Sports & Recreation

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.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

JaxParks Launches New Tennis Program for Youth 10 and Under

The Department of Recreation and Community Services (JaxParks) has teamed up with the Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association to launch QuickStart Tennis programs at three area tennis facilities. The program, which focuses on teaching youth ages10 and under the fundamentals of tennis, will run from March 28 through May 12 at the following tennis facilities:

Disc Golf Comes to Springfield

Disc Golf Comes to Springfield

Open to all Springfielders young and older! No discs required. Members from the River City Disc Golf Association will be available to help teach you how to throw a disc for golf vs. a regular frisbee and they will be available to answer other questions you may have. We will have a proposed layout to share with everyone and a budget. Please come and see what this great sport has to offer to our wonderful neighborhood and share with us any concerns you may have.

There will be folks there to show you how to play from 10-2. You don't need to stay the whole time or show up at 10am. Once you get the hang of it feel free to try it out on the 9 temporary holes that will be set up.

Please RSVP to Kim Heyde -

THE PLAYERS Championship Tickets Now on Sale

THE PLAYERS Championship Tickets Now on Sale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tickets are now on sale for the area's, and one of the nation's, premier golf tournaments.

The 2011 PLAYERS Championship will be played May 9-15 at its usual spot at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

Tickets are now on sale at the TPC clubhouse, area Publix stores, online from the PGA Tour and over the phone through Ticketmaster at 888-401-8000.

Publix stores in Duval, Nassau, Clay, St. Johns and Flagler counties in Florida and Camden and Glynn counties in Georgia are selling the following tickets:

  • Good Any One Day (Monday-Wednesday) Practice Round, $20
  • Daily Grounds (Thursday-Sunday), $50
  • Daily Parking Pass(Thursday-Sunday), $20
  • Weekly Grounds (Monday-Sunday), $135
  • Weekly Parking Pass(Thursday-Sunday), $75

Tickets for clubhouse and hospitality access are available online and at the clubhouse.

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

For the eighth consecutive year, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) will raise funds for the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka through a catch-and-release Charity Bass Fishing Tournament on April 30. NEFAR donates one hundred percent of all proceeds raised to Haven Hospice and has donated more than $124,000 during the past seven years.

J.P. Shadrick Resigns as Suns Broadcaster

The Jacksonville Suns have announced that J.P. Shadrick has resigned as the Suns play-by-play broadcaster to accept a full time position in public relations and broadcasting with the Oklahoma City Red Hawks of the AAA Pacific Coast League. The Red Hawks are an affiliate of the Houston Astros.  

Commenting on Shadrick’s departure, Suns President and General Manager Peter Bragan Jr. stated “As do our players, sometimes one of your guys moves up. We wish J.P. well in his pursuit of a broadcast position in the Major Leagues.”