The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 23, 2000

2nd-Grader's Project Greets Visitors to Enterprise School
Dillon Wells is becoming known as the kid who made the big killer whale. The one that graces the entrance to Enterprise Learning Academy. The one that's winning kudos for its life-like appearance. No matter that its rapier-sharp teeth are...
6 Draw Terms for Roles in Drug Organization
Two Jacksonville men and four others were sentenced yesterday for their roles in a drug organization that shuttled more than three tons of Mexican marijuana between Arizona and Jacksonville. Andrew Osmo Sulkala, 36, of Jacksonville orchestrated...
A Garden Giving out Bouquets Start Planting Now for Late-Fall Cut Flowers
Bouquets of fresh flowers are available at florists and even grocery stores. But wouldn't it be convenient to walk into your yard and cut a few flowers to dress up the evening dinner table? With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time...
Aiming High Youthful Pilots Enjoy Time in the Air
Seeking two milestones on his 16th birthday, a Mandarin-area youth tested his piloting skills both high above the city and on the streets of Jacksonville. As a member of the Jax Navy Flying Club, Michael Fredrickson maneuvered a Cessna-172 thousands...
Animal Cruelty, a Precursor to Human Violence
ORANGE PARK -- More than 60 people attending a forum on the connection between animal abuse and human violence at Orange Park Town Hall last week heard startling statistics and heart-wrenching stories. They were there to learn about First Coast...
Another Keystone Star Returns to Florida
Richard Owens, the starting tight end for the Louisville Cardinals football team, is hoping that his team can have more success this week against the Florida State Seminoles than former Keystone Heights player Isaac Morford and the North Carolina Tar...
Applicants for Teacher Scholarships Increase Shortage Won't Disappear Immediately, Experts Say
ATLANTA -- Educators are cheering news this week of a huge increase in applications for lottery-funded teacher scholarships, up 142 percent so far this year over all of last year. But experts worry the increased number of people studying to become...
Artist's Work Will Benefit Nease High Booster Club
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Watercolorist J. Everett Draper will be at today's seventh annual Ponte Vedra Art Festival to promote his lithographs of the Palm Valley Bridge, not just art for art's sake but for the sake of the Nease Golden Panther Boosters....
Authorities Question Credibility, Motives of U.S. Hostage Sources Say He's 'Innocent Victim'
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government and the son of Libyan ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi cast doubt yesterday on the credibility of an American held hostage on Jolo island, saying he might be working in cahoots with his captors. Jeffrey...
Bail Bond Owner Up on Charge Woman Files Sex Try Allegation; He Denies It
The owner of a bail bond agency has been arrested on a sex-related charge. Richard Ray Hurst, 34, owner of Hurst Bail Bonds in Fernandina Beach, was charged with attempted sexual battery on Sept. 14. He was released immediately after his arrest...
Bank Robbery Suspect Caught Merritt Island Man Found at Store Nearby
BRUNSWICK -- A Florida man who police said checked into a nearby motel after robbing a Glynn County bank yesterday morning has been arrested. James Franklin Frost III, 38, of Merritt Island was charged with single counts each of robbery by intimidation...
Bicycle Path on List Scott Mill Route Won't Come Soon
The Better Jacksonville Plan may have a solution for a safety problem that's been bugging residents along Scott Mill Road in Mandarin for years. The recently approved spending plan provides for a real bicycle path along the east side of the winding...
Boys & Girls Club Plans to Tighten Staff Screening
The Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Club has changed its policy on employee background screenings following this week's arrest of a part-time football coach accused of breaking a 10-year-old boy's arms. Previously, part-time employees were screened...
Building Owner Warned Police Say Drugs Sold
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- City officials have threatened to condemn a Jacksonville correctional officer's apartment buildings where police and residents said they witnessed drug deals. Jacksonville Beach's Drug Abatement Response Team, or DART, is giving...
Bush Promotes 10-Year Plan Boosting Medical Research Funds
SUN CITY CENTER -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush wound up his weeklong display of promised middle-class benefits yesterday by telling Florida retirees that he will double the budget of the National Institutes of Health and launch a "medical moonshot" effort...
