50 Shades of Clay

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50 SHADES OF CLAY Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels shoots himself in the foot STORY BY SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG • COVER ILLUSTRATION BY ED HALL


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LOBBYISTS want the state to HIJACK DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOLS ... and CITY HALL is laying the GROUNDWORK FLORIDA’S COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION Richard Corcoran recently blasted Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene at a State Board of Education meeting. He claimed to be concerned about the status of some of Duval’s “low-performing” schools—in plain English, schools that don’t do well in high-stakes tests. This wasn’t a matter of two educators disagreeing about what’s best for Duval’s children; it was political theater on the part of Corcoran. Nobody should believe for a second that he cares about the education of the poor and minority children in Northside and Westside Jacksonville. Corcoran is not even an educator. Before being appointed commissioner, his experience in the education field was limited to, personally, watching his wife run charter schools and, professionally, as a legislator, championing bills that would benefit those schools (and, by extension, his family). Greene, on the other hand, has more than 20 years of experience and has climbed the ranks from teacher to superintendent of one of the largest school districts in the nation. During the meeting, Corcoran asked Greene why she hadn’t embraced his pet charter program. Greene answered that Duval County already has 40 charter schools. Most of them, however, don’t serve struggling and mostly minority neighborhoods. The ones that did have failed and are now closed. The truth of the matter is, charters that operate in areas mired in poverty often do considerably worse than the public schools there. Some might point to the crown jewel of the local charter school movement, the KIPP franchise, as evidence that charters can succeed. Wrong. One of the KIPP schools had to merge with another to avoid a failing grade. Its school day and school year are longer, it serves a smaller percentage of free- and reduced-lunch and minority students than nearby public schools, and it spends about a third more per student than do traditional public schools. Despite all these advantages, its grade goes up and down more often than your typical yo-yo.

Corcoran’s goal is not to improve our public schools, but to replace them with charters. He shares that goal with another local politician and political ally: Mayor Lenny Curry. Curry has never been a supporter of our public schools. Instead, he has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to the charter school of his super-donor, Gary Chartrand. He vetoed a City Council resolution asking the state board of education to not change testing requirements that would adversely impact poor and mostly minority students. Earlier this month, instead of supporting the school-infrastructure tax referendum, which would also create jobs and increase property values (something most mayors traditionally support), he undermined the school board’s efforts by directing the city’s legal counsel to issue a laughable ruling suggesting the board must ask the City Council for permission. Now, with the formation of the Charter Review Commission, a once-a-decade exercise ostensibly conceived to improve city governance, Curry sees an opening to take over our schools and replace them with the charter school network that Chartrand and others have envisioned. If you think this is hyperbole, know this: the proposition was actually floated during the last CRC, when Duval had a mere handful of charters. The Chamber of Commerce has called for school board “reform”—it wants to move from an elected to an appointed school body. Oh, and who works for the chamber? City Council President Aaron Bowman, whose CRC nominees are known enemies of public education. These state and local moves are part of a coordinated effort to replace our school board and take over our public schools, not for the benefit of students, but for the profit of charterschool shareholders. Their end-game: Corcoran says that Duval County can’t manage its schools, and the Charter Review Commission concurs. Then the mayor, who styles himself as a great man of action, does the deed. Chris Guerrieri mail@folioweekly.com

BRICKBATS + BOUQUETS BOUQUETS TO JACKSONVILLE ZOO & GARDENS In the wee morning hours of May 19, a giraffe was born at the zoo. The 119-pound calf was the second addition to the facility’s giraffe population in a few days. Its 187-pound half-brother was born on May 16. Both babies were sired by Duke, the zoo’s late reticulated giraffe stud. BRICKBATS TO TALA EAGLE-WYMAN On May 14, the St. Johns County restaurant server was arrested for allegedly altering the tip amounts on credit card authorizations. Some 250 customers were reportedly victimized between July 16, 2018 and March 13, 2019. Eagle-Wyman altered her tips in amounts ranging from 50 cents to $10, and made away with a total of $441.08. 4 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019


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CITY HALL IS GOING INTO THAT WEIRD SEMIanimated state it enters during the summer, with budget being hammered out by the Mayor’s Office, and with people leaving and entering the Council. It’s a transitional time. However, it’s a time when things of real import are happening. One such issue: Councilmember Garrett Dennis’ bill to decriminalize possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis. Police officers, such as the one behind you with his high beams on full blast, would have discretion to not arrest you but issue a civil citation. As Shelton Hull noted in his May 15 Folio Weed column, it’s an uphill battle for Dennis. The mayor won’t do business. Sheriff Mike Williams doesn’t want this discretion, even though Dennis has basically said that JSO was moving this direction anyway. Council is a bit more open-minded. Dennis’ fellow Democrat Joyce Morgan may co-sponsor. Republicans like Greg Anderson are willing to listen. Are there 10 votes? I’m not sure. Council President Aaron Bowman thinks legal cannabis is inevitable, but he sees holes in this particular bill. And Bill Gulliford, whose crusade of late has been trying to stop opioid overdose deaths, envisions a scenario where street dealers cut the herb with fentanyl. Dennis isn’t necessarily a cannacrusader, but he’s tired of his constituents’ lives being ruined because of some possession rap. It’s a laudable position, though it avoids certain realities. There is a strong case to be made against the black market, and ironically it rests in the medical community with mostly older users, whose aches and pains and maladies come with age. That product is as corporatized and reliable as one could want. The “seed-to-sale” tracking used in Florida dictates real accountability. And the profit margins are such that there is the capital to abide by the regulatory guidelines. A solution to the issue of compromised product could be either an expansion of the list of qualifying conditions for a Florida card, or a regulated adult-use market outside the medical system. That would be a Tallahassee move, however (and one that probably happens only if a ballot initiative somehow makes the 2020 slate, passes with more than 60

percent, and then gets gutted by so-called “implementing legislation.”) Dennis’ bill is a half-measure, but the kind of thing that kicks off conversations. Even if the argument could be made that deemphasizing weed busts would help increase the murder clearance rate and stop the blood tide of Duval homicide, it probably wouldn’t fly from Dennis. Because of the nature of the political game, it’s hard to see players like Lenny Curry and Aaron Bowman letting him get a win. He might as well float the idea, though. This is a do-or-die summer for local leaders, with the rollout of the new Crime Gun Intelligence Center. The acting ATF director was in town, and she and locals (Curry, Williams, State Attorney Melissa Nelson) lauded the CGIC as a gamechanger. The question, however, is when will the game change and what will the change look like? “You can absolutely expect improvement, but in terms of X percentage, no, not at this point,” Williams allowed. Jacksonville’s homicide clearance rate is among the lowest in the state. The murder rate, meanwhile, is going to be up year over year, despite four years of public safety spending and political spin. “Slight increases ... last year we saw a slight dip, this year we’re up a little bit,” Curry said. “But we’ve stopped the hemorrhaging.” The ATF director couldn’t tell me any specific examples of actual improvements driven by these investments in other cities. The tools should help with functions like identifying bullets and tracking their sources, especially useful given the lack of cooperation with police in the most violent neighborhoods. The gunmen are mostly part of a small group. The narcotics trade is an economic engine for this activity. Et cetera. Et cetera. The only local pol to face the voters anytime soon is Melissa Nelson, and it’s clear she will have the money and political machine behind her. Assuming she draws an opponent at all, though, one might expect the argument to be along the lines of “the machine couldn’t keep us safe.” Not that it will fly any better than #CurryCrimeWave. But that’s the play to make. A.G. Gancarski mail@folioweekly.com MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 5





Named for the successful violinist and frequent guest at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, AICMF’s young-artist program showcases its up-and-coming talent in a historic setting. The event closes the festival’s inaugural Spring Institute. 5 p.m. Sun., June 2, Old Nassau County Courthouse, Fernandina Beach, aicmf.com, $30.




For the 10th year running, The Turtles convene a roster of 1960s fellow hit-makers for a national tour celebrating rock history. This year’s lineup features Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron (pictured), The Buckinghams and The Cowsills, among others. 7 p.m. Sun., June 2, The Florida Theatre, Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $35-$75.




The Jacksonville Symphony performs the classic film’s Academy Awardwinning score live as families immerse themselves in a larger-than-life screening of the 1939 history-making movie. 7 p.m. Fri., May 31; 3 p.m. Sun., June 2, Times-Union Center, Downtown, jaxsymphony.org, $19-$84. 6 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019





The founding Phish frontman steps out with his solo project, a shape-shifting pickup band that performs improvised and composed pieces. Widdly-woo! 6 p.m. Wed., May 29, The Amp, staugamphitheatre.com, $39.50-$69.50.




WJCT radio personality Melissa Ross hosts a screening of the new PBS documentary series, Sinking Cities, followed by a discussion of the local implications of global climate change. Panelists include Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser and St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. 6:30 p.m. Tue., June 4, WJCT Studios, Northbank, wjct.org, free with registration.

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Singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent joins forces with Cellogram (cellist Dave Eggar and drummer Chuck Palmer) to perform dinosaur-themed tunes in MOSH’s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 1, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Cir., Southbank, themosh.org, $25.

The Jumbo Shrimp wrap up a homestand with the Mobile BayBears with four games this week. There’s a Pure Barre class on the field before the Wednesday game. 7:05 p.m. Wed.-Fri., May 29-31; 6:35 p.m. Sat., June 1; Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 Randolph Blvd., $5 and up.







The 120-acre tree reserve hosts its monthly Children’s Tour, perfect for ages seven to 12. Young visitors learn about the relationship between humans and the environment and discover local flora. 10-11 a.m. Sat., June 1, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Rd., Arlington, jacksonvillearboretum.org, free with registration.





The Florida Elite Soccer Academy’s USL League Two team battles the Lakeland Tropics. Florida Elite competes in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference of the 74-team USL2. 7 p.m. Tue., June 4, Creekside High School, 100 Knights Lane, St. Johns, floridaelitesa.com, $5-$8.







Individuals across the ability spectrum take flight at Jacksonville’s indoor skydiving facility. Each session includes pre-flight training and all necessary gear. Call for reservations. 5 p.m. Mon., June 3, iFly Jacksonville, 10579 Brightman Blvd., Southside, iflyworld.com, 712-3388, $69-$111.

It’s the Jax Spring Encore Hunter Jumper Show. Riders and horses from throughout the Southeast compete in a variety of categories. 8 a.m. Thur.-Sun., May 30-June 2, Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., jaxequestriancenter.com, free admission, free parking.


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Also known as Southern Mama, the Alabama-born standup comedian is on the fast track to becoming the next Jeff Foxworthy. The Comedy Zone offers free admission for military on Wednesdays. 7 p.m. Wed., May 29, The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., Southside, comedyzone.com, $28.





Vets4Vets holds its second quarterly gathering of the year. All veterans and active duty are welcome to share experiences and meet community leaders. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 1, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Sports Complex, v4vflorida.org, free.



Must Have Base Access



Weekly sign-language classes take place every Wednesday and cater to all learning levels. Attend one or many. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., May 29, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, CRAB, 1066 USS James Madison Rd., Bldg. 1066, 912-573-1303, $5/class. Must have base access. MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 9





Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center, this monthly support group helps Hispanic cancer patients, survivors and their families. 5-6:30 p.m. Mon., June 3, Ackerman Cancer Center, 10881 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, ackermancancercenter.com, free.


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It’s the best of both worlds. The Greeks at Taverna Yamas host one of the largest Latin nights in Jacksonville every Thursday. The soundtrack is bachata, merengue and salsa. 10 p.m. Thur., May 30, Taverna Yamas, 9753 Deer Lake Ct., Southside, facebook.com/TavernaYamasJax, free admission.




