7 Out Of The Box Activities To Do In Northeast Florida


You know by now that there are a lot of things to do in Northeast Florida. You can head to any of the area’s beautiful beaches or check out some of the many alligators that live in this part of the state. But if you’re looking for unique ways to spend a couple hours or a couple days, here are seven out of the box activities to do in Northeast Florida.

7. Chamblin Bookmine


Chamblin Bookmine has been selling new, used, and rare books in Northeast Florida for so many years that it’s practically an institution – especially because their inventory is comprised of over two million novels. Spend a few hours getting lost in the world of literature at either of the two locations, you won’t be disappointed.

6. Treaty Oak

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The Treaty Oak is a live oak tree that boasts as many limbs as an octopus and is believed to be over two hundred years old. It’s a historic monument thanks to a fabricated story that claims a treaty between the Americans and the Indians was signed underneath this old tree. Now you’re able to visit it anytime in Treaty Oak Park. Make sure you bring your camera because you’re going to want to Instagram this feat of nature.

5. Sweet Pete’s


Sweet Pete’s is a fully functioning candy factory with retail areas that sell handcrafted quality chocolates and over a thousand different types of candy. Not only does this factory have its own restaurant, bar, rooftop patio, and dessert bar, it also features classes that teach the art of candy making, with hands-on interactive and informative sessions. You’re bound to be in for a sweet afternoon at Sweet Pete’s.

4. Abandoned Annie Lytle Elementary School


The Abandoned Annie Lytle Elementary School that used to be full of students is now full of ghost stories and overgrown vines. Rendered inconvenient to get to and noisy due to the highways that were built in the 1950s, this spooky spot has been abandoned since 1960. Yet there’s still something alluring and interesting about it, head on over to Chelsea Street to get a good look at this place and you’ll see what we mean.

3. Braddock Blueberry Farm



Check out Braddock Blueberry Farm for your fix of fresh locally grown blueberries. Nothing beats picking your own fruit and bringing them home in your own containers. The best part is that this amazing farm is close by, so you don’t have to go far to get fresh fruit and vegetables from hardworking, friendly people.

2. Mandarin Park


Mandarin Park, located in the Mandarin section of Southeast Jacksonville, is a unique place to bring a picnic – especially if your picnic includes oranges. This part of town is known for the Mandarin oranges that were grown in the area back in the 1800’s. The area’s residents had input on the design of the park and its facilities, which is why there are nature trails, a pier, a boat ramp, and of course an excellent picnic area.

1. Diamond D Ranch

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If you’re interested in horseback riding, there’s no beating Diamond D Ranch. They offer guided trail rides around their five hundred acres or through the Jennings State Forest. It’s fun for beginners and advanced riders alike, with the option of riding for an hour or two – or even doing a trail ride that lasts either half a day or a full two days!


6 Reasons Raising a Family is a Good Idea in Northeast Florida

Choosing where to put down roots and raise your children can be one of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make, luckily you can’t go wrong settling down in Northeast Florida. Aside from the lack of snow days and the proximity to Disney World, here are six reasons why raising a family is a good idea in Northeast Florida.

6. Family-Friendly Activities

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There are so many things to do in Northeast Florida, especially for kids. Whether you’re in the mood for adventure, ran out of activity ideas on a rainy day, or are in need of a relaxing afternoon at the beach – Northeast Florida has got you covered. You and your children will never grow bored.

5. Sense Of Community


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The diverse sense of community that you’ll find in this area of the state is unbeatable. You know you’ll be living in close proximity to good people who will be supportive neighbors and will make you and your family feel safe, something that is important to all of us.

4. Family-Oriented Neighborhoods

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Because you’re living in neighborhoods that boast like-minded people and other young families, your children will have other kids to play with. And because of the high number of children in the area, there’s more of a focus on family-oriented shops and restaurants. Northeast Florida offers quiet residential areas that have that suburban feel, even in the bigger cities.

