Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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Atlantic Beach commissioners will consider implementing an art in public places project when they meet Monday.

In September, the commission authorized the city's Cultural Arts and Recreation Advisory Committee to determine how to place art on public places. Recreation Director Timmy Johnson has recommended the city place artists' paintings on a restroom and utility lift station at Donner Park and a lift station on Camelia Street.

Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 800 Seminole Road.


The Beaches Museum & History Center will honor its founder, Jean McCormick, for her 90th birthday celebration on Saturday, April 30.

The birthday party is set for 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum at 380 Pablo Ave., Jacksonville Beach. This celebration will revive an old Southern tradition called "a silver tea party."

The museum, which opened in March 2006, is owned and operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society, which was also founded by McCormick in 1978.

The Historical Society has documented the history of the six Beaches-area communities - Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Palm Valley and Ponte Vedra Beach. The organization has about 20,000 old photographs and information dating back to the 1600s.

McCormick and several other people started what has grown into three city blocks, with the oldest post office, the original depot station, the original foreman's house, a 28-ton 1911 steam locomotive engine and the museum.

Visitors can add their signature, card, special memory or photograph to the founders book and add donations to a silver bowl in McCormick's honor. Pianist/singer Gene Nordan will perform and A La Carte will cater the event. For more information, call (904) 241-5657.


The Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its first Salute to The Players Championship from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Jeld Wen Stadium Village.

The pavilion will be erected next to the TPC Sawgrass course for the upcoming golf tournament.

The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for guests with a reservation and $25 for all at the door. …

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