Environment

Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend

 

FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

St. Johns River Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts Jan. 16

 

Recreational and commercial blue crab harvesters in the St. Johns River system must remove their blue crab traps from the water before Jan. 16, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to gather traps the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

Cold Weather Tips from JEA

A dip in temperature can lead to a rise in your electric bill because of the direct correlation between weather and energy consumption. JEA recommends the following tips to keep energy use in check during cold weather.

Volunteers Needed for Pride on the Northside Cleanup

The City of Jacksonville Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission is calling for volunteers to participate in Pride on the Northside, a neighborhood beautification and litter cleanup project focusing on the Lem Turner area between I-95 and the Trout River bridge. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and volunteers can sign in and collect bags and gloves at The Church Fellowhsip parking lot at 8808 Lem Turner Road. 

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.