There’s no shortage of nonsense clogging up our feeds, these day.  Much of it is noise coming from beyond our paradisiacal little Northeast Florida enclave. As such, you may have missed some of the most popular articles posted this month on To help drown out the cacophony, we’ve assembled a recap of our most shared pieces from the month of April.

Photo: Lance Asper

Sand Your Ground: Florida Bill Makes it easier for private landowners to restrict beach access

Perhaps taking a page from The Surf Punks, Florida House Bill 631 makes it easier for property owners to say, “My beach… go home!” Surfrider’s Holly Parker and Jacksonville Beach City Manager George Forbes weighed, as did VOID readers on Facebook. Read more.

Surfboard Guide 2018: Dial-in your quiver

Riding a surfboard remains a popular pastime in these parts. So it was no wonder that when we shared what our distinctive bunch of Northeast Florida shapers have been busy dreaming up—an idiosyncratic assortment of high-performance grovelers, mush-destroyers—stoke levels ran high. Read more.

Matt Gray Memorial Doc at The Skate Yard

The Annual Matt Gray Surf & Skate contest, held for the last 11 years in Atlantic Beach, has grown to be a must-attend North Florida event. It was in the weeks following the death of beaches local Matt “Rasta” Gray, that his friends mobilized, drawing on their recently deceased companion’s buoyant enthusiasm, to make certain they turned a tragic situation into something positive. Readers dove into to this article on how the group raised more than $50K and sent more than a dozen local surfers and skaters to college, over the event’s eleven year history. Read more.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp: America’s Team?

Did someone say Jacksonville is NOT a sports town? On the team’s opening night, the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp drew a larger crowd than their Major League affiliate, The Miami Marlins. Read more. 

Queen B’s Historic Coachella Performance had Jacksonville Connection

Beyonce’s Coachella performance, which included a rendition of a “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song written nearly 120 years ago, right here in Jacksonville, FL, set the Interwebs ablaze in the days following #Beychella. Read more.

From the Lineup: Freaky Fun Late April Swell Gallery

Scrolling through Instagram after our surprise swell event, it seemed North Florida surfers were captured from nearly every angle, slipping, sliding, tucking in, and gouging through lineups from somewhere east of Fort Clinch to the Matanzas Inlet.Void readers ate up the unique perspectives of the freaky fun late-April swell provided by our we finest local lensmen. Read more. 

Opinion: Bring us a Wave Pool!

And, in our most shared post of April, our editor, Matthew Shaw called on city leaders to ring up Sunshine State native son, King Kelly, and demand a wave pool. The surf community, at least from the ensuing social media discussion, appeared to be on board. Read more.