Sports & Recreation

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wearing face paint and giving the news a fake name is a good way to remain incognito.

And that's probably the best course of action one Jacksonville Sharks fan could have taken after his strong words about the Jaguars.

"There are so many more fans at the Sharks games because the Jaguars suck, let's put it that way," said the fan, who only said his name is Tag.

Tempering his emotion a bit was another rabid Sharks fan who says while the games are fun, this can't match the Jags.

"For the time being this will take care of my need for football," said Tom O'Donnell. "But in the long term no, the Jags are the bomb, but the Sharks are a good fun game."

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Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past four decades, the Bob Hayes Invitational has been the premier expo for young athletes in Florida.

It's T'Nayah Mitchelles second year in the competition. "Last year I did hurdles, and I came in 5th place. This year I came in first," she said.

With 5,000 competitors at the meet, Mitchelle says the environment at the Hayes Invitational pushes her to succeed.

"Usually we just go against teams from Orange Park, and now it's teams from Jacksonville, Miami. It's real competitive," she said.

Head Northwestern Track Coach Carter Williams agrees. "It's the bread and butter of this entire community," he said of the meet.

Watching his students get so excited about this meet, Williams says he's also nervous this could be the last year it's around.

Movies in the Park Returning to Treaty Oak Park

Movies in the Park Returning to Treaty Oak Park

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The spring weather has arrived a few days ahead for the actual season, but nevertheless, it's time for Movies in the Park.

Jacksonville residents are invited to Treaty Oak at Jessie Ball duPont Park on the Southbank for a series of evening movies beginning in early April.

  • Friday, April 8, Cars
  • Friday, April 15, The NeverEnding Story
  • Friday, April 29, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Friday, May 6, The Wizard of Oz

All movies begin at dusk, which will be around 8 p.m.

The park opens to the public at 6:30, and everyone is encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets and chairs.

There will be a vendor selling concessions as well, but no alcohol will be allowed in the park.

Parking in the nearby Suddath garage is free, as is the movie.

The park's address is 1123 Prudential Drive.

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A leprechaun appeared at the Landing this morning to help get the city ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and he helped turn the water green.

As the holiday had its official launch, the fountain in the courtyard began spewing green water, which will continue through the weekend as events are planned for each day.

At today's launch, the leprechaun read a proclamation, which was drowned out by the nearby bagpiper.

Thursday, bagpipers from Jacksonville Pipes and Drums will roam about the Landing as happy hour gets underway at 4 p.m., featuring, of course, green beer.

Live music takes the stage beginning at 7 and lasting until midnight.

Contests include hourly drawings for cash for anyone wearing green and there will be a green bikini contest at 9 p.m.

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.