Cheap Drug Import Plan Gains Support
WASHINGTON -- Unable to find a way to expand prescription drug coverage for seniors, Congress is moving toward the smaller step of allowing the reimportation of U.S.-made prescription drugs sold cheaper abroad. The legislation, while not final,...
Churches Debate AIDS Fight Dispense Condoms or Stick to Scripture?
The Rev. Leon Seymore says the Gospel can't be spread to the dead. So he keeps a basket of condoms in his church to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS among his African-American congregation. "There's a genocide going on and we're doing it,"...
Churches Helping Shatter Silence on Spread of AIDS Black Pastors Say Awareness Crucial
Avis Smith says Christians need to reach out to those infected with HIV and AIDS, the way Jesus Christ did with lepers. "We, as a church, have to step out of our boundaries," said Smith, a registered nurse and a lay minister at New Life Community...
Clay Rallies in Fourth Quarter, Tops Jackson Late Drive Gives Blue Devils a 29-26 Victory over Tigers
For those in attendance at last night's district clash between Jackson and Clay, the white towel hurled on the field from the Blue Devils sideline wasn't a cry for mercy. However, future opponents of unbeaten Clay may soon be practicing that move....
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We have weather like Florida this time of year. Tourists are missing the best time of year to visit the island." -- Janet Brinko, tourism director for St. Marys. Story on Cumberland ferry on this page. HISTORIAN TO SPEAK ...
Cohen Prods N. Korea Defense Chief Wants Action toward Peace
TOKYO -- Warning that peace could not mean a "one-way street" of Western aid for North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen urged the Communist regime yesterday to build trust by reducing military tensions, pulling back troops and eliminating...
Controversial Referee Once Upset Gators
Maybe when Southeastern Conference line judge Allama Matthews ruled that Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney caught the ball on that disputed, game-winning touchdown last week against Tennessee, he just didn't want to stick it to the Gators a second...
Court: Siamese Twins Can Be Parted Both Will Die If Not Separated, Doctors Say
LONDON -- Appeals judges ruled yesterday that surgeons may separate 1 1/2-month-old Siamese twins -- an operation that would kill one to save the other -- despite the Roman Catholic parents' determination to submit the girls' fate to "God's will."...
Crime News
Bryceville 2000 block of Ford Road, missing person, 4:45 p.m. Sept. 12. Callahan 3600 block of New Kings Road, simple battery, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13. 3700 block of Lawhorn Road, domestic battery and stalking, reported 3:50 p.m. Sept. 13. ...
Dad Sues after Son Held Back in Hockey 8-Year-Old Kept out of Higher Age Division
A Jacksonville man has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his 8-year-old son against a local youth hockey association, accusing it of "stunting his growth as an aspiring hockey player." Thomas Futch III said officials with the North Florida Hockey Association...
Donation a Shot in Arm to Dial-a-Ride
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A $15,000 donation from a businesswoman is bringing smiles to the people who run a small, non-profit bus system that drives elderly Beaches residents to the bank, doctor and grocery store. Dial-A-Ride received its first monthly...
DOT Backing Heavier Trucks Opponents Fear More Danger on Highways
TALLAHASSEE -- Conjuring images of dead motorists and torn-up streets, a highway-safety group this week blasted a new state proposal that would allow heavier trucks to use Florida's roads. The proposal, which the state Department of Transportation...
Dust from Africa Could Be Killing Caribbean Coral
WASHINGTON -- The drought in Africa may be partly to blame for a decline in the coral in the Caribbean Sea, say researchers who found coral-damaging fungi in dust blown across the ocean. "Coincidental with the decline of Caribbean coral reefs over...
Earned Income Tax Errors Top $7.8 Billion Gore Proposes Expanding Program
WASHINGTON -- A tax program for the working poor that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore wants to sharply expand lost $7.8 billion because of fraud and errors in 1997 -- one-quarter of the claims made that year, the Treasury Department reported...
