Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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Mission House, a daytime care center for homeless people in Jacksonville Beach, is scheduled to receive a $15,399 grant today from The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's philanthropic affiliate.

This will be the second Blue Foundation grant awarded to Mission House. The money will be used to purchase medical supplies for the center's clinic. Mission House staff and volunteers are being awarded for providing the Beaches' uninsured homeless people with proactive medical care.

Blue Foundation will be making other visits to non-profit organizations throughout Florida in June and July to present 10 grants totaling $556,399.

Mission House provides meals, shower facilities, clean clothing, medical care and hope to about 1,600 men, women and children in the Beaches community.


Issues including the St. Johns County budget, the planned Nocatee development and the creation of a St. Johns County Metropolitan Planning Organization will be discussed Monday at a Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition meeting.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library, in the large conference room.

Daniel MacDonald, chairman of a citizen-based budget review committee, will present findings on the proposed 2004 budget.

Also, County Commissioner Bruce Maguire will discuss the progress of the Nocatee development, which is expected to eventually house 35,000 people west of Ponte Vedra Beach; the creation of a St. Johns County Municipal Planning Organization; vehicle identification tags for re-entry to Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley after a hurricane evacuation; and the timetable for acquisition of Guana Park land for the widening of Palm Valley Road.


The Jacksonville Beach police will set up a DUI "sobriety checkpoint" Friday in the 2000 block of Beach Boulevard.

The checkpoint, similar to others that have been set up throughout the city, is intended to encourage people not to drink and drive and to remind them that they could be arrested for doing so.

Friday's checkpoint is scheduled for 10:30 Friday night to 2:30 a.m. June 28.


Atlantic Beach is hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to review the architectural design for a 6,000-square-foot skate park at Jack Russell Park on Seminole Road.

The meeting, the second of two for the proposed park, will take place at City Hall at 800 Seminole Road.

The first meeting, held last month by design architect Tat Chan, let residents express what they wanted to see in the skate park for beginner to intermediate skateboarders.

In the second meeting, Chan and his team will present some of the ideas gathered at last month's meeting and seek additional input before they draw up the final design. …

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