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Safe Harbor Academy Jacksonville



The dramatic story of how Safe Harbor Academy began 30 years ago was brought to television in 2009 by the Hallmark Channel movie Safe Harbor, which continues to be aired periodically today. The academy is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but it uses disciplined maritime and seamanship training as a therapeutic framework for helping turn around at-risk teenage boys. Safe Harbor features a team of professionals who provide a secure, stable, and structured alternative to harsher juvenile programs or more expensive therapy. Boys in minor trouble with the law or who are exhibiting bad behavior or disrespect are taught responsibility, self-respect and respect for others through around the clock mentoring and counseling. The boys are also given spiritual instruction and character-building principles while also continuing or getting caught up on their formal education through our in-house accredited school.

Participate in Donations

Help enable us to accept more boys into the program. You can be a part of helping children and families through a tax-deductible gift to Safe Harbor. Click here for more details.





(Office: 904-209-0335)


St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the St. Johns County Environmental Division will host a series of Environmental Education Days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Highway, on the following dates: May 7th, June 15th, and July 13th.This event is free and family friendly. Throughout the park and the historic Nease House, County staff will provide information and interactive activities on a variety of topics including native plant identification, right whale and sea turtle conservation, animal tracking, dune habitats, as well as wetland and coastal marsh habitats. For more information, please call Nathan at 904.209.0323.



Come explore the beach environment by the light of the moon! St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department and Environmental Division have teamed up to bring you a new guided beach walk. Those who attend will get a chance to experience the beach at night and learn about the unique animals that utilize the beach after the sun goes down. Grab the family and a flashlight (Red film for flashlights will be provided so we don’t disturb sea turtles) and join us on one of our next moonlight walks! Our first Moonlight Beach Walk will be held at Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Dr., Vilano, FL 32084 on Thursday May 12th at 8:00pm. The second Moonlight Beach Walk will take place at the St. Augustine Pier, 50 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 on Tuesday May 24th. For more information contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or



The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting guided kayak tours to Outback Crab Shack from Trout Creek Park. Come join us on Friday May 20th, Saturday May 21st, or Sunday May 22nd at 10am. We will launch at Trout Creek Park, located at 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092. We will explore Trout Creek and parts of the St. Johns River as we make our way to Outback Crab Shack for lunch. After lunch we will kayak back to Trout Creek Park. The estimated length of this trip, including time for lunch is 4-4 hours. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants brining their own kayak, and $40 per person for participants using a county kayak. Please note that the cost of lunch is not included in the trip fee. Spots are limited. To RSVP for a seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0335 or e-mail Kelly Ussia at . When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you will be using a county kayak.



Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths From the BoatUS Foundation

ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 19, 2016 – Every spring, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water receives questions from boaters about fire extinguishers. To help set the record straight here are four fire extinguisher myths debunked:

Myth #1: Tapping or striking the extinguisher keeps the contents “fresh”.

Reality: Leave the mallet at home. Unlike days of old, today’s modern fire extinguishers don’t use chemicals that cake, get hard, or need to be broken up. Whacking it with a mallet or hammer could compromise the extinguisher’s ability to put out a fire.

Myth #2: All extinguishers must be mounted with a bracket.

Reality: Mounting a fire extinguisher on a bracket keeps the unit in a handy place and may protect it from being banged around the boat, but it is not a legal requirement. You do, however, need to ensure the extinguisher is readily accessible, so leaving it at the bottom of locker or compartment is a big no-no.

Myth #3: Fire extinguishers get old and go “bad” every year.

Reality: Unlike flares, fire extinguishers have no expiration date. To meet US Coast Guard carriage requirements however, the extinguisher must be Coast Guard approved and in “good and serviceable” condition. The charge indicator needs to be in the green zone, the nozzle free of obstruction and the cylinder not rusted.

Myth #4: The law says you only need to carry one extinguisher.

Reality: US Coast Guard minimum equipment requirements dictate that larger vessels require more than one fire extinguisher. While a full list of all minimum safety gear requirements for all boat sizes can be found at , don’t let that stop you from adding additional extinguishers. Having back-ups may help save your boat and won’t break your budget.

For more on fire extinguishers, go to .



May Events


Paddlejam May 20-22

Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 20-22 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness  world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast

The PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club. The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food. Other activities planned include kayak and SUP races and live music throughout the county. Click here for details.

Rock By The Sea Concert May 12-15 on St. George Island

This three night charity music event on St. George Island is dedicated to raising money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. The May event held at Harry A's on St. George Island usually sells out quickly so check their website for details. If you miss the May event, make plans to attend the second Rock By the Sea event - Rock By the Sea Lite - which will be held September 22-25. Click here for details.

FSU To Host Evening Edge of the Sea Courses

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab will host a series of courses this summer entitled “Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea.” The courses, scheduled to begin Saturday, May 21, are designed to educate and inspire through a hands-on experience with the area’s shores and shallows. Click here for more information. 

Ilse Newell Concert in the Park May 15

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts will its final concert of the season on Sunday May 15 at Riverfront Park.  The “Concert in the Park” at begins at 2 pm and will be a partnership with the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition as they conclude their 10 day Plein Air event. The concert will feature the Franklin County High School Seahawk Band a gospel sing and fishy fashion show. Click here for details.





KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Female anglers are to target dolphin fish in the Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship set for Saturday, May 21. Cash and prizes totaling $10,000 are to be shared by the tournament's winning boat team and top five individual anglers.

The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournament earns a $3,000 cash prize. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes await the fourth- and fifth-place participants.

A boat prize of $2,500 is slated for the team weighing in the heaviest aggregate weight of three dolphin.

In addition, $1,000 is to be awarded for the largest wahoo caught.

Hosted by Murray Marine and Stock Island Marina Village, events kick off with a final registration for captains, mates and anglers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Saltwater Angler, 243 Front St. at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

The May 21 angling action is to begin at 7:30 a.m. and end with a weigh-in set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road on Stock Island.

All weighed fish must exceed 20 inches in length and anglers are encouraged to release all fish except their heaviest.

An awards presentation and dinner are to begin after the weigh-in at Stock Island Marina Village.

The tournament entry fee is $400 per boat.

Tournament information and registration:  or 305-296-0364

Key West visitor information:  or 1-800-LAST-KEY

Florida Keys fishing information:

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