Waves produced by Hurricane Irma pound the Jacksonville Beach Pier hours after the storm passed through the area. The pier did not appear to suffer any more damage than it previously did during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, except for a few more boards getting knocked off the walkway. The damage from 2016 has not been repaired yet. (photo by David Rosenblum)
Hurricane Irma impacted Asian vegetable acreage and delays Cole crops planting in St. Johns County. Winter Melon (pictured above), also known as ash gourd, is one of the crops included in the nearly 200 acres of Asian vegetables in St. Johns County that were damaged as a result of the high winds and inundating rainfall brought to the area by Hurricane Irma. One of the largest impacts for agriculture in the county will be for cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts growers who will have to delay planting by o
“Navigating the Artist Soul Vessel” by Jo Sinclair. (photo via artsondouglas.net/collections/jo-sinclair)
The O'Steen family, from left – daughter Caitlin, wife Cheryl, Mike, and father-in-law Dave Rounds. (photo by Liza Mitchell)
Photographer Lee Holt and surfer Corey Sapp won the Fan Favorite award in 2016’s Big Wave Challenge. The image was shot in Neptune Beach during the Nicole swell. (photo via www.saltlifefoodshack.com/big-wave-challenge)
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Due to significant erosion caused by Hurricane Irma, the Roscoe Boulevard bridge north of Landrum Lane will be closed for repairs beginning Thursday, Sept. 21.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, Duval County Public Schools has been authorized by the Florida Department of Agriculture to provide free meals to all students through Friday, Oct. 20.

A Disaster Recovery Center to help those affected by Hurricane Irma opened September 16 at the St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive.

As the water levels go down, cleanup begins and the proper disposal of sandbags becomes important. St.


The Cultural Center is pleased to announce its inaugural Ponte Vedra Couples Scotch Championship Golf Tournament at Oak Bridge Golf Club in Sawgrass on Friday, Sept. 22.

Neptune Beach's Ben Gamel belted a three-run home run during Seattle's 10-3 win over the Texas Rangers Sept. 12.
Gamel was 3-for-5 at the plate in the win.

Ponte Vedra, the defending 6A runner-up, kicked off its season against rival Nease on Aug. 24, having little trouble with the Panthers in the 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 win.

Fletcher opened its 2017 season with four match wins, taking down Mandarin, Stanton, Providence and Atlantic Coast in its first week of action.


Virginia D. Braddock, 93, died September 13, 2017. Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, (904)249-1100.


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