Demolition continues today on a home in Seffner, near Tampa, where a man was killed when sinkhole opened up under his bedroom. The sad and frightening story of a man swallowed up by the Earth as he slept has most Floridians paying more attention to sinkholes, but they're actually a fairly common occurrence in the state.
Jacksonville has seen a sharp increase in the number of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic deaths in the past year. Local law and traffic enforcement agencies are teaming to raise awareness of the problem and share how to avoid such accidents. Sheriff John Rutherford says pedestrian traffic deaths jumped 39-percent in Jacksonville last year. Deaths of bicyclists jumped 80-percent. He says the main problem is that people lack awareness of their surroundings.
A group of downtown Jacksonville business and community leaders are kicking off a project to enhance the north bank and south bank riverwalks on the St. Johns River. The Riverwalk Project will present its initiative during next month’s One Spark festival. The project will create an app and website that would stream information about health, the environment, arts and entertainment and Jacksonville’s history.
Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority says it does not think the city should waive a fee on new construction. The legislation is to be discussed and possibly voted on next week in three city council committees. The mobility fee is paid by developers and is used to pay for transportation projects. It’s designed to encourage redevelopment close to the city’s core and limit sprawl.
Military flyovers, a favorite moment during Jaguars games, could be a victim of the sequester. USA Today reports that if the budget cuts go into effect, it's possible that the flyovers will end, at least for this fiscal year and possibly beyond.