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The First Coaster

Illuminating Jacksonville’s Amazing People and Their Uplifting Stories

August 11, 2022 7:51 am
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Photo of the Day

Experience the region through the eyes of First Coast Life photographers …

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"Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it."

Jesse Owens

Making Waves

Great insights and inspiration from our talented creatives (photographers, musicians, artists & makers)

Community Stories & Articles

Everyday people stepping up into more meaningful and authentic lives, finding purpose and hope, and making their dreams come true

Me or Us?

Following up on my last FCL post, let’s examine one of the 3 Ps—PEOPLE—this time

Connecting Thru Music

Music heals, teaches, and adds value for children and adults with special needs in North

Upcoming Events

Our favorite First Coast happenings, fun things to do, live music, and more …

Friday Night Vibes at JWJ Park

Starting on Friday, August 12th from 5pm to 9pm, join JWJ Park and Friends for Friday Night Vibes – a bimonthly event miniseries leading up to JWJ’s 2nd Annual Hip Hop Festival in 2023!

We’re so excited to be bringing JWJ’s Hip Hop Festival back next year that we couldn’t wait to start celebrating!
In honor of Hip Hop’s Birthday (August 11, 1973), we’ll be kicking off this miniseries with food trucks, vendors, live DJ sets from Mr. Al Pete and more!

August 12, 2022
Food & Drinks
Fernandina Beach Arts Market

The friendliest farmer’s market in Florida.

With nearly 40 vendors and growing every week, this is a MUST SEE Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach experience!

Organic produce, friendly farmers, wonderful chefs and many other delights await you at this farmer’s market in historic, downtown Fernandina. Each week we mix up our local musicians, our non-profit organizations, and a traditional brick-and-mortar shopkeeper, too.

Our local residents tell us, “Every weekend feels like a reunion!”

2nd and 4th Saturday every month.

August 13, 2022
Arts & Culture
Second Saturday Arts & Farmers Market

Variety of vendors. Crafts, plants, teas, honey, household items, bath products, food, clothing, soap, jewelry, bird houses, jams and jellies, breads, cookies, and so much more!
Family and pet friendly!!!!

Our vendors donate a portion of their sales to the church rather than the church charge a specific amount for their vendor spot. Those donations go towards the outreach programs of the church. Three of the local outreach programs include the Mandarin Food Bank, our own preschool, and Florida Christian Center on Edgewood. So, when you shop at our market you not only help the small business owners but the community as well!!!! Bonus!!!!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Mandarin Food Bank if you would like to donate. A collection bin will be by the front door of the church.

There are currently no openings for new vendors. Anyone offering a spot to someone does not have the authority and is attempting to scam people. Our vendors know the process and will reach out to the correct people for questions.

August 13, 2022
Arts & Culture
Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival Parade

Parade starting point tba…ending at Metro Park downtown Jacksonville across from TIAA Bank field.

Costumes are available to purchase from various bands/troupe participating.

August 13, 2022
Farmers Market
Thanks for putting a Home Town weekly scoop out! I’m a part of a multi-generation family of locals and FirstCoast.Life feels just like that. Good quality, educational and entertaining tidbits & advice. Great job empowering folks that have steeped in our beaches! Worked, lived, and loved all that Jacksonville has to offer. See you all out and about!!
Sarah G
Jax Beach

"When you create a difference in someone's life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime. No act is ever too small.
One by one, this is how to make an ocean rise."

Poet Danielle Doby on the Power of Small Acts

Businesses to Know Better

Learn the interesting backstories of small business owners, their passion, and their community involvement

Featured Sponsors

Sliders Oyster Bar

Every Plate Has A Story

The Skate Yard

The Skate Yard is a learning centered facility that teaches Skateboarding as an art form.

Joseph’s Pizza

The dinner table is something very special to us

Pie Heaven

A Little Slice of Heaven


Gnarbucha is a dangerously awesome beverage that is crafted with love and passion for natural flavors and your well-being.

Mayport C&C Fisheries

Seafood Market

John Tesh Photography

Coastal imagery

Pubs n’ Pits

Next-Level Beer & Barbecuing
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Calling All Local Businesses

Storytelling is the New Selling

First Coast Life offers its clients a unique experience in helping them STAND OUT in this new Connection Economy

Boast Our Coast

Cool Swag. Get in the game. Be a proud “First Coaster”

We’ve all had those days, maybe you just rolled out of bed or your hair isn’t doing what you want or maybe you just got a bad haircut. Either way, it’s now a hat day and what better hat to wear than the FirstCoast.Life hat. It’s the only hat available that lets everyone know where you’d rather be.

Historian and author, Howard Zinn, on the importance of what you choose to emphasize:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Come Be a Part Of ...

Thank you for checking out our new community website!

We’re on a mission to perpetuate positive energy to as many people as possible, and a passion to share LOCAL stories and imagery of everything beautiful and good living the first coast life.

This site is a “digital platform” for you to tell YOUR story! And stay up to date with all of the amazing “First Coasters” and their personal or business stories – every week.

Glenn Shuck Publisher