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Under the Boardwalk
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:45:39 AM »
Under the Boardwalk



EU Jacksonville shares the story of Frenchy Le Grand. The man who owned the Jacksonville Beach roller coaster. Article written by Liza Mitchell.

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Re: Under the Boardwalk
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013, 10:18:51 AM »
 “...At least they can’t ever take the ocean away.”

a fitting quote for Jacksonville.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 11:23:55 AM »
I remember spending a lot of time as a kid at the boardwalk in the 70s. Good memories of the bumper cars and penny arcade. But it was pretty seedy by that point.

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 11:39:14 AM »
"Ron Le Grand says that to his dying day his father believed it [the fire was] set deliberately by someone who wanted to develop the oceanfront property for other ventures. Despite his close ties to many of them, city officials did not allow him to rebuild, thus closing a memorable chapter in the city’s history. "

Anyone around during this time with some insight?

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 06:42:45 PM »
SunKing is right about the "seedy" nature of the boardwalk, and that was the case in the '60s as well.  But weren't all beachside rides and games seedy in those days?  It was part of the atmosphere along with the aroma of hamburgers, corndogs and cotton candy.  The Jacksonville Beach boardwalk amusement area seemed both magical and slightly dangerous to me as a kid...which was not a bad thing!!

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2013, 11:54:03 PM »
The Board walk was probably at its best in the late forties and early fifties, and downhill from there. It had great arcades, games, rides, boardwalk food from taffy candy to corndogs, and crowds of everyone from children to sailors to teenagers to middle and early old agers. One felt safe walking there. Of course , there were police and shore patrol present along the area. Today, the only place that I know of with that feeling is Ocean City Maryland, though Myrtle Beach and its new digs on the west bypass come close. Cars could be parked on the beach, and were, Local young men made money pulling the snowbirds out of the sand after they had waited to late with the tide coming in to get their cars out without assistance. The volunteer lifeguard corp were the Princes of the beach, getting free coffee or cokes on the board walk if they were in their uniforms. And the pier, which sat in the middle of the board walk, was the place to dance at night, and fish at day. The wooden roller coaster had been closed but it still sat there. Behind it a smaller coaster called the Wild Mouse was constructed. There was a movie theatre at the beach, miniature golf, Howard Johnsons out on what became beach blvd, with 30 plus flavors of ice cream. And of course, the beach drive in theatre. For a child, boy or girl , it was a paradise to visit and play along the beach.

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Re: Under the Boardwalk
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 07:12:20 PM »
I wish they would bring all that stuff back....