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Sunbeam condo owners concerned about proposed zoning change

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a landfill that turned into a field of dreams, but a few years ago those dreams fizzled.

"We bought in here hoping it would be near an eighteen hole golf course," said Don Spencer. 

Spencer bought his retirement home in Edgewater at Sunbeam, a condominium community next to the closed Sunbeam Road landfill. Spencer and his neighbors said a strong selling point was a golf course, which went from 18 holes to nine holes to nothing.

"It would be selfish if it was for us, it can't be private, it would be public," he said. 

Even though it would be separate from Spencer's condo community, it would improve property values, but Spencer said more than that, it was promised.

"No homes were to be constructed until a golf course was open," he said. "That was clearly stated."

Flu + You Day coming to Mandarin on Friday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A special event is being held Friday to make sure older adults know about the benefits of getting a flu shot and to give free flu vaccines to seniors.

Flu + You Day in Duval County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams YMCA, 10415 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin.

Watch the video above to see Christine Harding with the National Council on Aging talk about the event.

New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

'Duck Dynasty' star to speak at Jacksonville church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jace Robertson, one of the stars of the popular A&E TV series "Duck Dynasty," will be speaking at Christ's Church Mandarin campus on Greenland Road on Sept. 7 and 8.

Robertson will be speaking at the 5 p.m. service on Sept. 7 and at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sept. 8, according to the Duck Commander events page.

All the general seating passes have been distributed, according to the church's website. Attendees without a pass may not have a seat, but are still welcome to attend.

Local teacher offers free online math help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a new way of learning; breaking down complex subjects in online videos. One local teacher has created his own budding online math academy.

From his Mandarin High classroom behind a small camera propped up on a desk, Brian McLogan reaches students both young and old all across the globe. He now has around 4,150 subscribers, on his YouTube page. And has posted nearly 4,000 videos. In the videos, he breaks down the ins and outs of a subject many find to be complex.

"When I took pre-calculus a lot of the class would move pretty fast," said 12th grader John Arbelaez. "So sometimes I would be lost."

He was a student of McLogan's last year. Arbelaez may no longer be in McLogan's class but thanks to the online math tutorial, Arbelaez said he'll likely always be his pupil.

"I have been able to expand my classroom to a whole bunch of students all over the world," said McLogan.

Body pulled from Julington Creek

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a suspicious death Wednesday morning in the 14000 block of Mandarin Road.

An unidentified body was pulled out of Julington Creek in Mandarin. According to Sgt. Jay Farhat, foul play is suspected.

The white male victim was found by passing boaters in the middle of Julington Creek.

The victim was pulled from the water at the Mandarin Park Boat Ramp wearing a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes.

An investigation is ongoing and police are checking missing persons reports.

Anyone who has any information about the identity of the victim is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $5,000 for this case, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

GMJ helps Mandarin High get into football spirit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was an energetic morning full of team spirit at Mandarin High School on Friday.

FCN looking for 'Friday Night Football' inspiration

First Coast News was live during Good Morning Jacksonville as the school was getting ready for a pep rally.

Members of the varsity football team, varsity cheerleading squad and student leadership team joined FCN's Jacob Long in the school gymnasium and courtyard.

Brian Braddock, the Mustangs' new head football coach, was also there.