Environment

$11 Million Beach Replenishment Faces Erosion from Emily

$11 Million Beach Replenishment Faces Erosion from Emily

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Just about every five years the Army Corps of Engineers puts millions of dollars worth of work and time into replenishing Duval County beaches.

It's a constant job, considering waves are a non-stop erosion machine, basically wiping out any work that gets done.

And with the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily potentially kicking the waves into high gear, that could mean even more erosion than normal. And that's if the storm stays hundreds of miles off shore.

First Coast News asked the folks at the Army Corps of Engineers if they were worried about their project being washed away, and they said no.

"Well that's the whole purpose of the project, to protect structures from hurricane damage," said renourishment project director Steve Bass.

Mayor Brown's Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the River Accord

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown released this statement today regarding the five-year anniversary of The River Accord.

“The St. Johns River is Jacksonville’s and Northeast Florida’s most valued natural resource. Not only is it a primary economic driver for the city, but its imprint is embedded in the history and fabric of our lives.

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.

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.

Georgia-Pacific Pipeline Draws Attention of Riverkeeper

Georgia-Pacific Pipeline Draws Attention of Riverkeeper

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The St. Johns Riverkeeper is keeping a hot environmental issue on the front burner with a public forum to discuss a proposed Georgia-Pacific pipeline.

GP is proposing to build a four-mile pipeline to discharge waste into the St. Johns River from its pulp and paper mill operations in Palatka.   The Department of Environmental Protection is in the final stages of reviewing those plans.

"We are hosting this meeting to give the public an opportunity to learn more about this important issue," said Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon.

The group several weeks ago held a protest outside the offices of the Department of Environmental Protection in its ongoing effort to draw attention to alternatives.

Armingeon believes technology is available that would not require discharge into the river.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Fights Georgia-Pacific Pipeline

St. Johns Riverkeeper Fights Georgia-Pacific Pipeline

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A planned Georgia-Pacific pipeline in the St. Johns River is still facing opposition from people concerned about the river's health. 

Neil Armingeon, St. Johns Riverkeeper, said at a meeting Thursday night he will keep fighting against the plans.

"I think it would be one of the worst things that happens to the river," Armingeon said.

At the public forum, Armingeon discussed the proposed four-mile pipeline that would discharge waste into the St. Johns River from the Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill in Palatka.

The group also heard from Dr. Bob Hayes, a chemical engineer, who presented his findings from a peer review that he conducted of a GP study used to justify the pipeline.

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!