St. Johns superintendent removes self from Lt. Gov consideration

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Superintendent for the St. Johns County School District has removed himself for consideration as Florida's next Lieutenant Governor.

"While I am humbled and honored to have been considered," Joseph Joyner wrote in a letter to colleagues, "this decision would reverse the priorities in my life and ultimately render me ineffective. It is very clear to me that I am a grateful man with many blessings. I have blessings of faith, family and the opportunities to live and work in a wonderful place with amazing students and people."

Click here to read the full letter

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Julington Creek boat fire caught on camera

JULINGTON CREEK, Fla. -- A passer-by captured cell phone video of a boat fire in Julington Creek Friday morning.

According to James Ramey, who captured the fire on his cell phone, the blaze started around 11 a.m.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to the fire and the Jacksonville Sheriff's's Office provided assistance.

A cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Freedom Boat Club at Julington Creek is new site for ‘Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids’

Freedom Boat Club at Julington Creek is new site for ‘Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids’


It is not an uncommon predicament for boaters. You are out on the water, with family and friends, and suddenly realize there are more children on board than life jackets that fit them.

     First, there is the issue of safety. Second is the issue of the law. You do not want to ignore either one.

      Now, boaters in the Jacksonville area have a simple solution. The Julington Creek location of the Freedom Boat Club is participating in the BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids.”

      The program allows boaters to borrow a child’s life jacket for a day at no charge. Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville, based at Julington Creek, is one of more than 500 locations across the country that is participating in the program, which began in 1997.

Golf tournament helps fight mental illness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rudolph Dunnam said for the first time in his 59 years, he knows what it means to have a life.

"Now I consider myself on the path for living," he said. 

Dunnam described it as the best days of his life.

"I have made a 130-degree turn from where I was mind-wise, physically-wise and mentally-wise," said Dunnam. 

He has finally learned to control his mental illness, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; mental illness that made it difficult for him to even cope with his family.

The big change in his life began when he walked into the building of Northwest Behavioral Health Services.

"If they weren't there I believe I would have probably perished," he said.

Dunnam said now he functions well, he is more sociable, and he's rebuilding those family relationships that were devastated by his mental illness.

"I'm very grateful for them," said Dunnam 

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FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

Top 5 hottest jobs and how you can land one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you looking for work? If you are, keep the following story handy.

Like many people, 37-year-old Ty Harris of Jacksonville, has been looking for work.

"Off an on for about a year," Harris explained.

He's been doing freelance work in client and project management, but is looking for something more permanent, which is why he came to a job fair Monday.

He said the job market is tough, which makes it harder to help his family of two children.

"I've gotten a lot of 'You're over qualified,'" Harris said of his year-long job search.

FCN's David Williams asked Harris "What if we told you, we know what the top 5 most in-demand jobs are in Jacksonville?"

To that, Harris responded "I would be impressed and I would inquire what would that be?"

Expert talks life-saving trailer hitch safety

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A lot of people are in town for the Florida-Georgia game. Many people have trailers hitched to the back of their trucks or RVs, which brings up a safety issue that is getting a lot of attention around the country.

The dangers of a hitch not properly attached are very real.

Mark Fleischer is co-owner of AllPro Trailers and is an expert in trailer safety.

He watched a story aired in May by FCN's Minnesota sister station, where a trailer broke free, killing two people in one family.

Fleischer and FCN went out to RV City where we found Rick Sharp who was parking his trailer. Fleischer said the only issue was the chains.