Local business gives gift of color to lifeguard station

Over 30 volunteers helped paint fresh coat on aging lifeguard station

By Ashley Mitchem - Reporter, anchor
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station has a cleaned up look after volunteers took time out of their Saturday to make a difference.

A building that would normally cost about $10,000 to paint was painted for free by a local business wanting to help those who keep us safe at the beach.

Jason Parker with Performance Painting said they reach out to the community twice a year to paint for free, and this year they chose the lifeguard station at Jacksonville Beach.

“I think there is a lot of good that comes with the gift of color," Parker said. “We get to give the gift, but our team also enjoys it and to give as a team, that's as good as what they receive.”

Parker said it was easy choosing the station to help because it's been in such dire need of a fresh look.

“It's sorely needed here, you know, a lot of funding was cut four years ago, so we are happy to contribute,” Parker said.

The volunteers at the lifeguard station agreed it was long overdue.

“You know, most of the time what you see is the lifeguards keeping up the maintenance of the building,” Parker said. “So I think it's probably been about 8 to 10 years since it's been done and being in the ocean, it needs to be done more than that,” Parker said.

More than 30 people volunteered their time and effort to give the lifeguard station the gift of color.

Volunteer lifeguard saving Corps Captain Bill Horn said, “Any building that is exposed to the elements like ours is in front of the ocean, day in and day out, the wear and tear and public service building, we really needed the repairs and the paint.”

Horn said he's grateful for the donation.

“It's a good thing for us,” Horn said. “It helps boost our spirits. It reminds us the community still supports us, and we've been doing this since 1912. We are happy to have the support and effort.”

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