Watch Tottenham vs. Liverpool on live television in the presence of Jacksonville Armada FC. Follow the home soccer team immediately after the match to Patton Park for a 7 p.m. game against Miami United FC. 2-6 p.m. Sat., June 1, Delicias Colombianas, 10771 Beach Blvd., Arlington, deliciascolombianasjax.com, free. 10 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019






Big Fish Yoga hosts this free weekly music-and-flow session at Jax Beach’s popular bar and concert venue, Surfer the Bar. Practice your postures and then stay for mimosas and brunch after class. 10-11 a.m. Sunday, June 2, Surfer the Bar, 200 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach, bigfishpoweryoga.com, free.




Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition gives Nassau County dads-to-be a chance to learn the art of parenting from experienced veterans. This free, three-hour course covers child safety and father-child bonding as well as the proper ways of handling, burping and using diapers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Florida Department of Health, Yulee Clinic, 86014 Pages Dairy Rd., nefhealthystart.org, free.




Cancer survivors, supporters and families are invited to this celebration of life, featuring food trucks, entertainment, art and interactive tours of the New Flagler Health+ Radiation Oncology Center. Guest speakers include local actor Anne Kraft, a survivor of lung cancer. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Flager Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine, flaglerhospital.org, free. MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 11



Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels shoots himself in the foot It’s another tawdry tale of politicians behaving badly. The latest scoundrel is married 54-year-old Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels. A constant counsel to area religious groups— indeed, a man whose claim to worthiness was his degree in religion— Daniels has been carrying on an affair with one of his employees for six years. She is 25 years his junior and worked for him at the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office before he went to Clay County. It gets worse. Recently, after his wife found out, Daniels had deputies arrest his young mistress for stalking him. The Jacksonville television media have done an excellent job chronicling the latest breaking news. Nonetheless, Daniels’ sexcapades cannot be told completely in bites. Folio Weekly was enmeshed in the chain of events that led to the unraveling of Daniels’ deception. Here follows a comprehensive timeline of events, filling in key missing pieces as of this writing. This story was assembled using law enforcement documents, tapes and interviews. The sheriff ’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Cierra Lewis Smith, initially agreed to give Folio Weekly the first shot at her story, but changed her mind. Hence, her statements are quoted from incident reports, investigative materials and her media debut. Some of the incidents contained in the reports are not included in order to protect the innocents, of which there are few. BEGINNING IN THE MIDDLE On May 6, Cierra Smith was arrested by deputies of the Clay County Sheriff ’s Office. CCSO insiders began talking about the unusual event, which involved the sheriff and his wife, the following day. Folio Weekly attempted, unsuccessfully, to obtain the incident report on May 8. It wasn’t until May 10 that inside sources helped Folio Weekly obtain the records. Faced with inevitable daylight, Daniels decided to have his office release the information in an attempt to control the spin. Daniels himself was on his way out of town to attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C., where fallen Clay County Officer Ben Zirbel was to be honored, with his family in attendance.

In Daniels’ absence, the CCSO incident report went public. Unfortunately for him, the report led the media to another document: a Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office Internal Affairs investigation filled with salacious details of Daniels’ affair. For months, Folio Weekly had been attempting to verify sources’ contention that JSO was investigating a corrections officer and had inadvertently (and regretfully) snared Sheriff Daniels, a long-time comrade of Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, in the investigation. The stories were true. That’s when all hell broke loose. In the CCSO incident report, Cierra Smith wrote that Sheriff Daniels was concerned the media may eventually get the IA report from JSO and find out about their relationship. Smith said Daniels came to her home on April 28, and told her he was going to have to tell his wife, Denise, about their relationship. Still, he promised he would not “abandon” Smith. On April 29, Daniels called Smith and told her that he was getting ready to tell his wife. He later texted, “It’s not good.” He told his lover the make and model of his wife’s car and to “be on the lookout” for it. Smith wrote that he encouraged her to protect herself “by any means.” He then requested that she meet him at their favorite meeting spot the next day. Smith couldn’t; she was taken to the hospital for two days. The reason for the hospital visit allegedly pertains to the 800-pound elephant in this story: Cierra Lewis Smith is visibly pregnant. According to Smith, after her discharge from hospital, she called Daniels and his wife answered. Denise Daniels, a mental health professional, warned Smith that if she did not leave her husband alone, she would send her back to the hospital. Smith said Denise Daniels sent repeated texts, some calling her a “c**t” and a “Northside ho’. ” Cierra Smith then texted Denise a statement that proved eerily prophetic: “Stand next to your husband when this story airs on News4Jax.” The next day, fearing for her safety, Smith filed a complaint with the JSO against Denise Daniels. Folio Weekly obtained a copy of the complaint.

Daniels and Smith were set to rendezvous on May 6. Smith claimed that she began following the sheriff to their “spot” in a parking lot, with her seven-year-old child in her car, when the sheriff abruptly pulled away. That was when Smith noticed Daniels’ wife following in another car. Cierra tried to exit the lot, but Denise Daniels blocked her as CCSO deputies moved in. In his written statement, Sheriff Darryl Daniels claims he was driving home from a board meeting and noticed a black Jeep following him. He recognized the driver as Cierra Smith and notified CCSO to send an on-duty deputy “for my safety.” He wrote that Smith “both willfully and intentionally followed me in a manner that caused me great concern that if I stopped to engage Smith that I would be exposed to imminent danger.” An officer checked Cierra’s car and found a loaded gun in her glove compartment. Cierra was placed under arrest for simple stalking. Smith’s father was called to pick up her vehicle and her child. As the officer questioned Smith, she told him, in vivid detail, about the ongoing affair, dating back to 2013. The incident immediately became a hot potato, being tossed from members of the CCSO to the State Attorney’s Office. Nobody wanted to touch it. Officers said although Daniels used the right words to instigate an arrest, there was no “probable cause.” Finally, Cierra Smith was told she was not under arrest. She was released and taken home. That’s when law enforcement officers initiated the necessary paperwork to cover everybody’s assets. The JSO IA report, however, was beyond CCSO’s control, as were Smith’s public statements. As planned, the news broke while Daniels was in Washington, D.C. Those in attendance there said the sheriff spent his time “hiding out in his hotel room with his wife,” avoiding the Northeast Florida media that were present to cover the commemoration. Ben Zirbel and his family were relegated to a footnote in the Sheriff ’s affair.


Back home, Cierra Smith gave numerous interviews, complete with smutty details, pictures and text messages to prove she was not a stalker but an object of the sheriff ’s affection. Within two days, Smith’s face became as familiar locally as Monica Lewinsky’s face had once been nationally. Smith publically claimed her lover had given her approximately $30,000 in gifts. But through it all, she would not name her child’s father. The IA investigation provided additional details. There was evidence pointing to at least one video of the sheriff and his lover in flagrante delicto while on duty and in JSO uniform. Daniels denied involvement despite mounting evidence of a years-long relationship with Smith. Finally, on May 17, the sheriff issued an “I have sinned” letter à la Jimmy Swaggart. In it, Daniels admitted he had made bad decisions and “deeply” apologized. He asked for privacy (for his family’s sake, of course). He promised Clay County citizens that he would keep them safe and continue to battle crime. News4Jax reporter Scott Johnson waylaid Daniels and his wife as they arrived home from our nation’s capital. Daniels, sporting a white hat, held his wife’s hand and said he wouldn’t address the issue. Then he addressed the issue, eager to portray himself as the victim. He said his stalker had been Baker-acted, a claim that turned out to be false. Smith had visited the hospital because she was pregnant and stressed out. Still, Cierra Smith’s prediction had been realized. Denise Daniels stood next to her cheating husband on television. The media hubbub has begun to die down, but one important aspect of this has never been addressed: the story of the person who actually brought the sheriff and his lover to their proverbial knees, or at least proved they had been there. That person was Cierra Smith’s estranged husband, U.S. Army Lt. Larry Smith. He shared his story exclusively with Folio Weekly.

Left: Cierra Smith being interviewed by First Coast News Below: Cierra on vacation with Darryl Daniels

THE BEGINNING Larry Smith met Cierra Lewis at Edward H. White High School. They continued dating long distance while Smith attended college in California. Upon returning to Florida in 2012, he found out Cierra had had a baby while he was away. She said the baby’s father had “died.” He loved Cierra and forgave her. In January 2013, at age 21, Cierra was hired as a JSO corrections officer. That’s when she met 48-year-old Officer Darryl Daniels. Larry Smith recalled that his girlfriend was constantly talking with Daniels on the phone. She said Daniels was her mentor. As soon as she completed her training, Cierra was placed on the seven-to-three shift, the most sought-after gig at the jail. According to Larry Smith, Daniels ingratiated himself into every aspect of Cierra’s life. He became ‘Uncle D’ to Cierra’s child and visited her family. He offered Larry “spiritual” and relationship advice. Since Uncle D was so much older than Cierra, Larry never thought anything inappropriate was happening.

and that she wanted to have a real wedding. They held a ceremony and reception in September. Larry chose his brother to give the groom’s toast. Cierra chose Darryl Daniels to give the bride’s toast. Uncle D attended without his wife. In fact, Larry Smith does not recall meeting the sheriff’s wife. Ever. In the CCSO incident report, Cierra said she attempted to break off her affair with Daniels after the wedding. Larry said Uncle D still loomed large in their life. Meanwhile, in 2015 and 2016, Darryl Daniels ran for Clay County sheriff against three other candidates. Daniels relied heavily on his religion degree, regularly campaigning from the pulpits of Clay County’s Christian community. The Smiths contributed money to the campaign, and Cierra shuttled between North Carolina and Florida to volunteer in person. Daniels won a narrow victory in the crowded election. The soldier’s wife was there for the win ... and the celebration. In December 2016, the couple came

sexual activities. The first appeared to be shot in an office. Daniels was halfdressed in JSO garb, Cierra was in her JSO corrections officer uniform. The second video seemed more recent, appearing to be in a hotel room. As the second video began to play, the soldier wailed in emotional anguish. His mother came running into the room and caught a glimpse of the video. “Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!” she kept repeating. Smith said Cierra and Daniels talked about the video in the emails, and Daniels said he couldn’t wait to do it again. Smith sent the messages to his wife, who promptly began deleting the evidence. He was able to capture the videos and some of the messages. Cierra went to her mother’s home and Larry stayed with his mother. Hurt and angry, Larry Smith made a three-way call to Cierra and the newly

luxurious lifestyle. “It was clear she lived well beyond her means as a corrections officer,” he observed. “A new apartment, trips, jewelry, nice clothes.” When Smith attempted to curtail his payments to Cierra, she lashed out, telling his command that the Lieutenant had abused her. Though he fought the charge, Smith believed the damage had been done. “I love the Army,” he said, “but a person in my command told me the die had been cast and I would never have a chance to advance” because of the accusation. On July 20, 2018, after a lot of soul-searching, Lt. Smith contacted

“Darryl Daniels put his own corrupt and deviant desires before those of anyone. He needs to go or be removed.” – Lt. Larry Smith In April 2015, Cierra got into a “fight” at the annual JSO Guns ’N’ Hoses Charity Boxing event and was arrested. A JSO investigation was initiated, and the couple and their mothers were concerned. It was then, Larry Smith said, that Cierra began to pressure him to get married. They were wed in a quiet civil ceremony before relocating to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Larry Smith— who’d joined the U.S. Army in college and received his commission after graduation in May 2015—was to be stationed. “I felt like life was perfect,” Larry remembered. “I adopted [Cierra’s daughter] because I loved her, and we were a family. I was the only father she knew. And I gave the two of them everything I could possibly afford to give.” Smith said he was concerned about the JSO investigation, but by midsummer, his wife told him it was “over”

home for the holidays. Clay County’s new sheriff was to be sworn in, and Smith’s wife planned to attend. While Cierra was “out with friends,” Larry stayed in with their daughter. She had been playing games on the family iPad. Smith said he picked up the device to check for work messages. He tapped the mail icon and the last email message popped up. It was from Darryl Daniels. He began to scroll through. “I was devastated,” said Lt. Smith. “There were I-love-yous from Darryl and sexual pictures of the two of them.” There were long conversations about their song, Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” complete with sexually explicit references. They used pet names like “moch-moch.” The messages that broke the soldier’s heart contained videos of Daniels and Cierra engaged in

sworn-in sheriff of Clay County. A recording of the call is part of the JSO IA file. “Did you have sex with my wife?” Smith asked repeatedly. Cierra can be heard acknowledging that her husband had already seen the videos. The sheriff finally admitted the tryst, but indicated that it was in the past. The Smiths’ marriage was over. Cierra wrapped up her associate’s degree in North Carolina and moved back to Jacksonville with her daughter in May 2017, claiming that Daniels was going to “get her job at JSO back for her.” Lt. Smith agreed to temporarily give his estranged wife $1,000 a month. He knew they were finished, but he wanted to maintain a relationship with his daughter and make sure she was taken care of. The two parted amicably and planned to get a divorce. When Smith visited, he noted Cierra’s

