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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds lined the streets Saturday near EverBank Field to make a little money during the tire and sign buy-back event.

More than 23,000 tires and 6,000 illegal signs were collected and more than $41,000 was distributed by the City.

The first-ever event was part of efforts by the City of Jacksonville to stop neighborhood and urban blight.

Duval County residents traded in up to 10 tires at a rate of $2 per tire, or up to 40 illegal snipe signs for 50 cents per sign.

Mayor Alvin Brown was on-hand and even tossed around a couple tires.

The event ran for six hours and led to some very long lines. The city was able to collect several thousand old tires and signs.

"This event was a great success for our city," said Mayor Brown. "It's a terrific example of community spirit in action when so many residents of Jacksonville take the initiative to step forward and help us keep our city clean."

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