San Marco construction nears the end of "phase 9"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Construction on the northbound lanes of San Marco Boulevard is set to be done next month, but the end of the project isn't near.

The San Marco Streetscape project began in September 2010.  The City of Jacksonville says the project is on budget and on schedule.

The construction on the northbound lanes of San Marco Boulevard is scheduled to be done Oct. 31.

COJ says there will be no construction from November 1 through January 1st in order to make the area accessible for holiday shoppers.

The final phase of construction will begin on January 2.  It is a roundabout at Naldo Avenue.

For detour information and scheduled construction you can visit this website:

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JSO-involved crash near San Marco bar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A JSO patrol car was involved in a crash Monday evening.

This happened near a San Marco bar called "Locals" on King Street.

The Police car sustained evident damage.

First Coast News has contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for more information about the wreck. We're still waiting to hear back.

City looks to residents to volunteer for coastal cleanup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful wants residents to participate in this year's Florida Coastal Cleanup event on September 15.

The event is marks the 27th year of the Ocean Conservancy's Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Since its incarnation more than 8.5 million volunteers have removed 145 million pounds of trash from more than 300,000 miles of coastline, according to a release form the city of Jacksonville.

There are various locations across Jacksonville where volunteers area participating in the clean up. 

Coastal Cleanup Site Locations and Times

7 -9 a.m.
Oceanfront at these locations:

O'Steen Volvo helps raise money for pediatric cancer research

O'Steen Volvo helps raise money for pediatric cancer research

The following news release was provided by Osteen Volvo

Jacksonville, FL (September 4th, 2012) – As the founding sponsor of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), Volvo Cars of North America is launching an ongoing giving program that started Sept 1st. With the purchase of every new Volvo, O’Steen Volvo will donate $10 to ALSF, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Volvo is taking the opportunity to increase support and raise awareness for a cause close to the company’s heart.

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4th annual students who care essay contest

The following news release was provided by First Coast Oncology

JACKSONVILLE, September 4, 2012 – Scot Ackerman, MD, Medical Director of First Coast Oncology, announces this year’s topic for the Students Who Care Essay Contest. High School students from Duval and Nassau counties can enter for a chance to win a laptop in reward for their good deeds.

 Every day good deeds go unnoticed and often unrewarded. This contest supports the children in our community and encourages them to make the right choices.

 “I believe that children deserve assistance and encouragement when it comes to making the right choices. They also deserve reinforcement in determining a course of action to responsibly achieve their goals,” says Dr. Scot Ackerman.

 One winner will be selected from each county and awarded a MacBook at a school assembly in front of their peers. 

Record Labor Day Weekend gas prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may have already noticed, gas prices are up this weekend.  According to AAA, prices at the pump are higher than any other Labor Day Weekend.  It's partly because problems at some refineries, Hurricane Isaac and demand

Monday's national average was $3.83.  Here in Jacksonville, the average was $3.73.

Gas prices have become such a pain for Daniel Green, he's created a new slogan for them. "I think the price is driven by greed, more than need," Green said. Now he said he's stuck between a truck and a hard place. "That thing (truck) is sending me to the poor house."

He said he can't afford to buy a new car, and he can't afford these gas prices.  He said, "And it keeps me pretty much broke."

JSO SWAT incident ends peacefully

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An incident involving the JSO SWAT team has ended peacefully Monday evening.

After more than 4 hours, a man holed-up inside his home surrendered to police. He has now been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

JSO was called to the 2100 block of Kingswood Road near San Marco around 5:30 this afternoon.

Neighbors have begun to re-enter their homes after being told to evacuate.

Police have not released the man's name.

The SWAT team is now leaving the scene.