Sports & Recreation

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."   

Life jackets: They Only Work if You Wear Them

Last year, 79 people died in boating accidents in Florida; 49 of them drowned.


“If people would simply wear life jackets, many lives would be saved each year,” said Maj. Paul Ouellette, regional commander for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Northeast Region.

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.

Tips for Boaters this Weekend

As boaters take to the waterways this Independence Day weekend, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) boating experts have some tips to help keep people safe.

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.

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Family Golf Month Encourages Families to Hit the Links and Have Fun in July

Summer is a season to celebrate the family and Play Golf America encourages everyone to hit the course during Family Golf Month for a healthy and affordable way to spend quality time together. Family Golf Month promotes golf as a fun, family recreation by providing structured, yet casual, opportunities for families to learn the game. Throughout the month of July, PGA and LPGA Professionals at participating facilities nationwide offer reduced or no cost activities for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Ponte Vedra Teen Injured After a Boat Accident

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- A thirteen year old boy is recovering from wounds to his face after a boat accident Saturday.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators -- the teenager was operating a small boat in canals around Granada Lane in Ponte Vedra Saturday.

He lost control of the boat and either fell or jumped into the canal.

While in the water, the boat's propeller struck him on the side of his face.

The teenager was flown to Shands Jacksonville for medical attention.