Trying to change the rules for dogs at Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man has started a petition on to make it okay for dogs to be on the beach without a leash.

Jeffrey Billman's petition has 50 signatures, with mostly positive comments.

"There's so many people around here that have dogs and love dogs," he said. "It'd be a lot of fun."

In the petition, Billman points out owners would need to keep an eye on their dogs, pick up after them, and be liable to damage or injuries.

One person we spoke with said it's still too risky, especially with young children at the beach.

"I think that can be a danger to the dogs and the people who are on the beach," said Darlene Kaufman.

We tried to get a comment from Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham, he was unavailable.

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Kindergarteners take on Frozen song for graduation

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- As kids get closer to the end of the school year, they're preparing to graduate, whether it's from college, high school, or even kindergarten. Instead of the traditional pomp and circumstance, one local kindergarten class is singing its own song.

Miss Elizabeth's class at Discovery Montessori School in Jacksonville Beach came up with its own lyrics to the popular song "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen. Lines include "We'll grow from year to year", "We'll do it with our own bare hands", "Let go of the little things", and "We're going to change the world"

"I did tell them to begin with if you're going to write a graduation song, it has to be your message to adults or your message to parents so that's kind of where they took it and ran with that," says teacher Elizabeth Colavecchio.

Fire at Atlantic Beach townhomes

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a two alarm fire Thursday evening in Atlantic Beach.

Smoke was showing when crews arrived on scene of The Bluffs Townhomes in the 2300 block of Seminole Road.

JFRD said the fire started inside the walls on the second floor and spread, but didn't reach the attic. The townhome is being remodeled.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injures were reported, according to JFRD.

The townhome affected is listed as 2,202 square feet in size according to real estate site


Boil water advisory issued in Neptune Beach

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- A boil water advisory has been issued for some parts of Neptune Beach.

The advisory was issued at 5 p.m. Thursday and continues through Monday at 3 p.m. until further notice.

Affected areas include:

  • 1300-1800 block of Kings Road
  • Arrowhead Trail
  • Big Chief Gate
  • Big Tree Road
  • Bucknoll Cove
  • Everything West of Hopkins Creek
  • Forrest Marsh
  • Indian Woods Drive
  • Nightfall Drive

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Woman wants 1 mile of Jax Beach to be nude friendly

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A petition that recently hit aims to turn a one mile stretch of Jacksonville Beach into a place free of tan lines.

In the online petition aimed at Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham, Jacksonville resident Angela Anderson asks that a section of Jax Beach be "clothing optional".

In the petition Anderson writes: Just as we have given way to respect other's cultures and our environment, we must allow others to practice their beliefs.

Remains of missing Jax Beach man found, identified

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – The remains of a man missing since early May have been found and positively identified.

In a press release, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department stated that 38-year-old Eric John Gattes is no longer missing. Gattes' remains were recovered in Atlantic Beach and positively identified.

Authorities began searching for Gattes after his 1994 Geo Prism was found May 5 at a business on Mayport Road.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, Gattes was living in his vehicle at the time and all of his belongings were found inside and appeared to be in order.

Gattes had a medical condition which require medication that he does not have with him, according to family members.

Neptune Beach Mayor takes profanity ordinance off agenda

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Mayor Harriet Pruette removed the profanity ordinance off the Neptune Beach City Council meeting agenda Monday night. The ordinance, if passed, would have made it an offense for a person to use profanity or offensive language that could provoke violence.

Neptune Beach is now focusing on other ways to keep the beaches safe ahead of busy summer weekends.

With the lasting images of 2013's Jax Beach Brawl hanging over the First Coast, council members are working to pass new ordinances to keep chaos from coming to Neptune Beach.

"First Street's out of control," said Bob Shimp, a resident of Neptune Beach and Former Vice Mayor.

Shimp has lived on First Street for about 18 years and says in the last couple of years the problems have grown.