With the summer season here, many people like to hit the beaches and have barbeques and other outdoor parties. Unfortunately though, with the summer fun, many police departments see an increase in crimes and complaints. Here are a couple websites that can help you be aware of dangerous areas and make sure you are not violating the law. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a crime map that shows you where and what type of crimes have taken place anywhere in Duval County. Then check out Municode or the city’s website for the city you are in to make sure your barbeque or party is not violating local noise ordinances. These sites are very useful for practicing attorneys as well.
This time of year our thoughts turn to having fun outdoors. Why not take a look at the new summer resources? When thinking of a Jacksonville Suns baseball game why not take The baseball trust: a history of baseball’s antitrust exemption along for the fun? Are you camping this summer? We have you covered there too; Environmental and natural resources law is just the thing to pack. We just received these great new titles and many others too, take a look.
Have you seen the recent development in Florida concerning funeral protests? There was an article in the Jacksonville Times Union describing a bill that has been passed in the Florida Senate that would affect those protests. If you notice they give you a citation to that bill: SB 118. If you want to keep track of how that bill makes its way through our legislature you can head over to the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/. Once you are there just put the bill number (118) in the search box at the top of the screen and you can see all the exciting things that have happened as the bill makes its way through the senate. One of the options allows you to view the staff analyses of the bill which can often give you some insight into the legislative intent. This is a great way to get comfortable with Florida legislative history research. (This can be very tough) If you want to be notified any time there is activity concerning this or any other bill just sign up for Senate Tracker account. With a Senate Tracker account you can track items throughout the website, view the latest updates on the Tracker tab, and receive email notifications when those items are updated. You can create an account here. All you need is an email address. Did I mention this is all free? It is!
Manatees – or sea cows – have a rich history in mythology, often “tricking” sailors into confusing them with mermaids (Manatee 101 video). It’s only natural then, that people want to swim with the manatees, just as they do the dolphins. Alas, Florida law prohibits this – but not everyone is aware of that!
Consider this Please Do Not Ride the Manatees blog story (FYI: It includes some colorful language) from loweringthebar. It describes a woman in Florida who was swimming in the warm water with the manatees and now finds herself in hot water with the law!
Reliable blogs can be a good source for news stories, but they must be evaluated like any other secondary source. Some of the better news blogs will even provide specific citations to primary law or link out to primary sources on the open web. The loweringthebar blog does just that, linking out to the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act on Online Sunshine.
What next though? What if you are interested in more information about manatee protection in Florida? Where should you look?
Well, armed with a statute citation, a great place to look is a set of Florida statutes with annotations.
We have two of those in the library – LexisNexis Florida Annotated Statutes and West’s Florida Statutes Annotated - located on the third floor in the Regional Collection. After the text of the statute itself, the annotations will provide you with references to cases related to that legislation, as well as cross references to other resources.
Now you are well on your way to understanding Manatee Law in Florida!
You’re a bit of the way into the semester now, so some of you may feel you’re a bit behind on the schoolwork and need to catch up on that this weekend. Midterms are coming soon, so by all means do so, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself a little bit as a reward for all your hard work. Here are some of the happenings this weekend -
Saturday (All Day, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM) – Pagan Pride Day in Riverside Park. Enjoy vendors, workshops, and performances for free, rain or shine.
Saturday (Evening, 7:00 PM) – Check out the home opener of the Jacksonville Bullies (Professional Lacrosse League), as they host the Charlotte Copperheads at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Sunday (Kickoff at 1:00 PM; Tailgating before, Celebrating after) – The Jacksonville Jaguars look to rebound from a heartbreaking loss on the road in Week 1 and treat the hometown fans to a win against the division rival Houston Texans. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM and tickets are still available.
One of the nice things about living in a area like Jacksonville is that you often have the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and activities without traveling far. This weekend is no exception, and I’m going to highlight some of the opportunities with a brief World Culture Tour of Jacksonville.
Check out DHOL-N-BEATZ, Jacksonville’s first ever Bollywood Club Party!
On Saturday, September 8th, at the Aqua Nightclub (11000 Beach Blvd.), DJ Veekay from SF will be on the turntables spinning the best in Bollywood music. Doors open at 9:00 PM and there’s a $12 cover charge. Check out a sample from DJ Veekay here and visit the Facebook event page for additional information.
Bonus Event: Ek Tha Tiger (Trailer), now showing at the AMC Regency 24.
