Category Archives: Events

Until Next Year!

As the holiday season comes to a close, the decked chairs make their way back to the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station. Since Deck The Chairs’ inaugural year (2013) it has doubled in size and is expected to expand yearly! The iconic red chairs and unique lighted sculptures provided a wholesome, festive downtown during the holidays. This special experience allowed you to wander about with family and friends taking pleasure in the decorations and overall merry atmosphere. With the event being free and open to the public there was no reason not to make an appearance. The Deck The Chairs—Light the Beach event took place November 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The public was invited to celebrate “throwing the switch,” which lit up the 36 decorated lifeguard... read more

Deck The Chairs – Holiday Celebration on December 14

Deck The Chairs (DTC) – Holiday Celebration: Night of Music & Dance on Sunday, December 14 from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. starts the official 10 days until Christmas countdown! Come marvel at over 30 decorated lifeguard chairs including the 24-foot tall DTC Tree in downtown Jacksonville Beach. Performances by Nancy Dance Studio, string quintets from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, presented by BRASS; hand bell choirs and choirs from several area churches, choruses from Fletcher High and Middle Schools; and of course a visit from Santa Claus allow visitors to delight in the holiday spirit. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to fill the Gifting Bucks for BEAM at the base of the DTC... read more

Bright Lights, Little City

The 2nd Annual Deck the Chairs (DTC), Beaches Winter Light Festival held its DTC-Light the Beach: Official Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, November 30. This month long festival features 36 decorated lifeguard chairs along with six large metal light sculptures and a whimsical 24-foot tall tree. With this year’s exhibit doubling in size, the crowd did too. Thousands attended the event at Latham Plaza and Sea Walk Pavilion area in Jacksonville Beach. The evening’s entertainment provided by Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony (BRASS) and local choirs reined in the holiday with cheer. The celebration consisted of many bright lights, but even more bright smiles. There is no better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than to attend the display... read more

Brushed Bold: A Painting and Photography Exhibit Unveiled at Annual Tacos for TaTa’s

  Jacksonville, Fla. (October 15, 2014) — Brushed Bold: A Painting and Photography Exhibit showed breast cancer Survivors in a unique way at Tacos for TaTa’s held on Monday, October 6, 2014.  For the third year TacoLu and lululemon athletica co-sponsored the fundraiser to benefit 26.2 with DONNA and The Donna Foundation. The sold out event showcased 14 amazing Survivors whose breasts were painted with a design of their choosing to represent their feelings about survival, hope, faith, and inspiration.  All Survivors remain anonymous. Artists Mobarick Abdullah, Heather Aguilera, Jessica Becker, Bharati Chaudhuri, Jeanie Lijoi, Kurtis Loftus, Willy Meyer, Anna Miller, Whitney Myers, Taylor Peterson, Jenny Wells, Tommy Williams, and Russ Wilson painted... read more

Stephen And The SEE Gull Book Signing Event a Success

  JACKSONVILLE, FLA — It was standing room only by the end of the book signing event for “Stephen And The SEE GULL Visit the Beach,” written by Kurtis Loftus, that was held on Thursday, July 31 at the Book Mark in Neptune Beach, Fla. “It was a special evening,” said owner Rona Brinlee. “The Book Mark was honored to host this event.” The book was also featured during an interview with Kurtis on WTLV12’s “First Coast Living” program earlier that day. View the segment here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=3706972081001 “Since the time my two daughters were infants, I have wanted to illustrate a children's book immersed in the discovery of outdoor space as seen through their brand new eyes.” explains... read more

First City of Jacksonville Beach WaveMaker Award Presented to Kurtis Loftus

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (July 24, 2014) – Kurtis Loftus, President and Creative Director of The Kurtis Group, a long-standing Jacksonville Beach marketing and advertising boutique, was presented the first City of Jacksonville Beach WaveMaker Award for Outstanding Service as a Community Leader. The WaveMaker is a new award developed by The Honorable Charlie Latham to identify and lift up individual efforts to make the community a better place for its residents and visitors. A Proclamation of Esteem was read by Mayor Latham during the City Council meeting held July 21, 2014. Kurtis and his close family were in attendance. Loftus was recognized for his involvement in many community and fundraising efforts. His most recent accomplishments include raising... read more

New Casino Cruise to Sail Out of Mayport

The Kurtis Group is happy to work with Victory Casino Cruises to bring Jacksonville's largest casino cruise ship to Historic Mayport. New Casino Cruise to Sail Out of Mayport_Channel 4 Victory Casino Cruises coming mid-June_Jacksonville Business... read more

Salt Life Food Shack in St. Augustine, FL

Salt Life Food Shack is now open for lunch and dinner in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Click here for restaurant review &... read more

Salt Life Food Shack Aquarium Built by “Tanked” Team

We are pleased to work with Salt Life Food Shack as they open a new location in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. The restaurant, across from the St. Augustine Beach Pier, makes its national television debut on Animal Planet's "Tanked." See below for the full story and "Tanked" reveal. Salt Life Food Shack Aquarium Built by "Tanked" Team_The St. Augustine Record. Tanked reveal: An Inside-Outside Surf-Themed... read more

7th Annual 26.2 with DONNA A Huge Success Despite Weather

7th Annual 26.2 with DONNA A Huge Success Despite Weather Jacksonville, Fla. (February 25, 2014) — 26.2 with DONNA welcomed close to 10,000 registered runners and walkers from all 50 states and 14 countries to the 7th Annual 26.2 with DONNA marathon events held Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2014 on Florida’s First Coast. Events On Saturday, the 5K & Family Fun Run presented by Black Knight Financial Services had a record high number of 2,000 participants in downtown Jacksonville. On Sunday, the Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay events started on time with no traffic delays and temperatures at a mild 51 degrees. On the course through the four beach communities, race participants were greeted by cheering spectators who offered... read more