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Jacksonville University plans city’s first 4-year medical school

Jacksonville’s first four-year medical school program is coming to a private university on the banks of the St. Johns River.…

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Growing Clay County considers new fee on homebuilders

Clay County commissioners are considering introducing a new fee that will affect builders for every new home that’s constructed as…

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The Mossfire Grill in Five Points has been sold

The Mossfire Grill, a Five Points area mainstay at 1537 Margaret St., has been sold. Ben Franco bought the restaurant…

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$500K idling, facilitators ghosted: A timeline of Jax Confederate monument inaction

Advocates for removing Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments are growing impatient, as two pots of money for addressing Confederate monuments on public…

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Winn-Dixie builds new store from the ground up — its first in a decade

More than a decade has passed since Southeastern Grocers Inc. built a Winn-Dixie supermarket from the ground up. That lull…

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DeSantis awards grant for rail improvements on Westside

Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Cecil Airport on Tuesday to award a $5.5 million grant from the Governor’s Job Growth…

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Atlantic Beach enacts homeless restrictions — along with measures of help

A new ordinance in Atlantic Beach restricts where homeless people are allowed to sleep or camp out, but supporters believe…

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Veterans can get free advice to start small businesses

An event Friday will help veterans and their families start and build small businesses. Seventy spots remain open for Jacksonville’s…

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Rents are stabilizing, but they still challenge lower-income workers

Predictable seasonal slowdowns, an influx of new inventory as well as lifestyle changes should keep rents somewhat stable through the…

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Josphine restaurant opens this week in Avondale

Avondale will host a new Italian-American restaurant Nov. 30 when Josephine opens at 3563 St. Johns Ave. in the former…

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Jacksonville gets more help for rent and utilities

Jacksonville is getting an additional $3.3 million from the federal government to help people pay for rent and utilities, on…

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Clay County buses: How much do you know?

Survey says: Are you aware of JTA’s Clay Community Transportation services? Then the JTA’s new community questionnaire on its Clay…

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2 new Northwest Jacksonville schools mix HBCU culture with elementary curriculum

Mikynzi Alexander spoke with confidence as she recited Useni Eugene Perkins’ poem “Hey, Black Child” at her school’s ribbon-cutting last…

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FDOT hearings give the lowdown on upcoming road projects

Information on major state road projects that could affect residents all over the First Coast will be presented at two…

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Mayo Clinic starts foundation work on oncology building

The city has issued a construction permit for the $76.27 million foundation and shell of the $233 million Mayo Clinic…

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Airplane flies Confederate banner over TIAA Bank Field

Before the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, an airplane flew over TIAA Bank Field with a banner…

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Disney-themed clothing sets recalled over lead

That cute Disney outfit you bought your child may be hazardous to their health. The Bentex clothing group is recalling…

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St. Johns County teachers vote down pay raise because it wasn’t enough

St. Johns County teachers have rejected a proposed pay raise, with many saying the raise wasn’t big enough. The fact…

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Jacksonville’s homegrown stores seek local love on Small Business Saturday

They are open in Avondale and Atlantic Beach, as well as San Marco, Riverside and all over shopping districts in…

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The ‘Real Black Friday’: Jacksonville’s Melanin Market

There’s Black Friday — and then there’s the Real Black Friday.   That’s what organizers of Jacksonville’s Melanin Market are…

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With COVID waning, JTA ends free rides for health workers

Jacksonville health care workers who ride city buses for free will have to start paying for those trips next month.…

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Homeless, broken woman seeks $15 million for crash with deputy

Julia “Jenny” Perez says her life was destroyed by a sheriff’s deputy who slammed his cruiser into her motorcycle and…

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Incentives approved for new Clay County manufacturing plant

The Clay County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an incentives award this week for Project Gator — a proposal…

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QUIZ: How well do Jaxsons know soccer?

The men’s World Cup kicked off in the Middle East for the first time this week, as host nation Qatar…

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After Ian and Nicole, experts warn of health risks from blue-green algae

Climate change is fueling toxic blooms of blue-green algae. Exposure to poisons produced by the blooms can lead to health…

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Sheriff T.K. Waters sets new agenda for JSO

Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters debuted his new leadership team on Tuesday, while promising big changes to how the department manages…

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Hakka Kitchen closing after struggling in pandemic

What started as her life’s passion has so overwhelmed owner Wen Raiti that she is closing her Hakka Kitchen restaurant…

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3 Camden County sheriff’s employees charged in inmate’s beating

Three Camden County Sheriff’s Office employees have been charged in the beating of a 41-year-old inmate inside the county jail.…

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Historic Jacksonville church returns splendor to pipe organ and sanctuary

The mighty music thunders from the hundreds of pipes at the back of the historic nave of Jacksonville’s Basilica of…

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Here’s where Jacksonville’s mayoral candidates stand on key issues

In a crowded debate that featured heavy time constraints, mayoral hopefuls met Monday at the Rotary Club to explain their…

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Still need help from Ian? You have more time.

