Buzz: Tethering Pets, Hurricane Season a Rare Rhino and More


Tethering Pets

Pets can no longer be tethered to a single point, under legislation approved by the Jacksonville City Council on May 28. The new rules require pets to be tied to a line running between two points that are at least 15 feet apart, such as trees. There is a 30-day warning period before owners are subject to $500 fines.


People, Get Ready

With the start of hurricane season, Mayor Alvin Brown and leaders of the American Red Cross of Northeast Florida and Duval County Emergency Management are urging people to be ready to respond and recover from emergencies. While only brushed by several tropical storms last year, Northeast Florida got a small taste of what heavy rainfall and high winds can do. Go to to get details on building a hurricane kit with 72 hours of food, water and supplies.


Rare Rhino

White Oak has announced the birth of a rare greater one-horned rhinoceros. Officials believe the female rhino weighs about 85 pounds, even though she won’t hold still for measurements. The new rhino, born May 9, is the daughter of Chitwan and Patrick, the first GOH rhino to be born in captivity in the United States. The calf is the second GOH rhino born at White Oak. White Oak is currently home to 18 rhinos representing three species. For more information, go to


Riverside Trolley Changes

Riders planning to hop on the trolley through Downtown Jacksonville should be aware of some new changes. On June 3, the trolley discontinued operations north of The Jacksonville Landing to the St. James Building. A new service will run 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday between The Landing and Five Points, to serve the lunch crowd. Fares are 75 cents per trip for each rider, with the exception of those ages 60 and older, who ride free of charge. For more information, call JTA customer service at 630-3100 or go to


Directly to the Bahamas

There's a new way to get to the Bahamas. Starting June 15, Silver Airways will begin weekly service from Jacksonville to Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. The flight departs 10:30 a.m. Saturday and arrives in Marsh Harbour at 12:16 p.m. The return flight departs the islands at 12:46 p.m. Saturday, arriving back here at 2:54 p.m. For details, go to


The Cost of 2 Feet

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to consider the option of making the St. Johns River channel 47 feet deep, in its upcoming study about deepening the harbor. Earlier, the Corps had recommended increasing the channel's depth to 45 feet, but it has now agreed to consider JaxPort’s preferred depth of 47 feet. Those two extra feet could cost an additional $100-$200 million. The port of Savannah, one of JaxPort’s biggest competitors, is also seeking a 47-foot-deep channel. Both ports want deeper channels to handle the bigger cargo ships expected due to the widening of the Panama Canal.

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