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Welcome to the First Coast. In your hands is the eighth edition of the First Coast Relocation Guide™


, a comprehensive guide to help you settle into your new home. This


guide includes information to help you make a successful move to the area as well as ideas for things to do once you have settled.


Here are just a few reasons why the First Coast is a great place to live:


• Year-round enjoyable weather • Deep roots in history • Large urban park systems throughout the region • Cutting-edge, regional health care facilities ranked among the best in the Southeast and in the U.S.


• Outstanding primary and secondary schools • Professional and semi-professional sports teams, plus major college football games like the Gator Bowl Classic


• A vibrant cultural arts community with Broadway shows, festivals, museums, special events, attractions and more


• Nearly 100 miles of beautiful coastline, including the Atlantic seaboard, the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway, in addition to associated preserved wetlands and marshes


The 2013 edition of the First Coast Relocation Guide™ has information to aid you in


all aspects of your move: where to obtain your driver's license, whom to contact for utility services, what options are available in hospitals and surgery centers, and even what you can expect in terms of weather.


The extensive Neighborhoods section, with a color-coded map, will help you find the


home of your dreams. And, when it’s time to enroll your children in area schools, the Education section will serve as a valuable resource with registration information, alternative schooling options and frequently used phone numbers, all listed by county.


To give you a taste of all the First Coast has to offer, the guide includes sections on


sports, resorts, historical sites and museums, attractions, shopping and dining. Discover why Northeast Florida is an economically sound region, with all the tools in


place to grow your business, and why the region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Learn about the various transportation services around the First Coast, including nautical, aeronautical and rail, which make Northeast Florida a major logistics center as well as a convenient location for individuals who need to get from point A to point B.


We hope the First Coast Relocation Guide™ Cordially, helps you connect with all that's


happening in Northeast Florida. But, above all, we hope the information contained in this guide makes your move to Florida’s First Coast a smooth and pleasant experience.


ADVERTISING SALES Nancy Crocker


Robert Pritchard • Larry Williams ART DIRECTOR


Sarah D. Justice – Lead


BOOKKEEPER Jackie Cetnar


DESIGN DEPARTMENT


Marian Battle • Tance Gonder Nour Matrahji • Sana Naeem


EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT


Monica Gutos • Jacqueline Persandi Aloise Schmitt


INFORMATION SPECIALISTS Jodi Bonner • Donna Cannady Robert Farmer


Crystal Farr – Supervisor


Sierra Juniper • Sameh Khayat Sarah Lofberg • Angella Massa Pei Tang Liu


PRINTER Boyd Brothers, Inc.


Kathy Ford, Sales Representative PUBLISHER


Marzoug (Mark) Al-Amad


SALES MANAGER CJ Harrison


TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Ashley Lombardo


The First Coast Relocation Guide™ is


published and copyrighted © 2013 by Heritage Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or reprinted without written consent of the publisher.


Heritage Publishing, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this guide. However, they may be corrected in a subsequent issue, if reported in writing. Fax changes to 296-8522; fill out the online form at www.heritagepublishinginc.com; or email the publisher directly at malamad@heritagepublishinginc.com.


Photographs in this guide have been provided by Heritage Publishing, Inc. employees as well as other noted sources.


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