3. Education

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The high test scores and comfortable class sizes in public schools and the percentage of neighbors with college and graduate degrees are strong indications of the importance of education here. Ensuring your children can attend a school with a happy learning environment is easy if you’re choosing to settle down in the Northeast Florida area.

2. Low Cost Of Living


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The thriving job market here means securing work so that your family can live comfortably. The cost of living is also very low in Northeast Florida, living in this area costs a fraction of what it would cost to live in other parts of the state. There’s also the added bonus that house prices are down and rent is much lower than the national average.

1. Location Location Location

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Settling down and starting a family anywhere in Florida would be nice, but in the Northeast, you’re getting the best weather, you’re close to everything you would need or want, and you have the best beaches – all a short walk or drive away! It really doesn’t get any better than Northeast Florida when it comes to putting down roots.


Modern Living in Ponte Vedra Beach is Here With EvenTide

We’re proud to announce that GreenPointe Communities has launched EvenTide.

EvenTide is made up of 23 estate-size lots for custom homes in the beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach community.

CEO and President of GreenPointe Holdings said, “This is a niche community inside Ponte Vedra that will have a sense of place for the people who live there.”

The lots are listed from the $600,000s, with some topping the $1 million mark. They range in size from 1/3 acre to some lots with more than an acre — including private beach access.

There’s a lot of pre-construction incentives as once homes are on the properties, Burr expects the properties to worth anywhere from $1.5 million to $2 million.

The homes by EvenTide feature both classical architectural elements with modern design. Big open designs alongside large windows accompanied with smart home technology.

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, we’ll helping potential buyers find their dream home with these homes by GreenPointe.

Our CEO and Founder, Linda Sherrer had this to say about the development, ““EvenTide is a crown jewel and certain to be the area’s pre-eminent address for buyers looking for that perfect homesite to build their new beach home.”

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking to move into this great area.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Supports Dreams Come True

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is well-known for helping people fulfill their dreams of homeownership. The company is also recognized for its commitment to the community, devoting time and financial resources to a wide variety of charity organizations with an emphasis on organizations that benefit children and families.

Dreams Come True

For four years, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has supported Dreams Come True, Northeast Florida’s only locally based nonprofit dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses. The company’s relationship with the nonprofit started with a single donation that quickly developed into an ongoing commitment.

“We are truly honored by the support we receive from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” said Dreams Come True Executive Director Sheri Criswell. “Community support is vital to our ability to use the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to a child with a life-threatening illness. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has been an incredible blessing to the work of Dreams Come True, helping us stay true to our commitment to never turn down an eligible child.”

Beginning in 2013 and in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty made a commitment to provide ongoing support to Dreams Come True. To date, the company has donated more than $150,000 to the nonprofit organization by contributing a portion of the proceeds from every completed home sale. Company leaders and associates are enthusiastic about supporting Dreams Come True.

“We are honored and privileged to celebrate our success by supporting Dreams Come True and its mission to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick, who serves as secretary on the Dreams Come True Board of Directors. “We truly appreciate the support we receive from our valued customers and our passionate team to help make dreams come true for many deserving local children.”

Dreams Come True

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty provides more than financial support to Dreams Come True. The team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has turned out in numbers to support Dreams Come True’s Dream Day, an annual parade and superhero fantasy experience that celebrates 50 special children, also known as brave Dreamers. Dream Day is part of Dreams Come True’s Special Times program. While the children served by Dreams Come True can only receive one dream, Special Times provides the child and his or her family ongoing opportunities to momentarily forget the realities of a life-threatening illness. The real estate company also donated hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to Dreams Come True during its annual Backpack Challenge

“Our company is deeply committed to community service and we are thrilled to provide ongoing support to Dreams Come True,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer, who has been named Chair of Dreams Come True’s “Walk, Run and Roll” event on Sept. 28, 2018, at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. “This organization provides many uplifting special events to deserving children and their families, reminding them they are special and loved.”