Evangel Blue Team Wins National Softball Honors
The Evangel Temple Assembly of God Blue Team has its first national softball championship in 24 years, after winning all six games at a Labor Day weekend tournament. But players for the Westside team are holding off their barbecue celebration until...
Farms Reduce Stress in Market Animals Industry Changing Slaughter Conditions
MILAN, Mo. -- It's an unnerving sound, the screeching from a truckload of hogs parked outside a slaughterhouse. A few hours later the pigs hardly make a squeal as they're scurried off to be killed. Under pressure from major customers -- primarily...
Fleming Island on Fast Track Development Is in High Gear
The wide open spaces of Fleming Island are disappearing fast and if you haven't already noticed, it may be too late. The once-pastoral scene where the children of the island's namesakes, Margaret and John Fleming, once roamed freely is being developed...
Great Expectations Encore Development Execs Eye International Operations, IPO
By the time his elementary school-age children reach high school, Encore Development Co-President Bob Leonard says he wants their classmates to know as much about Leonard and Encore as they do about Bill Gates and Microsoft. He's exaggerating, of...
Green Cove Springs Woman Wins National Volunteer Award
A Green Cove Springs resident who started volunteering at Life Care Center of Orange Park when her mother was a resident there has been named the national "Wind Beneath My Wings" volunteer award winner. June Goff received the award Monday during...
Hilliard School Writes Its Way to Honor Nassau Gets 3 Spots in State's Rural Top 10
Hilliard Middle Senior High School has the "write" stuff. The school's students recently earned tops-in-the-state honors among rural school districts for their writing performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The school...
Jackets Sting Raiders Orange Park's Offense Struggles; St. Augustine Rolls
ORANGE PARK -- Marcus Jones stole the show. The Orange Park offense, well, barely showed at all. St. Augustine High knocked off the host Raiders last night at Cotney Stadium, 24-14, with a ground attack that was stuffed by the Orange Park defense...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE ". . .My son had talent to play in the higher division but for whatever reason they did not want to move him up." -- Thomas Futch III, who filed a lawsuit against a local hockey group for not advancing his son. Story this page....
Jaguars Practice Report
PRAISING FRED Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin may not be saying yet whether or not running back Fred Taylor will start Monday, but Colts coach Jim Mora has an idea. He believes Taylor will play, and play well. Taylor has been out since the second...
Jayme Metz Mom's Lessons Helped 13-Year-Old
Hilliard Middle Senior High School eighth-grader Jayme Metz credits her mom with teaching her what it means to be responsible and what it takes to be a leader. When Jayme took those homespun lessons to class, Margi Powell, a physical education...
Kentucky Gets a Chance to Play on Florida's Level Spurrier Looks for Better Performance
GAINESVILLE -- "Go play." It's a phrase Florida coach Steve Spurrier uses a lot, as in, "That's why you've got to go play and not talk so much about it." Because, as the Gators found out last week at Tennessee, talking doesn't win football games....
Lack of Quorum Stalls Airpark Panel Camp Blanding Refuses to Send Representative
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- An important Keystone Airpark Authority meeting was canceled Wednesday by lack of quorum when the representative from Camp Blanding did not attend. Col. Charles Golden said Tuesday that new authority member Capt. Cecil Camp would...
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH COMMISSION MEETING -- The City Commission will have its final vote Monday on a $6.4 million general operating budget and a property tax rate of $3.17 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2000-01. An ordinance that would increase water...
Louisville Will Be Trying to Make a Splash at FSU Effects of Storm Don't Worry Bowden
TALLAHASSEE -- Louisville coach John L. Smith's pregame ritual of hunting for a lucky penny before the Cardinals take the field on the road could be a little more difficult this evening, thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Helene. Smith might...
Low Enrollment Won't Chill Scouting's Troopers Numbers Increasing along with Need for Scoutmasters
The Boy Scouts are forging ahead with their Jacksonville urban Scouting program in spite of recent publicity about a report that found the Scouts' official enrollment numbers were higher than researchers could prove. Yesterday, about 90 youths from...
