Another hotel could be coming to Jax Beach

Another hotel project could soon be underway in Jacksonville Beach after City Council recently approved a six story mixed use hotel and apartment project, but some nearby residents are unhappy about the plan.

The project is planned for the west side of 1 st Street between 6 th and 7 th Avenues North, on the opposite side of another project that is set to be a resort-style hotel.

“We are always very pro-business,” said Tye Wallace, president of Void Media.

Wallace said he is happy when he hears about development in Jacksonville Beach, but he also has concerns. The lot where the hotel is planned to be built, located just outside of his business, could soon become a six-story building with apartments and hotel rooms. Officials with Jacksonville Beach feel that it will help attract younger working people and tourists.

Many people living in homes along 2nd Street North said they are not happy about these developments. They said that they are concerned the development will bring more congestion to the roadways and that the new buildings will block their view of the Atlantic Ocean.

“It’s going to block out our air,” said resident Richard Landes. “It’s going to block out our light. I discovered the trash compactor for this entire development is going to be right outside of our front doors. Could this be repositioned? Could this be put somewhere else? The developer seems to have little to no concern on how he is going to impact the residents that live here.”

Landes and others are concerned about how the development will increase the number of vehicles driving in the area.

“During a busy beach day we are already completely slammed,” Wallace said. “It is already hard finding parking for our clients, so that would be a question and concern for me.”

Michelle Foret lives in Jacksonville Beach. He echoed some of the same concerns as Wallace and Landes.

“With more people, it’s going to be more chaotic in those areas. I feel like that’s what I need to focus on the safety for everyone,” Foret said.

Councilmember Phil Vogelsang told News4Jax that the developer plans to provide more parking than needed, saying it shouldn’t be an issue, only a positive move for the city of Jacksonville Beach.

The complex is planned to include 57 apartment units and 57 hotel units. Vogelsang says the hotel units will be geared towards people who are traveling in to visit the nationally known Mayo Clinic, which is only about seven miles away.

The Jacksonville Beach City Council is expected to give the development final approval next week.

Detectives warn of text message phishing scam

Detectives with the Baker County Sheriff’s Office said they have been alerted to a phishing scam affecting the county’s residents.

They said citizens have reported receiving a text message from a 410 area code.

The text says “This is from the Fraud Department and your credit/debit card information needs to be confirmed due to possible compromise.”

When the call is returned, the caller is asked to enter their full card number and other card details.

The detectives said anyone who is a victim of a scam is encouraged to report it to the sheriff’s office immediately at 904-259-2231.

Man runs into pond to evade police after hitting pedestrian, FHP says

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a car on 103rd Street near I-295, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

An FHP spokesman said troopers were on seatbelt enforcement patrol on 103rd Street when a black car came speeding off I-295, hit a white car and a pedestrian.

Troopers were in the area for ‘Click-it or Ticket’ enforcement.

When they came to help the driver, he tried to run away, he ran to the pond but was tasered by troopers and taken into custody, FHP said.

Steve Hopkins was driving his car out of a nearby gas station when the black car hit him. He said that police told the man to stop running, but he didn’t listen.

“They said ‘Sir you need to stop, you need to stop sir. Sir you just need to stop. If you don’t listen to us and you don’t listen our commands we’re going to tase you.’ He just wouldn’t listen,” said Hopkins. “He acted like they weren’t even there. After that, he went over the fence. Then they tased him. And he slid down there, toward the pond so I didn’t see any more after that.”

Traffic is building on 103rd Street because of the police investigation.

Mother claims sunscreen gave daughter second-degree burns

A mother in Canada says that the sunscreen that was supposed to protect her toddler from sunburns actually burned her baby girl, WPTV reports.

The 14-month-old had to go to the hospital with second-degree burns.

The mom says she was using Banana Boat Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen in an aerosol container. The sunscreen label says the sunscreen is safe for children 6 months and up.

“I don’t know why it’s not removed from the shelves,” mother Rebecca Cannon posted to Facebook.

Doctors say some sunscreens can irritate young children’s skin, even if they are safe for most kids. They suggest using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreen on children.

The mother posted an update on Facebook saying that her daughter’s swelling has begun to go down and that she is still smiling through all of this.