Farming family joins agriculture with tourism

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A local family in Green Cove Springs has turned generations of farming into a tourist attraction.

It's an amazing way to join agriculture with tourism; it's the industry of Agritourism and after six generations of farming in her family, Kelly Mosley and her husband have found a way to get people closer to crops.

"It's really exciting for us. Generations ago, our family would farm and they were involved in agriculture because of survival and everything that they grew around the farm is what they needed to produce to survive," said Mosley.

Mosley's family still farms timber and raises beef cattle, but she wanted to expand. So she leased a farm in Green Cove Springs and made it a tourist attraction. 

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FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

Superintendent defends 'Dare to Think'

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Superintendent Charlie Van Zant is speaking out in defense of the Dare to Think Conference that kicked off yesterday.

It's a program that focuses on history and civics in the classroom.

Last week -- the Clay County school board voted to file an ethics complaint regarding Van Zant's co-sponsorship of the conference -- calling it a private, partisan, and political event.

Van Zant sent a statement today saying;

"Encouraging our students and our children to love, respect, cherish and value America isn't a partisan issue.

"It is informed patriotism. I want everyone to know I will always stand up and be willing to advocate for that in our community!"

Click here to read the entire statement.

Problems enforcing texting while driving ban

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Texting while driving has now been illegal for over 30 days, but are deputies on the roads really able to enforce the law?

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has issued zero citations for texting while driving and deputies are saying the statute's language is making it difficult to enforce the law.

Maureen Blakeney is no stranger to laws banning texting and driving. She lived in New York for 19 years where any hand-held activity with your cell phone while driving is illegal.

"It will ask you for the phone number or the name and it will dial it out for you," said Blakeney, who now uses hands-free dialing and voice-activated commands.

Blakeney is now living in North Florida and says she's shocked when she sees drivers texting behind the wheel.

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Make A Difference Day spirit on the First Coast

ST. JOHN'S COUNTY, Fla. - Volunteers in St. John's County and Green Cove Springs we're out in full force for Make A Difference Day.

The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Clay County donated materials to build a ramp at a home in Green Cove Springs.

Through State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) funds, the resident's floors were stabilized and the new ramp will keep her safe as she comes and goes.

Volunteers from the St. Johns Housing Partnership also participated in community improvement projects celebrating Make A Difference Day.

Additional arrest announced in Operation Wrong Destination

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A man in his thirties was arrested overnight in Middleburg for allegedly traveling to meet a minor for sex.

Danny Bongao Pasicolan, Jr., 31, was arrested as part of Operation Wrong Destination, a five day undercover investigation that resulted in a total of now seventeen arrests of men who are accused of attempting to exploit children using the Internet.

Pasicolan is facing charges of traveling to meet a minor, unlawful use of a two-way communications device and transmission of material harmful to minor, according to a police report form the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Pasicolan is currently being held on $100,009 bond in the Clay County Jail.

Inside 'Operation Wrong Destination'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Sixteen men from at least ten different cities and four states were all arrested in Clay County for allegedly traveling to meet a minor for sex.

"It doesn't appear that there's any common denominator with these individuals, however, it does continue to amaze me the great lengths these individuals will go to in hopes of meeting and ultimately exploiting these kids for their own sexual perversions," said Colonel Craig Aldrich of the Clay County Sheriff's Office. 

In a five-day online sexual predator sting operation spearheaded in Clay, officers had online conversations with the suspects who arranged meetings with the person they allegedly thought was a minor.

"A lot of times they will start off as another child and then you'll find out they're 44 or 45-years-old but by then they've already engaged with this child and got this child thinking that they really care about them," said Col. Aldrich.