To learn more about Dreams Come True, visit www.dreamscometrue.org or call (904) 296-3030.

For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty at (904) 296-1906 or visit www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.


  1. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Ann King and Josh Cohen took part in the Dream Day Dreamers Parade.
  2. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty came out in numbers to support Dreams Come True of Jacksonville’s Dream Day 2017. From left, Sam Heinemann, Jeff Heinemann, Art Gerspacher, Josh Cohen, Stephanie Lancer, Michael Barbieri II, Marisa Mariano, Ann King, Shelby Heinemann, and Mallory Heinemann. The Princess is Melanie Lawson from WJXT News4Jax.

About Dreams Come True

In 2016, Dreams Come True fulfilled the dreams of 181 children on the First Coast who have been battling life-threatening illnesses or conditions. Founded in 1984, Dreams Come True is the only 100 percent community donor-funded nonprofit that grants the dream of every First Coast child who has a life-threatening illness and brings hope and joy throughout their medical journey.  Dreams Come True has fulfilled the dreams of more than 3,600 children in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia since its inception.

EvenTide: Elegant living in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach

Community reflects partnership between GreenPointe Communities, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty


Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Guana River, the new community of EvenTide is also convenient to upscale shopping and dining, with easy access to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and major employment centers. (Special for Homes)

There is a new community in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach. A rare place unlike anywhere else, offering elegant living in an exquisite setting. A community that’s close to everything, yet worlds apart. Welcome to EvenTide by GreenPointe Communities. EvenTide offers an extraordinary opportunity to build a custom dream home in Ponte Vedra Beach with private beach access. EvenTide is exclusively marketed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. “EvenTide is a remarkable property, the perfect blend of luxury and serenity, and one of the most exciting new projects in Northeast Florida,” said Ed Burr, GreenPointe Holdings CEO and president. “We have aligned ourselves to partner with the leading real estate company in Northeast Florida. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is well known for its expertise in luxury properties. The company is home to the area’s most successful real estate agents who work hard to deliver an exceptional client experience and the most positive real estate results.” Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Guana River, EvenTide is an intimate enclave of 23 estate-sized homesites ranging in size from approximately one-third acre to more than one acre. Located on Ponte Vedra Boulevard between Sawgrass Drive and Mickler Road, the community is surrounded by lush natural scenery.

“EvenTide is a remarkable property, the perfect blend of luxury and serenity, and one of the most exciting new projects in Northeast Florida.” – Ed Burr,GreenPointe Holdings CEO and president 

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EvenTide by GreenPointe Communities is marketed exclusively by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Back row, from left: Ed Burr, president and CEO, GreenPointe Holdings, and Linda Sherrer, founder, president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Front row, from left: Realtors Lee Elmore and Elizabeth Hudgins, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. (Special for Homes) 

“We are delighted to be affiliated with this exceptional property,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty CEO Linda Sherrer, the company’s founder and president. “EvenTide is a crown jewel and certain to be the area’s preeminent address for buyers looking for that perfect homesite to build their new beach home.

“With development underway, these preserve and lake vista homesites are priced from the $600s with pre-construction incentives, but only for a limited time. We encourage everyone interested to contact us soon. The opportunity is here now, but it won’t last long.”

Surrounded by nature’s beauty, EvenTide has been thoughtfully planned to highlight the community’s premier location and geographical features. Homeowners will enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with private beach access and a neighborhood park with a sunset viewing deck for enjoying spectacular views of the Guana River.

“Homebuyers will have the opportunity to purchase a homesite and design/ build a custom home to meet their lifestyle at EvenTide,” said Mike Taylor, North Florida division manager for GreenPointe Communities. “Homebuyers may engage with their own builder to bring their dream home vision to reality. We have established design guidelines, to promote the architectural and community vision and to ensure the highest construction standards are incorporated in the design of each home.”

