Sports & Recreation

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

 MANDARIN, FL – Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-8 held annual elections on Tuesday, November 1 at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club on San Jose Boulevard.  Whit Vick was re-elected to the office of Flotilla Commander and Kevin Koehl was elected to the office of Vice Commander.  Their terms begin January 1, 2012.

Vick joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1998 in Georgia and transferred to the Mandarin Flotilla in 2008. Vick also serves as the Operations Officer for the Flotilla.  He is qualified as an Auxiliary Coxswain and volunteers his boat as an Auxiliary Facility conducting safety patrols for the Coast Guard on the St. Johns River.

Koehl joined the Auxiliary in 2010 and also serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Flotilla.

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

Labor Day marks the end of the traditional summer boating season in many places, even though Florida weather is perfect for getting out on the water most of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to have fun by boating safely, and to be careful over the upcoming busy holiday weekend.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary works to keep boaters safe on the St. Johns River

The Coast Guard Auxiliary works to keep boaters safe on the St. Johns River

On the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida - Coast Guard Auxiliary members Whit Vick and Cris Vonderheide spent last Saturday doing what they love: getting out on the water and volunteering their expertise in keeping area boaters safe. Whit and Cris were assisting the Coast Guard in verifying the location and condition of navigation markers for the entrance and channel into Goodby’s Creek from the St. Johns River. The Coast Guard and private organizations place markers to assist boaters in navigating shallow waters. These markers are often marked on nautical charts and in GPS chartplotters. Strong current, storms, and collisions from boats can move or destroy markers creating a potential navigational hazard. Checking navigational markers is an ongoing job. The Coast Guard often calls upon their organization of volunteers, the Auxiliary, to assist in this Coast Guard Mission by recording the existence, position, and condition of navigational markers.

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks are back in the River City as ArenaBowl XXIV champions. The team landed at the Jacksonville International Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hundreds of fans waited to greet them at the gate and erupted in cheers and applause when the team came into the terminal shortly before midnight.   

Jacksonville Sharks Head Coach Les Moss tells First Coast News he was blown away by the show of support. "This is great," said Moss. "This is great for Jacksonville and obviously our franchise. These fans are the best in the league."   

Julington Creek Slammers Defeat Fort Caroline Warriors in Tee Ball Championship Game

Julington Creek Slammers Defeat Fort Caroline Warriors in Tee Ball Championship Game

SAINT JOHNS, Fla. -- On Monday night, the Julington Creek Slammers defeated the Fort Caroline Warriors by a score of 21-10 to win the Jacksonville City T-Ball Championship Game which was played at Mills Field.

These 6-year olds from the Slammers are coached by Chris Thompson, John Hay, and Matt DeLamielleure.  The members of the team are:

James Thompson
Eric Marichal
Kolt Myers
Landen Moore
JD Hay
Justin Mann
Brody DeLamielleure
Nathan Morgan
Jacob Carter
Nathan LaFlamme
Christian Wendell
Boston Torres

Holidays Mean More Boats in Manatee Zones

Manatees face added danger during busy holiday weekends, simply because there are generally more boaters on the water passing through manatee restricted-speed zones. Boaters should be aware of where the zones are, so they don’t have any surprises when they come upon them. Maps of the zones can be found at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Nearly 1 million recreational vessels are registered in Florida, and thousands more are brought in by tourists each year to enjoy the state’s boating opportunities. Many thousands of these boats will be cruising the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the many popular lakes and rivers in the northeast and central part of the state while celebrating the July Fourth weekend.

Unfortunately, these busy holiday weekends too often end tragically for some boaters. And these tragedies are usually completely preventable.