Environment

Smoke from Riverside Covering Downtown

Smoke from Riverside Covering Downtown

Jordan Gross captured these pictures of smoke from Riverside, by the Fuller Warren Bridge downtown.

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful & St. Vincent's Hospital Announce "Bait Tank" Partnership

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful & St. Vincent's Hospital Announce "Bait Tank" Partnership

The Bait Tank is progressive in the effort to provide receptacles that do not have an odor, rain can’t get in, it holds 5,000 butts and it has an education component by providing a fish meter.

The Bait Tank requires less maintenance, also there is a placard on the front showing the partnership with Keep Jacksonville Beautiful. Keep Jacksonville Beautiful’s phone number is provided so residents can contact us to learn more about how they can make a difference in their city and the programs we offer. In the attached deck you will learn more about the Bait Tank.

St. Vincent’s Hospital staff will maintain the Bait Tank. Keep Jacksonville Beautiful (KJB) purchased the Bait Tank with funds from Keep America Beautiful designated for the 2011 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.

EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

Some people view the term " GEEK"  with a negative composition.  But hey all of us our geeks in our own way, some are just better than others... and richer!!!! A geek is a person who is characterized as highly intelligent and very technicaclly oriented.  They are usually studious, technical, and present themselves in a formal manner.  So embrace your geekness everyone!!!! Spend the day on your computer, tinkering with gadgets, watching Sci-fi films, reading comic books.  It's your day!!!! Stand tell and be proud!

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The average family uses about 6,000 gallons of water a month.  Each person in the house uses 90 gallons a day, and if you think that's a lot, wait until you see how much the water hogs in the city consume.

"Certainly we do have a set of residential customers that use more than the typical customer here," said JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.

Well, what's typical for families in Jacksonville?

Most households are using about 72,000 gallons of water a year.

The top water hog on our list uses 1,489,949 gallons a year. That's 124,000 gallons a month.

"This takes on a life of its own when you're looking at these type of numbers," she said.

Many of the highest water consumers in Jacksonville live in large homes and gated communities, and none of them agreed to talk on camera about their water usage.

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The city is no longer lenient with those violating water rules.

The city adopted an irrigation ordinance in 2008 in an effort to conserve water. But it wasn't until June 2010 that code enforcers began issuing tickets since the city wanted to give residents time to get accustomed to the rules.

Who's the Biggest Water Hog in Your Neighborhood? JEA Releases List of 50 Biggest Users

"Our rule emulates what the state is doing, to be consistent with the other counties around us and essentially statewide," said Vincent Seibold, chief of the Environmental Quality Division.