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Surrounded by lush, natural scenery, EvenTide is an intimate enclave of 23 estate-sized homesites ranging in size from approximately one-third acre to more than one acre.(Special for Homes) 

EvenTide’s homes will feature a coastal-eclectic style, with touches of modern design, to complement each homesite’s setting. Each will emphasize a connection between architecture and environment, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Featuring open, spacious designs with high ceilings and expansive windows, EvenTide’s homes will showcase classical architectural elements, natural materials and state-of-the art smart home technology.

In addition to its premier location, EvenTide is zoned for A-rated public schools in the St. Johns County School District including PV/PV Rawlings Elementary School, Landrum Middle School and Ponte Vedra High School. The community is minutes away from some of the most elite clubs and golf courses in the country including the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Ponte Vedra Golf & Country Club and TPC Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship.

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EvenTide is located at 1044 Ponte Vedra Blvd., between Sawgrass Drive and Mickler Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. (Special for Homes)   

“It is an honor to be asked to represent an incredible property such as EvenTide,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our sales professionals are market leaders who are experienced in selling luxury properties including new construction homes. We encourage interested buyers to contact our team and learn more about this exceptional opportunity.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is built on a culture of success and customer service. Realtors Lee Elmore and Elizabeth Hudgins are among the company’s elite, consistently recognized as Top Producers in the company. Both agents are revered for their integrity, their passion for real estate and for delivering an exceptional client experience with the most positive real estate results.

EvenTide homesites are priced from the $600s with pre-construction incentives for a limited time. Located at 1044 Ponte Vedra Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach, the community is near upscale shopping and dining with easy access to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and major employment centers.

For more information about EvenTide and its available homesites and preconstruction pricing, call Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Elizabeth Hudgins or Lee Elmore at (904) 285-5499 or visit www.EvenTideLiving.com.

FAQs about EvenTide

HOW MANY LOTS ARE FOR SALE AT EVENTIDE? There are 23 estate-sized homesites ranging from approximately one-third acre to more than one acre.

WHAT IS THE STARTING PRICE OF THE LOTS? These preserve and lake vista homesites are priced from the $600s with pre-construction incentives currently available, but only for a limited time. The opportunity is here now, but it won’t last long.

WHAT ARE THE HOME DESIGN STYLES? Homes are considered coastal eclectic, with touches of modern design that accentuate the individual property, views and climate in simple, elegant ways. Homes will boast a connection between the architecture and environment, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor living spaces to accommodate the owner’s lifestyle.

MAY I BRING IN MY OWN BUILDER? Homebuyers are welcome to engage their builder of choice to bring their vision to reality. Design guidelines have been created for EvenTide to promote the architectural and community vision, as well as to ensure the highest construction standards are incorporated into the design of each home.

WHOM DO I CONTACT TO PURCHASE A HOMESITE? To purchase a homesite at EvenTide, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Realtors Lee Elmore or Elizabeth Hudgins.

Lee Elmore, Realtor®

(904) 285-5499 Office

(904) 699-4503 Cell


Elizabeth Hudgins, Realtor®

(904) 285-5499 Office

(904) 553-2032 Cell

Written by The Florida Times Union

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Collects Record 1,151 Backpacks for Local Children

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty collected a record 1,151 backpacks filled with school supplies for Northeast Florida children during its 18th Annual Backpack Challenge. Last year, the company collected a then-record 1,011 backpacks for local children during the Backpack Challenge.



The backpacks and school supplies collected by the real estate firm during the campaign were donated to students throughout Northeast Florida via Dreams Come True, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice – Office of Prevention, Orange Park Junior High School, BEAM – Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Mayport Elementary School, Operation New Hope, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Crookshank Elementary, Osceola Elementary and Charles E. Bennett Elementary School.

“We are filled with gratitude to all of our Realtors, employees and clients for ensuring that so many local children have the supplies they need for educational success,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “The Backpack Challenge is an event our team looks forward to participating in every year and we are very proud of their efforts.”