People in Putnam and St. Johns counties have a little more time to get help for Hurricane Ian damage. The…

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Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving food baskets

The end was near for Tanya May, after waiting in a long line of cars in front of the Mandarin…

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Almost a third of home purchases fall through in Jacksonville

Home purchases in Jacksonville fell through last month at a higher rate than anywhere in the country, according to data…

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USS Orleck may move down the river

The historic warship once known as the “Grey Ghost” may be moving down the St. Johns River to another temporary…

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#AskJAXTDY: More details on ADUs, please

Q. After reading that the Jax City Council had extended the area where local homeowners can build and rent “accessory…

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USS Cooperstown joins fleet at Naval Station Mayport

Another ship has joined the fleet at Naval Station Mayport. The pre-commissioned USS Cooperstown arrived Sunday morning ahead of possibly…

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Ian and Nicole washed away tons of Jacksonville’s beach

Jacksonville’s beaches lost about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, magnifying a need for…

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Jacksonville weighs incentives for Springfield project

Jacksonville is considering $7.5 million in property tax and cash incentives to Corner Lot Development Group for its proposed multifamily,…

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Emotional T.K. Waters sworn in as Jacksonville sheriff

Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters took an oath of office Sunday afternoon, officially becoming the third person to hold the position in…

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EXPLORE: How DeSantis’ congressional map affected Northeast Florida midterms

Republicans narrowly flipped the U.S. House this election cycle, gaining four seats in Florida  — including one in the newly…

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Plaintiffs ask court to reject Jacksonville redistricting map

The Jacksonville City Council failed to fix the problems with its original redistricting plan, plaintiffs argued Friday in a court…

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Jacksonville’s annual pride parade is Sunday, delayed by Hurricane Ian

Jacksonville’s annual LGBTQ pride parade is this Sunday starting at Willbranch Park, more than a month after it was originally…

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Multispecialty surgery center opens on Jacksonville’s Southside

A new medical complex incorporating a multispecialty surgery center and multiple medical offices was officially opened Friday afternoon near Butler…

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Marineland signs were hidden for 80 years — until Tropical Storm Nicole

Rusted and warped, they represent slices of St. Johns County’s cinematic and tourist history of about 80 years ago. Now…

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Florida Coastal law students will have debts canceled

Former students of the now-shuttered Florida Coastal School of Law will soon have their debts canceled. This was made possible…

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Could San Marco flooding be solved by 2024?

San Marco is known for its historic homes, eclectic shopping and dining, riverfront views and street flooding. The part about…

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Youth art show opens at Clay County Courthouse

People going about their normal business in the Clay County Courthouse will experience original art from the community’s youth during…

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Southeastern Grocers exploring sale, report says

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that that Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers Inc., the parent company of Winn-Dixie, Harveys and Fresco…

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Bass tournament comes to Clay County — with a twist

A new competition combining bass fishing and kayaks is coming next year to Clay County. But the Kayak Bass Fishing…

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Roadwork to disrupt Mathews Bridge traffic

Roadwork will disrupt your trip across the Mathews Bridge on the weekend. Eastbound lanes will be shut down Friday night…

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Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters restructures Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Three days before he is sworn in as Jacksonville’s new sheriff, T.K. Waters announced a major restructuring of the department’s…

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Strikes shut down two local Starbucks as part of national protest

Union strikes shut down two Jacksonville Starbucks on Thursday as part of a national protest against management. Nearly 2,000 workers…

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Apartment community breaks ground in North Jacksonville

Fansler Construction announced Nov. 15 it broke ground on its inaugural project, The Note, a 290-unit apartment community in North…

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Warmer, drier winter predicted for Florida

Florida is looking at a warmer and drier than average winter season according to outlooks from NOAA. This follows a…

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Arts Picks | Nov. 18-20

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Mystery manufacturer considers West Jacksonville site

A manufacturer code-named Raptor Stone is considering setting up a facility on the designated megasite at Alliance Florida at Cecil…

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Kicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against Jaguars dismissed

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo claiming that former coach Urban Meyer kicked…

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Duval school janitor was investigated previously on complaints involving children

New details have been released about a Duval County school janitor accused of sexual battery against a child over multiple…

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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade flows downtown on Thanksgiving weekend

Illuminated boats with glowing holiday themes will cruise around the St. Johns River on Nov. 26 as the annual Jacksonville…

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Outrage grows over Camden jail beating

More outrage is surfacing over the beating of a 41-year-old man at the Camden County Detention Center. The Georgia Bureau…

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Proposed social club seeks $1.3 million in incentives

More than four years after announcing plans to open Mathers Social Gathering–Jacksonville in the historic New York Steam Laundry Building…

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Veterans survey identifies critical needs, but it didn’t reach everyone

A critical needs assessment for First Coast veterans has released its findings, but the data was limited by a lack…

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The holidays are closer than you think, and so are these holiday events

Frightfully chilly weather is coming, and so are some of the most popular outdoor holiday events. Foremost is Saturday’s 6…

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Jacksonville’s soon-to-be sheriff files to run again in 2023

Jacksonville Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters officially takes the oath of office on Sunday, after winning the Nov. 8 special election against…

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School janitor jailed on multiple sexual battery charges

A 62-year-old janitor who has worked for the Duval County School district for almost 30 years is behind bars on…

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Black Restaurant Week puts spotlight on Northeast Florida’s culinary diversity

Nearly a dozen Northeast Florida eateries are participating in Black Restaurant Week.  The Jacksonville restaurants offering special dishes this week…

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Former JEA executives want fraud trial moved

Defense lawyers launched a multi-pronged assault Monday on the federal indictment accusing JEA’s former top executives of conspiracy and wire fraud,…

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NASCAR star Jeff Gordon will highlight The Amelia in March

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon will serve as honoree of The Amelia concours d’elegance on the first weekend of…

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Atlantic Beach may ban homeless from sleeping in public

A proposed ordinance in Atlantic Beach would restrict where the homeless could sleep or camp out. Introduced for its first…

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Paysafe plans North American headquarters in Jacksonville

London-based Paysafe Ltd., a financial technology company that offers payment services, plans to open its North American headquarters in Jacksonville…

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Small plane makes emergency landing on the beach

A small plane made an emergency landing Monday morning at Anastasia State Park’s beach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.…

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Take the kids to the zoo or museum — for free