JSO and filed multiple complaints against his estranged wife. An internal investigation was opened on July 27, 2018. In August 2018, Cierra Lewis Smith was placed on restricted duty with restricted access to the JSO. The extensive JSO IA documents detail the volatile relationship and charges. The report provides a list of allegations that Lt. Larry Smith filed against Cierra Lewis Smith. Some of the charges include filing a false domestic-abuse report against her husband, providing false information to her husband’s chain-of-command in reference to spousal support, using her husband’s credit card to charge $1,000 worth of jewelry, breaking into her husband’s apartment and stealing numerous household items and all of her husband’s military awards and documents, CONTINUES ON PAGE 14 >>> MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 13

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and committing aggravated assault against his present girlfriend. The reason the new sheriff of Clay County became caught up in the investigation was that the soldier claimed Cierra Lewis Smith had performed a sex act on Daniels while both were in JSO uniform and, allegedly, in a JSO office. He also reported that the two carried on a long-term relationship that started when Daniels was Cierra’s supervisor. He included pictures and sexually explicit emails between Darryl Daniels and Cierra Smith. While the investigation proved that Cierra Smith visited Daniels’ JSO office regularly, she maintained that they did not have sex there. Sheriff Daniels simply refused to be interviewed. As a result, the claims of an improper relationship between the corrections officer and the sheriff were deemed “Not Sustained.” Three other charges were Not Sustained, but five charges were Sustained. Cierra Lewis Smith was placed on leave in April 2019. In a Notice of Disciplinary Hearing to Smith, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams wrote: “I have reviewed those charges and it is my opinion that the charged conduct shall warrant Termination from the Office of the Sheriff, if found to be true.” Cierra Lewis Smith’s Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office hearing is scheduled for May 31, 2019. THE END? According to inside sources, agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) have been seen meeting with CCSO officers in locations away from the sheriff’s office. These sources believe the FDLE may launch an investigation into allegations of impropriety by Daniels, who directed Clay County deputies to arrest Smith without probable cause and possibly planned the arrest with his wife. They also say he may possibly be investigated for sexual fraternization with his employee, providing special assignments and privileges for Smith, and for clearing Cierra Lewis’ 2015 arrest. Historically, however, the FDLE has been lenient to law enforcement officials who act badly. Another fact that may save Daniels: He vigorously supported Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and appeared to publicly 14 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019

mock the governor’s opponent, Andrew Gillum, during the campaign. This isn’t the first scandal Darryl Daniels has faced. He has been criticized for extravagant spending, which reminded some folks of a disgraced former sheriff. He purchased a new company car, a mammoth black Ford F-150. He blew up the budget to add his trademark custom-fitted white cowboy hat to his force’s uniform. As a result, CCSO photo ops look like rodeo conventions. Sources said Daniels had an incident report involving an elected official rewritten to cause less trouble. Folio Weekly has a copy of both versions of the report. To make matters worse for Daniels, more women are now coming forward, suggesting that his affair with Cierra Smith was not an isolated incident. The sheriff has been frank about his plans for the future. First, he will serve two terms as sheriff, then he will run for Congress. Recent events put that trajectory in doubt. Several questions have been raised. • Where did the hush money come from? Denise Daniels said she had no idea her husband was giving his girlfriend upwards of $30,000 and taking her on expensive vacations. • Did the funds come from the Clay County taxpayer? • How did Darryl Daniels remain unscathed in not one but two JSO investigations, both of which had his fingerprints all over them? • Did Daniels’ former bosses know he acted illicitly and criminally with a 21-year-old rookie under his command? • Did the Blue Wall of Silence protect him? • Can Daniels keep his job and the respect of his men after exhibiting such poor judgment? • Will the governor save him? • Will Denise Daniels continue to stand by her man? Now that the Christian community knows the sheriff ’s counsel is suspect, will Darryl Daniels still be welcome to offer guidance to the flock? Lt. Larry Smith has an answer for these questions: accountability. “When a person leads his people into battle,” Smith said, “his moral and ethical duty is to put the safety and welfare of his people first. Darryl Daniels put his own corrupt and deviant desires before those of anyone. He needs to go or be removed.” Subscribe to Folio Weekly’s Newsletter at folioweekly.com/newsletters

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he social aspect of social media is Jenkins’ vocal harmonies. If you’re into often lost in the barrage of blips and this new phase of jangly emo—or if bleeps emitted by our smartphones you’ve worked BOH at any millennial-hip like rapid fire. En toto, these bites comprise restaurant—this is sure to work its way the cacophonous soundtrack to an into your Spotify daily playlist. emotional tug-of-war between the self that “Nicotine Dreams” is a warts-andwants to go out on the town, to see and all celebration of life as a young and be seen, and the self that wants to remain restless 904 city rat. The lyrics reflect slumped on the couch. It’s a familiar sound daily humdrum and the struggle to keep for those, like me, who have grown up with boredom at bay. Lyricist Noah Schleifer technology at our fingertips. The invitation explained, “We don’t want to sound like is there, but it can be intimidating to go we are taking ourselves too seriously. I out into the open and do the things that we just write about day-to-day problems, and assume normal people do. finding happiness in life’s small victories.” The opening line of Friendly Dads’ One such small victory can be found in debut single, “Nicotine Dreams,” felt friendship and celebration, preferably the relatable right away: “I learned who to be late-night variety: “I had too much to drink from watching TV.” This shared secret, and and they took my keys/Maybe it’s not too the bouncy toned-rock arrangement à la late/I know some places that are open until 2 Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball, urged me a.m./I can’t wait to go there with my friends.” to put on one of my countless black T-shirts Like many rising Northeast Florida and go outside again. bands, the Dads are Brothers Ryan and a DIY operation who THE HOME TEAM, ARROWS IN Noah Schleifer officially want to grow their band ACTION, RUNNER’S HIGH, FIRST CASE formed Friendly Dads in organically. “We usually SCENARIO, FRIENDLY DADS 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 1904 Music October 2018. Ryan plays record some demos at Hall, Downtown, 1904musichall.com, the drums; Noah tackles our house,” said Noah, $10/$12 bass and vocal duties. “and then show the whole Filling out the roster is band and we decide if we Mason Jenkins on rhythm guitar and vocals should play it. We just finished recording our and Easton Ray on lead guitar. first EP. A release date will be announced “We have all played together (separately) soon. There may be a weekend tour to for about two years,” Noah told Folio release it. We have a lot of cool shows with Weekly. “It was all kind of a joke side some amazing artists coming up as well.” project but it’s been so fun writing music, According to Ray, Friendly Dads’ only we’re putting a lot more into it.” goal at the moment is to “make more music “Nicotine Dreams” was unveiled Feb. 14. that is good to put on when you’re having Scrappy and slightly lo-fi, Friendly Dads’ fun with friends.” When they’re not making strong song-craft and fondness for Boston’s their own music (or skateboarding), they’re Counter Intuitive Records aesthetic make supporting friends’ bands. The takeaway for a stoner-friendly, happy-go-lucky hybrid from a Friendly Dads’ live set and their of acoustic guitar, electric instrumentation music in general? Noah wants to remind and warm vocal harmonies. (Editor’s note: A everyone the importance of “straight kickin’ it and being true to who you are, even winning formula! See Seattle’s Young Fresh though it sounds really corny.” Fellows. GV) Tristan Komorny The track’s lead guitar line was stuck mail@folioweekly.com in my head for days, and the drumming is instrumental (ha!) in setting the vibe Subscribe to the Folio Music Newsletter for the song. The cherry on top is most at folioweekly.com/newsletters definitely Noah Schleifer and Mason

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A HELL of a DRUG Legend of Cocaine Island may be the most #Florida story ever


ore than almost anyone else we can think of right now (except maybe that guy who used to be mayor of New Port Richey), Rodney Hyden is “Florida Man.” Hyden lived in Archer, enjoying a casual life of workingclass leisure, campfires and beers and such, when he became fixated on a tall tale his friend Julian had shared. Julian claimed to have found a massive cocaine bale, which he buried on the Puerto Rican isle Culebra, and more or less forgot it. Hyden never forgot, though, and decided to go treasure-hunting. No spoilers, but his efforts resulted in criminal proceedings, as well as a gripping new documentary, The Legend of Cocaine Island. The film, which debuted on Netflix in April, has already drawn a ton of media attention, more than usual for what is a fairly obscure niche production. Maybe it’s the subject matter, which may resonate in a nation whose president made his bones at places like Danceteria and Studio 54, and is prone to sniffle-fits, like he’s allergic to oxygen itself. Hearing about all this through the Hollywood grapevine, director Theo Love cold-called Hyden a couple years ago, to see if he was interested in telling his story. The resulting film is Love’s second featurelength documentary, already drawing copious praise on the film festival circuit. “It was a really small crew,” he says. “I think we had about five or six people on most days. We got some help from some locals in the Gainesville area, and then we shot in Orlando,” with some action scenes using a dozen folks, sometimes more. “It took about nine months to make the film,” Love says, “but the indie film cycle takes about two years.” The production cost is a guarded secret, but the filmmakers clearly got maximum bang for their buck, in part due to source material. “We’ve been working on this about three years,” says Love. “Like most people in America, I love a good ‘Florida Man’ story. But there was something special about Rodney.” “I think the most surprising thing was how good all the storytellers were,” says Love. “You know, with a lot of interviews, you kinda have to coax the answers out of people and really help them a lot with their story-telling, but with this particular story, everyone was so excited to tell it, and so giddy, that getting access to the interviews was pretty easy. And sitting down and interviewing them was incredible, because they would have the entire crew laughing.” For the soundtrack, Love tapped the talents of a personal friend, as well as old heroes. “My longest collaboration is with this incredible musician, Michael Lee. He was one of the first people I called when I started this project, and he started composing music way before we even started filming. So, as we were filming the interviews and editing the video, we

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listened to his music. The music has always been a part of the film’s DNA.” He was also able to score a contribution from Weezer, a band almost everyone likes. “It was a huge deal for me,” he says. “Weezer’s pretty much my favorite band of all time.” The project has brought both principles to Jacksonville on occasion, and their impressions of the River City were quite different, as could be expected. “I don’t have any fond memories of Jacksonville,” Hyden says with a chuckle, “cuz that’s where my face hit the pavement!” But Love had a great time: “I, on the other hand, have very fond memories of Jacksonville, because the people we worked with in the court systems there were wonderful— really, really welcoming. The judge in this case was particularly great. Judges don’t often give interviews, but he was kind enough to sit down with us for the film, and I think he did a great job.” Hearing that, Hyden warms to the city a bit. “My hat is off to Judge Corrigan,” he says. “I don’t think I could have ever gotten a more fair trial with another judge. He had a lot going on that week of our trial, and I don’t see how he paid attention, but he did.” (As part of Hyden’s sentence, he does community service at nonprofit Habitat for Humanity in Alachua County.) The film has been screened around the country, premiering on the first night of the Tribeca festival in 2018 (the date of which was 4/20, by the way) and then showing at nearly a dozen other independent festivals before landing on NetFlix this March. “On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a movie that would spark much discussion; it seems like kind of a silly story,” says Love. “But I’ve been reading comments and message boards, and people are talking a lot about the movie. That’s the huge advantage of NetFlix—they have such a wide audience, in 190 countries. I’m getting messages from people in Malaysia, saying they’re watching this movie.” Well, that’s a given—of course the film would do well in the fabled Golden Triangle. The treasure-hunt theme of the story connects with lots of people, particularly in Hyden’s home state, which already holds the dubious distinction of having more bricks wash up on its sandy shores than every other state combined. “It’s because of the total lineal miles of beach we have, when you take the Gulf Coast and the East Coast and the Keys,” says Hyden. “It’s just huge, and it just seems like something’s always drifting up.” One man’s trash is another’s treasure, and one man’s treasure was that same man’s felony, but everything worked out OK in the end. Well, OK in the sense that Hyden’s out of prison, the coke was part of a sting, and Hyden’s wife didn’t leave him. Shelton Hull mail@folioweekly.com

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EDWARD MICKOLUS is a real character. The CIA analyst, author, voice-over actor, teacher and entrepreneur presents a selection of neckties from his personal collection (he claims to have 1,700 at home) through June 30 at St. Johns County Public Library Main Branch, St. Augustine, sjcpls.org, free.


HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR The 10th anniversary tour features The Turtles, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills, 7 p.m. June 2 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $35-$75. WINEHOUSED: THE AMY CELEBRATION A 10-piece band pays tribute to the music and style of the late singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. May 31 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., 209-0399, $28-$30. THE WIZARD OF OZ There’s no place like home. Dorothy and the gang are on the big screen as Jacksonville Symphony plays the Oscar-winning score live, 7 p.m. May 31 and 3 p.m. June 2 at Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Hall, 300 Water St., Downtown, my.jax symphony.org; $19-$84. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Inspired by Fats Waller’s eponymous tune, the revue celebrates Harlem Renaissance’s black musicians, at 7:50 p.m. Wed., Thur. & Friday, 1:15 & 7:50 p.m. Sat. & Sun., through June 9 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., 641-1212, $38-$54, alhambrajax.com. CALENDAR GIRLS No, it’s not about Neil Sedaka and pals. It’s about life and death and what goes on in between among friends and strangers. 7:30 p.m. May 30 & 31; June 1, 6, 7 & 8 and 2 p.m. June 2 & 9, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org; $26, 62+ $24, military/students $20, student rush $10.

$28. Dan Cummins: The Happy Murder Tour is on 7:30 p.m. May 30, 7:30 & 10 p.m. May 31 and June 1 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin, 292-4242, comedyzone.com; $20-$22.50. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton and Tellitlikeititiz are on 8:30 p.m. May 31 & June 1 at Gypsy Cab Company, 830 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 461-8843, thegypsycomedyclub.com; $15.


ICONS & LEGENDS Thrasher-Horne Center seeks local artists to exhibit their works, to be themed on musical and pop icons of our time; it opens in July. For submission details, email laurenkeck@sjrstate.edu or go to thcenter.org. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Local & regional art, produce, crafts and Academy for Music & Arts, Ronan School of Music, Allie & the Kats and Godiva Simonic, 10 a.m. June 1, below Fuller Warren Bridge, free admission, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.


AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, ameliamuseum.org. Portraits of American Beach is on display. Seeing With Your Ears through May. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY PARK 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org. Tunes by the Dunes: Beaches Storytellers features a panel of local music legends sharing stories of the local BOOKS & POETRY music scene, 1 p.m. June 1. Free to members; STORYTELLERS Margaret Nicholson discusses $5 donation for nonmembers. Sand, Soul & My Surprise Family, 7 p.m. May 30 at Corazon Rock-n-Roll: Music at the Beaches displays. Cinema & Café, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, The Mother of Beaches History: Celebrating the 679-5736, corazoncinemaandcafe.com, $5. Life of Jean McCormick is on display. Sareth Ney hosts. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 READY TO GO Live Ink Theatre presents local Riverside Ave., 356-6857, cummermuseum. and regional storytellers Arlene Filkoff, Christopher org. First Saturday Free for All is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Collinsworth, Diana Herman, JaMario Stills, Jason Woods, Mandy Haynes, Nanette Autry and June 1. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History through June 16. Carlos Rolón: Lost in Rachel Tyler, 7:30 p.m. June 1 at Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore & Bistro, 1430 Park Ave., Paradise runs through Oct. 21. Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art, through Dec. 1. Edmund Greacen Fernandina, 601-2118, storyandsongbookstore. & World War I runs through Dec. 15. Free com, $20 advance, liveinktheatre.com. OPEN MIC NIGHT Hosted by Johnny Masiulewicz, Tuesday is June 4. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM featuring poetry, spoken word, song & more. 101 W. First Street, Springfield, 356-2992, Held last Wed. of the month; sign-up at 6 p.m., open mic 6:30 p.m. May 29, Chamblin’s Uptown karpeles.weebly.com. Leilani Leo’s solo show, And Also, With You, is on display through June. Café, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, 674-0868. Darwin: On the Origin of Species and Other Matters exhibits through August. COMEDY LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. THE COMEDY ZONE Darren Knight, aka Augustine, 824-2874, lightnermuseum.org. Southern Momma, is on at 7 p.m. May 29,

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ARTS + EVENTS Lightner After Hours presents Gilded Age Meets Belle Epoch, celebrating Degas’ trip to New Orleans, featuring Cajun fare and music by Cajun Dave, 6-8 p.m. May 30, free. The exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist is on display through June 16. MANDARIN MUSEUM 11964 Mandarin Rd., 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net. Permanent exhibits include Civil War steamship Maple Leaf artifacts, Harriet Beecher Stowe items and Mandarin historical pieces. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911, mocajacksonville.unf.edu. Of Many Ancestors exhibits through Dec. 28. Micro-Macro: Andrew Sendor & Ali Banisadr, Invisible Cities: Paintings by Nathan Lewis exhibit. Project Atrium: Evan Roth, Since You Were Born, through June 23. Urban Spaces through July 7. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Cir., Northbank, 396-6674, themosh. org. MOSH After Dark presents Dinosaurs by Design, 6 p.m. May 30, $20 members, $25 nonmembers; 21+. The RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 807-2010, ritzjacksonville.com. A tour is held 10 a.m. May 31; go to website for details. Virtual Harlem exhibit runs through July 21.


PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY 94 Village Cir., Fernandina, 432-1750, artamelia. com. Fresh and Bold, through July 19. Joyce Gabiou, guest artist through May. AVILES GALLERY 11-C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 728-4957, avilesgallery.net. Works by local artists and handmade jewelry are featured. Gallery members include Joel Bagnal, KC Cali, Byron Capo, Hookey Hamilton, Ted Head, Paula Pascucci and Gina Torkos. BOLD BEAN SAN MARCO 1905 Hendricks Ave., 853-6545. Brook Ramsey’s figurative oil paintings are on display. BREW 5 POINTS 1026 Park St. Kenny Wilson’s No Men Do It Alone exhibits. Giuliano Vignutti’s The Sidewalk Ends, Ideally in a Smokefilled Room on display through May. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, butterfield garage.com. Joseph Paul Getchius’ works display. Laura O’Neal is May’s featured artist; the exhibit Stand Tall is up through May 31. CATHEDRAL ARTS PROJECT 207 N. Laura St., Ste. 300, Downtown, capkids.org. Hiromi Moneyhun’s works, Inside Out, display through June 27. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Flagler College, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Third biannual Juried Alumni Exhibition features Brianna Angelakis, Bon Antonetti, Matthew Anthony Batty, Jake Carlson, Kelly Crabtree, Libby Couch, Rachel de Cuba, Amanda Dicken, Amelia Eldridge, Kobe Elixson, Katie

Jacksonville-based psychologist, professor and author ERIN RICHMAN launches her new novel, Mary Blair Destiny. A reading and Q&A session, followed by a book signing, are held from 5-7 p.m. Sat., June 1 at Sheraton Four Points Oceanfront, Jax Beach, erinrichman.com, free.

Evans, Tara Ferriera, Nicolas Fortney, Jenn Gulgren, Rebecca Hoadley, Eileen Hutton, Noah MacKenzie, Kevin Mahoney, Morgan Gesell Mudryk, Rebecca Mutz, Derek O’Brien, Joseph Provenza, Jason Tetlak and Zach Thomas; through June 14. The CULTURAL CENTER at PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, 280-0614, ccpvb. org. Improv for Everyone! workshop with Amy Angelilli of Limelight Theatre is 6 p.m. May 30. Travels in Light: David Dunlop Exhibition, through June 15. First Coast Pastel Society Exhibit runs through June 15. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Rd., Mandarin, 268-4681, floridamininggallery.com. Full Send exhibits. HASKELL GALLERY Jacksonville International Airport, 741-3546, jiaarts.org. John Bunker’s works display through July 6. LOST ART GALLERY 210 St. George St., Ste. C-1, St. Augustine, 827-9800, lostartgallery. com. Master artists’ original works are on display, including those of Degas, Renoir, Rembrandt and Whistler, through June 11. MAKERSPACE GALLERY Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-2665, jaxpublic library.org/jax-makerspace. Sharla Valeski offers a watercolor workshop, 4-5:30 p.m. May 29; free. PAStA FINE ART GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251, pastagalleryart.com. Melissa Bashore’s Elemental/Gold Threads series exhibits through May. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 1 Independent Dr., Downtown, southlight.com. The 10th anniversary show, Now & Then: Our 10 Year Journey thru Downtown, a chronology of Southlight’s history and art by 17 former members, including Kevin Arthur, John Bunker, Larry Davis, Jim Draper, Doug Eng, Renee Faure, Tom Hagar, Paul Karabinis, Paul Ladnier, Robert Leedy, Pete Petersen, Dee Roberts, Tom Schifanella, Jane Shirek, Jim Smith, Mac Truque and Tonsenia Yonn, runs through July 5. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, 273-6065, stellersgallery.com. New works by Ellen Diamond and Thomas Hager are on display.

STELLERS GALLERY 1990 San Marco Blvd., 396-9492. Katie Re Scheidt’s abstract works are on display. New works by Dennis Campay and C. Ford Riley also display. THRASHER-HORNE CENTER for the Arts 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750, thcenter. org. The Art Guild of Orange Park’s Fin, Feather & Fur fine art exhibit runs through June 15. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-2100, jcajax.org. The collaborative exhibit Taking Flight, by Cyndi Horn and Linda Hawkins, runs through May 29. THE VAULT@1930 1930 San Marco Ave., thevaultat1930.com. Artists interested in San Marco Art Festival should call 398-2890 for requirements and details. VILLAGE ARTS FRAMING & GALLERY 155 Tourside Dr., Ste. 1520, Ponte Vedra, 273-4925, villageartspvb.com. Maryo Smith and Carol Grice-Curran are May’s featured artists. The YELLOW HOUSE 577 King St., Riverside, 419-9180, yellowhouseart.org. A Simple Show, with works by Sarah Crooks, Doug Eng, Crystal Floyd, Karen Kurycki, Andrew Kozlowski, Khalil Osborne, Tatitana Phoenix, Lorn Wheeler, Kirsten Williams and One Heart Jax runs through July 20.


MOSAIC ART TALK Manila Clough discusses her mosaic works at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine, 471-9422, free. ART IN THE JU LIBRARY TOUR The 10th annual tour has more than 140 original pieces, many by regional artists, in Carpenter Library, Jacksonville University, ju.edu, free. Tours run through May. HEMMING PARK WALKING CLUB The weekly stroll, led by Friends of Hemming Park, tells of public art and city history. Meet near the “Opposing Forces” sculpture at the corner of Monroe and Laura streets. From 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. June 4, Hemming Park, Downtown, hemmingpark.org, free.

