What Makes Jacksonville Like No Place Else
Here, a few of the things that characterize this Florida city.These sights and sounds are unique to Jacksonville:
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Jax has long been known as the epicenter of Southern rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special and Molly Hatchet hailed from here. The widow of Skynyrd lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, owns a music club at Jax Beach called Freebird Live. It’s billed as a living tribute to the band and it’s one of the area’s premiere live-music venues showcasing both local and national artists. Nu-metal band Limp Bizkit also came from Jacksonville.
Yes, We Are Southern
Jacksonville is named for Andrew Jackson, the Tennessean who served as a major general in the War of 1812 and went on to become the seventh president of the United States.
Yes, We Are Southern, Part 2
Grits are a breakfast staple at every local restaurant. Okra comes fried. Green beans are cooked with bacon or ham hocks. Barbecue is accompanied by a variety of sauces on the table, from fire-hot to sweet honey mustard.
The Navy has two active installations in Jacksonville and is a powerful economic and cultural force in the city. The Naval Air Station on the Westside was the first Navy installation in the city, opening in 1940. The Naval Station Mayport opened in December 1942 at the mouth of the St. Johns River. A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will be home-ported at Mayport in the future, bringing up to 5,000 Navy families with it. Thousands of people work on both bases, making it the largest employer in Northeast Florida. Go Navy!