Street flooding on Solano Ave. in St. Augustine is pictured in this 2017 file photo.
City of St. Augustine

FEMA has approved $2,337,738.75 to the State of Florida to help the City of St. Augustine defray the costs to repair the city's marina and docks damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A couple of miles north of Mayport in Jacksonville, down a winding dirt road shaded by primeval foliage stands a grand, whitewashed plantation home. More than 250 years ago, the Kingsley Plantation’s front door was the Fort George River, an estuary of the St. Johns River, and to this day the marshland water still laps at the front yard once only accessible by boat.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Duval County voters’ approving consolidation with former Mayor Alvin Brown’s chief of staff and co-author of “America: The Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall and Win,” Chris Hand (01:26). This month’s “First Coast Connect” Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring featured “A Gentleman in Moscow.” (35:39) And tech guru Ray Hollister told us about some of the latest apps students can use as they go back to school (47:13).   

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the organization in charge of running downtown Jacksonville's central park, recently stopped live music in during the park's weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. 

That announcement came on the heels of city government  concerns over a recent audit and a general reduction of funding for the group.

JESHOOTS / Pixabay

Donna writes, "I share a data plan with my family. I'm the biggest user of data, but I'm also the least tech savvy. I do very little downloading! I mostly just check emails. If someone sends me a link and I open it, am I downloading? Sometimes I use my iPhone as a hotspot for my laptop. Is that downloading? Why am I using so much data?"

Brad Flickinger / Flickr

Amanda writes, "Our family recently got our first iPad. We want the kids to be allowed to use it, but I am worried that they will get into trouble with it. Many of the games on the iPad ask you to buy things. I don’t want my kids running up a big credit card bill! Is there a way to stop this from happening?"

A new study based on crowdsourced data shows Florida comes up short when compared to 33 other states for duration of sexual intercourse.

Phil Campbell / Flickr

Kelly writes, "I have finally joined the 21st century by getting an iPhone. I’ve always had a normal cell phone before, and it did what I wanted: it let me make phone calls and text my kids. I know how to do those things with my iPhone, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t know what else I should be using it for. Do you have any suggestions?"

David writes, "The other day I received a direct message on Twitter from a colleague of mine that said, 'Is this what you were talking about?' and a link to a web page. Like a dummy, I clicked the link. It took me to some random web page that didn't have anything to do with me. I messaged him back, and he had no idea what I was talking about. Then, I started getting messages from other friends on Twitter asking what I was talking about. Somebody hacked our Twitter accounts! What can we do to fix it?"

Chris Owens / Flickr

Mike asks, "I use two desktop computers at work, and I’m starting to feel like having two keyboards and mice is taking up too much space on my desk. Is there any way I can use one keyboard and one mouse for both computers? Also, is there any app I can use to control my computer from my iPad?"

Thanks for your question, Mike. There are a couple methods to control two different computers from one keyboard and mouse: either with a cable or with software.

Niki Odolphie / Flickr

 Lynda asks, “I keep deleting apps off of my iPod Touch, but they keep reinstalling whenever the apps are updated. Why is it doing this? It's driving me crazy. I want to be able to delete apps and for them to stay deleted. I am running iOS 6.1.3. My iPod syncs with iTunes on my laptop over Wi-Fi.”

Great question, Lynda, and thanks for giving us specific details. It really helped us figure out what was going on here. We did a little research, and we found out what is most likely causing your headache.

Jacksonville Public Library

The Jacksonville Public Library has launched a new free app that can be used to renew a book, place one on hold or download an e-book.

The JaxLibrary app was funded through a donation by the Friends of the Jacksonville Library. It can also be used  to check out upcoming events at an area library including programs for children, and computer literacy programs for adults.

Joti asks, "Are there apps that can help me find vegan food options or vegan restaurants?"

Great question Joti! There are a lot of great food-related apps out there for smart phones. Some are vegan-specific, but some are general purpose apps which have vegan and vegetarian options.

Creator Series: MomentStrong

Apr 10, 2013
Liz Pierce / Moment Strong

Each week WJCT’s Rebecca Farmer highlights one of the creators participating in Jacksonville's One Spark Festival.

Liz Pierce and her partners have created MomentStrong, a mobile app designed to help users with health and wellness issues such as dieting, smoking, drinking, exercise or stress.

AroundMe /

Are you doing some traveling this Spring? You may want to make sure you have your smart phone handy.

As Jax Computer Chic Elizabeth Pampalone told us in this week's Tech Tuesday segment on First Coast Connect, there are many new apps that can help to make your trip easier. If you're feeling adventurous, there are also some that help you explore new areas.