There are two two weeks left in Kids Free November, a Visit Jacksonville initiative to encourage families to check out…

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Bus delayed? You may get an alert from Duval Schools

Duval County Public Schools have rolled out a new way to notify families when their child’s school bus was running…

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Jacksonville approves expansion of ‘accessory dwelling units’

The Jacksonville City Council has passed legislation that expands where accessory dwelling units — ADUs — can be built and…

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St. Johns County assesses extent of Nicole’s wrath

Tropical Storm Nicole pummeled the coastline in St. Johns County, but it will take time to figure how many homes…

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Floodwaters remain on Ken Knight Drive after flowing through homes

Matt Mitchell walked to the back of the home he is renovating on Ken Knight Drive to show how far…

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St. Johns Golf Club reopening after $8 million renovation

The St. Johns County Golf Club has scheduled its reopening for 1 p.m. Nov. 29 after an $8 million renovation…

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Flood warning continues in Nicole’s wake

Muddy remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole’s flooding pooled Friday morning on Riverside and San Marco streets, and a flood warning…

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Military lounge will replace USO at Jacksonville airport

The airport lounge for traveling U-S military and their families will have a new place to relax at Jacksonville International…

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Duval’s colon cancer rate is higher than Florida’s. A local doctor studied whether personal phone calls about screening could help. 

When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts this week it will serve as a cinematic eulogy to Chadwick Boseman. The actor…

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Pete’s Bar bash is back with a hitch — the Clydesdales

The annual Pete’s Giving event in Neptune Beach on Thanksgiving Day will have some famous visitors this year — the…

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Tropical Storm Nicole has moved on, but risks remain

Tropical Storm Nicole might have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe outside. Kevin Guthrie, director for the Florida Division…

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Loan approved for affordable housing in Arlington

The Jacksonville City Council approved a $5 million, low-interest loan to The Vestcor Companies Inc. to help finance Madison Palms,…

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Tractor-trailer overturns on Dames Point Bridge

An overturned tractor-trailer closed northbound lanes of the Dames Point Bridge on Thursday morning. The incident happened just before 9:30…

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Arts Picks | Nov. 11-13

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Deadlines extended for voters with ballot problems

Thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole, voters have a few extra days to fix any problems with their ballots from the…

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Nicole races across Florida; flooding swamps the First Coast

Hurricane Nicole made landfall about 3 a.m. Thursday near Vero Beach and quickly weakened to a tropical storm, but Northeast…

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Brace yourself: Tropical Storm Nicole is moving into Northeast Florida

The outer edge of massive Tropical Storm Nicole reached Northeast Florida on Wednesday, bringing widespread cancellations and the potential for…

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T.K. Waters is Jacksonville’s next sheriff

T.K. Waters, a former chief of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, will take over the top seat after securing…

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St. Johns County says no to higher sales tax

St. Johns County voters were adamant: They do not want to pay more sales tax. Voters on Tuesday defeated a…

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Aaron Bean leads GOP wave in congressional races

Aaron Bean will be Northeast Florida’s representative in the newly drawn Congressional District 4. The Fernandina Beach resident comfortably defeated…

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Northeast Florida Republicans carry the day in state Legislature

As with their fellow Republicans farther up the ballot, GOP candidates for seats in the state Legislature dominated yesterday’s midterm…

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Here’s everything that’s closing for Tropical Storm Nicole

More events and businesses are closing or rescheduling as Tropical Storm Nicole creeps closer.We’ll add to this list as they’re…

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Veterans Day Parade canceled in Jacksonville

With Tropical Storm Nicole approaching, Jacksonville has canceled the Veterans Day Parade and breakfast scheduled for Friday morning. Mayor Lenny…

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Evacuations recommended ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole, approaching hurricane strength, is bearing down on Florida, and a tropical storm warning has been issued for…

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Oceanfront home on Amelia Island sells for record $13.35 million

An oceanfront home at 43 Ocean Club Drive on Amelia Island has sold for $13.35 million. It is the most…

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Apartments approved to replace Adventure Landing

The Jacksonville Beach City Council says a proposal to replace the Adventure Landing amusement and water park with a 415-unit…

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Trailblazer Dr. Charles B. McIntosh paves path for clinic, community center in Northwest Jax

A smile slowly crept across Dr. Charles B. McIntosh’s face as he watched the unveiling last week of a rendering…

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EXPLORE: Duval GOP leads early voting ahead of Election Day

About 30% of registered Duval County voters have already cast a ballot – that’s more than 136,000 people who voted…

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Jacksonville Zoo renovation takes major step forward

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is 75% of the way toward its $52 million “Rezoovenation” fundraising campaign, with a $2.25…

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Subtropical Storm Nicole could mirror Ian on the First Coast

More wind, rain and possible storm surges are coming our way as the Atlantic hurricane season aims one more punch…

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Eastside may be bound for national historic designation

The six tiny shotgun houses that sit snugly together along Oakley Street are faded, chipped and sagging, showing every bit…

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Lawsuit refiled against Duval Schools over gender instruction law

Parents, students and a nonprofit group have filed a revised lawsuit against Duval and three other school districts, challenging a…

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Subtropical Storm Nicole could approach hurricane strength as it nears Florida

Subtropical Storm Nicole formed overnight Monday and is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida on Thursday. As of early…

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Homes evacuated after fire at Brunswick chemical plant

Residents in Georgia — the Hickory Bluff and Sanctuary Cove areas — have been asked to evacuate and shelter in…

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‘Poll chaplains’ prep for Jacksonville Election Day

Southside Jacksonville evangelist Doris Rodgers spent her Friday morning posted outside the Northside’s Highlands Regional Library, one of Jacksonville’s early…