During the campaign, backpacks and school supplies were collected at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices throughout Northeast Florida. The backpacks were purchased for students in kindergarten through grade 12, and filled with school supplies, such as pens, pencils, paper and notebooks.


“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the numerous donations and generous support we received from our team members and the community during the Backpack Challenge,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We know that beginning the school year with a new backpack filled with supplies makes a difference in the lives of children living in our communities, and this effort helps us accomplish that goal.”

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, visit www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

Home Buyers Beware – Hackers Targeting Real Estate Transactions with Wire Fraud Scheme

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Recommends Vigilant Awareness to Protect from Becoming a Victim

Protect Against Wire Fraud

It is more important than ever to be vigilant about your personal financial information. Con artists are out to get your money and they are also out to destroy the American Dream.

Wire fraud is a growing issue for consumers and financial institutions involved in real estate transactions. Cyber-criminals have turned to wire fraud as a way to steal money from a home buyer during a real estate closing. Here is a typical scenario:

The homebuyer receives an email, which appears to be from the real estate company or the title company, regarding funds to be wired to an account for settlement. The email is actually from a sophisticated hacker posing as a representative from the real estate or title company. The hacker has broken into an email account to obtain information and has been monitoring the account to determine the time of a real estate closing.

The fraudulent email may look legitimate but it’s a scam. The email often will contain changes or new wiring instructions or routing information, and it will request that the buyer send transaction-related funds accordingly.

“We are advising everyone to beware of cyber-fraud,” said James Lamphere, Vice President, Title & Escrow, HomeServices of America. “Before wiring any funds, call the intended recipient at a number you know is valid to confirm the instructions. Any request to change wire instructions at or right before closing should be suspect.”

Lamphere, a member of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) who serves on several leadership committees, recently shared the association’s strategy and consumer alert awareness campaign. ALTA is working with lending and real estate industry groups to increase awareness about wire fraud, identify and promote industry best practices to deter wire fraud and advocate for steps the government can take to protect people from hackers.

“The sad truth is preventing these devastating crimes is extremely difficult,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “That is why awareness is the first and best approach.”

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty and its partners, including Gibraltar Title Services, LLC, are alerting homebuyers at the outset of the transaction to never open unsolicited links or attachments. Gibraltar Title Services General Manager Alan Copertino and Associate Counsel Dennis Luettich recommend buyers avoid sending any sensitive financial information by email and to use an independently verified phone number to confirm wiring instructions for their money deposit or down payment.

“Wire fraud is a growing problem in real estate and it is incumbent upon us to make sure our clients’ information is secure,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of our customers becoming victims.”

According to the FBI, the number of wire fraud scams reported by title companies to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) increased 480 percent in 2016. The FBI said that wire fraud scams have been reported in all 50 states and in 131 countries. Victim complaints filed with the IC3 and financial sources indicate fraudulent transfers have been sent to 103 countries. Criminals sought to steal roughly $5.3 billion through this fraud.

Some buyers who have fallen for this real estate closing wire fraud scheme have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to a thief. The Washington Post has reported losses ranging from $30,000 to $130,000.

If you wire money into a wrong account, the bank will not reimburse you. There is usually no recourse to get your money back. Those funds may be lost forever to a cyber-criminal who may or may not live in the United States.

For safety and protection, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recommends consumers adhere to the following precautions:

  • Never send any sensitive financial information via email, including banking information, routing numbers or PINs.
  • Prior to wiring any funds, contact the intended recipient via a verified phone number and confirm that the wiring information is accurate.
  • Do not rely on telephone numbers or website addresses provided within an unverified email.

“Closing on a new home should be a celebration,” Budnick added. “Our goal is to make sure it doesn’t turn into a nightmare.”

