'This is Home' recognizes Riverside and Avondale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Riverside and Avondale are routinely recognized as among the great neighborhoods in Jacksonville and Florida.

It was even named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the country for 2010 by the American Planning Association.

Join us Friday at 6 a.m. on Good Morning Jacksonville to see why so many people love to call Riverside and Avondale home.

Resident not happy about JEA pole location

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For decades, Stockton Street residents have enjoyed sidewalks that are at least four feet wide and made of special cut stones.

Last month things changed, much to their chagrin.

"I don't like it," said Freddie Demmons.

Demmons said in December, he received a knock from a JEA representative.

"They said 'the lights will be off about an hour.' That was it," he said.

When they left the neighborhood, he was stunned by what he saw.

"They placed the new electric poles in the middle of the sidewalk," said Demmons, "I don't like it."

The affected area is in Councilman Warren Jones' district.

"I was surprised," said Jones.

The JEA, improving its infrastructure, moved the electric poles from the curb to what is almost the center of the sidewalk.

"It is disruptive to the neighborhood and it is certainly unattractive," said Jones.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

Fuller Warren expansion may affect RAM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some are concerned that the proposed lane expansion of the Fuller Warren Bridge could affect the Riverside Arts Market in the future.

The expansion is slated to begin in 2016 and will be paid for with $136 million in funding FDOT secured for the project.

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Additional lanes coming to the Fuller Warren

The project is expected to take three years to complete and will include changes to the flyover to I-10 West to Roosevelt Boulevard. The project will tie into to the ongoing Overland construction which is in the process of adding eight lanes.

Suspects in custody following Riverside robbery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a robbery in Riverside early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred in the 900 block of King Street, a popular local bar district. According to JSO, they have suspects in custody.

Additional lanes coming to the Fuller Warren

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced plans to widen the Fuller Warren Bridge to eight lanes. The expansion is slated to begin in 2016 and will be paid for with $136 million in funding FDOT secured for the project.

The project is expected to take three years to complete and includes changes to the flyover to I-10 West to Roosevelt Boulevard and will tie into to the ongoing Overland construction which is in the process of adding eight lanes.

Riverside and Avondale residents are concerned about the project having a negative impact on their neighborhoods. Some residents claim they had no knowledge of the project until it was announced by FDOT. Organizers of the Riverside Arts Market and the Riverside Merchants Association have also expressed concerns that the project could negatively impact local businesses.

FDOT plans to hold public meetings before making final decisions on the project.

Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.