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2 days ago

Edward Waters University officially joins NCAA Division ll

The move to the NCAA means stronger competition for student-athletes and more money for the athletics department.…

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2 days ago

Region remains abnormally dry despite recent rain

JEA and the St. Johns River Water Management District are asking residents to conserve water until regular rainfall returns.…

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2 days ago

Salvation Army offers rent and utility assistance

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida is offering rent and utility assistance for low income residents in Duval County.…

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2 days ago

Aldi is starting to convert Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores

A Harveys supermarket in Edgewood Square will be the first in the area to be converted to the Aldi brand.…

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2 days ago

Two local islands rated the best in continental US

The Golden Isles in Georgia and Amelia Island topped a survey by Travel + Leisure magazine.…

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3 days ago

Affordable housing begins leasing at San Marco East

The Lofts at San Marco East is a 172-unit affordable housing complex at Philips Highway and St. Augustine Road. …

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3 days ago

Big changes in store for Clay County garbage collection

Curbside recycling will end, and residents are getting new garbage cans as FCC Environmental Services takes over collections.…

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3 days ago

Clay County Sheriff’s Office takes over school police

The move will provide for quicker response in the event of an emergency, Sheriff Michelle Cook says.…

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3 days ago

Housing Authority awarded $2.3 million for workforce aid

The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help 330 local families in the workforce.…

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July 10, 2024

Downtown Doubletree plans renovation and new name

The hotel on the Southbank will undergo a $14.6 million renovation and will be renamed Hotel Bellamy.…

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July 10, 2024

UF kicks out pro-Palestinian protesters after arrests

The university imposed tougher sentences than recommended for protesters arrested in April. Two of them were from Jacksonville.…

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July 10, 2024

Saharan dust arrives in Florida: The good and the bad

The first dust plume of the year will help suppress hurricanes, but it can irritate people with respiratory problems.…

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July 9, 2024

These St. Johns County elections will likely be decided in August

The general election isn’t until November, but a handful of races in St. Johns County will be as good as…

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July 9, 2024

Hurricane forecasters ratchet up predictions after Beryl

Experts at Colorado State University now forecast 25 named storms, including 12 hurricanes.…

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July 9, 2024

Cultural Council to award $600K to individual artists

The Artist Grant Program was developed in collaboration with Mayor Donna Deegan’s arts and culture transition committee.…

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July 9, 2024

St. Johns and Nassau lead state in student testing

The two counties finished first and second in portions of the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking, or FAST.…

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July 9, 2024

Artists sought for new entryways to Cathedral Hill

The Cathedral District-Jax, a local nonprofit, is seeking artists to beautify two intersections in Downtown Jacksonville.…

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July 9, 2024

UF Health opens new patient tower in North Jacksonville

The expansion includes six floors and 124 patient rooms to help patients recover from acute care.…

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July 9, 2024

Voodoo Brewing Co. will open Saturday in San Marco

The brew pub will open in a 99-year-old building formerly occupied by Bohemian Lounge, Indochine and Square One.…

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July 9, 2024

DIA chief raises concerns about Downtown committee

CEO Lori Boyer says projects are on hold as the Special Committee on the Future of Downtown considers changes.…

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July 9, 2024

Tickets now available for Jaguars training camp

The Jaguars announced 16 open practice dates for fans, including one at EverBank Stadium. Tickets are free, but you must reserve…

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July 9, 2024

Florida regulators look to add nuclear power

Nuclear plants generate about 13% of Florida’s electricity, but the state hasn’t had new plants since the 1970s and 1980s.…

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July 9, 2024

Cyberattack stymies families seeking funeral arrangements

The Florida Department of Health said ransom thieves hacked a system used to process birth and death certificates.…

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July 8, 2024

#AskJAXTDY | Are funds still set aside for Confederate monument removal?

A Jacksonville Today reader asks what’s happening with the money set aside for Confederate monument removal…

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July 8, 2024

St. Johns County finishes beach restoration early

Crews have been shoring up 9 miles of beach since March to fortify it against future storms.…

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July 8, 2024

Live music venue set for shuttered Sun-Ray Cinema

Marathon Live plans to renovate the Five Points space into a venue called FIVE.…

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July 8, 2024

Traffic detoured for JEA work near stadium

East Bay Street is closed at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard as JEA installs chilled water mains.…

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July 8, 2024

Apartments planned at former St. Augustine Outlets site

Terrassa, a 324-unit apartment community, will be built east of Interstate 95, where St. Augustine Outets was demolished in 2022.…

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July 7, 2024

More of Northbank Riverwalk to close as Downtown projects continue

More of the Northbank Riverwalk will close as work progresses on Downtown Jacksonville bulkhead and park projects.…

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July 5, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l Will Jacksonville’s new morgue have a crematorium?

Will bodies be disposed of at the new medical examiner’s office? a reader wonders.…

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July 3, 2024

Screaming Cat Ice Cream and Coffee to open in Riverside this summer

A new ice cream and coffee venture is coming to a Riverside shopping and dining district.…

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July 3, 2024

City failed in oversight of grants to Clara White Mission: Inspector General report

The mayor’s office says it’s undertaking a thorough review of processes to improve oversight and accountability in the awarding of…

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July 2, 2024

Duval School Board delays vote on student safety policy 

A final student safety policy will be ready for review at the September Duval School Board meeting.…