NOW SHOWING • NOW SHOWING • NOW SHOWING • NOW SHOWING GONE WITH THE WIND The 80th anniversary viewing of the classic and controversial film is at 1 p.m. June 1 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, 241-1141, free. CORAZON CINEMA & CAFÉ Transit and Amazing Grace run. Throwback Thursday: I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, noon May 30. Red Joan and Wild Nights with Emily start May 31. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 679-5736, corazoncinemaandcafe.com. FATHER OF THE BRIDE The 1950 comedy runs at

3 p.m. June 5 at Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd., 992-7101, free. WGHF IMAX THEATER Aladdin, Penguins, Great Bear Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef run. Godzilla: King of the Monsters starts May 30. World Golf Hall of Fame, St. Augustine, 940-4133, worldgolfimax.com. SUN-RAY CINEMA Booksmart, John Wick 3 and Pokémon Detective Pikachu screen. 1028 Park St., 5 Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Rocketman

starts May 30. The Human Element runs 6:30 p.m. May 29, a discussion on climate change follows; details on website. Biggest Little Farm starts May 31. NIGHT OWL CINEMA The Wedding Singer is screened 7 p.m. June 2, The Amp, 1340 A1A S., free, 471-1965. An ’80s costume contest is featured. SOUTHEAST REGIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The second edition of this filmmaker showcase unfolds 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at Regal Cinemas Avenues 20, serfilmfestival.com, $10-$35. MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 19


CONCERTS Alley Cadillac June 1 PALMS Fish Camp, 6359 Heckscher Dr. Taylor Shami May 30. Austin Williams May 31. Ciaran Sontag, Jimmy Beats June 1. Eric Alabiso, Lisa’s Mad Hatters June 2. Barrett Thomas June 3 SHANTYTOWN, 22 W. Sixth St. Crunkwitch, Sleepy Tree May 31


Boston’s LAKE STREET DIVE was due here in January but cancelled at the last minute. Now the indie five-piece is here to play their NPR-lauded tunes. The Rad Trads open. 8 p.m. Wed., June 5, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, pvconcerthall.com, $34.50.

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GREEN TURTLE, 14 S. Third St. Buck Smith Thur. Dan Voll Fri. Yancy Clegg every Sun. SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Rob Barlow May 29. Davis Turner May 30. Jimmy Beats May 31 SJ BREWING Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Shawn Layne June 1 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Tad Jennings May 30. The Firewater Tent Revival May 31. Charlotte, Eddie, Midlife Chryslers June 1. Joe King June 3. King Eddie & Pili Pili Wed. Mark O’Quinn Tue. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. JC Hornsby May 31. Kyle Freeman June 1. Early McCall June 2. Full Moon Folk June 3. The Macys Wed. Kyle Freeman Tue.


CASBAH Café, 3628 St. Johns Ave. Goliath Flores Wed. Jazz Sun. Live music Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave. KJ Free Tue. & Thur. Indie dance Wed. ’80s & ’90s dance Fri.


(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted)

BLUE JAY Listening Room, 412 N. Second St. The Raisin Cake Orchestra May 30. Kara Frazier May 31. Remedy Tree June 1. Corey Kilgannon June 2 COOP 303, 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach Cyrus Quaranta June 7. Barrett Thomas every Fri. FLYING IGUANA, 207 Atlantic Blvd., AB Chuck Nash Band May 31 & June 1 GREEN ROOM, 228 3rd St. N. Mike Cook May 31 GUSTO, 1266 Beach Blvd. The Groov Wed. Ventura Latin Band Sat. LYNCH’S, 514 N. First St. Austin Park May 31. Bonnie Blue, Sidereal Duo June 1. Dirty Pete Wed. Split Tone Thur. MEZZA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach Gypsies Ginger Wed. Mike Shackelford, Steve Shanholtzer Thur. Mezza Shuffle Boxband Mon. Trevor Tanner Tue. MUSIC in the Courtyard, 200 First St., NB John Austill May 31 RAGTIME, 207 Atlantic Blvd., AB Richard Smith May 29. Little Mike & the Tornadoes May 30. Cloud 9 May 31. Party Cartel June 1. Lunar Coast June 2 SINGLETON’S, 4728 Ocean St., Mayport Billy Bowers May 31 SURFER the Bar, 200 First St. N. The People Upstairs June 6 WHISKEY JAX, 950 Marsh Landing Pkwy. Smokestack May 30. Sidewalk 65 May 31. The Groov every Tue.


1904 MUSIC Hall, 19 Ocean St. N. Skyview, Appalachian Death Trap, Jesabel, Terrain, Audio Hive May 31. Cardinal Slinky, The Fritz, S.P.O.R.E., Jason Hunnicutt, Michael Lyn Bryant, Whale Feral June 1. The Home Team, Arrows in Action, Runner’s High, First Case Scenario, Friendly Dads June 2 DAILY’S PLACE Lionel Richie June 1 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth St. DJ Hollywood every Thur. DJ NickFresh every Sat. The FLORIDA THEATRE, 128 E. Forsyth, floridatheatre.com The Buckinghams, Chuck Negron, The Classics IV, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett, The Turtles June 2 HEMMING PARK Kim Reteguiz & the Black Cat Bones May 31 MYTH, 333 E. Bay St. Battle for the Disco, DJ Hydro, Lil Yankie May 29. DJs Q45, Bird May 30. Botnek, Charlie Hustle, DJs ND, Q45, Mfadelz May 31. Charlie Hustle, Jon Kinesis, Two Wolves June 1 VOLSTEAD, 115 W. Adams The Snacks Blues Band May 31


BOONDOCKS, 2808 Henley Rd. Robby Litt May 29. Branden Parrish May 30. Lisa & the Mad Hatters, Zeb Padgett May 31. Austin Williams, Hijinks June 1 WHITEY’S Fish Camp, 2032 C.R. 220 Savanna Leigh Bassett May 30. Highway Jones May 31. Neon Whisky June 1. Jimi Graves June 2


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ENZA’S, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 109 Brian Iannucci every Wed., Sun. & Tue. Carl Grant every Thur., Fri. & Sat. IGGY’S, 104 Bartram Oaks Walk Ryan Campbell May 29. Litt Family Band May 30. Love Monkey May 31. Lunar Coast June 1


CHEERS, 1138 Park Ave. Don’t Call Me Shirley May 31. Love Monkey June 1


PONTE VEDRA Concert Hall, 1050 A1A Art Garfunkel May 30. Winehoused: The Amy Celebration May 31. Lake Street Dive, The Rad Trads June 5. Steve Earle & The Dukes June 6 TAPS, 2220 C.R. 210 Stu Weaver May 29. Boogie Freaks May 31


The LOFT, 925 King St. DJ Wes Reed, Josh Kemp Thur. Josh Kemp Fri. DJ Wes Reed Sat. MURRAY HILL Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. Cade Foehner May 31 NIGHTHAWKS, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd. Custard Pie, Ben Strok & the Full Electric, DJ Reason May 31. Deathwatch 97, Drug Animal, Swill, Walk with Wolves June 1. Creeping Death, Plague Years June 6 RAIN DOGS, 1045 Park St. West Means Home, Fight Club May 30. Vanish, Wind Walkers May 31. Ether, Umanità Nova, Dead Scrolls June 2 RIVERSIDE Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave. Academy for Music & Arts, Ronan School of Music, Allie & the Kats, Godiva Simonic June 1


The AMP, 1340 A1A Trey Anastasio & His Band May 29. Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds June 6 ARNOLD’S, 3912 N. Ponce de Leon Jason Evans Band June 1 CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Aug. Beach John O’Brien May 30 The CELLAR UPSTAIRS, 157 King St. Bread & Butter, Soulo Lyon May 31. Billy Buchanan & His Rock ’n’ Soul Revue, Soulo Lyon June 1. Tony Scozzaro, Vinny Jacobs June 2 COLONIAL OAK Music Park, 33 St. George St. The Dewars May 30. Sailor Jane & the Messengers May 31. JW Gilmore & the Blues Authority June 1 MUSIC by the SEA, St. Aug. Beach Pier Vegas Gray May 29. Peter Karp Band CD release June 5 Planet SARBEZ, 115 Anastasia Blvd. Chuck Magid, Colin Daniel, Custard Pie, Daniel Heitzhausen, David Vanegas, Jamal Wright May 29. The Ned, Roseville, 86 Hope, Quarter Roy May 30. Gary Lazer Eyes, Half My Home, Home is Where, The Ned May 31 PROHIBITION KITCHEN, 119 St. George St. Master Blaster May 29. One Drop, Sidereal May 30. Brittany Westcott, Love Chunk May 31. The Raisin Cake Orchestra, Soul Komotion June 1. Luvu, WillowWacks June 2. Sam Pacetti June 3. Paul Cataldo June 4 SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd. Folk U May 31 TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St. Hornit May 31 & June 1


GRAPE & GRAIN Exchange, 2000 San Marco Blvd. Desean Kirkland May 30. Rachael Warfield June 1 JACK RABBITS, 15280 Hendricks Ave. The Bastard Suns, Forsaken Prophets May 29. She Wants Revenge, Dancing with Ghosts May 30. Beasto Blanco May 31. Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty June 1. Sleepless, Bobby Kid, Truman’s House, Runner’s High, R-Dent June 2. Haystack, Statik G June 7 MUDVILLE Music Room, 3104 Atlantic Blvd. Jessica Pounds, Andrew Carter May 30. Matthew Mayes, John Meyer May 31. Jamie Defrates, Larry Mangum, Mike Shackelford June 1

STEPHEN SIMMONS June 7, Mudville Music Room BEACH CITY June 7 & 8, Flying Iguana TONY McALPINE June 7, Nighthawks FOREVER JOHNNY CASH June 8, Blue Jay Listening Room Stevie Stiletto Memorial Benefit Show: POWERBALL, WHISKEY DOGS, The CHROME FANGS, COLIN McSHEEY, CHARLIE SHUCK, MR. NEVER June 8, Jack Rabbits CHRIS MONDAK, WEST of STALEY June 8, Planet Sarbez ECHO DAZE June 8, 1904 Music Hall The CHRIS THOMAS Band June 8, TIAA Bank Field The BYRNE BROTHERS June 9, Culhane’s Southside WEIRD AL YANKOVIC June 9, The Amp MODERN MIMES June 9, Jack Rabbits BASK, HOLLOW LEG, UNEARTHLY CHILD, BLACK STACHE June 11, Nighthawks LIVE FROM MARS David Bowie tribute June 12, Florida Theatre FEW MILES SOUTH June 14, Blue Jay Listening Room TWENTY ONE PILOTS June 14, Veterans Memorial Arena STEEL PULSE June 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LENNY COOPER, WADE B June 14, Jack Rabbits ROD McDONALD June 14, Mudville Music Room The MIGHTY O.A.R., AMERICAN AUTHORS, HUNTERTONES June 15, The Amp ARKANSAUCE June 15, Blue Jay Listening Room BRETT BASS & the MELTED PLECTRUM June 15, Riverside Arts Market Great Atlantic COUNTRY MUSIC FEST June 15, SeaWalk Pavilion, Jax Beach The HEAVY PETS, ROOSEVELT COLLIER Band June 16, 1904 Music Hall BRIT FLOYD 40 Years of The Wall June 16, Florida Theatre The NATIONAL, COURTNEY BARNETT June 17, The Amp HIPPO CAMPUS June 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall AGENT ORANGE, FFN, CONCRETE CRIMINALS June 18, Surfer the Bar BLACKSTONE CHERRY, OTIS, IVAN PULLEY Band, SECOND SHOT June 19, Surfer the Bar ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL June 20-29 DRAKE BELL June 20, Surfer the Bar LYONIA HINDSIGHT EP release, LETTERS to PART June 21, Rain Dogs BOWLING for SOUP, REEL BIG FISH, NERF HERDER June 22, The Amp Backyard Stage JASON BIBLE & the TRAINWRECKS June 22, Blue Jay Room FLOW TRIBE June 22, Hemming Park WHISKEY FACE, BLURG, ATOMIC TREEHOUSE June 22, Jack Rabbits JON BELLION, MARC E. BASSY June 23, The Amp The APPLESEED CAST, TENNIS SYSTEM June 23, Nighthawks HAYES CARLL & His Band June 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LAUREN CROSBY, JESSICA POUNDS, DANNY ATTACK June 26, Jack Rabbits HUNTER REID, KT SLAWSON, TWO WOLVES June 27, Surfer INNA VISION June 27, Jack Rabbits

