Police pull rattlesnake from Ponte Vedra beach


PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Some beach goers in Ponte Vedra got quite the surprise Sunday morning.

A ratttlesnake spotted in the middle of a parking lot between Mickler Beach and Guanna Park. Viewer Ron Sloan shared these pictures of what he says is four and a half foot long Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake with us.

He and his girlfriend were leaving the beach when he saw it curled up next to the boardwalk that leads to the parking lot from A1A.

Documenting coastline before and after Arthur


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla -- There is the potential for erosion along the First Coast because of Arthur.

South Ponte Vedra Beach is a hot spot for erosion in St. Johns County, according to St. Johns County Engineer Press Tompkins.

Some of the homes that experienced severe erosion in the winter now have sea walls, and their owners are thankful for them.

Meanwhile, Tompkins foresees a minimal impact on the coastline.

Four injured after deck collapses in Ponte Vedra


Update: The Lutz family, who was injured when the deck collapsed Thursday, has been released from the hospital.

One of the family members sent First Coast News and update email: Everybody is recovering and will see orthopedist in Louisiana and South Carolina for fractures. We would like to thank the emergency response teams for the quick and expert care they provided. They were there in minutes and took wonderful care of us before we were transported to the Flagler Hospital. The care at the Flagler was also exceptional.

Body found at Ponte Vedra Beach identified


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A body found in the dunes of Ponte Vedra Beach was identified as a missing 50-year-old woman from Jacksonville.

A person walking their dog Sunday morning stumbled across the body of Yilka Martina Eusea of Jacksonville who was reported missing June 6, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Eusea's body was found in the 800 block of N. Ponte Vedra Boulevard and appeared to have been there a while.

Eusea was last seen by her family June 3 wearing a black tee short, black capris with tiny martini glass print and light blue croc type shoes with a matching purse. Dental records along with artifacts found at the scene assisted in the identification of Eusea.

Detectives with the SJSO are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Eusea's death.

Car hopper busted in Ponte Vedra


PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – A Duval County teen is facing multiple charges for allegedly burglarizing cars in Ponte Vedra early Wednesday morning.

Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to The Fountains Condominiums after a resident reported seeing two men looking into cars in the parking lot and checking for unlocked car doors, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived and noticed two subjects standing near a Jeep, who fled to the rear of the complex on foot when they noticed law enforcement. One of the suspects, identified as 19-year-old Dherick David Lockett, was spotted near The Fountains entrance by a deputy a short time later and was taken into custody without further incident. The second subject has not been located or identified.

According to the SJSO, at least four vehicles had been entered at the complex.

Services Wednesday for beloved Ponte Vedra principal


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Services for long-time Ponte Vedra High School principal Craig Speziale were held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, Speziale's family is asking mourners to please make donations to the Craig Speziale Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ponte Vedra High School, 460 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra, Florida 32081.

Speziale died Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Speziale was 52-years-old.

"He was an inspirational leader for teachers and students. The school has lost someone very special. He embodied the professionalism and dedication to not only open Ponte Vedra High School in 2007, but he encouraged students and staff to believe they could accomplish anything," said Christina Langston, Director of Community Relations for the St. Johns County School District.

World's best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite


Voting ends Monday at noon in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice contest for 'Best Golf Destination.' The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel. Panel members were USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio; pro and former PGA champion Rich Beem; golf pro Olle Nordlund; and USA TODAY sports staffer and avid golfer Tyler Kupper.

The public can vote once a day until Monday at noon. To vote or see all the nominees, click here or visit 10best.com/awards/travel.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Bandon, Ore.

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho