Precautionary boil water notice issued for Ponte Vedra

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Due to a water main break, a recautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued in Ponte Vedra Beach for an area serviced by the St. Johns County Utility Department.

The boil notice will impact an estimated 500 residences for a minimum of two days. 

The areas affected include the Condominiums of: Rough Creek Villas, Section E 9749-9797, Quail Point 1 and 2, Sawgrass Racquet Club, Windemere, Hallmark, Surf Villas and Beach Club Villas.  Roads include: Tifton Cove Road North and South, Deer Run Drive, Deer Run Lane, Deer Run Drive South, Ponte Vedra Boulevard Even #s 894-1106, Ponte Vedra Boulevard Odd #s 1109-891, Isle Way Drive, Monte Diego Drive, Spinnakers Reach Drive, Summer Place, and Ocean Ridge Court.

Areas may be added as the repairs unfold.

Crews are on-site repairing the lines. Signs will be posted at the entrance of the subdivisions affected by the Boil Water Notice.

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Nease's Karen Xiang wins Mustangs Cross Country Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nease High School senior Karen Xiang dominated the competition in the girls varsity cross country meet at the Mandarin Mustangs Invitational on Saturday morning.

The meet, held at the FSCJ North Campus, drew 27 teams from all over Florida and Georgia.  Xiang finished with a personal record time of 18:30.  That time was nearly 50 seconds faster than the runner who finished in second place.

Xiang says her time would've been a little faster if she hadn't taken a few wrong turns along the course.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.








Missing child found within minutes of CodeRed alert

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - A 10-year-old who went missing Thursday night was found minutes after an Emergency Communications Network was used in St. Johns County.

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A Ponte Vedra Beach Synagogue is holding a food drive

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Beth-El - The Beaches Synagogue is holding a food drive to benefit the Winn-Dixie Emergency Food Pantry at Jewish Family & Community Services.

The food drive will hold the food drive through Friday, September 13.

You may donate nonperishable foods at the synagogue located at 288 N. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The food pantry provides food to more than 7,000 men, women and children each year.

Scout the surfing dog catches waves and attention

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The crash of the waves, the breeze from the ocean: Nothing says summer like a day at the beach and for Archie Baker, surfing is a family affair.

"It's me, the kids, the board and the water, they all love it," said Archie Baker, a Ponte Vedra surfer.

A love for the water extends to their four-legged phenom, Scout the dog, who is surfing up a reputation one wave at a time.

"She used to float on the raft in the pool and that's when she started floating on the board and (my dad) would give her a push," said Katherine Baker, Archie's daughter.

A year later, the Golden Retriever rides the waves like an old pro, jumping off the board and running head first into the next big session.

"When they walk by they just stand there and watch then they clap," said Katherine Baker.

Little beetle, big problem for homeowners

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Southern Pine Beetle is a little bug, but it's a big problem.

The Florida native insect has popped up in St. Johns County near homes, especially in the Palm Valley area near Ponte Vedra Beach.

This kind of beetle attacks pines.

The Baer family used to have a lot of pine trees in the front and back yard. Now, it's open space.

Stumps dot the property.

Dale Bear had to chop down more than 40 trees on his 1 ½ acres in Palm Valley.

"The Southern Pine Beetle has infested this area," Baer looked around his yard.

The beetle is a fast moving critter that travels from tree to tree.

"They're about half the size of a grain of rice," Baer noted.

They're small, but they can quickly destroy 100-foot-tall pine trees.

"Just last week, we had a dead tree from our neighbor's property fall on our fence, which could've let all our animals out," Bear said of his goats and chickens.