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Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I just came outside, and I saw a parking ticket," said Keenan Williams, a Jacksonville resident.

Hundreds of parking citations are written daily in Jacksonville by 10 full-time parking enforcement specialists patrolling the city.

"There's no one area that is worse than others. There are some that are more frequent, but none that are worse," said Robert Carle, city parking enforcement director, whose crew is tasked with ticketing downtown, Riverside, and San Marco metered parking equally. "They're looking to turn over parking, and achieve compliance."

But numbers from 2010 show that's not really true. There are areas where vehicles are ticketed more frequently than others - and none of them are downtown. The top four most ticketed spots in Jacksonville are all hospitals.

"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library

"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library

The traveling exhibition, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” based on the internationally known Harry Potter book and film series, opens at the Main Library on June 1. The exhibition will be on display through July 7 during regular library hours.

Undie Sunday Collection Party this Weekend at Jacksonville Landing!

Undie Sunday Collection Party this Weekend at Jacksonville Landing!

Businesses, faith groups, schools & other organizations will turn in the brand new underwear they collected during the drive to help children and families in need.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

JaxParks Summer Camp Lineup

The City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programming Division (JaxParks) summer camp program registration period will open Tuesday, May 17.  Registration for all camps will be conducted online only unless indicated otherwise. It will remain open until all seats are filled.  Free public online access is available at all Jacksonville Public Libraries.

New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.