For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty at (904) 296-1906 or visit www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

Safety Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Protect Yourself from Becoming a Wire Fraud Victim 

  • Call, don’t email: Confirm all wiring instructions by phone before transferring funds. Use the phone number from the title company’s website or a business card.
  • Be suspicious: It’s not common for title companies to change wiring instructions and payment info.
  • Confirm it all: Ask your bank to confirm not just the account number but also the name on the account before sending a wire.
  • Verify immediately: You should call the title company or real estate agent to validate that the funds were received. Detecting that you sent the money to the wrong account within 24 hours gives you the best chance of recovering your money.
  • Forward, don’t reply: When responding to an email, hit forward instead of reply and then start typing in the person’s email address. Criminals use email address that are very similar to the real one for a company. By typing in email addresses you will make it easier to discover if a fraudster is after you.

Source: American Land Title Association (ALTA)

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7 Food Trucks Everyone in Jacksonville Has to Try

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The food truck scene in Jacksonville is booming, with popular spots that are showcasing numerous eclectic eats from all over the world. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, pizza, or anything else in between, there’s a food truck in Jax that’s waiting for you to track them down. Here are seven food trucks that everyone in Jacksonville has to try.

7. Fusion

Fusion is a fitting name for a food truck that features Indian, Thai, and Mediterranean cuisine. Their ‘Drunken Noodles’ dish, comprised of rice noodles that are sautéed with a sweet and spicy sauce, garlic Thai chili, onion, bell peppers, bean sprouts, and basil. Their beef and lamb gyros are also popular menu items. You’ll be satisfied regardless of what you order.

6. Eddis & Sons

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Eddis and Sons specializes in legendary steak sandwiches and hoagies. Whether or not you’re from Philly, you’ll appreciate the food this truck is serving up. Go for the ‘Classic Cheesesteak’ made with hand cut steak. Or try something different, like ‘The Jawn’, a veggie sandwich featuring wheat protein, mushrooms, and roasted peppers.

5. Mr. Taco

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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food on the go, look no further than Mr. Taco. This food truck has you covered if you’re craving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, ensaladas, tostadas, nachos, or fajitas. The options are endless, so we won’t judge you for ordering a few items off of their menu.

4. Pie95

Pie95 is the pizza lover’s dream food truck. ‘The Bianca’ has toppings like mozzarella cheese, garlic, oregano, and lemon zest. ‘The Salad’ does something a little different with mixed greens, onions, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and balsamic. All made on drool-worthy thin and crispy crust. You can even build your own pie!

3. JoyShtick

Coolest food truck ever…YOU CAN PLAY MARIO, GUYS!!!

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JoyShtick is a video-game themed food truck, offering up good food at great prices. The menu is extensive and fun, with dishes like fried buffalo cauliflower, chicken tenders breaded with cool ranch Doritos, and a ground chuck and bacon patty on a roll with pepper jelly and arugula.

2. The Happy Grilled Cheese

The Happy Grilled Cheese is a crowd favorite in Jacksonville. Your go-to comfort food comes in many different varietals at this food truck. The ‘Apple Swiss Melt’ is comprised of Swiss cheese, apples, and grilled onions. While the ‘Crunch Melt’ boasts American and cheddar cheeses, mac and cheese, bacon, and potato chips!

1. What’s The Catch?

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If you love seafood, you’ll love the What’s The Catch? food truck. Located in Jacksonville Beach, their delicious tacos feature grilled grouper, fried shrimp, Ahi tuna, or catfish. Speaking of catfish, this joint is known for their Southern fried catfish. It’s a must-try!

6 Reasons People Love Retiring in Northeast Florida

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Northeast Florida was founded on a misguided quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Even though Juan Ponce de León never found exactly what he was looking for – he did discover one of the most beautiful areas in the country, an area that many retirees flock to in order to relax and rediscover their youth. Here are six of the many reasons why people love retiring in Northeast Florida, aside from the beautiful weather and the abundance of sunshine.

