Local Colleges & Universities
Residents of Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace live within distance from a number of colleges and universities—perfect for those who are looking to thrive intellectually in a collegiate setting. Institutions of higher learning include Saint Leo University and Everest University in Orange Park; University of North Florida in nearby Jacksonville; Florida Community College at Jacksonville; Saint Johns River Community College; University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College, both located in Gainesville; Central Florida Community College in Ocala; and Stetson University in Deland.
Economy of Clay County, Florida
Clay County's economic history began in the agricultural sector, mainly in the fruit-growing industry. Over the years, however, the county’s economy has transitioned from agriculture to a more service-oriented economy with such services as retail trade, professional and business services, health and medical care, and the military sector contributing to the area's economic make-up. Orange Park Medical Center currently reigns as one of the largest employers in the county. Clay County also serves as the home of the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center which serves as the primary facility for the Florida National Guard. Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport are also located in Clay County.
Clay County and the State of Florida have a pro-business environment that allows for small and big businesses to flourish to their fullest potential. The advantages of opening a business in Clay County include no corporate income tax on limited partnerships, no state personal income tax, no corporate franchise tax on capital stock, no state-level property tax, no property tax, and no sales and use tax on manufactured or produced goods in the state for export outside the state.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents looking to engage in some retail therapy will want to check out the Orange Park Mall, Kingsley Square Shopping Center, and Argyle Village. Orange Park Mall features over 120 specialty stores, including such anchoring department stores as Dillard's, JC Penney, Sears, Belk, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Shoppers can even catch a movie or two at the 24-screen AMC theatre. Kingsley Square Shopping Center includes large retail stores such as Lowe’s and Office Max while shoppers looking to purchase everyday items such as groceries and household items can head to Argyle Village in neighboring Duval County. Publix, JoAnn's Fabrics, Michael's and Bed Bath & Beyond can all be found at Argyle Village.
Sports fanatics everywhere know that the Greater Jacksonville metropolitan area has no shortage of professional and college-level sports teams. Whether you’re a Jacksonville Jaguars fan (NFL), are looking to root for your favorite MLB team the Jacksonville Suns, or are looking to engage in some hockey action with the Jacksonville Barracudas, you’ll definitely have a chance to cheer on your favorite team. The Jacksonville metro area even has its own rugby league and roller derby team, the Jacksonville Axemen and the New Jax City Rollers, respectively. Followers of college sports already know that Jacksonville is famous for its football bowl game, the Gator Bowl. College teams include the University of North Florida Ospreys, Jacksonville University Dolphins, and the Edward Waters College Tigers.
If you’re looking to learn a bit more about the history of Clay County, a few museums of interest include the Clay County Historical and Railroad Museum in Green Cove Springs, the Camp Blanding Museum, the Black Heritage Museum in Middleburg, and the Middleburg Historical Museum. For more recreational, cultural and entertainment offerings, residents can head out to the booming metropolitan city of Jacksonville.
Parks & Recreation
If you like to golf, then you’re in luck as Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace is located within a short drive from a few golf courses that will challenge your skill as a player, such as the Country Club of Orange Park, The Course at Westland, the Bent Creek Golf Course in Jacksonville, the Timuquana Country Club, and the Naval Air Station Golf Course. Other area golf courses include Baymeadows Golf Club, The Champions Club at Julington Creek, Eagle Harbor, Fiddlers Green Golf Course, Fleming Island Golf Club, Hyde Park Golf Club, West Meadows Golf Club, Golf Club of Jacksonville, and Golf Club at South Hampton.
If golf isn't really your game and you'd much rather spend some time in the outdoors in a non-competitive setting, Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace is located near the St. Johns River and Doctors Lake where such favorite pastimes as fishing, boating, swimming, jet-skiing, and picnicking are popular activities.
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