Mariner's Village Parents Want Bus
MAYPORT -- Parents on Mayport Road northwest of Atlantic Beach are fighting for a school bus for their Mayport Middle School children despite an official decision that the students don't need one. Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve recently agreed...
Milosevic Likely to Keep Grip on Power
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Although the opposition has a strong lead in the polls and is attracting huge crowds of supporters, nobody is counting out Slobodan Milosevic in tomorrow's presidential elections. During his tumultuous 10-year-rule, the 59-year-old...
Mob Graveyard Found in Boston 5 Victims Thought to Be Connected to Fugitive Boss
BOSTON -- Across the Boston area, investigators have been digging up bodies along with the long-buried secrets of fugitive mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his associates. The dead -- five of them so far -- are believed to be victims of Bulger's...
More Than Homes Repaired Workers Also Rebuild Lives
Brad Thoburn's Springfield home was renovated by people who have a unique perspective of reconstruction: They're rebuilding their own lives. A year ago the two-story home at 1730 Silver St. sagged under years of neglect. But within a few months,...
Morning Briefing
CTI LOGISTX SALE TO DUTCH FIRM CLOSED The $650 million cash sale of CTI Logistx by its parent company, CSX Corp., to a Dutch company closed yesterday, officials of Richmond, Va.-based CSX Corp. said. "This is an excellent transaction for CSX...
Nassau Shows Need for Women's Shelter
When Nassau County women are victims of domestic violence, they have nowhere locally to go. Some go to Hubbard House in Jacksonville, but local authorities say many have problems leaving the area. A coalition of groups in Nassau County has gotten together...
Nation Briefing
DETROIT WANTS FEDERAL REVIEW OF FATAL POLICE SHOOTINGS DETROIT -- Mayor Dennis Archer said yesterday he will seek a federal review of fatal shootings by police over the last five years in the hope of stemming erosion of public confidence in the...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: I want to know why they have closed Alta Drive and Yellow Bluff Road from Florida 9A to New Berlin Road for a month. Why so long? Answer: A new subdivision is being built off Alta about a half-mile north of Faye Road. A new sewer line...
Newsmakers
'MUSIC' MAKING PEOPLE PARTY DOWN Madonna threw a "ghetto-fabulous" bash this week in Los Angeles' Catch One dance club to celebrate the release of Music, her follow-up to the 1997 quadruple-platinum Ray of Light. According to MTV online, Madonna...
Northeast Florida Well Served by Volleyball Programs
As the high school volleyball season churns along, several teams are battling to be the strongest in Northeast Florida. Hannah Gruber has led a resurgent Mandarin squad to a 12-6 mark, while Kristin Roach has continued her solid play from last season...
Oil Release Fuels Campaign Controversy
VANPORT, Pa. -- Al Gore waged his oil price campaign with hard-pressed homeowners in Pennsylvania yesterday, urging a release of 30 million to 35 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve just before the Clinton administration announced...
Ombudsmen Help State Keep an Eye on Long-Term Care
Residents of nursing homes and related assisting-living facilities have their own advocates, called long-term care ombudsmen. Gov. Jeb Bush has proclaimed this week as State Ombudsmen Week. Long-term care ombudsmen "provide an on-going presence...
'Once upon a Mattress' Is a Funny, Enjoyable Production
The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's production of Once Upon a Mattress is filled with all sorts of moments that show just how much talent there is in the Northeast Florida community theater scene. It's an absolute must-see. The musical comedy,...
Orange Park Stresses Need for Visible House Numbers
ORANGE PARK -- Whether someone lives or dies from a medical crisis could depend upon how visible their home or business address is from the street. That's why the town of Orange Park will begin issuing public service messages in October to promote...
Park Service Extends Cumberland Ferry Rides Merchants Elated Flow of Tourists Might Stay Consistent
ST. MARYS -- Cricket Hermann doesn't look forward to Tuesdays and Wednesdays after Sept. 30 each year. That's when Hermann notices a big drop in business at his St. Marys bed and breakfast, Belle Tara. Other merchants in the city's downtown historic...
