Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; A Welcome Addition

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; A Welcome Addition

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Many years ago, when the city was on the verge of putting together an incentive package to get a professional football team here, a few people groused that it was a waste of money.

Time, of course, has proven them wrong.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have brought excitement, national name recognition and an economic boost to the city. And many players have retired here, making a positive impact on the city.

Everybody knows that.

But here is something that few know: The Jaguars, individually, have a major impact on those in need.

In fact, charitable foundations have been set up, over the years, by at least 18 players. Both coaches in the franchise's history have done the same, as have its owners/partners.

Current and former players who have established charitable foundations, according to list compiled by Jaguars publicist Dan Edwards:

Bryan Barker, Tony Boselli, Mark Brunell, Paul Frase, David Garrard, Quentin Groves, Derrick Harvey, Mike Hollis, Torry Holt, Brian Iwuh, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jeff Lageman, Mercedes Lewis, Marlon McCree, Mike Peterson, Joel Smeenge, Marcus Stroud and Ernest Wilford.

The coaches: Tom Couglin and Jack Del Rio.

Owners/partners: Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver (family foundation and Jaguars Foundation), Tom Petway family and Laurie DuBow family.

The Jaguars don't just entertain us; they are part of us.

REALISTIC ART

Good art is always welcome, particularly if it complements the surroundings and doesn't obstruct any scenic views.

No wonder Jacksonville Beach residents and visitors are so impressed with the new sculptures at Latham Plaza, near the ocean.

The sculptures are of a woman, holding her surf board, and a man, waxing his board.

They are looking toward the ocean, "anticipating the next wave," as Jacksonville Beach Mayor Fland Sharp puts it in a news release.

The sculptures, donated by J. Johnson Gallery of Jacksonville Beach, are very life-like -- and they show, dramatically, what attracts many of the crowds that gather at the Beaches every weekend.

They're a welcome addition.

AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT

Some travelers have been unhappy because just one airline operates an "airport club" at Jacksonville International Airport. …

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