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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- With the weather warming up and as the summer approaches more and more people are flocking to the beach.

For the 102nd year, the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Savings Corps is patrolling Jacksonville Beach.

There were 41 volunteers working at the beach Sunday and the lifeguards report a calm day, a great day for swimmers.

They do have some advice for those who plan on coming out to Jacksonville Beach to enjoy the surf.

"Always swim in front of a life guard," said First Mate Tommy Cassaro. "That's the best advice we could ever give someone."

Cassaro said when someone does find themselves in a rip current to remain calm and let the current bring you out and to swim parallel to shore.


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A proposed ordinance banning cursing is stirring up controversy at Neptune Beach


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla.-- You may want to watch what you say while in Neptune Beach.

A proposed ordinance banning cursing is stirring up controversy and what you say, may now come at a cost.

Sharky is has been visiting Pete's Tavern in Neptune Beach for decades. He calls himself a local. "I've been known to speak my mind a little bit."

However, that might be a thing of the past with a new ordinance on the table.

Sec. 14-11 Profanity in a Public Place


It shall be unlawful and a Class D offense, for a person, while in a public place, to speak another person, profane, derisive, offensive or annoying language, which language would create a substantial threat of immediately provoking to violence a person of ordinary sensibilities and temperament"

Caught on Camera: UPS delivery man tossing package over fence


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fl -- Neptune Beach computer technician William Kirchhofer recorded a UPS delivery on his security camera that has left him flabbergasted.

"I was just completely blown away as to how lazy it was he could have just open the gate and set it in there," said Kirchhofer.

The video shows the delivery person took the big brown box and dropped it over the six foot fence. Kirchhofer said on average they receive four packages a week at his Neptune Beach Address, this one was for his roommate.

"I'm really surprise that someone would blatantly disregard someone stuff like that," he said.

Inside the box a Wi-Fi digital bathroom scale, valued at $125-$150. The box was damaged, the scale was not. Even so did the UPS delivery man really need to throw the box over the fence?

Woman stabbed over 20 times recovering, suspect in custody


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A woman who was stabbed over 20 times is still in serious condition Thursday afternoon.

Justyn Patrick Courson, 24, allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend who had returned to the home they once shared in the 2100 block of Fairway Villas Lane to collect her belongings, according to a police report form the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Courson allegedly became enraged while the victim was inside the apartment and was upset over the relationship ending. He grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in excess of 20 times, the report detailed.

The victim was able to flee and get to a neighbor who called 911. The victim was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville in serious condition.

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Neptune Beach to put non-discrimination resolution on hold


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- A resolution adding sexual orientation and marital status to a non-discrimination list in Neptune Beach has been put on hold.

On Tuesday, Mayor Harriet Pruette sent a memo to the city council saying the resolution will be sent back to a workshop when the full council is present.

Mayor Pruette and local gay activists want personal gender identification or expression in the final policy.


Jacksonville Beach native surfs for a cure to breast cancer


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach native is surfing for a cure to breast cancer and hoping to break a record at the same time.

Tommy Cassaro, 25, has been surfing for ten years, and now he is using his experience to raise awareness.

"There is so much breast cancer going on," said Cassaro. "It's everywhere nowadays."

Cassaro's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer one month ago. Tommy's mother is thrilled at his attempt to help those affected, while also hoping to break the Guinness World Record for longest surf session.

"The diagnosis is really fresh but my mom is really supportive and she's going to be out on the beach the entire time," said Cassaro.

31 rescued sea turtles come home


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The waters off Little Talbot Island State Park got 31 new residents Tuesday.

Thirty-one endangered and threatened sea turtles rescued on Cape Cod last fall were released into the warm surf after months of rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium's rescue center near Boston.

The release coincides with the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day.

New England Aquarium staff and volunteers took on the sentimental task of placing the sea turtles on the beach and watching the turtles slowly work their way down the sand to return to their home in the ocean.

The group of turtles is made up of mostly juveniles including 28 Kemp's Ridleys, the world's most endangered sea turtle, two loggerheads and one green. They all washed up last November and December in the frigid waters of Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts.