Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Take Pleasure in Small Blessings at the Beach

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Take Pleasure in Small Blessings at the Beach

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Finally, something that's cheaper at the Beaches than elsewhere in the Jacksonville area.

Gasoline. It's mundane, but it's a lifeblood for many of us. On our coastal island, where prices for everything from sushi to a 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath seem to hit the area's max, we finally have something cut-rate.

The news hit Wednesday morning that prices for a gallon of regular unleaded were as low as $1.27 at the Shell and Mobil stations on Third Street South. They beat even the RaceTrac station on south Philips Highway, which had a gallon for $1.32. RaceTrac's usually tough to beat.

The throngs showed up for the party all day Wednesday, said Thomas Jones, customer service representative at the Shell station. "Oh yeah, they're here," he groaned late in the afternoon. "I've got about 10 in here now."

We're allowed to take pleasure in small blessings, even when it's something as ludicrous as $1.27 gas that seems cheap.

Major facilities for staying fit are sprouting up all over the Beaches.

It turns out the East Coast Greenway, touted as the nation's first long distance, city-to-city bike trail, will coincide well with plans that the National Park Service and others in the Jacksonville area have had for creating a bicycle path from Fernandina Beach down through St. Augustine. The East Coast Greenway Alliance, a non-profit organization that formed in 1991, is working on establishing a trail from Maine to Key West. So it appears one way or the other, we could have a long distance route eventually.

Elsewhere, the Winston Family YMCA plans to have a ribbon cutting Monday to open the swimming pool at its complex on Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach. And Atlantic Beach is trying to enlist the other Beaches cities to help buy the old Pic 'N Save building on Atlantic Boulevard to set up a huge health and fitness center. …

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