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Discover Jacksonville 2017

2017

2017 Discover Jacksonville Contents WELCOME Letter from the Times-Union Media President...................................................................... 4 Letter from the Jacksonville Mayor......................................................................................... 6 High marks for our city............................................................................................................. 8 Living the good life..................................................................................................................... 9 First Coast: Where we are …................................................................................................... 10 Who we are . . ............................................................................................................................ 11 Region rich in history................................................................................................................ 12 Discover the flow of the First Coast........................................................................................ 15 Seven links to the city............................................................................................................... 16 Your pets as citizens................................................................................................................. 18 First things first: Start here...................................................................................................... 19 HOUSING For sale: New, historic and affordable homes....................................................................... 22 First Coast housing by county................................................................................................. 23 Floridian lifestyle? Just add water.......................................................................................... 26 Homeowners associations........................................................................................................ 27 Property tax calculator............................................................................................................. 27 COMMUNITIES A place to call home................................................................................................................... 28 EDUCATION ABCs of learning......................................................................................................................... 54 Public schools ............................................................................................................................ 56 Bright futures.............................................................................................................................. 58 Not by chance, but by CHOICE.................................................................................................. 60 Florida residents can lock in cost of college tuition............................................................ 66 Private schools........................................................................................................................... 67 Easy access to college education............................................................................................ 72 ‘Start here. Go anywhere.’......................................................................................................... 74 MEDICAL A hub for health.......................................................................................................................... 76 Health care earns honors.......................................................................................................... 82 MILITARY Honor, courage, commitment................................................................................................... 88 TRANSPORTATION Travel near and far..................................................................................................................... 90 RECREATION A golfer’s paradise..................................................................................................................... 94 Plenty of golf courses just a chip shot away........................................................................ 95 Fun starts at parks..................................................................................................................... 96 Marinas: Giving berth................................................................................................................ 98 Ramps: Float your boat.............................................................................................................. 99 SHOPPING There’s plenty in store for shoppers....................................................................................... 101 ENTERTAINMENT Places to play.............................................................................................................................. 103 Museums, art, music and more!.............................................................................................. 105 DINING Feast on extraordinary fare...................................................................................................... 108 SPORTS Let the games begin................................................................................................................... 110 PROGRESS First Coast marches forward.................................................................................................... 113 BOLD CITY BEST 2016 Winners ............................................................................................................................. 114 BUSINESS Booming business...................................................................................................................... 85 An industry on the rise.............................................................................................................. 86 Advertiser Index A-Coin & Stamp Gallery, Inc...........................................................................................................................................................5 Adams Homes................................................................................................................................................................................37 Aloft Jacksonville Airport............................................................................................................................................................80 Atlantic Self Storage.................................................................................................................................................... Inside Back Baptist Health................................................................................................................................................................................79 bestbet.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 104 Bishop John J. Snyder High School............................................................................................................................................69 Bishop Kenny High School...........................................................................................................................................................67 BoatFlorida Rentals......................................................................................................................................................................99 CareerSource Northeast Florida.................................................................................................................................................29 Coastline Home Mortgage...........................................................................................................................................................25 Dream Finders Homes.................................................................................................................................................Inside Front Dream Finders Homes...................................................................................................................................................................51 European Leather Gallery........................................................................................................................................................... 102 Florida State College at Jacksonville.........................................................................................................................................55 Heekin Clinic..................................................................................................................................................................................77 Homes by Deltona.........................................................................................................................................................................23 Jacksonville Aviation Authority...................................................................................................................................................91 Jacksonville Symphony.............................................................................................................................................................. 107 Jax Events..................................................................................................................................................................................... 106 Lazboy Furniture Galleries............................................................................................................................................................13 Lou Sobh’s Honda of the Avenues...............................................................................................................................................21 Museum of Science & History................................................................................................................................................... 104 Peterbrooke Chocolatier................................................................................................................................................................ 7 Pisco’s Restaurant...................................................................................................................................................................... 109 Richmond American Homes..........................................................................................................................................................3 St. Vincent’s Riverside/Mayo Clinic...................................................................................................................................... Back Uptown Lifestyle Concierge and Excursions............................................................................................................................35 VyStar Credit Union.........................................................................................................................................................................1 2 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE