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Property Tax Break for Florida's Deployed Military

Property Tax Break for Florida's Deployed Military

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A property tax credit is being afforded Florida's military personnel who own homes and served overseas last year.  The only stipulation is the deployment must be connected to either Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom or New Dawn.

The Duval County Property Appraiser's Office has been been getting phone calls and taking information since the forms needed are not yet available.

The benefit of the tax break can be sizable since it is based on time out of country in 2010.

"If the service person was away for the entire year they can be exempt totally and not pay any property taxes," said Dana Clark who heads up exemptions at Duval Property Appraiser's Office.

The deadline to apply is June 1, but late applications are being accepted.

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

The Florida National Guard, in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, Ancient City Chapter and veterans' organizations of St. Johns County, is hosting its annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 30 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine Street.The ceremony honors all veterans who died during our nation's wars, and special recognition will also be given to St. Johns County veterans who have died since Veterans Day 2010. Some highlights of the event include:

-The Honorable Henri F. 'Rik' Erkelens as the guest speaker, (Retired U.S. Army Colonel).

-"Massing of the Colors" conducted by more than 25 local military, police and civic organizations.

-Echo Taps performed by Lieutenant John W. Donlon and Deputy Sheldon York of the St.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s Road Show Visits Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s Road Show Visits Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Health Hits the River:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s

In the Pursuit of Health Road Show Visits

Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest

Taking their mission of building healthier communities to the people, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) is bringing affordable health care and a healthier tomorrow to Duval County residents during its upcoming In the Pursuit of Health Road Show stop at the Green Cove Springs Memorial Day Riverfest on Monday, May 30.

Summer Fun Camp for Kids at The Beaches Museum

Summer Fun Camp for Kids at The Beaches Museum

Beaches Museum and History Center Summer Fun Camp 2011.

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Moonlight Movies Are Back at Jax Beach

Moonlight Movies Are Back at Jax Beach

The City of Jacksonville Beach and PRI Productions are happy to kick off the 10th season of Moonlight MovieS. This season marks a decade of movie magic at the Sea Walk Pavilion. The 2011 series runs three consecutive Friday nights this summer: May 20, May 27, and June 3.   Mark your calendar now, and plan to spend these starlit, summer evenings at the Sea Walk Pavilion.