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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."

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 -- TaxSlayer.com 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.

Find out what you can do before game day:

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.

Police respond to bank robbery Downtown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a bank robbery Friday.

The robbery occurred at the Jacksonville Bank in the 100 block of North Laura Street.

The bank robbery comes two days before a marathon and half marathon sponsored by Jacksonville Bank is scheduled to take place at the Bolles School on Sunday at 7 a.m.

Gator Bowl teams arrive in River City

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Georgia Bulldogs football teams are set to arrive in the River City on Thursday ahead of their Jan. 1 matchup in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl.

A welcome party for coaches and athletic administrators will be held Thursday night at the River City Brewing Company.

Community celebrates Christmas at Sulzbacher Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Sulzbacher Center received enough assistance this year to provide Christmas breakfast to about 500 people. Doors opened at 6 a.m. as volunteers spread holiday cheer while serving their community. Sulzbacher serves three meals every Christmas.

Support from donors also ensured homeless children had their very own stocking. Even Santa Claus made an appearance and handed out presents.

"Today is the culmination of our Christmas season here at the Sulzbacher Center, which has gone for about three weeks," said CEO Cindy Funkhouser.

The shelter was fully decorated with festive lights, Christmas trees and ornaments. The kitchen was also bustling with all the makings of a perfect holiday breakfast: eggs, waffles, bacon and coffee. Funkhouser told First Coast News the experience is almost new again for some people at the shelter.