Sports & Recreation

Tips for Boaters this Weekend

As boaters take to the waterways this Independence Day weekend, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) boating experts have some tips to help keep people safe.

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Nearly 1 million recreational vessels are registered in Florida, and thousands more are brought in by tourists each year to enjoy the state’s boating opportunities. Many thousands of these boats will be cruising the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the many popular lakes and rivers in the northeast and central part of the state while celebrating the July Fourth weekend.

Unfortunately, these busy holiday weekends too often end tragically for some boaters. And these tragedies are usually completely preventable.

PAL Programs at Walter Odum Park



Location: Walter Odum Park (formerly Bel-Med Athletic Association) at 450 Parkwood Drive, Orange Park


When: Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm & Saturdays 10:30am-1:00pm

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to See you there! 

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's only a matter of time before first round pick Blaine Gabbert replaces David Garrard as the Jaguars' starting quarterback. 

The 9-year veteran vows to fight to keep his job as long as possible, but he also promises to help the rookie along.

To hear some comments from Garrard about Gabbert, be sure to watch the video clip attached to this story.

First Coast News spoke with Garrard at a Take Steps for Chron's & Colitis event at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday. 

On May 21, David will be hosting a charity fishing tournament in St. Augustine to raise money for local families who are impacted by Chron's and breast cancer.  For more information about this event, click on this link: to host 2011 Draft Challenge to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Fans will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of the top players in the 2011 Draft by participating in the 2011 Draft Challenge. 

Safe Boating Tips for Use During Safe Boating Week

The North American Safe Boating Campaign kicks off officially with National Safe Boating Week, May 21 – 27, 2011. A sweeping inter-agency campaign throughout Clay and surrounding counties will reach out to recreational boaters to provide informational materials and free vessel safety checks. The following information is provided in advance and local officials welcome your coverage of this important topic and will be available for interview purposes in May.