Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Neighborhood networking site taking off in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first of its kind private social networking site for neighborhoods only is starting to take off in Jacksonville.

It is called, and it started last year in San Francisco.

Co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia thought there should be an easier way for neighbors to connect.

He said, "Services like Facebook have shown us the value of connecting online with our friends and family. Why isn't there a service that helps us connect with people right out our front door?"

The idea behind is that neighbors can first connect online, then face to face.

Some neighborhoods have planned parties. Others help each other find lost pets, share contact information and even find a babysitter or orthodontist.

"We know that when neighbors start talking, good things happen," Tolia said.

Intuition Ale Works closing its open-air brewery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A popular craft brewer says they've been forced to stop hosting popular events at their open-air brewery.
Intuition Ale Works in Riverside says they've recently been fined for a noise violation after frequent visits by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Invasive lizard species spotted in Avondale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An invasive lizard species was spotted outside an Avondale neighborhood on Sunday. 

First Coast News confirmed with two wildlife experts that the almost three foot lizard is, in fact, a Tegu.

"I thought it was a baby alligator when it came towards me head on," said Mike Read.

An alligator, an iguana, or maybe a baby dinosaur.

Those were all of the possibilities thrown around before Read learned he has a Tegu hiding underneath his house.

"He's probably only about 30 inches long, but a lot of that length is in his tail," said Read.

Read snapped a couple of pictures during the few seconds the exotic reptile peeked out of the bushes and walked under the home. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission do not recommend people attempting to capture lizards they may come accross. 

Dozens compete in Donut Race to benefit One Fund Boston

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Friday was National Donut Day, and it was also the day of a special event in which competitors eat a dozen donuts during the course of a 5K race.

The Donut Run was held on Friday night in Riverside.  The was a relay race in which each team had three people and each person had to eat 4 donuts before they ran a mile.  There was also a kids race and the event capped off with an 5K for individuals who each ate a dozen donuts by themselves.  Each person in this race had to eat 4 donuts before they started.  They then had to eat 4 more after the first mile and 4 more after the third mile.

Proceeds from the Donut Run will be donated to the One Fund Boston.  The race's organizer, Paul McRae, was one of a a few dozen local residents that competed in this year's Boston Marathon that was marred by a pair of deadly explosions.

Body found floating in the St. Johns River, identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Authorities have identified the body of a deceased male pulled from the St. Johns River mid-morning Tuesday.

The body has been identified as James Thomas Ricks Jr., 43, the boater who went missing Sunday, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office news release.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, along with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the 200 block of Riverside Avenue.

The body was found by a man who was walking behind the Riverside YMCA, according to Paul. The body was moved to a dock behind the Raymond James Building and was taken for autopsy.

JSO and FWC are investigating the death jointly. The release detailed that there are no signs of foul play at this time and the incident appears to be a boating accident.

Man robs Belk store, punches employee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man walked into a local Belk store and stole several boxes of cologne on Saturday night. 

When an employee of the store confronted the suspect, he punched her in the face and fled the scene.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the crime occurred around 9 p.m. at the Belk Department store located near Ortega at 4535 Roosevelt Boulevard. 

JSO said an employee was working behind the cologne and perfume counter when the man wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and ball cap walked into the store.  

The suspect drove away in a gray Cadillac. 

Anyone who has information about should contact the JSO at 904-630-0500 or

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.