Restaurants and bars at Jacksonville Beach feature mini-golf courses for the annual Putt N’ Crawl.
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Putt N’ Crawl Saturday at Jacksonville Beach
Buzz Media Group is hosting the 14th annual Putt N’ Crawl in Jacksonville Beach from 1-7 p.m. Saturday with restaurants and bars along the beach offering mini-golf greens.
It benefits local charities including With Love, Chemo Noir, Hope Springs, Giving Greens, Mission House, Foodies USA, American Lung Association, USO, Florida Urgent Rescue, Daniel Kids, Epitome of Class Sorority and Bunker Labs.
Golfers can sign in at Lynch’s Pub and Ocean Grille and then proceed to the hole locations at Flask and Cannon, Mango’s Bar, The Pier Cantina and Sandbar, The Tavern on 1st, The Wreck Tiki Lounge, Local’s Dock, Zeta Brewing Company and Campeche Bay Cantina.
Participants — individuals or foursome teams — get drink specials with the official wristband and can putt with the chance to win prizes. There also will be a costume contest and after-party at Lynch’s Irish Pub. A photo booth will be set up with pictures posted on Facebook after the event. The most-liked photo will win $250.
Tickets are available at puttncrawl.com for $20 or can be purchased the day of the event for $25 at participating venues. You must be 21 or older to purchase a ticket and participate. Players will receive a wristband, official scorecard, course map and prizes.
Sponsors include attorneys Crick & Love, Yellowfin Realty, Jaxhomes.com, 7 Bridges Heating and Air, Champion Brands, The Chive and Client Focused Media.
The Players gives vision unit to St. Vincent’s
The Players Championship has donated a new, state-of-the-art mobile medical unit to St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
The unit, part of the Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, will be the first in Northeast Florida specifically equipped to offer vision exams. The unveiling is at 2 p.m. today in front of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.
The St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, which began in 1991, brings fully staffed doctors-offices-on-wheels to areas of the community where services are most needed, including rural and urban neighborhoods and to children in middle and high schools.
To learn more about the outreach ministry, visit jaxhealth.com/MobileHealth.
The Players Championship returns to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass Tuesday-May 14.
Visit theplayerschampionship.com for more information.
Walk for Wishes is Saturday at Unity Plaza
The Make-A-Wish Foundation Walk for Wishes fundraiser is Saturday at Unity Plaza in Brooklyn.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants will leave from Unity Plaza at 220 Riverside Ave. for a two-mile walk along the St. Johns River.
Tropical Smoothie Café will offer free sample smoothies to the walkers.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation believes the wishes they grant for children who are battling a life-threatening medical condition can have a life-changing impact.
Walk for Wishes is a nationwide fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes granted and raises money for future wishes.
For more information or to sign up for the walk, visit JaxWalkForWishes.org.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tourney May 20 in Palatka
Competitive bass fishermen and casual anglers will compete May 20 at the 28th annual Wolfson Children’s Hospital Bass Tournament.
The nation’s second-largest bass fishing tournament takes place each year in Palatka, the “Bass Capital of the World,” to benefit patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The tournament draws a range of anglers, from novice to professional.
Last year, sponsors and participants contributed $315,000 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital and more than $4 million has been raised since the tournament began.
Before the main event May 20, the Lads and Lasses Bass Tournament is May 18, and the VIP and Friends Bass Tournament is May 19.
A drawing will be held at the tournament’s final weigh-in for a 21-foot, fully rigged 2017 Bullet 21XRD with Boatmate trailer and a Mercury 225 Pro XS outboard motor valued at more than $56,000. There also will be drawings for $5,000 in door prizes.
For details and to enter the boat drawing, visit wolfsonbasstournament.com.
