US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville
10426 Alta Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32226
US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Sector Jacksonville is responsible for marine safety, disaster relief, environmental protection and law enforcement within the region. Ports and regions that fall under Sector Jacksonville include Port Canaveral, Port of Fernandina and Port of Jacksonville.
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 and is 14 miles from the center of Jacksonville, FL.
Another major airport is St Augustine (UST), which has domestic flights from Saint Augustine, Florida and is 38 miles from Jacksonville, 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) 714-7500
Military housing at the Mayport Naval Station, near Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville headquarters, 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
Beach Haven – Jacksonville, FL
Beach Haven is a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida with a population of 9,947. Beach Haven is in Duval County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Beach Haven offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Beach Haven there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Beach Haven and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Beach Haven are above average.
Bayard – Jacksonville, FL
Bayard is a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida with a population of 16,925. Bayard is in Duval County. Living in Bayard offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. The public schools in Bayard are above average.
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In Jacksonville, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 90°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 22 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 16, with an average high of 90°F and low of 75°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 1 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 46°F and high of 65°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from June 2 to September 27, with a greater than 38% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 59% on July 31. The drier season lasts 8.2 months, from September 27 to June 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on October 31.
Compared to other cities in Florida and cities across the country, the cost of living index in 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 Jacksonville, FL are 1% lower than the average for Florida and 2% lower than the rest of the country.
Jacksonville is a large city in northeastern Florida where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A regional business center, it has many museums and cultural offerings. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches such as Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Championship golf courses in the area include Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour.
Visit the Catty-Shack Ranch. This tiger-focused ranch has a conservation mission, often rescuing tigers and other big cats from inhumane captivity. Volunteers give tours of the ranch, providing the cats’ histories and detailed explanations of their operations. Buy tickets ahead of time for a night feeding. Watching the cats pace around their cages to tear into whole carcasses is an experience like no other.
Enjoy fine art and European-inspired gardens along the St. Johns River at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Originally the home of art collector Ninah Mae Holden Cummer, the museum focuses on diverse, dynamic art and the beauty of nature. With an expansive, interactive children’s exhibit, the Cummer is the perfect attraction for art lovers of all ages.
Enjoy a five mile stretch of pristine shoreline amid a maritime forest. Little Talbot Island is home to dozens of native wildlife species. Fishing enthusiasts are likely to catch flounder, sheepshead, and more. Bring your binoculars for a chance to view birds of prey perched in the treetops or comb the shore for glistening seashells.
Since 1914, the Jacksonville Zoo has supported wildlife conservation on a stunning riverfront landscape. Grown-ups and little ones alike will love feeding the giraffes at the African Overlook and watching the otters float along in the Wild Florida exhibit. The zoo also houses an Australian Adventure, featuring colorful birds called lorikeets. Tigers roam overhead at the Land of the Tiger exhibit and Jaguars steal the show at their award-winning exhibit. During your visit, step onto the zoo’s scenic Trout River dock. You might even spot a manatee!
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Florida Theatre is one of only four remaining high-style Movie Palaces built in the state in the 1920’s. It now hosts more than 200 annual events, everything from ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues concerts, this is a cultural and entertainment center in the middle of Downtown Jacksonville.
With over 1.2 million square feet of open-air shopping and 150 retailers and restaurants, the St. Johns Town Center is Jacksonville’s shopping mecca. There’s everything from Target to Tiffany & Co. and something for everyone – whether you’re a savvy saver or a luxury lover. There are also three hotels inside the St. Johns Town Center.
Local artisans, craft makers, artist and local farmers gather every Saturday morning under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge for this outdoors marker. The Riverside Arts Market, or RAM, offers unique entertainment with an unparalleled view along the St. Johns River. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and free yoga at this community event.
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