Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

2012 Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic

Welcome to Jacksonville!

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing the most current information that residents and out of town visitors will need to enjoy the Georgia/Florida weekend festivities in a safe and secure manner.

To this end, we are coordinating with the City of Jacksonville, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia to provide the information you need to make the most of the weekend. All event information related to participant safety, road closures, and traffic can be found on this website or theGeorgia/Florida website.

FOLLOW OUR GAME DAY TRAFFIC ALERTS ON TWITTER @JSOPIO #FLvsGA

Assistant Chief of Special Events Leonard Propper discusses 2012 Georgia vs. Florida traffic patterns and public safety tips at a news conference held on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012:

Assistant Chief Leonard Propper discusses Georgia vs. Florida game day traffic patterns, parking and shuttle services with Bruce Hamilton and Staci Spanos, co-hosts of WJXT’s “The Morning Show”. Aired on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

 


Pre-Game Information

For residents who live or work downtown:

  • There will be no parking on the south side of Bay Street from Ocean Street to Liberty Street starting on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 a.m. throughout Saturday, Oct. 27.
  • Campers will be allowed into the lots at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. (For more information click here)
  • Be aware of the extra traffic and delays around EverBank Field and The Jacksonville Landing as guests arrive.

Road Closures

Road Closures from Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 thru Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 –

  • Hogan Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River will be closed Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
  • Pearl Street from Water Street to the St. Johns River will be closed Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
  • Sister Cities Plaza from Hogan Street to the cul-de-sac will be closed Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
  • Coastline Drive from the Jacksonville Landing to Newnan Street will be closed Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Road Closures from Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 thru Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 –
  • A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. from Duval Street to Adams Street will be closed Friday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. thru 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Road Closures from Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 thru Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 –
  • Independent Drive from Hogan Street east to Laura Street will be closed Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. thru 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Please note: Independent Drive to Laura Street will remain open to southbound traffic going to the Main Street Bridge.
 Traffic Patterns
  • Lane indicators will be working Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 a.m. thru 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. During this time there will be two lanes going east and two lanes going west between Liberty Street and Ocean Street.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. the lane indicators will shift to pre-game pattern this includes three eastbound lanes and one westbound lane from Ocean Street to the sports complex area.
  • Sign boards will be up on major roadways throughout the city with parking information.
  • The Mathews Bridge will be open on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Game Day – Game Starts at 3:30 p.m.

Parking Tips
  • People without pre-paid parking passes need to use general parking. Based on history, we anticipate that general public parking in the sports complex area will fill up five hours prior to kick-off. Private lots near the stadium area go just as fast.
  • There will be no parking on the south side of Bay Street from Ocean Street to Liberty Street starting on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 a.m. throughout Saturday, Oct. 27.
  • Arrive early. The stadium gates open at 1:30 p.m. After 1:30 p.m. the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s focus will shift to pedestrian traffic, vehicle traffic to the stadium should expect delays.
  • Additional Parking Information (as of Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012)
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Game Day Transportation Services
The JTA Shuttle is available from various locations within Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 hour post-game. You may view the schedule atwww.jtafla.com

  • Florida State College of Jacksonville’s downtown campus, 101 W. State St., will have 2,000 free parking spaces available. There will be a shuttle bus offered, which will run for four hours before kick-off and for two hours after the game ends. Please visit www.jtafla.com for shuttle bus pricing.
  • There will be free parking at the Convention Center Parking Lot on Bay Street (located across from the Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water St.) with round-trip shuttle bus services. Please visit www.jtafla.com for shuttle bus pricing. Just like at Florida State College of Jacksonville’s downtown campus, these shuttles will also run for four hours before kick-off and for two hours after the game ends.
  • Attendees heading downtown for the game can also park at the Kings Avenue Parking Garage and take the Skyway to Central Station. Then walk from Central Station to the Jacksonville Landing and take a bus to the stadium.

The Water Taxi stops at various locations on the riverbank. These locations include: The Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain, The Crowne Plaza, The Wyndam and the Jacksonville Municipal Marina.

The water taxi schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 25 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26 – 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – 9 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday, Oct. 28 – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Rates: Between $3-$5 per person, one way.
For more information go to www.jaxwatertaxi.com or call (904) 733-7782.

Safety

The safety of all game day participants is the utmost concern of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. To this end, JSO would like to stress the following safety measures.

  • Jacksonville does have an open container law for underage drinkers, and this will be enforced.
  • Stay with your friends, stay in a group.
  • Do not buy tickets in the street. Counterfeit tickets do exist, and people found with counterfeit tickets will be ejected from the game and face possible arrest. (It is legal to buy tickets from a scalper. However, you do so at your own risk.)
  • Above all else, USE COMMON SENSE throughout the weekend

Sideline Safety Zone Information

The intent of the Sideline Safety Zone is to provide a friendly and safe environment to those students seeking assistance.

The Sideline Safety Zone will be clearly marked and will be staffed by volunteers from each university as well as the City of Jacksonville. Services include access to trolleys and taxis, medical attention, water, snacks, phones and general information. The student safety hotline (904) 630-SAFE (7233) will be available during the hours of operation. Visit the Sideline Safety Zone for further information.


