Environment

VOLCOM’s Final Summer Daze Beach Cleanup

VOLCOM’s Final Summer Daze Beach Cleanup

Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, are recruiting volunteers for Volcom’s Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up happening on Friday, July 29th.

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.

EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

Some people view the term " GEEK"  with a negative composition.  But hey all of us our geeks in our own way, some are just better than others... and richer!!!! A geek is a person who is characterized as highly intelligent and very technicaclly oriented.  They are usually studious, technical, and present themselves in a formal manner.  So embrace your geekness everyone!!!! Spend the day on your computer, tinkering with gadgets, watching Sci-fi films, reading comic books.  It's your day!!!! Stand tell and be proud!

Duval Beach Restoration Work Starts Friday

Duval Beach Restoration Work Starts Friday

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. -- An $11 million dredging project to rebuild Duval County beaches will start Friday.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and our news partner the Florida Times-Union, the work targets Atlantic Beach  Jacksonville Beach.
The work should take about two months to complete.

Because the work is happening during nesting season for federally protected sea turtles, both sites will be checked daily for nests.

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series

The beach has been packed, as always during the summer, people come and sometimes they leave every bit of trash they came with on the beach. It's a pretty hot topic among the beach community.

Beach Cleanup Underway on the First Coast

Beach Cleanup Underway on the First Coast

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The annual beach cleanup is underway on the First Coast as volunteers are busy picking up debris on the Fifth tossed on the Fourth.

July Fourth attracts huge crowds to the beaches and plenty of fireworks, too. From Jacksonville to St. Augustine, volunteer groups armed with gloves and blue bags are picking up the mess.

"It was amazing how much trash--more than we have seen in years," said Maureen Buik, who signed in volunteers working Atlantic and Neptune beaches.

PICTURES: CLEANING UP THE BEACH

Dudley Freeman, along with granddaughter Karina, joined the team of volunteers who started the cleanup shortly after daybreak.

"We are here to clean up the beach and keep it presentable," said Freeman, who joined the effort for the second year.

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Expect Congested Waterways July Fourth Weekend

Nearly 1 million recreational vessels are registered in Florida, and thousands more are brought in by tourists each year to enjoy the state’s boating opportunities. Many thousands of these boats will be cruising the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the many popular lakes and rivers in the northeast and central part of the state while celebrating the July Fourth weekend.

Unfortunately, these busy holiday weekends too often end tragically for some boaters. And these tragedies are usually completely preventable.