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Thousands attend Thanksgiving tradition in Neptune Beach

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- It's like nothing else in America say the hosts of a Thanksgiving Day street party in Neptune Beach.

Thousands packed First Street in Neptune Beach in front of Pete's Bar by 9:30 in the morning.

It has grown into a huge tradition, starting with just a few friends more than 30 years ago.

"Many many years ago my grandfather and great granddad were running the bar, their friends just came out on Thanksgiving, and it grew and grew into the celebration it is today," said Nancy Campbell, whose mother and two brothers run Pete's Bar.

"For lack of a better term it's organic, patron's of Pete's, the community of Neptune Beach, its really their party, and we just stay open to serve them, but we really really have enjoyed it, it is a family tradition now."

It is tradition to dress in Thanksgiving day themed outfits and hats and no telling what you might see.

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Catch a Shuttle to Mickler's Beach This Weekend

Catch a Shuttle to Mickler's Beach This Weekend

The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is testing a new pilot program to shuttle beach goers to and from Mickler’s Landing Beach Park, where the parking lot is usually overflowing on weekends. The pilot program will begin this Saturday, June 25, and go for the next three Saturdays.

St. Johns County Studies Traffic at Mickler's Landing

St. Johns County Studies Traffic at Mickler's Landing

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Lynette Shaw is a brave mom.  Not only does she take her kids and their friends to the beach, she braves the parking challenges at Mickler's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Weekends are especially full.

Logan Small, who was one of the teenagers with her, said said, "There are cars everywhere. They're on the street. You can't really find a parking spot at all [on the weekends]."

Shaw noted that during the week, it's not as crowded but it is important to come early.

It's not just Mickler's Landing that's seeing more people this year compared to other years. St. Johns County Beach Manager Billy Zeits said all of the beaches' parking lots are full every weekend.

However, there is no doubt, Mickler's is busy.

According to Zeits, St. Johns County is currently studying the beach traffic at Mickler's Landing to come up with an action plan.

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit www.jaxparks.com before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

The Summer is FINALLY here!! Looking for a way to beat the heat? Then come cool yourslef down at the beach and enjoy the smooth sounds of  national recording artists and regional performers one Sunday each month. Each of the concerts will be held on the following dates:

  • June 12th
  • July 10th
  • August 14th

The concerts will be held at the Seawalk Pavilion on Sunday evenings from 5pm - 9pm. For more information visit www.jaxbeachjazz.com