Photo Highlights Colleges' Struggles to Create Diversity University Altered Picture to Add Black Student
MADISON, Wis. -- The difficulty of recruiting minorities for college came to the forefront this week when University of Wisconsin-Madison officials acknowledged doctoring a publicity photo to add a black face to a crowd of white football fans. School...
Plains Going Nuts for Festival Town to Celebrate Peanuts, Carter for Weekend Event
PLAINS, Ga. -- Peanut salads, peanut dip and even peanut-topped filet mignon are on the menu this weekend as Plains celebrates its favorite crop and its favorite son with a nutty festival. Former President Jimmy Carter will give out trophies to...
Police Action Draws Questions Fletcher High Fights the Issue
NEPTUNE BEACH -- City Manager Dick Linn is reviewing how the police department handled two fights at Fletcher High School after the mayor expressed concerns about whether the law was applied equally. The council directed Linn Monday to research...
Police Briefing
The following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Westside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: -- Two clerks at the Lil' Champ, 5703 Timuquana Road, were robbed at gunpoint at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday by a man wearing a blue bandana...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH -- A Ford Mustang was found at West Ninth and Main streets Wednesday after it was reported stolen that day from West 11th Street. The driver's side...
Possible Snafu May Be Solved Turn Lane Should Aid Youngerman
A right-turn lane will be added to Youngerman Circle in Argyle Forest to ease residents' concerns that construction of a car dealership would further congest an already clogged road. The announcement was made at a meeting of the City Council's Land...
Proper Planting Makes Life or Death Difference
Q: I have trouble planting things. They never seem to do well for me. I could sure use some tips. A: Planting is not something we think much about, but if not done correctly, a plant will not thrive and may even die. A few basic pointers should...
Public Safety
ORANGE PARK An Orange Park woman was robbed at gunpoint at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at an automated bank teller machine off Blanding Boulevard, a Clay County Sheriff's Office report said. The 46-year-old woman was shaken, but not injured, the report...
REGULATION Resolution Needed
Florida residents could join those in other states enjoying lower telephone rates if the Public Service Commission fairly and expeditiously settles the dispute between local phone companies and long distance companies over residential competition....
Rehab Clinic Sees Big Potential in Clay
Mark Taylor earned a degree in political science at the University of North Florida in 1990. But the Orange Park man has made a career out of helping people overcome severe injuries, strokes and other debilitating ailments. Today, as regional director...
Return to Vietnam Former Marine Takes on a Different Mission Now
The ad in a Jacksonville weekly newspaper read, "In Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, an average of one child a week is killed or maimed by land mines and unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War." Thirty years ago, as a 22-year-old artillery...
Road Entry Point Slips Past County Rules Fairfield Section Project at Issue
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- In recent years, enough storms have brewed in the area tucked into the diagonal intersection of Florida A1A and County Road 210 to go on the National Hurricane Center's name list. The latest tempest centers on a new commercial...
Royal Amelia Course Steps Up to the Tee New Golf Course Offers Its Own Look
There's a new game in town. The owners of Royal Amelia Golf Links plan to compete with the better golf courses on Amelia Island, namely the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Amelia Island Plantation's courses. Royal Amelia opened Sept. 13, and...
Saddam Attempts to Exploit Oil Crisis Iraq Sees Support for Sanctions Waning
WASHINGTON -- In what appears to be a calculated game of brinkmanship, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been orchestrating a series of provocative acts designed to draw the United States into a military response and focus world debate on U.S. policy...
Senior Citizens' Residences, Community Center Completed
They rise from a former soccer field next to Jacksonville's San Jose Catholic Church and grade school, a pair of three-story buildings named San Jose Manor I and II. In between them is the new Bishop John J. Snyder Community Center, a 2,500-square-foot...
Seventh-Graders Are Good Teachers in Science Class
MIDDLEBURG -- Casey Morton and Austin Whipple, first-graders at Wilkinson Elementary School, huddled together over a large green plant, as several varieties of butterflies flew around their heads, lit on the leaves, then flew on. Their teachers,...
