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Waterfront café offers food, water sports

A full-service water sport sandwich shop has opened in the shadow of the new Beach Blvd. bridge. Crazy Fish Café, crazyfishsmall2510 2nd Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, opened the first week in April, according to owner Joshua Schrutt. Despite its name, the café does more than serve food. “We are out to promote the great waters that are around Jacksonville,” says Schrutt, “kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing, charter-boat fishing. We can do guided tours, birthday parties. We’ve also got a great deck here on the water.” The restaurant serves is open for casual dining, and the business rents boats and kayaks.

Schrutt says he thought it would take about $30,000 and three months to open his operation, but it took about six months and $100,000. “We’ve actually got about $250,000 invested, including the boats and kayaks,” he says. The delays were caused by getting all the correct permits. The building is owned by the city; it was formerly the Florida Marine Patrol building.

To get to Crazy Fish, take Beach Blvd. east over the Intracoastal Bridge, turn left at 20th St. north, and follow the road until it becomes N. 2nd Ave. The café is located on the waterway, next to a boat ramp. For more information, call 904-334-8408.

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