 EverBank Field
  • No purses or bags larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches
  • No cameras with lenses longer than six inches
  • No coolers or containers including cans, cups and bottles
  • No strollers or umbrellas
  • No pets (except special services)
  • No food or beverage from outside the stadium
  • No seat cushions
  • No video or audio recorders
  • No whistles, noise makers, air horns or laser pointers
  • No poles or sticks
  • No knives, guns or any type of weapons or explosives
  • No smoking (except in designated areas)
  • No promotional items or any other items deemed unacceptable by Stadium Management.
  • No Re-Entry

You cannot check items at the gates or in the stadium. Fans will be asked to either take prohibited items back to their car or dispose of prohibited items at the entrance of the stadium. EverBank Field and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are NOT responsible for items left behind, lost, stolen or damaged. Possession of prohibited items is grounds for ejection from the stadium. Game tickets will be forfeited. No re-entry allowed.  Click here for complete information on stadium rules and regulations

Whether you are a resident of Jacksonville or an out of town vistor, please enjoy Jacksonville, the Florida/Georgia Football Classic, and all of the exciting venues Jacksonville has to offer.


Social Media

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the City of Jacksonville’s Special Events Office will tweet traffic updates on Saturday, Oct. 27. Follow JSOPIO and FLvsGa on twitter for more information. #FLvsGA

Our Daily Bread ~ A Fresh Glimpse Of Glory

Read: Psalm 145:1-13

Every summer, thousands of Good Morning America viewers cast their votes to select “The Most Beautiful Place in America.” I was delighted when the winner for 2011 was announced—Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in my home state of Michigan. Admittedly, I didn’t expect the winning location to be in my own backyard. It reminded me of the time my wife, Martie, and I visited Niagara Falls. A man nearby watched our tourist behavior and quipped, “Ain’t nothin’ to it. I see it every day.”

How easily we grow accustomed to our surroundings and dulled to things that are familiar—even places and experiences that once brought great delight. Although God’s glory is clearly displayed all around us, sometimes the busyness of everyday life blocks our view. We take for granted His amazing work in our lives. We lose the wonder of the cross. We forget the privilege of being His child. We neglect the pleasure of His presence and miss the beauty of His creation.

I love the psalmist’s declaration: “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works” (Ps. 145:5). Let’s take time today to meditate on God’s “wondrous works” and get a fresh glimpse of His glory!

For the beauty of each hour
Hill and vale and tree and flower,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise. —Pierpoint
If created things are so utterly lovely, how gloriously beautiful must be He who made them! —Antony of Padua

Double For Your Trouble

Mood Control

There’s a time to pray and a time to act. And even though it’s not easy, confrontation is often necessary. If you need to confront someone or something in your life, make sure you do it. If someone has treated you badly, you don’t have to let them continue to disrespect you, de-value you or mistreat you. Obviously it won’t help you, and it won’t help that person either. Confront them about it.

Maybe what you need to confront isn’t a person. Maybe it’s something you’ve let creep into your life uninvited, like negative thoughts, a bad attitude or habitual sin. The good news is that you don’t have to let it control you either—if you’ll confront it.

Confront Your Bad Mood

Many people let unstable moods and out-of-control emotions control their lives. They think that nothing good can happen in their life. If this is you, then begin new today and start saying every day: “I’m going to do something great with my life!” Get rid of small thinking and begin thinking according to what God’s Word says.

When Your Mood Sinks—Resist

When you first feel your mood sinking, that’s when you need to get a hold of yourself. As the Bible says, “Resist the devil at his onset. (See James 4:7). Even if someone’s done you wrong, forgive them in the first 5-10 minutes or you’ll sink deeper into that bad mood, and it will be harder to deal with and let go of. You don’t have to feel like doing the right thing to do it. Just make the choice to do it.

Stability Releases Ability

Stability is defined as the ability to quickly return to a calm, stable state when disturbed, disappointed or upset; the strength to stand or endure any situation and remain calm. One of the most wonderful gifts we can give others or ourselves is stability, or dependability. It’s a sign of choosing to trust God. Once we’re stable, we will have the ability to do what we’re called to do.

Rely on Him

Trusting in God is the key to moving forward into the things God has for us. The reason some of you aren’t getting anywhere with the call on your life is because you haven’t gotten some things straight in your personal life. You never know what’s going to happen when you get up in the morning for that day, but God wants us to rely on Him and look to Him.

A dozen opportunities may arise to get you offended or to say stupid and negative things, but no matter what you feel like inside—even if you feel like you’re going to blow up—you have a choice. Are you going to throw a fit, or are you going to go to God and ask Him to help you to change your mood?

When you immediately go to Him, suddenly something will change inside you. Once you get into the habit of this, you will start to see those moods and bad attitudes leave a little sooner. That “uninvited guest” may try to come back, but you will have already decided to not let him in!


This article is taken from the 2010 Love Life Women’s Convention five-part series.