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Weird But True

Strange in the City
Northeast Florida stays quirky in more ways than one.
In a town with multiple airports and military bases, it’s not unusual to see an aircraft with flashing lights in the sky. However, not all flying objects can be identified, which is why local yokels post their UFO sightings on websites like and More than 100 believers have shared visions of boomerang-shaped entities and silver spheres with strobe lights, and green fireballs making “zed-zid zed-zid” sounds. Na-nu na-nu, indeed.

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Thrifty Finds

Jax On the Cheap
Ways to stretch your pennies and have a good time doing it.
Renovations to Jacksonville’s iconic Friendship Fountain are done, making the riverfront park an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic or stroll along the Southbank. Improvements include grassy areas, additional seating, new lighting and trees and the stunning fountain right in the center of it all. If you are there at night, colorful lights accentuate the water fountain, creating a must-see destination. Free. 1015 Museum Cir.,

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Drab to Fab • Home Profile

Interior designer Amanda Webster transforms an Amelia Island condo into a work of art. One word: vanilla. That’s all interior designer Amanda Webster, ASID, needed to describe the beige walls, ivory trim, tan floor tiles, cream carpet and white popcorn ceilings of the oceanfront condo in Amelia Island she was hired to make over. Even […]

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One Step at a Time

The Schwartzes thought it would be more cost effective to add a second story to their existing house than purchase a new model double its size. But after working with an architect to draw up plans, they soon realized remodeling wasn’t the best solution.

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Love Thy Neighborhood

For Bonnie and Terry Dennis, restoring a century-old mansion in Avondale was a matter of civic duty. Affectionately known as “the White House” by area residents, the Colonial Revival home has been featured in the book Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage and has earned recognition from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission. Take a peek inside.

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Garden Party

Vibrant decorations for the perfect gathering Channel the warmth of spring and summer into charming outdoor party scapes that pop with bright colors, floral accents and shabby chic décor. First, decide which furniture pieces will comprise your entertaining area, and don’t discount sturdy pieces from inside. “For a special event, you can bring indoor furniture […]

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Spring and Summer Garden Planner

Keep Your Plants Looking Tip-Top Through The Spring & Summer April If you did not fertilize the lawn or landscape plants in March, then now is the time to do it. Use a time released granular or organic granular fertilizer, carefully following label instructions. Fertilizing is not necessary if the size and condition of your […]

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the country. So, of course, tourists want to see the Oldest House, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Old Drugstore and Authentic Old Jail. But for locals who have been there, and done that, and done it again, wouldn’t it be nice to see something new for a change?

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Bali Wood

[nggallery id=14 images=1]One of a kind home brings the tropics to the beaches. Michael Smith’s Atlantic Beach home may be a custom build and based on tradition, but there’s nothing customary or traditional about it. Not by American standards anyway. Designed and built by Mike Phillips of Phillips Builders, the three-story, 3,800-square foot abode was […]

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Hidden Jax

Think you know the River City? Of course you are familiar with the major attractions like the zoo, EverBank Field, TPC Sawgrass and St. John’s Town Center. But what about the hard to find, the odd and unusual? This month, we sought out some of the more off-the-beaten-path locales, everything from nature parks to funky restaurants.

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