Residents hope Ponte Vedra dune restoration project can protect their homes
Some people living in St. Johns County are taking matters into their own hands to save their homes. To help, St. Johns County Commissioners approved a $34 million FEMA enhancement project for extra protection to 20 miles of homes and businesses on Tuesday.
Jacksonville Beach Pier construction moving along slowly
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville Beach’s most iconic and visited landmark is closer to reopening, but it’s a slow, painstaking process that’s expected to take at least another year and a half. Construction has resumed on the Jacksonville Beach Fishier Pier, which sustained extensive damage and lost a quarter of its length during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017, respectively. RELATED: Why did construction on Jacksonville Beach Pier stop? | Jacksonville Beach Pier construction to start in fall | Rebuilding of Jacksonville Beach Pier set to begin in NovemberThe new parts of the pier are supposed to be bigger and more durable, which is no small feat, according to the contractors, who gave News4Jax a tour of their progress. While the pier project is funded by Jacksonville taxpayers, an insurance policy is helping defray some of the cost.
Nor’easter continues to slowly unwind, flood waters the last to fade away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coastal and tidal waterways really have seen the worst of it with the intracoastal as flooded as we have seen without a hurricane. High tide flooding will fade but only slowly with some areas likely to still flood for the next week. Biggest tides were on Sunday with Saturday, Monday and Tuesday a very close second, third and fourth. Highest winds were on Monday, with many locations seeing wind gusts to 40 mph. The highest gust was on Saturday with a peak gust of 49 mph at Marineland.
Isaias is no Irma or Matthew or Michael - thankfully
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Isaias has weakened considerably and is probably no longer a hurricane, but as a comparison to what the State of Florida has seen, Michael (Cat 5, Mexico Beach, 2018), Irma (Cat 4, Entire State, 2017) and Matthew (Cat 3, East Coast, 2016) Isaias has always been more bark than reality. Hopefully this will continue. Still anticipated to remain on the expected track, Isaias may slow down and drift a little left of the current National Hurricane Center track, that is just east of the State. That track was based on maintaining hurricane status. Even as a strong tropical storm, the entire East Coast of the State of Florida need to alert to regeneration of heavy flooding rains, especially right along the coast.
Why has construction on the Jacksonville Beach pier stopped?
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – With eyes around the world on Jacksonville’s beaches, some of the first to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many are noticing the pier rebuilding project is on pause. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, which was damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017, respectively, is part of a nearly $10 million project to repair and rebuild the last 300 feet of the pier that was ripped off by the powerful storms. It’s the focal point of Jacksonville Beach, but construction crews haven’t made progress on the pier in more than a month. The Sky4 helicopter flew over the pier Tuesday showing cranes and construction equipment sitting idle, a temporary structure half-built next to the pier. It’s completely closed for the remainder of the construction project.
Ellie Kemper Gives Birth to Second Child -- See Her Sweet Announcement
Ellie Kemper is a mom of two! The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtleading lady took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal that she had given birth to her second child with husband Michael Koman on Sept. 5. ET confirmed that The Office alum was expecting her second child in June. Kemper and Koman got married in 2012 and welcomed their first child, son James, in 2016. RELATED CONTENT:'America's Got Talent': Young LED Dance Group Snag Golden Buzzer From Guest Judge Ellie KemperEllie Kemper Pregnant With Second ChildEXCLUSIVE: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Star Ellie Kemper Gushes Over Son James, Shares Adorable First Photo
Dorian's impact and timeline on Jacksonville
The first impacts of Dorian will be noticed in Flagler and St. Johns counties starting between 8 p.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday. Rain will begin to become steady along with increasing wind gusts. THE LATEST: Forecast, local effects, evacuations, shelters, closingsThe worst of the weather for Flagler and St. Johns will arrive between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m Wednesday. Rainfall totals for more inland areas around the St. Johns River will be closer to 2 to 3 inches. Wind gusts will be at its highest averaging 55 mph along the coast and rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches.
Dorian's impact and timeline on Jacksonville
Hurricane Dorian, a category 4 storm, continued to crawl across the Northern Bahamas on Monday. The first impacts of Dorian will be noticed in Flagler and St. Johns counties starting between 8 p.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday. Rainfall totals for more inland areas around the St. Johns River will be closer to 2 to 3 inches. Sustained winds will be closer to tropical storm force winds during this time between 30 to 40 mph. Locations west of the St. Johns River will have less wind with gusts closer to 35 mph and rainfall between 1 to 2 inches.
Toddler Jumps Into Filthy Pond During Family Photo Shoot
What was supposed to be a nice family photo shoot quickly went south when a toddler hilariously made a run for a nearby pond. The Mizzles family were just wrapping a photo shoot in Texas with their three children, and parents Matthew and Haleigh wanted to take some shots of just the two of them. I had a blast photographing this family, even though 2 out of the 5 members got drenched in nasty pond water. She was able to capture dad knee-deep in the dirty pond while he carried Lincoln out. RELATED STORIESDad and Daughter Pose for Cute Mechanic-Themed Photo Shoot374 Furry Friends Pose in Largest Dog Photo Shoot EverPlus-Size Women Slay in Photo Shoot Promoting Body Positivity
Concerns raised over proposed Clay County stormwater fee
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - If you live in Clay County, you might have to pay a new annual fee to improve drainage and runoff issues. Flooding remains a major problem in parts of Clay County after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, and the Board of County Commissioners is looking at creating a stormwater fee for property owners in the unincorporated areas of the county. If implemented, an additional $60 would appear on your next annual tax bill. The new stormwater tax would bring nearly $5 million to the county to address problems with runoff and drainage. The fifth-generation Clay County resident said the stated "benefits" of the drafted stormwater ordinance would only impact certain areas.
Donated funds will help bury boy who deputies say died of abuse
The woman who created a GoFundMe page for 5-year-old Matthew (Mateo) Ortega confirms hes the Kingsland boy who died Monday from abuse. The Camden County Sheriff's Office arrested the child's mother, Maria Miranda Alas, from El Salvador, on a charge of murder and her boyfriend for making false statements. The Sheriff's Office said Alas flagged down a deputy Monday and communicated through broken English that the boy in her lap was unconscious. The couple was escorted to Camden Medical Center. As the child's condition worsened, he was flown by air ambulance to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, where he died.