How will the sequestration impact the First Coast?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As federal employees wait to find out if they'll face furloughs, people across the country are dealing with the effects of the sequestration.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sat down with First Coast News Saturday at his in-laws home in San Marco to discuss the sequestration and it's impact on the First Coast.

Nelson said the local military and Mayport will be hit the hardest.

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Local jeweler creates the Vita Chef

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a San Marco building off Hendricks Avenue you'll find an innovative new food appliance. A production studio was built for the Vita-Chef. It's a steamer skillet that was created by Guy Beard, founder of Beard's Jewelers. "I've been casting, fabricating and machining precious metals pretty much the last 30 years. So it's just a different metal. It's a bigger item," says Beard.

Beard says the Vita-Chef can steam, roast, bake, grill, sauté and smoke almost any food. The result is a healthier and tastier dish. "When you steam food the way we're steaming it all the fats come out of the food item and drain down into the bottom so you're not cooking in those fats. Turkey burgers when you put them on the grill become dried out. Turkey burgers on the Vita-Chef stay moist."

Jacksonville father, team running to raise money for CF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A team of runners is using a premier race on the First Coast to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

Team Courtney plans on starting Saturday's Gate River Run 15K in last place, behind several thousand people.

Then, team members will donate one penny for every person they pass until they reach the finish line.

All the donations will go to the North Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening illness, and it can lead to extended hospitalizations, chronic lung infections, and our goal is to extend the lives and the quality of lives of people suffering from cystic fibrosis," said Courtney's father Steve Starr.

Starr started the team mission a few years ago, which he said has been growing.

This year's fundraising goal is $20,000.

He said, "Some people do the pennies. Others do a flat donation."

Beware of online dating schemes or romance scams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Studies support online dating; 20 percent of heterosexual couples meet online; 60 percent of same-sex couples meet on the internet.

Glamour magazine reports that fraud is sweeping online dating sites. Scammers are using fake profiles with pictures of real military personnel. The target is women who are looking for love.

But these scammers are not looking for love -- they want your money.

Jonette Burns, 60, is in the middle of a divorce and turned to the online dating for a companion.

"I stay at home a lot," said Burns. "That's why I decided to try the online dating.

And now the experience has left her bitter and angry. What looked like a hopeful relationship turned out to be a scam.

"Just heartbroken and devastated that someone can do that," said Burns.

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A FCN Cribs dream estate in the sky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  First Coast News Sports Anchor Chris Porter had to jump on an elevator and ride up to the 21st floor to find this FCN Crib.

It's a penthouse in San Marco Place, home of the building's developer Mike Balanky.

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There are six penthouses inside San Marco Place and each has its own unique design.

Balanky's penthouse is 4,250 square feet on the inside and it has 1,700 square feet of balcony.

The two-leveled balcony wraps around the penthouse, giving you a bird's eye view of the city of Jacksonville that makes you feel like you're on an island.

If you are interested in owning a penthouse similar to Balanky's, it will cost around $2 million.

JSO investigating San Marco death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Homicide detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a foot sticking out of the window of a parked car.

Neighbors called after seeing a car parked for more than a day, allegedly with a foot sticking out of a car window, behind Bistro Aix, according to JSO Sgt. Lonnie Mills.

The death is believed to be of natural causes or possibly an overdose. Further investigation is ongoing.

IRS rules for independent preparers tossed by court

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In 2011, the Internal Revenue Service instituted new rules that require independent tax preparers to register, pay an application fee, pass a qualifying exam and take continuing education courses.

But several independent tax preparers objected and sued the IRS; on January 18, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS did not have the authority to set the rules.

"I think they should be credentialed," said Linda Robinson.

Robinson, who just filed her return for 2013, said she is familiar with the problem of incompetent and fraudulent tax preparers.

"A lot of these people aren't necessarily honest," said Robinson. "I know some cases where people's money had been deposited into their preparer's account and they never received the money.