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New Year's Eve in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- St. Augustine Beach started its New Year's celebration early.

The St. Augustine Beach Blast Off started Monday and will continue Tuesday at the St. Augustine Beach Pier.

A chili cook-off at the Blast Off is a qualifier for the World Chili Championship.

There are live bands Monday and Tuesday, plenty of games for the family and lots of food.

Vendors come from across the southeast to the Beach Blast Off.

The event runs Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fireworks will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Two thousand people were expected Monday. Fifteen thousand people are expected Tuesday, according to event organizers.

St. Augustine Beach considers new golf cart law

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- St. Augustine Beach city commissioners are considering an ordinance to regulate golf carts on streets within city limits.

Resident Patrick Shartran supports the ordinance. In fact, he has put new features on his golf cart just in case the ordinance passes.

"Brake lights and a turn signal. I'm just waiting to see what happens with everything," Shartran said.

Golf carts can already travel on some streets in Florida if they are street legal, according to golf cart dealer Larry Koscoe. The carts must have certain features.

"Headlights, taillights, brake lights, horn, turn signals, windshield, wipers, seatbelts," Koscoe explained.  

The owner has to also have the vehicle weighed and must take it to the DMV in Jacksonville for a license plate.

Police looking for 3 alleged robbery suspects

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying three subjects who allegedly used the credit/debit cards of a robbery victim.

The victim was robbed on Dec. 15 and the cards were used at Race Track, Hardee's and Walmart on Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville, according to a release from the St. Augustine Police Department.

The two male subjects bought two gun holsters, black gloves and two-way radios.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to call SAPD Det. Kevin Carroll at (904) 209-3485 or Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.               

No injuries in St. Johns County house fire

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A house fire in an empty house was extinguished quickly by St. Johns County Fire Rescue Saturday afternoon resulting in no injuries. 

Fire Rescue responded to the residential structure fire in the 400 block of Lake Monroe Place in northwest St. Johns County around noon, according to SJCFR's Facebook page. 

Crews arrived on scene and found an unoccupied two story home with light smoke visible throughout the interior. 

Firefighters located and extinguished the fire rapidly containing further structural damage, according to SJCFR. 

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by SJCFR.

Crash near I-95 ramp on SR 16 cleared

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A vehicle crash near the entrance ramp to northbound Interstate 95 on State Road 16 caused delays in the area Friday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the ramp was open during the delay.

Power out for hours after car crashes into poles

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Power was out for several hours after a car took out two power poles on State Road 16 early Tuesday morning.

The crash took place near El Rey Avenue, according to a Facebook post from the St. Johns Fire Rescue. SJFR responded to the crash.

The two people in the car were taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries.

According to the Florida Power & Light outage map, power in the area has been restored.

Missing St. Augustine man found safe

UPDATE: Robert Michael Kozlowski has been located safely. (Dec. 23, 2014 12:10 p.m.)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing elderly man.

Robert Michael Kozlowski, 87, was last seen in the area of 900 block of Alcala Drive in St. Augustine Sunday night. According to the SJCSO, neighbors said Kozlowski appeared to be disoriented and confused when he drove away from the area.

Kozlowski is described as an elderly male, with grey hair who is 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was driving a 2011 four-door Jeep Patriot with Florida tag Z5BLY.

A Silver Alert has been issued and anyone with information about Kozlowski's whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers 888-277-8477.