City proposes plan for St. Johns River cleanup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cleanup will soon begin on the St. Johns River thanks to a plan proposed by the city. It comes two years after it was supposed to be released.

Earlier this month tests showed toxins were below the harmful level for recreational exposure but about the threshold for drinking water.

According to the Florida Times Union, it's still unclear how the city will fund the work.  There are construction projects that will cost at least $300 million dollars.

Public Works Director Jim Robinson wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in September. He said the city is committed to making improvements to the health of the St. Johns river and its tributaries and will meet state-imposed water pollution reduction goals for 2015 and 2023.

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Hole in roof reveals hole in insurance coverage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is number two when it comes to mortgage foreclosures, mortgage fraud probably ranks as high. 

Rosemary Toliver completed a mortgage modification in 2010 and was convinced she had crossed every 'T' and dotted every 'I.'  But a hole in her roof revealed that there's a hole in her loan modification plan.

"I don't have any insurance on the house," said Toliver.

The loan modification is with Walkhampton Capital Corporation, a Canadian investment company. And her documents show that she was paying for 'forced place hazard insurance.'

"I've been paying in my mortgage this insurance coverage," Toliver said.

Every month Toliver's paid $53 for insurance to cover damage to the building, but not her personal items.

"It is crazy, it is really crazy and I'm getting nowhere," said Toliver.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

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St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County Associates Report to Work

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County won’t treat patients until Oct. 1, but associates are already inside getting prepared for opening day.  Today was the first day on the job for associates who will work at the new hospital. 

“Before associates showed up today, we had a brand new state-of-the-art building.  Now, we have a hospital because our associates are breathing life into the building,” said St. Vincent’s Clay County President Blain Claypool. 

The hospital cleared a major milestone on Fri., August 30. It received its certificate of occupancy (COO) from the county. The COO allows associates to move into the facility and begin training. 

Claypool and other administrators welcomed the staff outside the main entrance this morning and congratulated them on their commitment to the people of Clay County.

One in four Floridians without health insurance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Duval County 145,000 people have no health insurance, Karen Hanna is one of them.

"I tried to blame my situation on the government or the place I retired from," said Hanna.

Hanna, a retired teacher, said even with a part time job, the cost of insurance is too much.

"When you're only getting one thousand dollars and 800 goes to insurance," she said. "I'm just living for Medicare."

Hanna, 63, is among the working and uninsured and turned to Volunteer in Medicine, a non profit, for her health care needs.

"If they weren't here I would be devastated," she said.

As long as you are working and meet VIM's income guidelines, the service is free. Mike Weinstein is CEO of Volunteer in Medicine.

"We see about 500 patients a month, 6000 a year," said Weinstein. "It has been like that for ten years." 

Retired teacher remembers March on Washington

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The pictures are faded by time, but not his memory of being in the crowd that hot summer day August 28, 1963.

"I remember Mahalia Jackson singing, and I remember Peter Paul and Mary because I had been in Vermont," said Cula Jackson. 

Jackson said he was returning from a YMCA summer camp in Vermont when his parents told him they were going to Washington.

"Of course I whined," said Jackson, "I had been away from home for weeks I was ready to go home.

For a 13-year-old, Washington was a long ways from Dublin, Georgia. Jackson said when he saw the crowd, it was overwhelming.

"I had never seen so many people in my life," he said, "I vividly remember the March, I remember it was hot."

Jackson said he found a shady spot under a line of trees near the Lincoln Memorial and that's where he stood.