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Residents Upset City is not Removing Dangerous Trees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Donna Perry is outraged that a damaged tree in front of her home on city property has not been removed 13 months after the city tagged it. "It's very aggravating."

The "Xs," usually orange in color, are on trees around the city. The city of Jacksonville uses them to indicate troubled trees that need repairs or that need to be removed.

Perry is angry that the tree in front of her home, which is on city property, has been tagged for removal way too long. "Somebody's going to get hurt.  And that's my main concern."

The Perry family is one of many waiting for the city to take action. According to a city spokeswoman, as of June 28, 725 trees either needed removal or repair. 

Some are wondering why these dangerous trees are still standing, while the city is removing trees that an expert tells us, were not dangerous or damaged on Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”
The FC JAX Destroyers and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a joint effort in hosting a community event on July 21 that is sure to be a night to remember.

The FC JAX Destroyers’ July 21st match against the Central Florida Kraze will feature Jacksonville local Haley Richardson, the 2011 Florida Champion representative for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the coin toss to begin the game. Richardson was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for Osteosercoma and was selected as the state representative for her bravery battling and overcoming the cancer. Miracle Children will also be present and sing the national anthem as well as serve as the ball boys and girls during the game.

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.


New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting www.dealchicken.com. The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

St. Luke’s Hospital Launches New 30 Minute ER

The wait is officially over at St. Luke’s. The hospital just launched a 30 Minute ER campaign designed to reduce long waits in the Emergency Room. The goal is for each patient to be seen by a physician or physician’s assistant within 30 minutes of their arrival to the St. Luke’s ER.

“We understand the last thing people want to do is sit in a waiting room when they are not feeling well,” said Donnie Romine, President of St. Luke’s Hospital. “We have allocated resources to better ensure patients are seen in a more, timely manner.”

Our commitment to increased efficiency includes adding staff, many who are on-call, waiting to respond should wait times start to increase, beginning triage as quickly as possible to evaluate patients and prioritize the severity of conditions and ordering tests and treatment as soon as possible.

“St. Luke’s Hospital has a long history of delivering quality care to patients.

Stormwater Low-Income Exemption Applications

Jacksonville property owners are reminded that low-income exemption applications for the Jacksonville Stormwater Utility (JSU) must be submitted before the July 31, 2011 deadline.  To qualify, a property owner must demonstrate that his or her household has an income level to qualify for assistance. By law, the income threshold for eligibility is 150 percent or less of the current year’s federal poverty level, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.