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After fits and starts, Jacksonville council approves new districts

Under the gun of a tight deadline, the Jacksonville City Council on Friday approved a new map of council districts…

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Persimmon Festival celebrates urban agriculture on First Coast

The local nursery Eat Your Yard Jax is having its second annual Persimmon Festival this weekend. Eat Your Yard Jax…

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TIAA Bank Field will keep its name for some time

The announcement Thursday that TIAA is selling its Jacksonville-based bank means the city-owned stadium and home of the Jacksonville Jaguars…

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Three sentenced in Duval County voting schemes

Sentences were handed down in Jacksonville this week in two voting-related crimes, according to the State Attorney’s Office. And a…

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Jacksonville City Council plans to vote today on new district maps

The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as…

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Candlelight vigil fights rash of antisemitic messages

Flames flickered in the hands of dozens Thursday night at James Weldon Johnson Park as community groups gathered with local…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Unity vigil to denounce anti-Semitism in Jacksonville

Mariam Feist was direct: It is going to take a community-wide effort to “combat the root causes of bias.” Feist,…

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City Council rolls back redistricting changes

The Jacksonville City Council is committing to an all-day meeting Friday to finalize a proposed map of new city council…

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At long last, curbside recycling returns in Clay County

After more than 15 months, Clay County is going to resume curbside recycling. Pickup will resume Dec. 5 for the…

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$1 million fund established to combat antisemitism

In response to rising hate speech, a $1 million fund has been established to combat antisemitism in the Jacksonville area.…

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#AskJAXTDY: Where can recyclables be dropped off?

Q: Jacksonville Today reader Marla P. has a problem when it comes to her household recyclable items: Her condo building…

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TIAA Bank will be sold and renamed

TIAA announced Thursday that it is selling its Jacksonville-based bank to a group of investment funds to focus on its…

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St. Johns County doctor accused of illegally distributing prescription drugs

A St. Johns County doctor faces charges of illegally distributing prescription medication. According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office,…

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Employees can’t shield messages in Ascension malpractice case

An appeals court Wednesday rejected an attempt by employees of Ascension St. Vincent’s hospital to shield text messages from being…

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Police confronted antisemitic protesters on I-10, report shows

The day before someone splashed antisemitic messages around Downtown Jacksonville, police confronted a small group of men hanging similar banners…

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Jacksonville homicides hit high point two months before 2023

The victims range from a 15-year-old boy shot dead on March 12 on 103rd Street, to an 82-year-old woman who…

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Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jaguars head coach, dies of brain disease

Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, died Wednesday of an incurable brain disease. Coughlin revealed…

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Riverside Avondale Preservation supporters fight redistricting plan

A leader of Riverside Avondale Preservation said Wednesday that residents of the historic neighborhood will “fight hard” against a proposed…

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Arts Picks | Nov. 4-6

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Right whale protections pit Rubio and Scott against environmentalists

Proposals to protect endangered right whales from extinction have put Florida’s two U.S. senators at odds with environmentalists. Senators from…

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Ian housing aid still available in Putnam and St. Johns counties

Several types of housing assistance remain available for residents of Putnam and St. Johns counties whose homes were damaged or…

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Condom demo policy approved; more sex ed changes coming in Duval

The Duval County school district has published new, proposed sex education materials ahead of a public vote next month. The…

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City Council redistricting moves forward with two maps and little public input

A special redistricting committee of the Jacksonville City Council is moving forward with two draft maps ahead of a Nov.…

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Southwest Florida still desperate for supplies

They’re calling it a “flash donation drive” — the flash mob version of collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian.…

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Volunteer group establishes beachhead in Jax to help veteran-owned businesses

Military veterans with a solid plan for a new business have a new volunteer-run organization to help them get it…

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Over protests, UF selects Ben Sasse as its next president

The University of Florida on Tuesday formally selected Ben Sasse as its next president, setting aside concerns that the appointment…

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Cumberland Island seeks feedback on visitor plan

A management plan that will help visitors better enjoy the 40-square-mile Cumberland Island National Seashore barrier island off St. Marys,…

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Nassau County adds 20th park — a ‘dream come true’

The first 40-acre phase of Nassau County’s 20th park officially opens Tuesday on Edwards Road, just west of Interstate 95.…

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Jacksonville’s DePaul School sees high demand for dyslexia methods

Jacksonville’s DePaul School is seeing high demand for its approach to teaching kids with dyslexia The condition is a language-based…

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JaxPort gets $23.5 million grant to lower emissions

The Jacksonville Port Authority has received a $23.5 million federal grant to fund part of the port’s $47 million program…

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Prosecution unlikely for antisemitic messages around Jacksonville

The antisemitic messages plastered around Jacksonville over the weekend were disturbing and distasteful, but they probably weren’t criminal, legal experts…

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100,000 have voted early in Northeast Florida

A week into early voting, Republicans in Northeast Florida are going to the polls in far greater numbers than Democrats.…

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T.K. Waters leads sheriff race in new UNF poll

T.K. Waters, the Republican candidate for Jacksonville sheriff, leads Democratic opponent Lakesha Burton by 5 points in a poll released…

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Antisemitic messages shake Jacksonville

Antisemitic messages displayed around Jacksonville — including TIAA Bank Field — brought outrage from state and local leaders and questions…

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More conflict roils Jacksonville sheriff race

The debate over whether a former Jacksonville sheriff’s candidate traded his endorsement for a job got deeper and more confusing…

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Jury recommends death in killing of 2 Putnam boys

After a long week of sentencing hearing testimony, a Putnam County jury unanimously recommended the death penalty Friday for Mark…

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Town homes fill budget niche in Northeast Florida

