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Silent Surfers make waves at Jacksonville Beach


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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens of local children who are blind and or deaf, are making major waves on Jacksonville Beach. The Florida Surfing Association is giving disabled children the chance to do something that many of us take for granted- swim and surf in the water.

More than 50 children who are either deaf and or blind are taking to the water. These kids are from Florida's School for the Deaf and Blind out of Saint Augustine. The event is called the Silent Surfer program.

Jacksonville Beach named 2nd sexiest suburb


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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. --- When you think of sexy, what comes to mind? Believe it or not, Jacksonville Beach is bringing sexy back. At least, according to the Real Estate blog, Motovo.

According to the blog, the beach is the second sexiest suburb in America. Jacksonville Beach lands right behind Miami beach.

Rankings:

1. Miami Beach, FL

2. Jacksonville Beach, FL

3. Santa Monica, CA

4. Cornelius, NC

5. Dublin, OH

6. Frederick, MD

7. Atlantic Beach, FL

Bicyclist hit by car in Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A bicyclist was hit by a car Wednesday morning in South Jacksonville Beach.

The unidentified woman was hit around 9 a.m. at the intersection of 3rd Street and South Beach Cntr. The victim suffered minor injuries, according to Jacksonville Beach Police.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department, Jacksonville Beach Fire Rescue and Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to the crash.

The crash caused minor traffic delays due to its close proximity to the entrance of JTB.

The victim was transported to an area hospital. The crash is under investigation.


Fletcher Middle School students cleaning up the community


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen students from Fletcher Middle have spent the last several Saturday's giving part of the city a face lift.

For years, a wall near the school has been covered in graffiti. It's been described "ugly", and an "eyesore."

Mary Phillips is a Civics teacher at the school, and one of the leaders of the project. She said the idea just started as a lesson.

"I wanted to show my students that one person or a small group of people can make a huge difference in their community," she said.

Students involved in the project say they jumped at the opportunity to use art to make part of the city more appealing.

"When I drive by as an adult I'm going to say i painted that in seventh grade and it's going to make me feel real good," said Issac Dunavant, a 7th grade student.

Trying to change the rules for dogs at Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man has started a petition on change.org 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.


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 Zillow.com.

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