6. Northeast Florida is a Vacation Destination

Thankfully there are many airports in the area, both domestic and international, so that your friends and family can visit at any time. There are so many things to do in Florida, which makes it a popular travel spot – especially if there is family to stay with. During the cold and snowy months back in other parts of the country, expect lots of visitors.

5. An Active Adult Community

If you’re looking to settle down in an Active Adult Community, Northeast Florida has a range of options for every taste and every budget. After managing your own home for so many years, it’s relaxing to live in a social community that is managed by others, and has all the amenities and services you would need to live a comfortable and happy life.

4. The Healthcare Options in Northeast Florida are Vast

Thanks to many other retirees moving to the area, most health services are geared towards that age group. Having top-notch health care providers available all over Northeast Florida, there’s a sense of safety and reassurance that you don’t get everywhere in the country.

3. No Income Tax

In all of Florida, there is no estate tax, no state income tax, and no inheritance tax. This is important, especially if you’re on a fixed income. You want to live someplace where your money is worth more, and luckily Florida has a very low cost of living. It pays to be able to save for more important things, like traveling and visiting family.

2. Recreational Activities

The tremendous amount of recreational activities in the Northeastern part of Florida attracts people of all ages. Retirees will have more time to play golf, learn a new water sport, take up fishing, spend the day boating, or starting to go on early morning runs or after dinner walks. The key to staying happy and healthy as you age is to stay active, and you’re in the right place to do so.

1. So Much to Do

Florida has such a diverse culture and many differing landscapes, that you can learn so many new things about the world without even having to leave the state. There is just so much to see and to do here. It’s a great place to vacation to, but it’s also a great place to live because every day feels like a vacation.

6 Barbecue Spots Everyone in Jacksonville Should Eat at

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BBQ is a difficult thing to excel at. Luckily for the inhabitants of Jacksonville there are many places that know what they’re doing when it comes to smoked meat. The options can be overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down for you to make tonight’s dinner options easy. Make sure you have your wet wipes and napkins ready because here are six of the best barbeque spots in Jacksonville.

6. Bow Leg’z Bar-B-Que

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The wood-smoked meat at Bow Leg’s Bar-B-Que is everything you’ve been looking for; with BBQ plates, spare ribs, chicken wings, sandwiches and even meaty salads. Their premium sides include macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and green beans. Aside from the delicious and affordable food, the staff is extremely warm and welcoming.

5. Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ

Whether you’re looking to dine in or take out, Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ has your meat needs covered. You’re bound to have leftovers to bring home with you. Located in a quiet area near the river, the meat at this little hole in the wall is tender with just the right amount of fat. Think turkey, sausage, pork, brisket, chicken, and ribs.

4. MOJO Kitchen, BBQ Pit Blues Bar

It’s a music venue, and a bar but the food is what makes MOJO Kitchen so special. Dishes include smoked salmon, fried green tomatoes, burnt ends, and pulled-pork quesadillas. They’re serving up smoked meats and showcasing blues musicians, what else could you ask for?

3. Gilbert’s Social

The food at Gilbert’s Social is your typical Southern fare, yet made modern and exciting. There are your classic dishes like smoked pulled lamb shanks and jerk chicken drums, and new favorites like fried wild shrimp and grilled Andouille sausage. You can’t go wrong ordering anything off of their menu.

2. The Bearded Pig

Southern BBQ joint and beer garden The Bearded Pig is doing something right. This hot spot takes their meat seriously – you’ll find everything you’re looking for on their extensive menu. Don’t skip out on their popular sauces; OG, Sweet Spot, Drizz Mustard, and XXX. And their draft list is every beer drinker’s dream.

1. 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse does barbecue the old school way. Their tri-tip is served with a smokehouse chimichurri sauce and their smoked jalapeños are mouth-watering and very addicting. You can also pick up their all purpose rub and brisket rub for when you’re trying your best to recreate this deliciousness at home.