Mayor Brown Prepares for First Full Day in Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's new mayor, Alvin Brown, experienced all sorts of firsts on the Fourth of July.

He enjoyed his first Independence Day as mayor by playing some baseball.

Mayor Brown threw the first pitch at the fourth annual Springfield Heritage East vs. West baseball game at the historic J. Henry Klutho Park.

After the game, the mayor told First Coast News he's gearing up for his first full day in office on Tuesday.

"I'm very excited. I think the city is excited," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "I'm excited to be out here and I'm excited for tomorrow. We're going to have some fun, but we got to get down to work and that's what they elected me to do. So I'm going to focus on the budget and focus on putting Jacksonville back to work."

VIDEO: Viewers Catch Thursday's Storms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As storms rolled through the First Coast on Thursday, viewers and staff members alike snapped pictures and sent in video.

Lewis Turner takes a look at the day's storms through the eyes of the community.


Florida Jobless Rate Drops again to 10.6 Percent

Florida Jobless Rate Drops again to 10.6 Percent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's unemployment rate dropped slightly in May, decreasing for a fifth straight month, and the state continued to add rather than lose jobs, labor officials said Friday.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation announced Florida's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was down by two-tenths of a percentage point to 10.6 percent.

Florida also added 28,000 nonagricultural jobs in May, an increase of 0.4 percent. The number of nonagricultural jobs in the state is up 24,900 over the year, an increase of 0.3 percent from May 2010. The over-the-year figure is lower because of job losses in several of those 12 months.

"Our unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in 21 months, and we can expect our state's heightened focus on economic recovery to spur additional job growth in the months ahead," said Cynthia Lorenzo, the agency's director.

Ken Jeong Suits Up in New "Stayin' Alive" Video


American Heart Association works with to raise awareness and funding 

  Ken Jeong combines his comedic prowess with his medical training in a new Hands-Only CPR video from the American Heart Association that uses the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” to help people remember what to do in a sudden cardiac arrest. The video can be viewed at

UPDATE: SWAT Surrounds Home at Old Kings Road and Habana Ave, Ends Peacefully

UPDATE: SWAT Surrounds Home at Old Kings Road and Habana Ave, Ends Peacefully

The SWAT callout at Old Kings Road and Habana Ave has been resolved peacefully.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.