‘Rolling Remembrance’ relay arrives Tuesday at PepsiCo Jacksonville
In remembrance of military members who lost their lives while serving the U.S. and to honor their surviving families, PepsiCo North America Beverages is conducting its third annual relay, “Rolling Remembrance,” to help spread awareness for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
This year’s “Rolling Remembrance” relay is a 7,000-mile journey that began in Seattle on April 24 and ends in White Plains, N.Y., on May 25. Using normal business routes, military veteran PepsiCo North America Beverages drivers will pass off a flag at 42 relay points.
Rolling Remembrance will visit PepsiCo’s Jacksonville headquarters Tuesday. The public is invited to the free event at 5829 Pepsi Place from 1:30-4 p.m. The company will honor surviving military children, as well as providing giveaways, food and beverages.
This year’s event kicks off Military Appreciation Month, which includes Children of Fallen Patriots Day on May 13. Officially proclaimed by mayors and governors throughout the nation, including Gov. Rick Scott, Children of Fallen Patriots Day recognizes the bravery of military children who have lost a parent.
Children of Fallen Patriots awards college scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
As the flag moves from region to region, drivers and PepsiCo North America Beverages representatives will show their support locally by cheering on the drivers and taking photos to share on social media with the hashtag #RollingRemembrance.
For details and sponsorship information, visit fallenpatriots.org/rr.
Champion Brands contributes $5.1M to Step Up for Students
Champion Brands Inc. has contributed more than $5.1 million for the Step Up for Students school choice program.
The tax-credit scholarship program provided scholarships for 849 children that can be used for private school tuition or for transport to another public school within their district.
Step Up for Students, a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization, administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
The program allows companies to earn dollar-for-dollar tax credits for their contribution, which funds K-12 education scholarships to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household incomes.
For more information, visit stepupforstudents.org.
Ash Properties wants to complete a Flagler office building next spring.
Ash Properties launched development of a three-story office building in Flagler Center, anticipated to be completed next spring.
It is part of the Shoppes and Office Pavilion at Flagler Center.
The one-story shops are fully leased and opening. Tenants include Planet Fitness, Premier Home Essentials, Revolution Chiropractic, Pita Pit and Brewz Craft Beer.
The 50,454-square-foot office building, at 12474 Flagler Center Blvd., will focus on medical and professional tenants.
Ash Construction LLC is building it. The architect is Rolland, DelValle & Bradley.
Ash Properties is starting to lease it now. Randall Whitfield is vice president.
The property is at Old St. Augustine Road and Flagler Center Boulevard near the 1,022-acre Flagler Center business park.
The area is between Interstate 95 and Philips Highway in south Jacksonville.
Hampton doing exterior facelift
The Hampton Inn Jacksonville Downtown at 1331 Prudential Drive is working on an outside upgrade.
The city is reviewing a permit application for a $300,000 exterior renovation at the 19-year-old property.
The five-story hotel has 118 guest rooms.
Jacksonville Hotel Property Co. LLC bought the property in June. The contact on the permit application is with the Lowe Enterprises real estate group in Los Angeles.
Graffiti Junktion lands permit
Graffiti Junktion landed a permit for renovating space at 9703 San Jose Blvd., the former spot for Steamin’ Jax.
PPD Construction Services is the contractor to renovate the 2,704-square-foot space at a project cost of $123,987. It includes a bar and patio seating.
Graffiti Junktion operates a Jacksonville Beach restaurant at 265 Fifth Ave. N.
It intends to take over space at 9703 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.
Greg Peters, president of the Orlando-based venture, said previously he expects to open the San Jose location June 1 and would invest about $285,000 in renovations.
The site will be the company’s 11th, with most in the Orlando area.
Graffiti Junktion’s tagline is “American Burger Bar” and features a menu heavy on build-your-own burgers.
Menu items include starters, salads, wings, wraps, sandwiches and more.
Peters said Graffiti Junktion offers music and trivia, geared to customers who like to have fun. He started the company in 2008 and opened in 2015 in Jacksonville Beach.
Peters said he wants to open another four locations in Jacksonville and then start finding sites in Georgia.
