Who is the First Coast's top football recruit in the class of 2014?

2013 was a banner year for recruiting here on the First Coast.  There were 7 players in the ESPNU 150 that played high school football in our area including Yulee's Derrick Henry, Columbia's Laremy Tunsil, and Sandalwood's Demarcus Walker.

As spring football practice begins, we want to know you think the top local football recruit in the class of 2014 is.

Cast your votes in the poll question below.  The winner will receive a plaque, some TV coverage, and maybe even the chance to have his team's spring football game featured in a First Coast News Game of the Week.

Voting ends on Sunday, May 12th at 11 PM.

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Corvette has a strong following in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray had a special significance for many along the First Coast who have had a love affair with America's sports car since they were kids.  Local Corvette enthusiasts came together back in 1975 to form the Jacksonville Corvette Club.  Today the club's membership exceeds 170.

Given how large the Jacksonville Corvette Club is, even when just a fraction of the membership travels together, it's quite a site.  That was evident by the strong showing of Corvettes last Saturday at Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee cruise-in, which was held at Whiskey River at the Markets of Town Center. 

More than 4,000 tires found at one Jacksonville home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two men are now facing charges after the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) counted more than 4,300 tires on a residential property on Rogero Road following a complaint.

FWC, JSO, and the Department of Environmental Protection worked together on the case and during an inspection of the property also found quite a bit of mosquito activity.

Carrie Garrett lives next door.

"I saw the tires. I figured they would be getting cited for that. Other than that I was just surprised when the police came over here and knocked on the door and asked us the same thing, were they bothering us and really they weren't. We just mind our own business and go about our daily business."

46-year-olds Curt Hatton of Jacksonville and Richard Evans of Mayo were chared with maintaining a waste-tire site without proper permits and creating a public health hazard.

JSO to announce first red light camera locations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will announce the location of the first red light cameras to go up in the River City Friday afternoon.

MORE: Red light camera fees in Green Cove Springs: Who gets what?

At a 2 p.m. press conference representatives of the law enforcement agency will unveil the first light camera location at the intersection of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

MORE: Red light camera mistake causes license suspension

The release said the Eastbound and Westbound approaches are the first two permits approved by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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JSO looking for suspect who committed lewd act on girl at Walmart

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a man suspected of committing a lewd act on a girl at Walmart.

The Sheriff's Office said the victim, a 13-year-old girl, was with her mother at the Walmart located at 11900 Atlantic Blvd. Tuesday evening. The girl decided to stay in one area of the store while her mother continued shopping in a different section.

According to police, the suspect walked up to the victim and committed the lewd act.

The suspect then fled the area on foot.

ALoft hotel temporarily closes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--A chic, upscale hotel suddenly closes, leaving many unanswered questions.

There's a flurry of activity.at the ALoft hotel on Southside Boulevard at Gate Parkway, but the hotel is closed.

"No, I didn't know until today," Christina Villar of Ponte Vedra said.

It came as a surprise to people like Villar.

"My ex-husband has stayed with my daughters there as recently as about a month ago. And they had a great experience," she said. "It was very nice inside. They had no complaints."

After only reaching the hotel general manager once, First Coast News tried again several times to ask more questions on why the closure. Our calls were not returned.

"I think it's important that it gets fixed up," said Villar.

Turner wants city to pay $6 million owed for courthouse work

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Courthouse is finished and some would describe it as is a masterpiece. Leo Jacobson's company, Dixie Contract, did the flooring in the new courthouse  and he's happy with the job, but there's a problem.

"We're caught in the middle," said Jacobson.

He is one of thirty local subcontractor waiting to be paid in full.

"It certainly would be nice to have the money," he said.

Jacobson said his company is owed about $125,000 for work already done, so why hasn't his company been paid?

"Unfortunately the way contracts are structured," said Jacobson."We can't get paid until Turner gets paid."

Turner Construction is the general contractor and as far as the City of Jacksonville is concerned, the job is not finished.