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(Video from the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade)

Jacksonville's beloved Light Boat Parade returns on December 30th.

Pho a Noodle Bar - Downtown Jacksonville FL
Pho a Noodle Bar - Downtown Jacksonville FL

It’s new, it’s noodlely, and you can have it just the way you like it at Pho A Noodle Bar, now open at 117 West Adams Street downtown. (PS, it’s “fuh” like duh, not “fo” like go).

This savory Vietnamese soup is gaining traction in Jacksonville (Check out also Bowl of Pho in Baymeadows). It’s a simple, healthy alternative, appropriate for lunch or dinner, and Pho ePHicianados tell me that Pho A Noodle Bar is on par with the some of the best noodle shops they’ve experienced, including those in NYC, where there is a proliferation of “noodle bars” throughout the city.

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Latitude 30 Downtown Jacksonville
Latitude 30 Downtown Jacksonville

At present, it’s only at the Letter of Intent stage, but owners of the popular Latitude 30 entertainment complex has its eye on the old, vacant former Haydon Burns downtown library. Like to The Latitude 30 Philips Highway complex, the family fun center would have the building’s ample space using the first floor, 26,000 square feet, for the bowling lanes, restaurant, sports viewing center, movie theater and games area. It would be a pared down version of Latitude 30’s Philip’s Highway complex at the Avenues near the intersection of Philips Highway and Southside Boulevard. Latitude 30 is already in the process of scoping out locations in Indianapolis, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Even with the smaller version, the first floor space, CEO Brent Brown has said, there’s ample room for 12 bowling lanes, a restaurant, a sports theater and games.

Since it’s a historic building, they made need special permission for that signature globe that is so visible atop the Philips Highway location, but we hope they go forward with their plans, as it would be a serious shot in the arm for downtown Jax.

Fun Facts Elvis Florida Theatre

Elvis Presley put on several shows on August 10 and 11, 1956 at the Florida Theatre, but not without ruffling some feathers. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding warned Elvis after his first show that he must “tone down” his act. Elvis told reporters “I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong”.  He modified his show nonetheless, wiggling his little finger suggestively with a gesture that replaced some of his less restrained body movements, but still driving the largely female teenage audience wild.  It is said that Judge Marion Gooding sat next to the stage throughout the remainder of Elvis’  performances to ensure that the King’s body movements would not become too “suggestive.” 

Beatles in Jacksonville 1964


Jacksonville is one of the few cities on the Eastern coast that have been largely spared from the wrath of major hurricanes. However, in 1964 the big one hit. Hurricane Dora caused severe damage, and no part of the city was spared.   But, the very next day, on September 11, 1964, over 20,000 fans packed the Gator Bowl (now Everbank Field),  to see the Beatles. The lads from Liverpool did not disappoint.  They endured harsh winds, but they were undeterred, and so were the screaming fans.  (It is rumored that the winds were blowing so hard that Ringo Starr's drum set had to be nailed down to the stage).

 

 

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