Transportation

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.

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 27

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 27

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Traffic Change Made at Town Center to Ease Traffic

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A traffic pattern change has been implemented at the intersection of Gate Parkway and Town Center Boulevard to help alleviate traffic congestion entering the St. Johns Town Center from Gate Parkway.

On Gate Parkway, the existing northbound right through lane was changed to an exclusive right turn lane onto Town Center Boulevard. In addition, two northbound through lanes were created on Gate Parkway to the left of the new right turn lane.

All appropriate pavement messages, signals and signs are in place to advise motorists of the new traffic pattern. In addition, an electronic message board has been posted temporarily to notify the traveling public about the traffic pattern change.

 

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 20

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, June 20

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.52/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Passengers Stuck on Plane Returning From Baltimore

Passengers Stuck on Plane Returning From Baltimore

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Passengers on flight 1007 from Baltimore have deplaned after being stuck at the gate for about 25 minutes.

The reason for the delay is due to the front door to the plane becoming stuck.

First Coast News Managing Editor Casey Clark was on that flight and snapped these pictures for us of the commotion on the plane.

Ground crews with Southwest Airlines brought an open stairwell to the rear of the plane for passengers to deplane through the back exit.

At this time everyone has deplaned safely.

Casino Ship Loses Power Near Mayport

Casino Ship Loses Power Near Mayport

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Coast Guard responded to a disabled motor vessel with 60 people aboard approximately 600 yards east of Mayport Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was notified at 11:44 p.m. Sunday by the operator of the 155-foot motor vessel Jacks or Better Casino, a charter gaming vessel based in Mayport. The distress signal indicated the vessel sustained a loss of propulsion while transiting inbound to Mayport.

A Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot rescue boat crew and commercial tugboat responded.

The Jacks or Better Casino regained propulsion and arrived safely ashore at 3:10 a.m. Monday.

Weekly Gas Price Update, June 13

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.71/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.