TEDESCHI TRUCKS Band, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, SHOVELS & ROPE June 28, Daily’s Place LADY ANTEBELLUM June 28, The Amp YACHT ROCK REVUE June 28, The Florida Theatre MUDTOWN June 28, Rain Dogs The PALMER SQUARES, DROP D, SIFU N MAC, SPLAIT SOUL YONOS June 28, Jack Rabbits MONA LISA TRIBE June 29, Blue Jay Listening Room ADAM SANDLER June 30, The Amp TONY JACKSON July 4, Moosehaven, Orange Park LEELA JAMES July 5, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ROB THOMAS, ABBY ANDERSON July 6, Daily’s Place AMERICA PART TWO July 6, Jack Rabbits TRAIN, GOO GOO DOLLS, ALLEN STORE July 9, Daily’s LIZZY FARRALL, EMAROSA July 10, 1904 Music Hall DAVE KOZ, GERALD ALBRIGHT, RICK BRAUN, KENNY LATTIMORE, AUBREY LOGAN July 12, Florida Theatre NEW KIDS on the BLOCK, SALT-N-PEPA, TIFFANY, DEBBIE GIBSON, NAUGHTY by NATURE July 12, Vets Memorial Arena JOJO SIWA D.R.E.A.M. the Tour July 13, The Amp EDDIE B. July 13, Florida Theatre MARY J. BLIGE July 14, Daily’s LONG BEACH DUB ALL STARS & AGGROLITES, MIKE PINTO July 14, Surfer the Bar KIRK FRANKLIN July 15, The Florida Theatre BILLY BOB THORNTON & the BOXMASTERS July 15, PVCHall YES, ASIA, STEVE HOWE, JOHN LODGE, CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY, ARTHUR BROWN July 18, The Amp DIERKS BENTLEY, JON PARDI, TENILLE TOWNES July 18, Daily’s The ROLLING STONES July 19, TIAA Bank Field YOUNG the GIANT, FITZ & the TANTRUMS, COIN July 19, The Amp HURRICANE PARTY album release, The DOG APOLLO July 19, Jack Rabbits BRETT BASS & the MELTED PLECTRUM, RUSTY SHINE, SALT & PINE July 20, Hemming Park PIG FLOYD Tribute July 20, Thrasher-Horne Center DON McLEAN & His Band July 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ANUEL AA July 20, Daily’s Place SUBLIME with ROME, MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD, COMMON KINGS July 25 & 26, The Amp SACRED OWLS, DEATHWATCH ’97 July 27, Rain Dogs TORCHE July 27, The Justice Pub IRATION, PEPPER, FORTUNATE YOUTH, KATASTRO July 27, The Amp DONAVON FRANKENREITER July 29 & 30, 1904 Music Hall WYNONNA & the BIG NOISE July 29, Orange Park Freedom Fest BLINK 182, LIL WAYNE, NECK DEEP July 31, Daily’s Place LUKE BRYAN, COLE SWINDELL, JON LANGSTON Aug. 1, Veterans Memorial Arena BLINK 182, NIRVANA Tributes Aug. 1, Surfer the Bar IYANLA VANZANT Aug. 2, Florida Theatre WHY DON’T WE Aug. 2, Daily’s Place WIDESPREAD PANIC Aug. 2, 3 & 4, The Amp DIRTY HEADS, 311 Aug. 4, Daily’s Place MOE., BLUES TRAVELER, G. LOVE Aug. 7, Daily’s PURE NOISE, STICK to YOUR GUNS, COUNTERPARTS, YEAR of the KNIFE, SANCTION Aug. 9, 1904 Music Hall The DOLLYROTS, The PINK SPIDERS Aug. 9, Jack Rabbits LYLE LOVETT & His Large Band Aug. 9, Florida Theatre BRENT WALSH, TILIAN PEARSON Aug. 11, 1904 Music Hall NICK JORDAN Aug. 13, Jack Rabbits REBELUTION, PROTOJE, COLLIE BUDDZ Aug. 14 & 15, The Amp ELIZABETH & the GRAPES of ROTH Aug. 7, St. Aug. Pier JOSH WARD Aug. 15, Jack Rabbits BRAD PAISLEY, CHRIS LANE, RILEY GREEN Aug. 16, Daily’s UMPHREY’S McGEE, MAGIC CITY HIPPIES Aug. 17, The Amp STEWART TUSSING Aug. 17, Mudville Music Room BUSH, LIVE, OUR LADY PEACE Aug. 18, Daily’s Place COLT FORD Aug. 21, Surfer the Bar BREAK SCIENCE, MARVEL YEARS, VLAD the INHALER Aug. 22, 1904 Music Hall PENTATONIX, RACHEL PLATTEN Aug. 24, Daily’s VAMPIRE WEEKEND, CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM Aug. 25, The Amp SOUTHERN CHAOS Aug. 28, St. Aug. Pier SAWYER BROWN Aug. 30, ThrasherHorne Center ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES in the DARK Aug. 30, PVC Hall


VETERANS UNITED, 8999 Western Way Derek Maines May 31 WHISKEY JAX, 10915 Baymeadows Rd. Duval County Line May 31. Mojo Roux June 2. Cassidy Lee June 4


CROOKED ROOSTER, 148 S. Sixth St., Macclenny Back

Local singer-songwriter JOHN O’BRIEN presents his new album, The Love You Need, 8 p.m. Thur., May 30, The Original Café Eleven, St. Augustine Beach, originalcafe11.com, $5.

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t’s 2019, and no party is complete without a meat-and-cheese board. To alleviate all of the preparation involved in crafting these displays, Australian native Liz Sergeant founded The Board Grazer. She wants to teach the community how to “graze” with her. Upon recognizing the growth in popularity of these food-pairing plates, Sergeant established her own catering company. She now serves the snacking needs of Northeast Florida’s gatherings, parties and events. She also teaches interactive workshops to show grazersin-training how to prepare their own movable feasts. “The charcuterie and the cheese board have become trendy and are really having their moment right now. Grazing is another version of that, but with something for everyone, from the picky eater to the adventurous eater,” Sergeant told Folio Weekly. “The response to my grazing workshops has been great so we’ve really kept them rolling.” Growing up in Australia, Sergeant recalls food being the focal point of many community events and family gatherings. Whenever there were people over at her house, her mother always laid out an assortment of bites to share. In the Australian patois, picking at these platters is known as “grazing,” and the spreads themselves as “grazing tables.” Transitioning into adulthood, Sergeant began traveling the world before settling down and entering the


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workforce. During her one of her trips creation is unique and based on seasonal abroad—backpacking in Ecuador, to be availability. Each can be enjoyed as a specific—she met her future husband. main meal or as an alternative to hors After dating long-distance for a year, d’oeuvres. he moved Down Under and the couple “Grazing boards are great for a wed. Then hubby urged Sergeant to variety of events, even just a night in relocate to Jacksonville to be closer to on the couch. So far I’ve gotten orders his parents (who live in Ponte Vedra). for a lot of birthday parties, corporate Once settled in Northeast Florida, events, gender reveals, bridal showers and with a newborn and weddings and son, Sergeant decided wedding cocktail DIY BOARD to take on a corporate hours,” Sergeant GRAZER WORKSHOP marketing job that explained. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, Clay involved managing a When crafting Theatre, Green Cove Springs, series of multimillioneach spread, theboardgrazer.com, $80 dollar brands. Though Sergeant looks she enjoyed the work, to incorporate a burning entrepreneurial spirit led her whatever components are in season. to leave that position with the hope of She also uses as much local produce someday being her own boss. as possible. Coming into the warmer This past February, she did just that months, she looks forward to utilizing when she turned an idea into a small the summer fruits that she has been business and The Board Grazer was denied all winter. The Grazing Board born. Drawing on her Aussie roots, also honors gluten-free requests (there her love of food and her background are allegedly great gluten-free crackers in marketing, Sergeant fashioned the options out there), and has vegan, company in her image. vegetarian and nut-allergy options. “It’s really my creative outlet,” In addition to catering events, Sergeant said. Sergeant hosts regular board workshops. It’s hard to look at one of Sergeant’s “When I first came up with the creations and not want to try one— business idea for The Board Grazer, I immediately. Offering quality taste and had never thought about doing any type attractive aesthetics, The Board Grazer of workshop,” Sergeant said. “That’s options include boxes, boards and something that just kind of happened. tables. Each option comprises a variety The response has been really great, so we of fruit, charcuterie, cheeses, crackers, kept them hosting them and they have dips, antipasti, sweets and florals. Every been really light-hearted and fun. I’m

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open to the idea of hosting a bunch all across Jacksonville. I want to give people in the different areas and neighborhoods a chance to attend.” Sergeant provides all the necessary ingredients, giving workshop attendees the chance to flex their creative culinary muscles. She also provides the wooden charcuterie board, which her grazers-intraining take home—laden with grazeable goodies—for future use. “More and more I see people from my workshops tagging me online in their own creations,” Sergeant said. “We plan to keep holding the DIY events as long as people stay willing to come. If any other small businesses are interested in partnering, I’m extremely open to that idea as well.” So how do you make the perfect grazing board? Sergeant advises to always incorporate a variety of textures in the display. “One of my suggestions is to make sure that you have at least two different cheeses,” Sergeant confided. “One should be a soft cheese and one should be a hard cheese. My foolproof suggestion for beginners that everyone seems to like, and that no one will have a hard time finishing, is to combine a double-crème Brie and a nice sharp vintage cheddar.” Lindsey Nolen mail@folioweekly.com Subscribe to Folio Weekly’s Food Newsletter at folioweekly.com/newsletters




quickly with the advent of social media. Back in the day, people ate the same foods their entire lives, usually based on whatever they ate at home with their families when growing up. Each new generation would add a little flourish or variation of their own, yet most styles or flavor profiles were based on the regional availability and seasonality of foodstuffs. But don’t discount tradition. The other morning when my son came home from a morning run with an epic turtle story, I began to wonder just what happened to the popularity of good old turtle soup. While running, my son spotted a giant alligator-snapping turtle in the middle of the neighborhood road. Being the very properly raised, sensitive, nature-loving human being he is, he naturally decided to help the turtle out of the traffic lanes. He first tried to convince the creature to move, using a large stick. While he was gently prodding the turtle, a truck pulled up alongside of him and the driver began yelling suggestions for getting the stubborn reptile to move on to safety. The driver hollered to my son to pick the turtle up by its tail. Well, the turtle looked to weigh near 40 pounds and my son was a little unsure of this strategy, and what about the jaws? The driver jumped out of his truck, saying the turtle could not get its head all the way around to its tail—just keep it away from your legs. So my son picked up the turtle as instructed, and the driver held out a crowbar and—CHOMP! The alligator-turtle clamped down on the crowbar with his deadly jaws, allowing my son to throw the turtle into the back of the truck. Mission accomplished, the cheerful driver said he was taking the alligator-turtle to a happy new home in a swampy area. Personally, I think he went home cooked the beast, and I bet it was good! It wasn’t so long ago that turtle was an extremely popular dish throughout the eastern half of the country. Yes, it was back in the good old days before political correctness, conservation and just plain old squeamishness ruled our world. The first time I tried turtle soup was in culinary

school. Kinda interesting, kinda rare, really good but not something I would crave frequently. The next time I experienced this dish was in New Orleans, where turtle soups and stews continue to be a mainstay in both Creole and Cajun cuisines. Yet for most of the nation, just the thought of eating turtle would be repulsive. What a shame, because turtle does not taste like chicken, turtle tastes like turtle! But if you’d like a Creole dish reminiscent of turtle stew (albeit turtleless) try this shrimp stew. I like to serve it pot pie-style with a biscuit crust.