Skeleton Is Famed Painter, Scholar Says Find Might Solve Mystery of Giotto
ROME -- For centuries, the life of Giotto, considered the father of European painting, has been wrapped in mystery. His exact birth date was not known, his remains were never found. Now an Italian anthropology professor claims he has one of the...
Students Get to Jazz It Up in France Arts School Band Plays
They played the cool jazz of Cole Porter and the soaring instrumentals of Pat Metheny as the River Erdre flowed nearby in the city of Nantes, France, and an estimated 150,000 people a day saw them and other bands like the New Orleans Nightcrawlers...
Sunday Morning Harvest Church Membership in Nassau Explodes
Church leaders throughout Nassau County are busy keeping pace with the spiritual needs of their respective congregations, which they say are growing as rapidly as the county itself. Among them is Father Mark Waters of St. Michael's Catholic Church...
Symphony Parties Too Hard, Budget Off-Key by $900,000 Organization Overspent during 50th Anniversary
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary season a bit beyond its means and recorded a deficit of $900,000 in the process. The financial shortfall for the 2000 fiscal year, which ended in June, was the first deficit posted...
Taiwan's Outspoken Vice President on Foreign Trip Politician Known to Anger China
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's new vice president often says things that rile rival China, and that's what worries many Taiwanese about her first trip abroad as the island's No. 2 leader. Annette Lu departed for Central America yesterday with an entourage...
Taste of Amelia Helps Volunteers Great Time to Sample Cuisine
The Amelia Island Plantation, area restaurants and organizations are preparing for a culinary extravaganza -- The Taste of Amelia Island -- for 700 people on Friday, to benefit the Nassau County Volunteer Center. The ninth annual fund-raiser, which...
Tax-Exempt Property under Fire Homeowners Notice Increasing Bills
ORANGE PARK -- You're never far from a piece of property in Orange Park that's totally exempt from property taxes. Tax exemptions apply to religious, charitable, not-for-profit and public and private educational institutions. And that doesn't...
Team's 0-3, Town Wants Indicted Athlete to Play
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Deontray Roberts is under indictment on armed robbery charges, but plenty of people want him back on the Liberty County High School football team. Roberts, 18, and two others have been indicted in a February holdup of a Midway...
Teen Hacker Gets 6 Months for Invading Sensitive Files
MIAMI -- A computer systems analyst thought his 15-year-old son would be better off sitting in front of a desktop at home instead of cruising South Beach with his friends. He knew he was wrong when 11 federal agents with guns and bulletproof vests...
Temple Visit Was Fund-Raiser, E-Mails Reveal Restored Messages Conflict Gore Staff
WASHINGTON -- Staff memos to Vice President Al Gore describe his visit to a Buddhist Temple event as a fund-raiser and also suggest he bring $20 as "an offering," according to reconstructed White House e-mails kept from investigators until yesterday....
The County Line
Serving the readers of the greater Clay County area. THE COUNTY LINE READER ALERT: The County Line is taking it to the streets. Our coverage, that is. And we want your voice to be heard. We know that often the most interesting news to...
Uniform Company to Expand near Airport
A Cincinnati-based uniform rental and sales company is expanding its business in Jacksonville, plans to hire 60 more employees and move its operations from the Southside to an 8-acre site near Jacksonville International Airport. Cintas Corp., which...
Walnford Inn, Fishing Charter Have Top Sites
Thanks to those who have sent me local site suggestions. Keep them coming! Today, we'll take a look at two recently submitted sites. Walnford Inn www.walnford.com This Fernandina Beach bed and breakfast offers a well-presented Web site with...
White House Reveals List of 404 Overnight Guests
WASHINGTON -- The White House made public the names of 404 overnight guests yesterday to answer political charges that Hillary Rodham Clinton rewarded big campaign donors by letting them stay in the executive mansion or at Camp David. All were guests...
Youth Programs Find a Receptive Audience
The number of young people joining youth groups at area churches is increasing, but the growth isn't just in numbers, Nassau County religious leaders say. Father Mark Waters of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach says he has noticed...