The dream of purchasing a first home conjures thoughts of a detached home with a fenced yard, two-car garage and…

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National RSV surge hits Jacksonville

Respiratory syncytial virus — RSV — is surging across the U.S., and Jacksonville kids aren’t being spared. Dr. Mobeen Rathore,…

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Walmart Health to open 3 more clinics in Jacksonville

Walmart will open three health centers in Jacksonville as part of 16 expected in Florida by fall 2023. The Jacksonville…

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Florida family scammed by fake real estate deal in Jacksonville

A fake real estate agent scammed a Port Charlotte family into leasing a Northwest Jacksonville home that it had no…

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Arts Picks | Oct. 28-30

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Tonight…

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Demand for office space grows in Jacksonville

The number of unused or unoccupied office spaces around Jacksonville, which jumped during the COVID-19 pandemic, is decreasing at the…

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Gators and Dawgs descend on Jacksonville; what you need to know to get around.

Football fans descending on TIAA Bank Field for Saturday’s classic Georgia-Florida game will find familiar surroundings: lots of traffic and…

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People trust Jacksonville nonprofits; they have less faith in government

The nonprofit sector is the third most trusted institution in the Jacksonville area, just behind individual volunteers and the military,…

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JEA customers will finally get a reprieve

After a summer of high bills, JEA customers may finally experience some relief — for a month, at least. The…

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Amazon developer explores Craig Airport land for delivery center

An apparent Amazon.com delivery station is in review for Jacksonville Aviation Authority property targeted for industrial development near Jacksonville Executive…

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NOV. 8 VOTER GUIDE: Duval, Alachua Soil and Water Conservation Districts

These are the candidates for soil and water conservation district in Duval and Alachua counties. Soil and water conservation districts…

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Black pastors demand meeting with sheriff over sergeant’s tweets

A group of Jacksonville clergy are demanding that the Sheriff’s Office take action against the sergeant who apparently posted disparaging…

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Nassau jailer fired and charged with beating inmate

A corrections officer in Nassau County has been fired and charged with battery after an inmate was beaten, pepper-sprayed and…

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Advocates pressure Jacksonville on redistricting

With time running out, pressure is mounting on Jacksonville City Council to create new council maps that advocates say will…

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Atlantic Beach bans smoking at beach and parks

In Atlantic Beach, it’s now illegal to use the beach as a giant ashtray. Citing health and environmental concerns, the…

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Could Duval’s Black voters dictate the Florida midterms? 

Moné Holder does not need to be reminded of the importance of next month’s elections. “If we’re about to energize,…

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JSO investigates reports of sergeant’s racist social media posts

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has begun an investigation into a sergeant accused of posting racist messages on social media. Internal…

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‘Part of the fabric of Jacksonville’: Contract talks loom for Florida-Georgia game

It is a college pigskin classic that annually nets about $20 million for Jacksonville’s economy as fans from Florida and…

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How Jacksonville faded as a banking headquarters

Jacksonville was known as the banking headquarters of Florida for much of the 20th century, with three major bank headquarters…

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Former Jaguar Gardner Minshew sells Ponte Vedra Beach home for $890,000

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II has sold his one-time St. Johns County home for $890,000. Minshew sold the…

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Duval Schools did better than most during pandemic

Duval County students’ fourth-grade test scores fell for both math and reading as part of a national slide blamed on…

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Van Gogh exhibit extended through Feb. 26

If you’re still hoping to see the Van Gogh immersive experience, you’ll be happy to know it’s going to stick…

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Pastor calls for investigation of cop’s racially oriented tweets

A local pastor is calling for disciplinary action against a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sergeant for social media posts that some…

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How long will Jax keep the Florida-Georgia game?

The University of Florida and the University of Georgia issued a joint statement Monday that indicated the issue of whether…

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Democrat Ken Jefferson crosses party lines to endorse T.K. Waters for sheriff

A Democrat who ran and lost his primary race for Jacksonville sheriff crossed party lines Monday and endorsed Republican candidate…

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How to guard against property and mortgage scams

A new program in Northeast Florida could protect you from scammers who would steal your home, land or business property.…

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Cigar superstore proposed for Town Center area

From supermarkets to luxury retail stores and fast-food favorites to destination restaurants, the greater St. Johns Town Center area offers…

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Jacksonville may start inspecting your recycling bins

Jacksonville recyclers could see an “oops” tag attached to their bins next year — a calling card as part of…

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Judge dismisses challenge to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

In a lawsuit against Duval and other school districts, a federal judge has refused to block the districts from carrying…

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Waterfront shopping district among ideas for Clay County

Clay County leaders are eyeing major improvements to their tourism industry that could bring everything from a huge waterfront shopping…

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Free shuttles are back for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights

Navigating to and from the winter holiday’s Nights of Lights in St. Augustine will get easier beginning on Nov. 19,…

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Debate pits Jacksonville candidates for sheriff before Nov. 8 runoff

With the election just over two weeks away, the candidates to be Jacksonville’s next sheriff squared off in a lively…

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Arts Picks | Oct. 21-23

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the…

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Oceanfront home on Amelia Island sells for record $13.35 million

An oceanfront home at 43 Ocean Club Drive on Amelia Island sold this week for $13.35 million. It is the…

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Jacksonville hires redistricting expert after gerrymandering ruling

A day after Jacksonville argued in court that it didn’t have enough time to pass new redistricting maps, City Council President…

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Nearly 55,000 have voted by mail in Northeast Florida

A total of 54,975 people in Northeast Florida have cast vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Republicans have cast…

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Dry, warm winter likely as La Niña continues for third year

La Niña is expected to lead to a warmer and drier winter across Florida during the upcoming winter season for…

