This past Friday, you might have driven passed the iconic cooling towers. If you drove the same route, the next day, nothing. In less than a minute, crowds of people watched as 1,500 pounds of dynamite brought down the two cooling towers that have been there since the 1980’s.
Mayor Lenny Curry is in favor of the city overtaking the Jacksonville Landing and tearing it down, in favor of a riverfront park. What Curry calls the “front lawn for the core of downtown.” On the sides of the park he envisions two commercial buildings, much smaller in size than the current Landing.
While the Sleiman family has a lease on the property through 2056, the city contends Jacksonville Landing Investments failed to operate the Landing as a first-class retail facility as required by the lease, finding a way to seize and take over. The rebuttle is that the city has made it impossible for them to operate as a first-class retail facility and in turn failed to uphold their part of the lease.
A man has been hospitalized after being struck by lightning while at the beach Monday afternoon, just before 2:45 p.m. He was conscious while being transported to the hospital, and told the lifeguards that he felt the lightning’s charge from his head through his foot.
Atlantic Beach police said about an hour later that lightning from another, larger thunderstorm passed over the beaches and struck the roof of a house and caused a fire that burned through the roof of the home on Oceanwalk Drive South. The couple was home at the time, and although they did not realize that a fire has started at first, they got out safely and no injuries were reported. One third of the attic caught fire.
10 a.m. on Saturday at Memorial Park, powerboats will race on the St Johns River for the 2018 P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix. Seven powerboats will be racing along the St. Johns River for the 5th year, averaging 70 miles per hour.
Jacksonville is a great venue for boat racing due to easy spectating from the shore, but recent storm’s and hurricane’s that caused debris raises some issues. Crew members have been wokring to make sure the course is clear, and safe to race.
There will also be day of safety precautions, including a helicopter to not only look out for debris, but also for marine mammal observation.
Just like any ordinary wedding, the groom (Prince Harry) ended his speech asking “Does anyone here know how to play the piano?” to which Elton John took the stage and played 4 songs. Your Song, Circle of Life, I’m Still Standing, and Tiny Dancer were all performed for the Royal Reception party.
Buddy Guy had Mick Jagger and Keith Richards swing by the recording studio to be a part of his new, upcoming album The Blues Is Alive and Well. Jagger and Richards are not featured on the same track with Guy, but each on their own track with the Blues Legend. Guy will also be on David Lettermans My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix, tomorrow!
Last month it was reported that Fleetwood Mac will be touring this year without longtime guitarist and vocalist, Lindsey Buckingham. It has now come out that the reason he’s out, is timing. He didn’t want to go on tour for at least another year, while the rest of the band was ready now, and a band vote decided it’s best to move on.
Hall and Oates have collaborated with Train to produce their new upbeat song “Philly Forget Me Not”. The song has been released ahead of their co-headlining summer tour this year, and it is Hall and Oates first new song since 2002!
Hall has said that the song “pretty much describes my feelings about Philly, my music home.” Oates chimed in “It will be cool to play a new song on this upcoming tour with Train.”
As for Monahan, lead singer of Train, being able to co-headline a tour with Hall and Oates this summer, well, “It’s a lifelong dream Train couldn’t be more excited – listening to them and playing alongside them on tour each night is going to be incredible.” said Monahan.
Their tour starts this year on May 1st, and concludes August 11th in Seattle. No Jacksonville show scheduled, but there will be one in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando.
The Temptations have announced that they’re releasing their first new album in the last 8 years called All The Time! All The Time will feature renditions of songs by Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, to go along with three new original Temptations songs.
Tonight at 9 pm on AXS TV, Robby Krieger and John Densmore will join Dan Rather on The Big Interview. The interview will discuss how the surviving band members felt watching the opening scene of Apocalypse Now, which featured their song “The End”.
In the sneak peek they also explain to Rather what made them different from other bands during the “Flower Power” era, pointing out their tendency to talk about darker things.
Check out the sneak peek below and don’t miss the full interview tonight!