CHEF BILL’S SHRIMP & ANDOUILLE STEW • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 shallots, minced 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced 4 leeks, washed, medium dice 3 celery stalks, medium dice 2 red bell peppers, medium dice 2 parsnips, medium dice 2 carrots, medium dice 4 chef spoons chopped tomatoes 1 pearl onion, peeled 1 oz. white wine 4 cups shrimp stock 3 thyme sprigs 2 bay leaves 1 Andouille sausage, half-inch moons 1/2 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning 3 Tbsp. parsley, chopped 2 shrimp


1. Sweat leeks, add shallots and garlic, sweat. 2. Add celery, parsnips and carrots, sweat. 3. Deglaze with wine to au sec, add remaining ingredients. 4. Simmer 15 minutes, tighten with a slurry. 5. Adjust seasonings.

Until we cook again,

Chef Bill Thompson cooking@folioweekly.com

Contact Chef Bill, owner/chef of Fernandina’s Amelia Island Culinary Academy, by email at cooking@folioweekly.com, to get cheffed up! Subscribe to Folio Weekly’s Cooking Newsletter at folioweekly.com/newsletters


NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKETS 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 10000 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin 1585 N. Third St., Jax Beach


PUBLIX MARKETS 1033 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine 2033 Riverside Ave.

NASSAU HEALTH FOODS 833 T.J. Courson Rd., Fernandina

THE SAVORY MARKET 474380 S.R. 200, Fernandina

ROWE’S 1670 Wells Rd., Orange Park 8595 Beach Blvd., Southside FERNANDINA BEACH MARKET PLACE Art & Farmers Market, North Seventh Street WHOLE FOODS 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin

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LOCAL PET EVENTS & ADOPTABLES FRESHEN UP FRIDAY BATHS & DRAFTS Dos Vatos Tacos serves tacos at the inaugural event, featuring one free beer with the purchase of a bath for your dog, 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Kanine Social, 580 College St., Brooklyn, 712-6363, kaninesocial.com. EPIC BDAY PARTY Celebrating Maverick, Murphy and Mason, the pups who inspired Kanine Social, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, featuring food trucks and Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Superman– costumes encouraged. Check website for details.



HI! I’M PAM. And no, I don’t make baking easier…

not that kind of Pam. I’m a young, lovable girl with an affinity for paper salesmen (especially if his name is Jim!) Stop by the Jax Humane Society Adoption Center, 8464 Beach Blvd. on the Southside and let’s meet!

LOVING COMFORT How does your dog know when you need a cuddle? WHEN MY MOM IS UNDER THE WEATHER OR

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feeling blue, I stay right by her side, as if holding a vigil until she recovers, resting my chin on her belly and looking up with eyes that say, “I’m here for you.” Just the other day, she got off the phone and was sitting on the sofa, wiping tears from her eyes, trying to deal with her sadness. In a flash, I grabbed one of my favorite toys, a squeaky squirrel, and put it in her lap, hoping that the toy that makes me happy might also help her feel better. Whether or not dogs (or even cats) fully sympathize with you, there’s no question that dogs and cats react to humans’ emotional distress. We may not know exactly how you feel, but we know you’re feeling something, and we comfort you because we can tell you feel rotten, even if we don’t entirely understand all of what’s happening. Dogs are keen detectives when it comes to sensing changes in people. We notice when you’re sad, tense or sick. We can even detect serious illness, like cancer and diabetes. Turns out, dogs know more about human emotions and health than you ever suspected. Canines have been by the side of humans for tens of thousands of years and have learned to read social cues. A good mood might mean extra snuggles or a game of fetch. A bad mood might mean scary noises and a day spent hiding under the bed. It makes sense that dogs would watch humans so closely, as changing moods give essential clues as to what is about to happen next. Another way that dogs detect what’s

wrong may be more direct: Sometimes they can literally smell what is wrong. A dog has about 200 million scent receptors in the schnoz, which pick up on tiny changes in the human body. Even though many details are not yet known, it’s clear that dogs have an uncanny ability to sniff out changes related to moods and illness, and that’s a skill that could be a real lifesaver. Dogs are also experts at reading body language, and not just each other’s. Your posture, movements and even your subtle glances speak volumes and tell your canine companion a lot about what you’re thinking and feeling. Act happy and your dog will wag excitedly. Hang your head in sorrow and he’ll affectionately press his head in your lap. So what is it about dogs that’s so comforting? For one thing, dogs are not human. Human relationships can be complicated. But with dogs, the relationship is less complicated. Dogs are loyal, loving and reassuring, without expecting anything in return. Of course, every dog is different, and some are more comforting than others. If your dog isn’t the type to come running when you cry, don’t feel bad. Your relationship with your dog is complex and unique. If you take care of your dog, he’ll take care of you in his way. After all, one of the greatest comforts a dog (or even a cat!) can provide is companionship.


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BARKING ABOUT BINGO Jax Humane Society plays bingo with you for a good cause. For a $10 donation, you get a bingo card and one free house drink, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Culhane’s Southside, 9720 Deer Lake Court, 619-3177, culhanesirishpub.com. Proceeds support the many JHS programs. ROVER THE R.E.A.D. DOG Local therapy dogs Trey and Shelley listen to kids read at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Rd., 262-5201, jaxpubliclibrary.org.



I DIDN’T INSPIRE HARRY BELAFONTE … but I could have, I’m that adorable! I like playing tug o’war and showing off my awesome sit and shake skills. And I love adventures with puppuccinos and people! My adoption is sponsored, so go to jaxhumane.org to get all the details!

BYOB COLLIES & AUSSIES! Bring Your Own Breed honors these working dogs, noon-2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Kanine Social, 580 College St., Brooklyn, 712-6363, kaninesocial.com. JULE THE READING THERAPY DOG The clever canine listens to children practice their reading skills from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd St., Westside, 778-7305. JAX SPRING ENCORE HUNTER JUMPER SHOW What is more graceful than a jumper? The breathtaking feats start 8 a.m. Thursday, May 30 through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., Westside, 993-2053, jaxequestriancenter.com. As always, admission and parking are free.


FOR GOD & HOOSEGOW Leonard Olsen, 70, was arrested in Lakeland on May 10 for reckless driving when an off-duty sheriff ’s deputy filmed him sitting on his sunroof as his Cadillac moved down the road at about 40 mph. When Florida Highway Patrol troopers asked him about riding on his sunroof, Olsen said he “didn’t know about that” but later admitted the car was on cruise control. “The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it,” he said, according to WTSP. “I thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute ... and that’s what I did.” After his arrest, Olsen told cops he’d rather go to jail than back to his wife, who “treats [him] like a servant.” LAY-UP INDEED An employee of Candyland Park in Longwood was surprised on May 12 when he saw a man shooting hoops—stark naked. Police responded to the 911 call and found Jordon Anderson, 29, who said he was working on his game and “feels playing naked enhances his skill level,” writes The Smoking Gun. Cops asked Anderson to put clothes on, which he did, but he was still charged with indecent exposure. EEEEUW We don’t know what brought 29-yearold Coffii Castellion of Largo to Mease Dunedin Hospital emergency room on May 13, but we know where she went after: Pinellas County jail. According to The Smoking Gun, Castellion caused a stir when she nicked seven bathing cloths and 10 pair of hospital slippers, valued at a combined $10.79, earning her a felony charge because of two previous theft convictions. Her most grievous crime was “taking a … feminine pad …” and striking a healthcare provider in the stomach. For that, Castellion was charged with battery and held on $7,000 bond. FUN IN THE TROPICS Shonta Bolds, 36, was arrested on May 11, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after she threw a coconut at a man sitting on the porch of the VIP Gentleman’s Club in Key West. The man had begun filming Bolds, which upset her. She yelled at him and called him names. Fox News reported Bolds admitted to tossing the coconut but noted “it did not hit him.” Cops explained to her that since she was outside the club, she had no expectation of privacy.

I WANNA BE A FED On April 22, Jennifer G. Hernandez, 58, walked through the vehicle gate at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia,

where she was stopped by a police officer. She explained she had an interview in the complex, but the officer discovered she had no official business there and told her to leave. On May 1, Military Times reported, Hernandez returned, this time in a Lyft vehicle, again asking to see her recruiter. She was issued a written warning and directed to leave. On May 2, she was back (Uber this time), telling officers she returned because the recruiter’s “phone was off.” On that day, officers inadvertently kept her North Carolina ID card, so on May 3, she came back to pick it up, and also asked if she could speak to “Agent Penis.” Promising to leave by bus, Hernandez refused, telling an officer, “Do you really think I’m going to leave?” That’s when they’d had enough. Hernandez was arrested, charged with trespassing.

I GOT YOU THIS ORANGE JUMPSUIT! Georgia Michelle Zowacki of West Newton Borough, Pennsylvania, celebrated her 55th birthday on May 15, drinking vodka all day, according to her boyfriend, David Rae. They went out to dinner to mark the occasion, but when they went home, Zowacki got mad—no gifts, cards or cake. “Next thing you know, I’m getting stabbed,” Rae told KDKA. He told Westmoreland County Police Zowacki came at him with a box-cutter: “She went to my neck, she says, ‘I’m going to kill you.’” She cut his arm, then “destroyed” his bedroom, throwing a TV on the floor and breaking the bed. Charged with aggravated assault, she spent the rest of her birthday in jail. IN A WORD In December, three dancers at Foxy Lady strip club in Providence, Rhode Island, were arrested for allegedly offering sex in exchange for money. On May 15, the last dancer to appear in court, Lindsay Hoffmann, 30, was cleared of those charges. It came down to one word: “anything.” Officer Sean Lafferty, an undercover investigator at the club that night, testified that Hoffmann approached him and said that for $300, he could get anything he wanted in a downstairs VIP room, wrote the Providence Journal. Lafferty thought her offer was of a sexual nature, but Judge Melissa DuBose said “anything” could’ve meant, well, anything. “You could ask 50 people ... and it would be a range from really freaky stuff to stuff that would be completely benign,” she said. Lafferty admitted Hoffmann didn’t explicitly offer sex, even during a $160 nude lap dance. Hoffmann had no comment. weirdnewstips@amuniversal.com

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Thursday, May 30 is Mint Julep Day! Sunday, June 2 is National Bubba Day! Monday, June 3 is Repeat Day (I said Repeat Day). When we were kids, we had a mint bed out by the pear tree. We’d pick fresh mint for Colonel Daddy’s juleps and Big Mama’s crème de menthes, being careful to stay clear of the wasps enjoying the fallen pears. (I said Repeat Day.) Then … you know it: Find love with FW’s ISUs. WAITRESS ZEUS PIZZA Zeus Pizza San Marco waitress, April 21. Where: Zeus Pizza San Marco. When: April 21. #1730-0529 CUTE CHICA @ COFFEE PLACE You: Beautiful, getting coffee w/friend near lunch, verticalstriped pants, white top, short blonde hair. Locked eyes for a second; I got goosebumps. Me: In booth w/friend, red shirt, grey shorts, short black hair. BE AT SRFS MAY 19, 1 P.M. When: May 10. Where: Southern Roots Filling Station. #1729-0515 SHOPPING 4 LOVE You: Handsome bearded man, in tie, with gallon water bottles. I’ve seen you shop on Fridays after work. Me: Blonde woman, sundress/leggings, purposely going down the same aisles you do. I’m shy, so please say something! When: April 12 & 26. Where: WalmartMarket @ San Pablo. #1728-0515 A GIRL NEEDS CHECKING OUT Bearded, dressed professionally, confident walk that damn near made me gasp. You in holds area, me in red summer dress. You glanced at me; checked out before I could speak. Check me out? When: May 1. Where: Pablo Creek Library. #1727-0508 GYM BODY Over months saw you lose many pounds. Buzz-cut male, weeping angel tattoos on back of legs. Saw you sneaking glances when I did glute exercise. Be a gentleman first and take me to lunch after gym? When: April 20. Where: Bailey’s Gym, Loretto & San Jose. #1726-0501 TONY PACKO’S FAN Pumping gas and my T-shirt amused you. You asked about it and we talked briefly. Would like to talk more. When: April 8. Where: Fleming Island Daily’s/Shell Gas. #1725-0501 ATTRACTIVE CHURCH WOMAN Your group sat in front of me. You: Attractive, long hair, glasses, beverage. We locked eyes near sermon’s end. I’ll sit in same area next few Thursdays. I go to 5:22 Sunday services, too.

