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Local Restaurants, Movie Theater Concession Stand Closed After Roaches Found

Local Restaurants, Movie Theater Concession Stand Closed After Roaches Found

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three Jacksonville businesses were  temporarily closed in mid-July after reports of "roach activity."

According to our news partner The Florida Times-Union inspectors noted more than 130 dead and live roaches at Mimi's Sports Bar in Atlantic Beach. East Buffet on Jacksonville's Westside was also cited for improper food storage and numerous dead and live roaches.

Nearly 60 roaches, dead and alive, were found after an inspection of the San Marco Theatre's concession stand. They closed on a Friday afternoon and were able to reopen on Saturday afternoon.

Owners of Mimi's told First Coast News they fired their pest control company and spent $1200 to fix their problems. They reopened after two days.  

Mosquito-borne Illness Alert for Duval County

Mosquito-borne Illness Alert for Duval County

The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Duval County. Human cases of West Nile Virsus (WNV) have been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill. The most recent case involves a 52 year-old female resident.

Symptoms of West Nile virus may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion.  Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may meet the case definition for a mosquito-borne illness. Florida Department of Health (DOH) laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne disease.

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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.

Residents Upset City is not Removing Dangerous Trees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Donna Perry is outraged that a damaged tree in front of her home on city property has not been removed 13 months after the city tagged it. "It's very aggravating."

The "Xs," usually orange in color, are on trees around the city. The city of Jacksonville uses them to indicate troubled trees that need repairs or that need to be removed.

Perry is angry that the tree in front of her home, which is on city property, has been tagged for removal way too long. "Somebody's going to get hurt.  And that's my main concern."

The Perry family is one of many waiting for the city to take action. According to a city spokeswoman, as of June 28, 725 trees either needed removal or repair. 

Some are wondering why these dangerous trees are still standing, while the city is removing trees that an expert tells us, were not dangerous or damaged on Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.

Water Main Break Prompts JEA to Issue Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

Beginning July 13, 2011, a precautionary advisory will be in effect for certain customers to boil water used for drinking and food preparation or to use bottled water for those purposes.

The boil water advisory affects the following customers:

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”
The FC JAX Destroyers and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a joint effort in hosting a community event on July 21 that is sure to be a night to remember.

The FC JAX Destroyers’ July 21st match against the Central Florida Kraze will feature Jacksonville local Haley Richardson, the 2011 Florida Champion representative for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the coin toss to begin the game. Richardson was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for Osteosercoma and was selected as the state representative for her bravery battling and overcoming the cancer. Miracle Children will also be present and sing the national anthem as well as serve as the ball boys and girls during the game.