Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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Chamber's new site

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce's Beaches Division will celebrate its new location at 1300 March Landing Parkway, Suite 108, in Jacksonville Beach with a Beaches Open House on Friday.

The new facility will be open between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The public is invited to take a tour, network and enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

A VIP reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. for members of the chamber's board, Beaches board, Beaches Task Force members and elected officials. Beaches-area restaurants will provide hors d'oeuvres, and wine and beer will be served.

A ribbon-cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. Featured speakers will be Chamber President Wally Lee and Anna Marie Burke, 2008 Beaches Division chairwoman and director of sales and marketing for Jacksonville Magazine.

Watch for The Undertow

Adventure Landing on Beach Boulevard unveiled the name of its new water slide Thursday. The new name is The Undertow.

The slide will open to the public on Saturday, May 3.

The name was announced at the official "splash-breaking" ceremony. In lieu of a traditional ground-breaking, Adventure Landing had celebrity and radio disc jockey Robbie Rose conduct the honors along with Jacksonville Beach Mayor Fland Sharp and Beaches chamber officials Jill Sprowell and Anna Marie Burke.

The new slide will take two riders at a time through wet twists and turns on a double raft. The water slide will begin at the top of the existing water slide tower for the Hydro Half-pipe water ride, which was added in 2001. The new water slide will be 400 feet long and will accommodate 250 to 300 guests per hour.

BRASS dinner

The board of Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony (BRASS) will host its annual dinner at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday, April 6.

The event starts at 6 p.m. The attire is black tie. The cost for the event is $65 for a BRASS member and $100 for a non-BRASS member. There will be a cash bar.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will entertain. A special feature will be performances by the two BRASS Ring winners from 2007. They are student musicians who compete in annual musical contests.

The annual dinner is one of the premier events for BRASS and prior to this year, it has been limited to only BRASS members.

For tickets, contact Liz McAlhany at 543-1639.

All the Small Things

You can join a park ranger to discover All the Small Things in a five-day microbiology program for kids 6 to 12 years old on Fort George Island north of the Beaches.

The Discover Nature with a Ranger series runs from 1 to 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday, April 4.

The program will take place at the Ribault Club at 11241 Fort George Road in Jacksonville and parents must accompany children at all times. …

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