• The Cowford Chophouse could soon be showing signs. The city approved permits for three signs to go up on the Downtown steakhouse at East Bay and Ocean streets. Harbinger is the contractor for the project at 101 E. Bay St.
• Starbucks Coffee is building-out at 4474 Town Center Parkway, No. 103, in the Town Center Promenade.
Memorial starts next phase of ER expansion
Memorial Hospital announced the next phase of its $23 million ER expansion and renovation project, which began early this year.
Construction crews have been working on the main ER to upgrade some of the patient care rooms and prepare the area for the next stage of construction. Work now begins on the outside of the main ER entrance.
“This is a large step for us as we enter the heart of the project,” said Chief Operating Officer Bobby McCullough.
Memorial said the main entrance of the ER is closed for construction.
Patients and visitors are accessing the ER through a temporary entrance on the east side of the building parallel to University Boulevard.
It said signage directs patients and visitors where to park and how to reach the ER entrance. The hospital has added free valet service at the new entrance for patients and visitors to the emergency department.
Project improvements include a 23,000-square-foot building addition; renovation of the existing main emergency department; construction of a rooftop helipad; reconfigured parking; and more work.
Memorial said it annually treats about 120,000 emergency room patients, 90,000 of whom are treated at its main campus.
Pending city approval, TriBridge Residential would build two midrise apartment buildings at Bishop Gate Lane and extend the Northbank Riverwalk from the Riverside Arts Market to Memorial Park.
More housing — and an extension of the Riverwalk — are on track for Riverside.
TriBridge Residential LLC plans to build a pair of midrise apartment buildings on vacant riverfront property between 500 and 550 Bishop Gate Lane.
The infill project would add 125 residences to the Riverside neighborhood along with an expansion of the public Riverwalk along the Northbank.
The expansion would run 350 feet from the Riverside Arts Market south to Memorial Park, providing public access and space for the water taxi to dock.
This week, two City Council committees voted to support Ordinance 2017-284, the development and easement agreements for the project. The ordinance has been in review since April.
The Neighborhoods, Community Investments and Services Committee and the Land Use and Zoning Committee voted Monday and Tuesday. The Finance Committee meets today and could send the ordinance to City Council for approval.
As part of the agreement, TriBridge would build and maintain the riverfront section of the public Riverwalk at its property in return for an $810,610 property tax rebate, also known as a Recaptured Enhanced Value Grant, from the city.
Council President Lori Boyer told the neighborhood committee Monday that the developers wouldn’t be able to build the Riverwalk expansion without the rebate.
She hopes the deal signals a change in how the city supports Downtown development.
Boyer, whose district includes the Southbank and San Marco, said allowing developers like TriBridge to manage parts of the Riverwalk presents a much better deal for the city.
“We get someone to build it for us to our standards, to maintain it to our standards, to give us public easement and access,” she said, “and we get to pay for it over time, from the proceeds that property generates.”
Boyer said she wants to see developers include Riverwalk expansion when introducing new ideas for the riverfront.
The current project is the latest effort to develop the property at Bishop Gate Lane. Plans for a previously proposed luxury condominium tower were scrapped.
“Unfortunately, the market didn’t bear that out,” said council member Jim Love, who represents District 14. “So, the deal died.”
That project, he said, also included expanding the Riverwalk, but didn’t request the city’s financial help. That’s because it was marketing luxury condos that would have created a greater financial margin.
While he’s happy to see more residential options in his district, Love said he’s more enthusiastic about expanding access to the St. Johns River.
A favorite for runners, the Northbank Riverwalk follows the river from the Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge north into Downtown, stopping before the Shipyards.
A section also runs along the Southbank.
Love said the proposed expansion brings the Riverwalk one step closer to what he envisions as the ideal scenario for Downtown residents and visitors.
“My vision is to see the Riverwalk extended all the way from Memorial Park to Metro Park,” he said.