US Coast Guard Station Mayport
4200 Ocean St., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
US Coast Guard Station Mayport is located on Ocean Street in Mayport, Florida – part of Sector Jacksonville as well as District Seven. The unit’s missions include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security.
Sector Jacksonville was established on August 16, 2005 from the reorganization and consolidation of Group Mayport, Base Mayport. Sector Jacksonville is located on six acres of land adjacent Naval Station Mayport, along the St. Johns River in Mayport, FL. The mission of Sector Jacksonville is to provide unified command and control for accomplishing Coast Guard mission objectives. Sectors provide strategically guided, goal focused, and high performance service delivery across the full range of Coast Guard missions.
Sector Jacksonville’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) encompasses 40,000 square miles of ocean and inland waterways. Within the Sector’s AOR are 190 miles of coastline stretching from King’s Bay, GA to Port Malabar, FL. Along this coastline are 10 inlets, most of which provide safe passage to inland waterways. Inland waters within the AOR include 248 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), 161 miles of the St. John’s River, and numerous rivers, creeks, and marshes.
To cover this diverse and challenging AOR, Sector Jacksonville utilizes Multi-Mission Station Mayport, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, and Station Port Canaveral, FL. In addition, Sector Jacksonville is parent command to five cutters, MARIA BRAY, SAWFISH, RIDLEY, SHRIKE, HAMMER, two Aids to Navigation teams located at Ponce de Leon and Jacksonville Beach and MSD Canaveral.
Located within Sector Jacksonville’s AOR are five Department of Defense installations, U.S. Eastern Space and Missile Center, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit and Kennedy Space Center.
Sector Jacksonville is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) zone and AOR including Search and Rescue, Ports Waterways and Coastal Security, Waterways Management, Maritime Homeland Security, Marine Science Activities, Aids to Navigation, and finally Command and Logistical Support.
The nearest major airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX / KJAX). This airport has international and domestic flights from Jacksonville, Florida and is 26 miles from the center of Atlantic Beach, FL.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 and have completed kindergarten to attend grade 1.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Florida Department of Health – Duval County (904) 253-1000
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.
Family Support Services of North Florida (904) 421-5800
Family Support Services of North Florida (FSSNF) is the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. Through community-based care, FSS provides services and programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect, to promote a healthy family environment and to care for our community’s children in foster care.
Jacksonville Humane Society (904) 725-8766
JHS was founded in 1885 to serve Jacksonville and outlying areas in an animal control capacity. In 2005, JHS officially became a no kill shelter. Shortly after, a coalition was formed to make Jacksonville a no kill city. In 2014, the goal became a reality and Jacksonville became the nation’s largest no kill city.
Florida Highway Patrol – Jacksonville (904) 695-4111
Base Operator (904) 564-7500
Military housing at the Mayport Naval Station, where Coast Guard Station Mayport is located, is privatized.
Housing consists of two, three and four bedroom homes in a variety of styles, to include apartment style, townhouse, duplex and single family homes.
Housing is offered in four different neighborhoods.
It is managed by Balfour Beatty Communities – (855) 969-4995
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In Mayport, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 90°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 25 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 90°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 4 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 69°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 47°F and high of 63°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from June 1 to October 1, with a greater than 37% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 56% on July 31. The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from October 1 to June 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on November 22.
Compared to other cities in Florida and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Mayport – Jacksonville, FL is 93, which is 7% lower than the Florida average and 7% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Mayport, FL are 1% lower than the average for Florida and 2% lower than the rest of the country.
Mayport is a small community located between Naval Station Mayport and the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. It is part of the Jacksonville Beaches communities. The only public road to Mayport is State Road A1A, which crosses the St. Johns River Ferry to Fort George Island.
Visit the Cummer Museum. Housed in a series of twentieth-century buildings, the Cummer Museum opens onto the St. Johns River which is an active Florida waterway. This is a fabulous museum for kids, making the effort to teach them that art appreciation can be fun! There is a large section of the museum devoted to interactive displays that enables both parents and kids to explore and understand the way that art changes through time. The collection is particularly strong in American and European paintings, and includes over six thousand works of art dating from 2100 BC to the twenty-first century. There are also three flower gardens on the museum grounds to enjoy, the oldest dating back to 1903. Lovely the whole year round, they are especially wonderful to see in the spring when the orchid show is on display!
The Catty Shack Ranch and Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful venue for the care and rehabilitation of wild cats. Most important of all, once an animal is taken in, it is guaranteed that they will have a loving home forever as the Sanctuary do not breed or sell any of their animals. The kids in particular will enjoy ‘meeting’ the residents, ranging from tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats and cougars. Try if possible to drop in to witness a night feeding, which starts with a guided tour, followed by the feeding in which the keepers go in hands first to feed these magnificent animals! It is obvious how much the volunteers love their work and all the animals, each helper eager to answer all your questions. A must for all ages. The Sanctuary offers a snack truck, and portable toilets on site.
The Museum of Science and History is must see for all the family and especially for those of your kids interested in science and history, as the museum specializes in science and local history exhibits. It showcases a main exhibit that changes quarterly as well as three floors of permanent displays including the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. The Museum’s exhibits teach all about the human body, the history of Jacksonville, how water works and has a fascinating display all about the Great Fire of 1901, which was one of the worst disasters in Florida history, burning 146 city blocks and destroying more than 2,368 buildings in eight hours.
After visiting the Museum of Science and History, hopefully you’ll have time to take the short walk next door to see the Friendship Fountain. Constructed in the 1960s it consists of over 60 nozzles that shoot water as high as 120 ft! It’s a wonderful sight at night in particular, as the fountain lights up with colorful lights, creating a beautiful show. The park that surrounds the fountain has ample picnic tables and benches, too, making it a nice snack or picnic stop for you and the family.
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