Sports & Recreation


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – LA Fitness is pleased to announce that it will open four new health clubs in the Jacksonville, Fla., area this October. The locations of the clubs, which the company selected based on accessibility and convenience, are at Atlantic and Kernan; University Drive and St. Augustine Boulevard in Lakewood; Blanding Boulevard at 9A in Orange Park; and Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road in Atlantic Beach. Presale memberships are now available for all four locations. 

No excuses; Get Outdoors Florida!


School is out! All across Florida, students looking for summer activities. No wonder so many national programs highlight the fun of getting outdoors. June has the most daylight hours and the longest day of the year, providing plenty of opportunity for families and friends to enjoy nature and each other.

FWC reminds boaters to boat smart, safely


Because Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off summer activities, is right around the corner, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds all boaters in Florida to rededicate themselves to boating safely.

3rd Annual Spring-4-A-Cure Relay slated for March 24

3rd Annual Spring-4-A-Cure Relay slated for March 24

This year’s Spring 4-A-Cure 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin and end at the St. Augustine Shores Riverview Club.

All proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The race is being sponsored by the Mason Manatee Relay for Life team.

Awards will be given to the overall female and male winners. Recognition will also be given to the top three finishers in various age categories. Ample parking will be provided for all participants.

The course is scenic, safe, well marked, and has drink stations. You can preregister online by going to

Mail-in registration forms are also available online by going to

Jim Abbott to Speak at Brooks Rehabilitation’s Celebrate Independence Event Saturday

Jim Abbott to Speak at Brooks Rehabilitation’s Celebrate Independence Event Saturday

Brooks Rehabilitation invites you to join us as we Celebrate Independence on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. This FREE event will feature insightful speakers, exciting demonstrations, exhibits, health screenings, and refreshments.  Our keynote speaker will be Jim Abbott, the famed one-handed Major League Baseball player who overcame the birth defect of having only one hand to become an amazing professional pitcher and ball player.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety classes

Spring is just around the corner and now is a great time to refresh your boating skills by taking a boating safety class. Florida law requires boat and personal watercraft operators born on or after January 1, 1988 to pass an approved boating safety course and carry photo identification along with their Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card if they operate any boat or PWC with a 10 hp motor or larger. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary specializes in providing one day boating safety education classes for preparation and testing to obtain your Florida Boating Education Identification Card. You will learn skills from experienced boaters who have a passion for boating safely. Classes are conveniently held in various locations in the Jacksonville area including Mandarin, Arlington, Jacksonville Beach, Fernandina Beach, Green Cove Springs and St. Augustine. Upcoming dates include February 11, 18, and 25.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

 MANDARIN, FL – Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-8 held annual elections on Tuesday, November 1 at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club on San Jose Boulevard.  Whit Vick was re-elected to the office of Flotilla Commander and Kevin Koehl was elected to the office of Vice Commander.  Their terms begin January 1, 2012.

Vick joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1998 in Georgia and transferred to the Mandarin Flotilla in 2008. Vick also serves as the Operations Officer for the Flotilla.  He is qualified as an Auxiliary Coxswain and volunteers his boat as an Auxiliary Facility conducting safety patrols for the Coast Guard on the St. Johns River.

Koehl joined the Auxiliary in 2010 and also serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Flotilla.