Gator Bowl special treat for some military families

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Gator Bowl outing brought together 55 children and spouses of deceased military servicemen.

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation helped bring the families together for the game.  The organization based in Jacksonville Beach has a primary mission of assisting children get a college education when their mother or father was killed while on active duty.

Jessica Blake along with her children Tommy and Lily made the trip from Omaha, Nebraska. The family once lived in Jacksonville until 2005.  That's when Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Blake was killed near NAS Jacksonville when his Navy jet crashed.

"It meant a lot. We both went to Nebraska. We are big Husker fans...I enjoyed my time here in Jacksonville," said Blake when asked about the chance to see her team in bowl action.

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Business owners look forward to Gator Bowl boost

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Small business owners in and around the Jacksonville Landing anticipate a sales boost thanks to the 2014 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.

In downtown Jacksonville, you'll find Phyllis Brooks and her team. She owns Gator Dog, LLC. She is excited about the Gator Bowl.

"Meeting people, of course, making money," she said Tuesday morning. "And just hanging out."

They've only been in business about five months, but they'll be open on New Year's Day in a spot near Independent Drive.

They usually make $100-$200 a day. But on game day, Brooks anticipates a 100 percent increase in sales.

"Hopefully around $1,000 or two," she said.

Brooks said she hopes the rain holds off and said there is a key to hot dog stand success.

City pension talks violated state Sunshine Laws

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A landmark court ruling today found that the city of Jacksonville violated state Sunshine Laws during talks about how to reform police and firefighter pensions.

Circuit Judge Waddell Wallace ruled that a month-long secret mediation that occurred earlier this year among city officials, union leaders and representatives of the Police and Fire Pension Fund ought to have been open to the public.

The judge's order also requires that future negotiations on pension fund matters occur in the open, as required by collective bargaining rules.

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."

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That's a wrap: Jaguars players reflect on 2013 season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars had their final team meeting of the 2013 season on Monday.  The players will now go their separate ways for the offseason, and those that do return to the team next year won't be back at EverBank Field until April.

For the first time in three years, the Jaguars will not have a new head coach next season, so the players hope that continuity in the coaching staff and playbook will help the team improve in 2014.

One of the biggest questions facing the Jaguars this offseason is whether or not Maurice Jones-Drew will return to the team.  The free agent to be has said he wants to stay in Jacksonville, but it has to be at the right price.

It's almost a certainty that the Jaguars will add at least one new quarterback in free agency or the NFL Draft.  Chad Henne is now a free agent while Blaine Gabbert still has one year left on his contract.

It's game time! Gator Bowl 2014 events

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's almost that time again -- Gator Bowl 2014!

The Georgia Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers will battle it out  for the SEC vs. BIG that kicks off on New Years Day at 12 p.m. at EverBank Field.

Thousands of people from around the country will make their way to Jacksonville for the showdown. Which team will take home the championship? Tweet FCN2go with your answers and game day pictures.

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Mathews Bridge back open after vehicle fire

Updated 5:11 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mathews Bridge is open after a Friday afternoon vehicle fire.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the bridge was closed in both directions earlier.