Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor-elect, is joined by his family and supporters at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Election Day. DeSantis, who has a Ponte Vedra Beach address, met with his neighbors and cast his ballot at the church. He won the race after narrowly defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum. (photo submitted)
Blue land crabs are a new species that has moved into the Beaches area.
Members of the Girl Scout robotics team, the Aquabots, prepare the robot they designed and programmed for competitions. (photo submitted)
Fletcher teacher Kevin Brown is recognized on the big screen at TIAA Bank Stadium. (photo by Aline Bailey)
photo by Mark Calvin
Ashli Boselli, center (photo submitted)

News Stories

A split decision awarded a beach cleaning contract to a South Florida-based firm despite objections from the local vendor.

Barrier islands such as the Beaches have unique problems and must stand together.

A change in city leadership is coming in Jacksonville Beach and what that means for the downtown area is unclear.

Daily Meditation

The city of Atlantic Beach is looking at a potential annexation of property equal to almost 25 percent of the city's current size.


At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

At its September meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to commercial shrimp fishery management that will eliminate barriers to parti

Ponte Vedra athlete Bruce Jackson, right, took third place at the Spartan North American Championship race weekend. (photo courtesy of Spartan)

Bruce Jackson of Ponte Vedra earned a spot atop the podium at the Spartan North American Championship after capturing third in the Super 40 to 49 age group with a time of 1:28:02 — less than four m

The Fletcher Girls Cross Country team came in second at a meet held at Wolfson against Wolfson and Paxon.

The Ponte Vedra High School cross country teams traveled to Bartram Trail High School for the annual "Bale-n-Trail” meet. The Varsity Girls took 5th place out of 21 varsity teams.


Hana Nishiyama, 99 , of Jacksonville Beach, passed away November 4, 2018.   She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 5, 1919.

In Loving Memory

Patricia Anne Armour Buckley, born October 15, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, died peacefully in her Ponte Vedra Beach home on October 28, 2018 at 85 years young.


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