaBowl XXIV champions. The team landed at the Jacksonville International Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hundreds of fans waited to greet them at the gate and erupted in cheers and applause when the team came into the terminal shortly before midnight.   

Jacksonville Sharks Head Coach Les Moss tells First Coast News he was blown away by the show of support. "This is great," said Moss. "This is great for Jacksonville and obviously our franchise. These fans are the best in the league."   

Holidays Mean More Boats in Manatee Zones

Manatees face added danger during busy holiday weekends, simply because there are generally more boaters on the water passing through manatee restricted-speed zones. Boaters should be aware of where the zones are, so they don’t have any surprises when they come upon them. Maps of the zones can be found at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Summer is a season to celebrate the family and Play Golf America encourages everyone to hit the course during Family Golf Month for a healthy and affordable way to spend quality time together. Family Golf Month promotes golf as a fun, family recreation by providing structured, yet casual, opportunities for families to learn the game. Throughout the month of July, PGA and LPGA Professionals at participating facilities nationwide offer reduced or no cost activities for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Rashean Mathis Lends a Helping Hand to Local AAU Team

Rashean Mathis Lends a Helping Hand to Local AAU Team

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Long-time Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis had a good reason to support a fund-raising golf tournament for the Jacksonville All-Star Giants AAU youth basketball team.  His brother, Jerry Williams, is the head coach.

In a few weeks, the All-Star Giants will be competing in a national competition in Orlando.  Sunday's golf tournament at Orange Park Country Club helped raise money for the team's travel expenses.

The All-Star Giants are sponsored by the Jacksonville Giants of the ABA.  To learn more about this team, watch the video clip attached to this story.

PAL Programs at Walter Odum Park

CLAY COUNTY POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE: AYF FOOTBALL AND CHEER SIGN-UPS

 

Location: Walter Odum Park (formerly Bel-Med Athletic Association) at 450 Parkwood Drive, Orange Park

 

When: Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm & Saturdays 10:30am-1:00pm