What’s new in Jacksonville, Atlantic beaches

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In 2021, Jacksonville’s restaurant scene continues to grow, with new restaurants opening or planning to open in the coming months. Here’s a look at what’s opening or coming soon to Jacksonville’s beaches, including Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach, as well as the city’s Intracoastal West areas.

The Baker’s Son by Valerio’s 

The Baker’s Son by Valerio’s, a family-owned Filipino opened Jan. 28 at 11957 Atlantic Blvd.

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Jacksonville Beach hotels report uptick in reservations as Spring Break approaches

A local health expert says spring break is a high concern.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This Spring Break is expecting to look a little different from 2020. 

Local hotels said  they are already seeing an increase in reservations, concerning some about a surge of COVID-19 cases on the First Coast.

“Everybody wants to come to the beach and its been nice for the last month, so we’re seeing a lot of people coming down,” said John Hirt, the general manager for Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront.

Hirt says this March looks completely different from last March.

“Last year at this time

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Segregated school in Jacksonville Beach was home to Black students

JACKSONVILLE BEACH —  Although there’s an understated elegance to its brick construction and long windows, the old schoolhouse is nothing fancy: a simple rectangle that once held four classrooms.

With links to a woman born into slavery who went on to teach children in her kitchen, it became known by several names: School #144, Jacksonville Beach Colored School and Jacksonville Beach Elementary. 

For generations of Black residents at the Beaches, it became a distinct mark of pride, a centerpiece and social center for the community — as well as a refuge during Hurricane Dora in 1964.

In the days before

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