Coffee sometime? When: March 21. Where: Church of Eleven22, San Pablo. #1726-0417 BE MY ENDGAME? MCU CAPTURE You: Buttery bowtie alpha stud manager. Me: Thanos purple high-tops, interested in your gauntlet. Rewind time, never stop, soul search this reality, use this space, see where this power takes us? More theories if interested. When: April 3. Where: Regal Avenues 20. #1724-0410 TRAFFIC CONE TROUBLE You: Trying to lure a pesky orange traffic cone out from under your front bumper. Me: Lent a hand, wrestled an obtrusive pylon out; you cutely muttered of being embarrassed. I’m free next Friday if you run it over again. When: March 29. Where: Gate Parkway Starbucks. #1723-0403 SHRINERS CIRCUS JUMP ROPE MIME You: Being a great guy helping the mime/clown. Me: Blown away by your jump-roping and your body. The bumbleverse can’t keep up with me, but I think you could. Didn’t see a ring; single? When: March 17, 1 p.m. Where: Shriners Circus. #1722-0403 MAYORS RACE, DONATING BLOOD, LAKEWOOD You: Braces, with dog. Me: Eating clam chowder. Any chance you are free for coffee, breakfast or happy hour? When: March 9. Where: Riverside Publix. #1721-0320 SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE WANTS I’d like to meet a smart, handsome man. I like golf, tennis and disco dancing. I’m retired, no small kids. If you enjoy the same things, let’s meet and see what develops! We’ll discuss when & where when you reply. #1720-0313 YOU CAME OUTTA NOWHERE ... Want to hold hands and stroll under the nighttime sky & live that Nick13 song. You make these Kentucky knees weak when you kiss me. Nothing worth having comes easily; you’re worth the wait, W. When: Dec. 2018. Where: Had my sights on you for months. #1719-0313


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the next few weeks, it will make good sense to travel winding paths replete with interesting twists and provocative turns. The zigzags you’ll pursue won’t be inconvenient or inefficient, but vital in getting the healing you need. To honor and celebrate this oddly lucky phase, here’s part of Robert Graves’ poem “Flying Crooked.” “The butterfly will never master the art of flying straight, yet has a sense of how not to fly: He lurches here and here by guess and God and hope and hopelessness. Even the acrobatic swift has not his fl yingcrooked gift.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Has a part of you become too timid, docile or prosaic? Is there an aspect of your beautiful soul that’s partly muzzled or submissive? If so, now’s a good time for an antidote. Pay heed: the cure isn’t to become chaotic, turbulent and out of control. It’d be counterproductive to resort to berserk mayhem. A better way: be primal, lush and exciting. Be unpredictably humorous and alluringly intriguing. Try experiments to rouse sweetness, unkempt elegance, brazen joy and sensual intelligence. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I prefer live theater over movies. The glossy perfection of films, done with machines that assemble and polish, is less emotionally rich than the direct impact of live performers’ unmediated voices and emotions. Their evocative imperfections move me in ways that glossy flawlessness can’t. Even if you’re not like me, experiment with this a while–not just in the entertainment you choose, but all areas of your life. As much as possible, get experiences raw and unfi ltered.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran blogger OceanAlgorithms wrote, “I’m simultaneously wishing I were a naturalist whose specialty is fi nding undiscovered species in well-explored places, a skateboarding mathematician meditating on an almost-impossible-to-solve equation as I practice skateboard tricks and a fi erce witch who casts spells on nature-despoilers, and a gothic heroine with 12 suitors.” I love how freewheeling and wide-ranging OceanAlgorithms’ imagination is. Do the same. Let yourself dream and scheme. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Geologists aren’t sure why, but almost six million years ago, the Strait of Gibraltar closed up. As a result, the Mediterranean Sea was cut off from the Atlantic Ocean, and within 1,000 years, it had mostly disappeared. Fast-forward 600,000 years. Again, geologists don’t understand how, but a flood broke through the barrier, letting the ocean flow back into the Mediterranean basin and restore its status as a sea. Invoke that replenishment as a holy symbol for the process you’re in: a replenishment of dried-out waters. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Meditate on this from writer Radha Marcum: “The spiritual definition of love is that when you look at the person you love, it makes you love yourself more.” There’s action in the next four weeks. According to my assessment of life’s secret currents, all of creation conspires to intensify and deepen your love for yourself by intensifying and deepening your love for others. Cooperate with that conspiracy!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Is there a creature on Earth more annoying than a CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s a mosquito? I’ve never heard anyone watch message from Cancerian poet Tyler a pesky monster sucking blood from an arm Knott Gregson. Read it daily for 15 days. and say, “Aw, cute little bug.” There’s a town in “Promise me you will not spend so much time Russia that holds a jokey three-day celebration treading water and trying to keep your head every year in honor of the mosquito. Those above the waves that you forget, truly forget, who live in Berezniki stage a “most delicious” competition, in which people let themselves get how much you have always loved to swim.” pricked by mosquitoes for 20 minutes, with an LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 2003, award going to the brave soul accumulating the thieves in Antwerp, Belgium pulled off most bites. Use the spirit of this approach in the the biggest jewelry heist in history. weeks ahead. If you have fun with things that To steal diamonds, gold and other gems, worth bother you, they won’t bother you as much. more than $100 million, they had to outsmart AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s security guards, a seismic sensor, a protective Forever Season. You have poetic magnetic field, Doppler radar, infrared detectors license to act as if your body will live and a lock. In the weeks ahead, you’ll have a 100 years and your soul for all eternity. You may comparable ability to insinuate yourself into the believe that in future decades, you’ll grow steadily presence of previously inaccessible treasures wiser, kinder and happier. In Forever Season, you and secrets and codes. You’ll be able to penetrate barriers that shut you off from valuable may dream of flying over a waterfall at sunset, finding lost magic you were promised before you things. I hope that unlike the Antwerp thieves, were born or discovering the key to a healing you use your superpowers in an ethically. you feared would never come. As you move VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In Spain’s through this unpredictable grace period, your northeast corner, bordering France, understanding of reality may expand dramatically. is Catalonia. With its own culture and language, it has a history of seeking complete PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A Cambridge autonomy. On four occasions, it’s declared University musical historian thought it’d itself independent from Spain; most recently in be fun to perform forgotten songs written 2017, when 92 percent of Catalans who voted in the Rhineland 1,000 years ago. His research expressed the desire to be free of Spain’s rule. wasn’t easy, because musical notation was Alas, none of the rebellions has succeeded. In the different back then. He reconstructed tunes in last instance, no other nation on Earth recognized ways he felt were 80 percent faithful to originals. Catalonia’s claim to be an independent republic. He and other musicians performed and recorded In contrast to its frustrated attempts, your quest them. Here’s a somewhat comparable task for you to seek greater independence could make real in the next few weeks. You’ll benefit recovering the truth about long ago events. progress in the months ahead. For best results, Rob Brezsny formulate a clear intention and define the precise freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com nature of the sovereignty you seek.

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cannabis situation in Florida, as it relates to matters of civil liberties, politics and human health, physical and mental. Sometimes that crosses over into other areas, and this is one of those times. A prominent argument in favor of medical marijuana is its usefulness in dealing with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder—issues that have rocketed to the front burner of public discussion in recent years. This trend can largely be credited to the veteran community, which has seen an average of 22 suicides a day for the past few years. Another substance that’s gaining traction in some circles is kratom, aka mitragyna speciosa, which has emerged from the relative obscurity of Reddit and the dark web to become about as mainstream as any weird green powder can ever be. Leading the way on research is my esteemed alma mater, the University of Florida. Its College of Pharmacy just received its second multimillion-dollar research grant within the past year: a two-year $3.5 million grant in December and a five-year $3.4 mil in April. I’m sure it’ll be spent wisely. In May, UF Health published a press release touting the grant it received from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The first NIDA-funded study examines kratom’s alkaloids individually. This grant evaluates these alkaloids

together to study kratom’s effect as a whole,” the release reads. “For the first time, UF investigators will be able to compare the effects of kratom in its traditional form—as a tea made from fresh leaves—versus the way westerners consume it—as dried leaves.” The project is built around the work of three UF doctors: Chris McCurdy, Lance McMahon (no relation to Vince) and especially the late Bonnie Avery, whose death in March preceded the grant award by one month. According to the release, “Most researchers only analyze kratom for mitragynine, its most abundant alkaloid, even though it contains more than 40 [alkaloids]. Avery’s expertise led to the developing of methodology to simultaneously identify and quantify 10 alkaloids.” This research will form a large part of her legacy as a researcher, and it will probably help save lives. Kratom has developed a reputation in hipster circles for its salubrious effect on people trying to wean themselves away from opiate dependency, but the law treats it as a drug in and of itself. If the men and women behind this groundbreaking UF study get their way, all of that could change forever—but honestly, probably not anytime soon.

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laws in several nearby states, specifically the heartbeat bills, I can’t help but notice a heartbeat legislators continue to overlook: the woman’s. In the fight to demand rights for the unborn, legislators are denying women the right to autonomy. When her freedom to choose is in jeopardy, she is in jeopardy. Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act, passed May 15, criminalizes performing an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy, with few exceptions. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on May 24 to block Alabama’s new legislation. Unless a judge overturns the decision, abortions will be illegal, starting in November. Numerous other states have or have attempted to introduce what are colloquially known as the heartbeat bills. States like Georgia and, most recently, Missouri, have heartbeat-related clauses in their legislation that say a pregnancy cannot be terminated once a fetal heartbeat is detected. These laws infringe on a woman’s legal right to an abortion, a right that was and still remains in the hands of the individual as ruled by the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade. And this gestational sound, according to gynecologists, isn’t the same as a heartbeat from a fully developed heart; it is a sign that a pregnancy is progressing in the correct direction. I’ll admit that the intense push for banning an abortion after doctors detect a “fetal heartbeat” certainly pulls on the heartstrings. Humans put a lot of meaning into a heartbeat and, furthermore, a heart. We associate them with not just life and autonomy, but with loftier concepts like sympathy, compassion and perhaps the boldest of them all: love. But I’ve noticed a serious lack of sympathy, compassion and love for a woman who wants or needs to have an abortion. Few are the women who’ve walked away from Planned Parenthood without being shamed by strangers. Fewer are the ones who have walked away without being shamed by someone they trust.

Emotional has E ti l stress t h physical h i l consequences on the heart, but women’s rights, needs and opinions are disregarded for something that could not live without her body and its resounding heartbeat. Women, who have functioning hearts and organs, are being brushed aside for what gynecologists and scientists alike have found to be the electrical vibrations of a budding collection of cells inhabiting the womb. The heartbeat-related legislation gears the argument toward the sanctity of life of the unborn, but it does not elevate the woman’s life to the same level of importance. This movement to overturn the right to an abortion affects all women, because it destroys the social progress our country has made toward women’s physical and emotional independence. We must recognize the potential these bills and their sponsors have in gaining ground on a national level. The elimination of constitutional rights will not solve the issue. It will just be one step in an ongoing fight to eliminate a woman’s right to her own reproductive health. As someone who takes contraceptives medicinally, I regard this infringement on our rights very seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that national abortion rate has declined 26 percent between 2006 and 2015. The major change that led to this: better access to contraception and sexual education. Those efforts should continue to be our focus. Across the country, women still have the right and dignity of choice. There are many organizations, both locally and nationally, that are fighting to uphold this constitutional right. I can only hope that my fellow citizens, particularly those in Florida and Jacksonville, understand that women have hearts, too—real, beating and thriving hearts. We cannot forget the value of our own lives and the right to choose how to spend them. Shanee Campbell mail@folioweekly.com _________________________________ Campbell is a content editor and Southside resident.

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