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Rory Diamond to resign from K9s for Warriors

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond has announced he will step down as CEO of K9s for Warriors, the Ponte Vedra…

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New JTA app comes with free rides on the First Coast

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is launching a new version of their smartphone application MyJTA on Monday, and with it comes…

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Duval Schools still out of compliance with new state laws

The Florida State Board of Education says Duval Schools is one of 11 districts not complying with new state laws,…

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Developer seeks $5 million city loan for affordable housing community

The Vestcor Cos. Inc. multifamily developer has asked the city for a $5 million, low-interest loan to build a 240-unit…

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Clay County rushes help to Hurricane Ian victims

More than 35,000 donated items are on their way from Clay County to the hurricane-ravaged people of Southwest Florida. The…

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USO center closes permanently at Jacksonville’s airport

The USO has shut down a longtime resting spot for soldiers and sailors flying in and out of Jacksonville International…

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Honoring two former mayors: New names proposed for park and community center

A permanent memorial for one of Mandarin’s favorite sons is being considered by the Jacksonville City Council — renaming the…

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Schools must notify parents if bathrooms accommodate transgender students

County school boards and charter schools will have to follow new requirements for notifying parents about policies involving access to…

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Town house project begins construction in LaVilla

More than three years after the city began to search for a developer to build for-sale town houses in LaVilla,…

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Fuller Warren Bridge project — with pedestrian bridge — is nearly done

It has been one of the most questioned Jacksonville road projects since the first bits of dirt were excavated on…

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New fire rescue units hit the streets in Jacksonville

The first of more planned advanced Critical Care Rescue Units are operating on Jacksonville’s streets now, funded from Jacksonville’s 2023…

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Haleigh Cummings’ father to be released from prison

Haleigh Cummings’ father, Ronald Cummings, will be released from prison on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2010,…

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Jacksonville hotel industry recovering from pandemic slump

Jacksonville’s hotel industry, alongside other Florida markets, is showing a major increase in revenue compared with 2019, before the COVID-19…

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Southbank Riverwalk continues to flood weeks after Tropical Storm Ian

Riverwalkers have reported an interruption to their strolls in the weeks since Tropical Storm Ian passed over Jacksonville — a…

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QUIZ: How well do you know the Jacksonville sheriff candidates?

Early, in-person voting starts next week in the special election to replace former Sheriff Mike Williams. The first election in…

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Vogtle nuclear plant loads fuel in step toward startup

Georgia Power has started loading fuel into Unit 3 of the delayed nuclear Plant Vogtle expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia, a…

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Clay County sheriff’s lieutenant fired after second DUI charge

Clay County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Christopher Coldiron, arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence, was fired Monday, a…

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St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron passes away

St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron passed away Monday. The St. Johns County commission meeting began with the sad news…

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Adventure Landing plan moves forward with addition of affordable housing

Trevato Development Group agreed to add affordable housing to its proposed apartment community that would replace the Adventure Landing amusement…

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First Lady in Jax: Disaster fund for Ian is up to $45 million

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis was in Jacksonville on Monday to talk about Hurricane Ian relief. At an afternoon news…

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Architect Henry Klutho’s private home for sale for $775,000

Many parts of the U.S. are recognized for a certain look, one they usually owe to a groundbreaking architect. But…

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Scientists have concerns about St. Johns River, report says

Data about the St. Johns River show “the need for concern in many aspects of the health of the river,”…

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Jacksonville may ban balloon releases

When Nicole Crosby looked for the City Council chamber earlier this summer, she asked a stranger for directions. He told…

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City Council will fight racial gerrymandering order

The Jacksonville City Council has decided to appeal a federal court order that found the city had likely racially gerrymandered…

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Sheriff candidate Lakesha Burton told to stop wearing JSO uniform in ads

Duval County sheriff candidate Lakesha Burton — no longer a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office — has been ordered…

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City Council takes redistricting discussion behind closed doors

Jacksonville leaders have decided that their discussion about local voting districts will be come outside the public eye. The council…

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Agriculture commissioner race: Simpson vs. Blemur

One of Florida’s most-powerful lawmakers and a North Miami Democrat touting a “grassroots” campaign are competing in the Nov. 8…

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Chief financial officer race: Patronis, Hattersley square off

Florida voters next month will choose a state chief financial officer who will have a big role in trying to…

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Attorney general race: Ayala challenges Moody in ‘longshot’ bid

Former Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala is making a “longshot” bid to unseat Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, saying a…

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Jacksonville Sports Car Museum plans to open soon

The first dozen exotic collectible cars have been parked inside the 58,802-square-foot Jacksonville Sports Car Museum, ranging from a sleek…

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NOV. 8 VOTER GUIDE: Amendments 1,2,3

Florida voters are being asked to decide whether to approve two property-tax measures and the fate of the state’s Constitution…

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Shad Khan is buying Sea Horse Inn and Lemon Bar in Neptune Beach

Jaguar’s owner Shad Khan and his Iguana Investments Florida will expand their real estate holdings by buying the Sea Horse…

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Athletics association may stop asking students for personal health info

Palm Beach County school board members are calling on a state sports organization to stop making students disclose personal medical…

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It’s a record year for sea turtles at Naval Station Mayport

This was a good year for loggerhead sea turtles on the First Coast. Naval Station Mayport reported that for the…

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Governor’s election could determine fate of highly debated Rodman dam

Twenty-five years after a permit requesting partial demolition of Rodman dam landed at the St. Johns River Water Management District,…

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Sky-high rent increases coming back to earth

The crazy-high rent increases in Jacksonville may be coming to an end. Rents in the metro area rose less last…

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TV station buyout faces resistance over Jacksonville

