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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


Woman wants 1 mile of Jax Beach to be nude friendly


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A petition that recently hit Change.org 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.

lifeguard


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.


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?