Sights and sounds at Jacksonville's Beaches

May 12, 2010 Full story: The Florida Times-Union 27

The watercolors will be up until May 28. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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Old enough to know

Tampa, FL

#21 May 12, 2010
SeaBass wrote:
OK, I grew up at the beach and lived there for 34 years until last year.
What most people don't know or don't remember was that it used to be MUCH worse. I can remember my Mom not allowing me to go down there and ride the rides on the boardwalk because there were needles all over the place. Anyone remember the Crab Pot and the Wet Banana? How about Peelers and all the cruising on weekends? I was 10 years old when I saw my first biker fight and subsequent stabbing in the Flag Pavilion parking lot.
It seems to me that it cleaned up for a while and got nice and then a few years ago it started to go downhill again (mainly at the pier). It's definitely the town-ghetto element as most locals know to head North or South of Jax Beach.
Even when Jacksonville Beach had the Carnival rides, wooden boardwalk, pool rooms, arcades, drunken sailors and prostitutes it was not as dangerous as it is now with gangs of kids with guns.
cibolo

Birmingham, AL

#22 May 13, 2010
Julianna wrote:
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I didn't mean it in an offensive way but I get your point. You're right that I view Alabama as being a state with many quaint towns, which is a very good thing in my view. I know nothing about Hoover specifically, but I'm glad you've found a great place to call home.
After 2 years of Jax i needed something special:)

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#23 May 13, 2010
Old enough to know wrote:
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Even when Jacksonville Beach had the Carnival rides, wooden boardwalk, pool rooms, arcades, drunken sailors and prostitutes it was not as dangerous as it is now with gangs of kids with guns.
in a funny way..or said, you are right. someone can say no to a hooker on the boardwalk, but its kind of hard to say no to a bullet heading your way.
Julianna

Jacksonville, FL

#24 May 13, 2010
cibolo wrote:
<quoted text>After 2 years of Jax i needed something special:)
I hear ya.
Julianna

Jacksonville, FL

#25 May 13, 2010
Has Jax Beach ever been really nice? I don't think so.
Sunbather

Lutz, FL

#26 May 13, 2010
Julianna wrote:
Has Jax Beach ever been really nice? I don't think so.
Just average would be a really BIG improvement.
Julianna

Los Angeles, CA

#27 May 13, 2010
Sunbather wrote:
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Just average would be a really BIG improvement.
True.

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