Tegna Inc. is facing potential opposition from high-level government officials, while its effect on the Jacksonville market has raised concerns…

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Activist Ben Frazier is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Local activist Ben Frazier is opening up about his cancer diagnosis. He released a statement on Facebook saying he’s feeling…

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NOV. 8 VOTER GUIDE: Northeast Florida judges

Voters don’t pick Florida Supreme Court and appellate judges, but they can fire them through a nonpartisan “merit retention vote”…

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Judge strikes down Jacksonville redistricting as racial gerrymandering

A federal judge has struck down seven Jacksonville City Council and three Duval School Board districts in the racial gerrymandering…

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Former executive accused of defrauding Baker County nonprofit

The former executive director of a Baker County nonprofit was arrested this week on four felony charges after an investigation…

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Legendary Clark’s Fish Camp is for sale

Clark’s Fish Camp — a Mandarin institution that dates back almost a century — is for sale. According to a…

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Meet Moxi, Baptist Health’s friendly new robot

April Gray gave a big smile as Baptist Heath leader Michael Mayo and a bright-eyed companion passed by her desk inside…

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Jacksonville-area lawmakers seek shield from redistricting testimony

Six lawmakers, including two from Northeast Florida, have asked a judge for a protective order that would shield them from…

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Demolition coming for old Ford plant that built Model Ts

Jacksonville is the River City but a century ago, it had some Motor City running through it as well. The…

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Jobs available for veterans and manufacturing employees

Jacksonville is home to two separate job fairs this month, one targeting veterans and their families and the other looking…

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Pace Center for Girls gets $2 million for substance abuse prevention

The Pace Center for Girls, an education program for at-risk teenage girls in middle and high school, is expanding services…

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AMA president, in Jacksonville, weighs in on vaccine controversy

Speaking in Jacksonville, the head of the American Medical Association joined a chorus of people questioning the Florida surgeon general’s…

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Feds deny increased protection for gopher tortoises

Concluding that the animals are “not in danger of extinction,” federal wildlife officials Tuesday rejected listing gopher tortoises in Florida…

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Finally: Deaf couple gets their marriage license after suing

A deaf Jacksonville couple now has the paperwork they need to get married, a week after suing over the court…

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St. Johns County seeks solutions for Summer Haven erosion

Officials are still trying to figure out how to deal with coastal damage caused by Ian. One of the areas…

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Protesters disrupt first visit for UF’s recommended president

Hundreds of boisterous student protesters drove Sen. Ben Sasse from a stage Monday afternoon at the University of Florida, where…

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Want to vote? Tuesday is the deadline to register

New voters have until Tuesday to register to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm election, which includes races for Congress,…

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Two children caught in crossfire of road rage shooting

Two men were arrested after two children were injured in a road rage shooting over the weekend that started in…

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A conversation with Moez Limayem, UNF’s new president

Moez Limayem sits inside his new office, inside the University of North Florida’s J.J. Daniel Hall on a recent afternoon.…

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Georgia justices consider Spaceport plan

The Georgia Supreme Court is set to make a decision within six months on a proposed spaceport in Camden County.…

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County line slices right through Publix

Pick up the lettuce in Duval County and the milk in St. Johns. The checkout lanes could be in both.…

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PHOTO ESSAY: Northwest Classic in pictures

The Northwest Classic is more than a football game. It’s an opportunity to be the Kings of Moncrief for a…

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DeSantis sinks $250,000 for USS Orleck

A $250,000 state grant for making the USS Orleck a floating museum at a downtown Jacksonville pier has been lost after Gov.…

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Ian debris collection begins in St. Johns County

Residents of St. Johns County can now get rid of debris from Tropical Storm Ian, which caused a reported $60…

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Land deal conserves 400 acres to buffer Camp Blanding from growth

A conservation nonprofit in Jacksonville has bought 400 acres of Clay County woodlands using government money budgeted to buffer military…

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Retirement community nears opening in Ponte Vedra Beach

Vicar’s Landing at Oak Bridge, a new campus of the retirement community Vicar’s Landing, has nearly completed Phase 1 and…

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Wolfson Children’s Hospital announces new president

After a nationwide search, Baptist Health in Northeast Florida has announced the appointment of Allegra Jaros as president for Wolfson…

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VyStar Credit Union: After the outage

For VyStar Credit Union’s chief executive, the summer 2022 online banking outage and canceled deal to buy a Georgia commercial…

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UF panel recommends Nebraska senator as university’s next president

A committee heading the search for a new University of Florida president announced Thursday that it put forward Republican U.S.…

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An ADAPT Q&A with North Florida Green Chamber Executive Director Jessica Tittl

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce recently selected Jessica Tittl as its new executive director. She has some pretty…

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Breeze Airways begins flights from Jax to New York area

Breeze Airways, the newest low-fare airline in Jacksonville, began service Thursday afternoon to the New York area. Breeze will fly…

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Florida tries to lure back the tourists

Tourism marketers hope they can persuade people to look beyond the wreckage of Hurricane Ian and visit places like Jacksonville.…

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Maple Street Biscuit Co. falls short on expansion plans

Maple Street Biscuit Co.’s expansion plans fell short of its goals in the fiscal year that ended July 29. But…

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Utilities allowed to harden power system, but it may cost you

Less than a week after Hurricane Ian knocked out power to large swaths of Florida, state regulators Tuesday approved utilities’…

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How other cities are dealing with their housing crises

Florida Rising may, at times, be protesting outside City Hall or passionately speaking during public meetings, but one of the…

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Westside is getting a new fire station to shore up response

A new fire station is coming to the Westside next summer as part of a continued expansion of the Jacksonville…

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Al Lawson battles for a return to Congress

