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Backlash against children's museum on Riberia Pointe


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A proposed children's museum has some people who work and live in the Lincolnville neighborhood nearby unhappy.

Judith Seraphin is one of thos who lives and works in Lincolnville. She's also the neighborhood association president. She and others in Lincolnville are rallying to fight development on an area of land called Riberia Pointe.

It is several acres at the end of Riberia Street and it sits on the Intracoastal Waterway. The city owns the land.

Oyster shell recycling program slows erosion


ID=8316321ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Oysters aren't just good for dinner, they're now being used to stop erosion on the first coast.

The Tolomato River in St. Augustine and St. Johns County has seen erosion due to increased boat traffic, wind driven waves, and die off of the marsh.

But leave it to a little oyster shell to help save the day.

Jet ski accident injures two in St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two people were injured when two jet skis collided Saturday afternoon in St. Augustine.

According to St. Johns County Fire Resue, the collision happened around 4 p.m. near the Vilano Bridge.

A female victim in the crash suffered and broken leg and the male victim suffered minor injures, according to SJCFR.

The two were rescued by a person on a passing jet ski.

The female victim was taken to Flager Hospital.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the cause of the accident.


Bacon Fest disappoints some with lack of bacon


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Apparently too many people brought home the bacon Saturday afternoon in St. Augustine.

According to reports, some vendors at the Bacon Nation Festival in the Nation's Oldest City ran out of bacon just two hours into the event.

Angry, bacon-loving-patrons posted angry comments on the Bacon Nation Festival Facebook page calling the event the "worst festival ever."

FCN reached out to the event organizers, but our calls have not been returned.

Church seeks help to restore historic building


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Caution tape now hangs around Trinity United Methodist Church in St. Augustine. Services are no longer held in the building because of its condition. Members of the church are hoping something can be done before it's too late.

Harold Simmons Jr. has been going to this church on Bridge Street for 47 years, since he was a child.

As he stood across the street from it, a tour trolley drove by and the tour guide commented on the church's history.

"Yes, the trolleys come by and they enlighten the tourists on the rich history of this church here," Simmons noted.

It's one of the oldest Protestant congregations in Florida, dating back to the 1820s. And during the Civil Rights movement, marchers met inside this church for rallies prior to peacefully demonstrating downtown.

Child rescued from St. Augustine waters


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 9-year-old was rescued from waters near Matanzas Inlet Sunday after being pulled away from shore by the ocean's currents.

The boy, who is conscious and breathing, is being evaluated by St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

The father of the boy called 911 to report that his son was being pulled into the ocean around 4:30 p.m. The father said he lost sight of his son in the heavy surf, according to a SJCFR Facebook post.

Multiple fire and marine rescue units responded from stations in St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach to the rescue and two SJCFR watercraft were in water when the child was located, according to SJCFR.

First Coast News will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates when more information becomes available.

Driver crashes into stopped school bus


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 20-year-old man is facing charges of careless driving after hitting a school bus Wednesday morning.

Jesse Helms attempted to pass traffic stopped for a school bus on State Road 13 by passing on the right, but instead hit a mail box and over corrected into the left side of the bus, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol.

The school bus was carrying one passenger at the time of the crash and no injuries were reported.

The flashing lights on the school bus were activated at the time of the crash the report detailed.

Helms was cited for careless driving.