For centuries, the enduring beauty, majestic history, and rich cultural fabric of Italy have served as inspirations to artists of the world. This weekend, take advantage of the opportunity to see contemporary responses to those inspirations, and visit the ongoing exhibit Rendering Italy: UNF Art & Design Faculty Abroad. The exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art features works by eight UNF faculty members from the Department of Art and Design, and is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM today (9/7) and tomorrow (9/8) and from Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday (9/9). Weekend admission for Coastal students is only $5, and if you can’t make it this weekend, the exhibit is open until October 7, 2012.
You are running out of time to see Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Running through next weekend, this exhibit takes a close look at paintings, prints and photographs created over the past eighty years, examining and celebrating work by artists on both sides of the border to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) to the present day.
Visit the Jacksonville Public Library (Main Branch) to see Art Walk: Between Two Worlds. A visual representation of the history of Native Americans in the Southwest United States through the art of Lynn Wehrmann, the exhibit is open during library hours – Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM & Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Bonus Event: Before and After 1565: A Participatory Examination of St. Augustine’s Native American History at Flagler’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum.
Celebrate the Pedro Menendez 1565 Founders’ Weekend at the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. Enjoy this historic 16th Century Encampment and Faire featuring 1565 reenactments, demonstrations, and participation.
Remember - If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, feel free to submit them to the Reference Librarians to be included in future posts.
If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.
Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer! Be sure to check the library hours, as we will have reduced hours on Monday!
All weekend –
- Want to support a local cinema? Try Sun-Ray Cinema in Riverside.
- Want to support local restaurants? Try some of the restaurants and bars in this article about King Street in Riverside Becoming Beer Central.
- Music in the Courtyard in Neptune Beach, from 7-10 pm at 200 First Street.
Saturday, September 1st –
- The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is back in full swing under the Fuller Warren Bridge from 10 am to 4 pm.
Monday, September 3rd –
- Of course, it’s a federal holiday, so here’s a list of all of the offices that will be closed Monday.
Welcome everyone! We hope your first week of school was a good one. If you need to unwind a bit this weekend, try A Walk in the Woods at the Jacksonville Arboretum on Saturday. There are two walks: one focused on fitness, beginning at 8:00 am, and one nature-oriented, beginning at 9:30. Both are fun and informative. Both are free and open to the public. See the link for details.
More of an indoor person? The Florida Theatre will be showing Some Like is Hot Sunday at 2:00 pm. This Oscar and Golden Globe winning film is considered an all-time classic. Take a break at see it in a theater. See this Florida Theatre link for location and time – only $7.50!
Time will become a precious commodity on Monday as classes begin for the fall semester, so make the most of your last couple of days without classes. Here are a few activities you can do this weekend. Saturday there is the Mega Talent Show downtown or check out Folio Weekly’s list of happenings this weekend. Finally, don’t miss out on the fun with the Jacksonville Suns, on Sunday they take on the Birmingham Barons.
If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!
If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:
Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th, & Sunday August 5th
- LEND ME A TENOR The Limelight Theatre stages Ken Ludwig’s musical farce about two rival opera singers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. http://limelight-theatre.org/
- JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Rob Holloway and Red appear at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. http://thegypsycomedyclub.com/new_page_2.htm
- GOD’S FAVORITE Amelia Community Theatre stages the Neil Simon comedy at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 9-11 and 16-18, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749.
- Pot Goes the Musical! Players by the Sea sets the dangers of marijuana to music.“Reefer Madness The Musical” is staged at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. General admission is $25. 249-0289. http://www.playersbythesea.org/performances/reefer-madness
- Like comedy? Go check out Mad Cowford Improv Comedy! Show starts at 8:15 and the cost is only $5. Get there easrly since this is their six year anniversary show and it is always popular!
Saturday, August 4th
- The Jacksonville Landing Enjoy free live music in the Courtyard by Spanky the Band from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Catch live music on the riverfront stage in the Courtyard every Friday and Saturday night. http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com/events/live-music-spanky-the-band-10?on=2012-08-04
Sunday August 5th
- Reggae on the River is back and The Jacksonville Landing is the place to be to wrap up the weekend. The hottest reggae bands will take over the riverfront stage on the first Sunday of every month in the summer. Chillakaya will take the Courtyard stage from 5 – 9 p.m. http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com/events/reggae-on-the-river-2?on=2012-08-05
- LOUDERPALOOZA 2012: AMMO, FFN, BOOGER, POOR RICHARDS, TOE IN THE TRIGGER, POWERBALL, XGEEZER, THE PINZ, SICKSICKSICKS and SHATTERMAT The noise starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686.
Saturday, August 4th, 2012 Markets
Mandarin Farmers Market
Mandarin: San Jose / Old St. Augustine Rd
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Riverside Art Market (RAM)
Downtown Jacksonville: Under Fuller Warren Bridge
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 5th, 2012 Markets