After his district was overhauled in the once-a-decade redistricting process, Democratic Congressman Al Lawson is challenging Republican incumbent Neal Dunn…

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Housing market is cooling faster in Jax

A new study says only 19 of 100 housing markets nationwide have slowed down more than Jacksonville’s.…

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Q&A: How to get help recovering from Ian in St. Johns County

St. Johns County is still trying to recover from the wrath of Tropical Storm Ian, which walloped the county after…

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UNF: Looking ahead after 50 years of growth

Driving along North Florida Drive, cars are dotted with student parking passes as they pass light poles donning 50th Anniversary…

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Deaf couple sues after Duval clerk denies marriage license

Joel Alfaro and Yusela Machado Silvente were ready to get married one year ago when they went to the Duval…

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Pastor loses legal appeal over muting at City Council meeting

An appeals court has affirmed a federal judge’s ruling rejecting a lawsuit by a Jacksonville pastor who was stifled while…

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‘Operation: Heavyweight’ nabs 54 drug suspects in Nassau County

A monthslong, multi-agency investigation named “Operation: Heavyweights” has resulted in 54 arrests and the seizure of hundreds of pounds of…

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Downtown targeted for $4.63 billion in projects

There is $4.69 billion in Downtown projects under construction, in review or proposed for Downtown Jacksonville, according to the 2022…

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1928 Cuban Bistro is expanding again

Owners of 1928 Cuban Bistro intend to open their fifth location in January on Amelia Island in Nassau County. The…

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Court rules against Celebration Church founders

A Jacksonville judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit that Celebration Church’s founders filed over a church report accusing its former…

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Domestic violence killed 19 people last year in Duval County

Nineteen times last year, domestic violence ended in a homicide in Duval County, according to a report released Monday to…

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Wine and whiskey bar will be a first in Clay County

Corks & Barrels, believed to be the first of its kind in Clay County, is preparing to open on Fleming…

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Fleeing suspect dies in plunge from Dames Point Bridge

A man is dead after shooting a Jacksonville police officer and leading law enforcement officers on a 20-mile chase Sunday…

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Ian victims get help in St. Johns and Putnam counties

St. Johns and Putnam counties have been added to the list of counties where residents and businesses affected by Tropical…

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Hurricane Ian could cost all insurance customers

Northeast Florida was spared the devastation wrought by Category 4 Hurricane Ian in other parts of the state, but that…

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College Park project behind schedule at Town & Country mall

Previously undiscovered structural deterioration has slowed construction for the revitalization of the nearly 70-year-old former Town & Country outdoor shopping…

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Vilano Beach house declared unsafe after Ian washes away sea wall

A two-story house is perched precariously over Vilano Beach after storm surge and tide during Tropical Storm Ian washed away…

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Ex-Jacksonville teacher Thomas Hazouri Jr., son of late mayor, sentenced in child porn case

A former Mayport Elementary School teacher and son of a past mayor was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty…

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Devastated Southwest Florida calls for volunteers after Ian

Florida emergency management is calling on volunteers from across the state who can donate their time to hurricane cleanup in…

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UPDATED: School closures announced during Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian gains strength and approaches Florida, school districts and colleges are announcing school closures for this week. Duval,…

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Jacksonville City Council approves Mayor Curry’s $1.55 billion budget

The Jacksonville City Council has approved Mayor Lenny Curry’s eighth and final budget — a $1.55 billion plan that includes…

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#AskJAXTDY: Answering your local Hurricane Ian questions

The Jacksonville Today team is answering storm prep questions ahead of Hurricane Ian making landfall on Florida’s west coast tomorrow.…

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Taking a page from Orlando’s book, Jax advocates call for a housing emergency declaration

Jacksonville’s $1.5 billion budget is going to be finalized on Tuesday night. Though it will include funding aimed at helping…

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An ADAPT Q&A with Jay Stowe, CEO of JEA

Stowe fills us in on skyrocketing electricity bills, a failed solar project, JEA’s future energy mix and the status of…

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State law should protect Nassau Gullah/Geechee cemeteries, but lawmakers didn’t close loopholes

This is Part 2 of a two-part Jacksonville Today series. Read Part 1.  For decades, Madelyn Dinkins-Smith’s family members have…

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Gullah/Geechee families fight to protect burial sites in Nassau County’s Wildlight development

This is Part 1 of a two-part Jacksonville Today series. Read Part 2.  Deep in the woods of Nassau County, on…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars win home opener shutout

The Jaguars thumped Indianapolis 24-0 on Sunday afternoon in their 2022 home opener. The paid attendance of 58,360 may have…

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First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate. Appreciate. Educate. The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and numerous others in the region, will do all three…

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Jacksonville Sheriff debate: Waters highlights experience and Burton champions change 

Jacksonville sheriff candidates Lakesha Burton (D) and T.K. Waters (R) answered questions about crime, police misconduct, money and more during…

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Jaguars, NFL kick off with newfound commitment to coaching diversity

The NFL realizes it has a coaching diversity problem and the Jaguars are actively addressing it. When the Jaguars kick…

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What’s next for the vacant MedMen in Five Points?

The vacant MedMen building in Five Points could be on the verge of sparking back to life, ending years of…

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UNF alum leads Diversity in Business program to recruit more Black students

A Jax Today Q&A with Audrieanna Burgin Audrieanna Burgin could not resist coming home. Burgin is a Jacksonville native and…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Eastside Jax ‘on the right path’

Photos and captions by Dennis Ho | Editing by Matthew Shaw | Intro by Jessica Palombo The Eastside, or Out…

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Eastside gearing up for renaissance on its terms

Bobby Graham doesn’t trust the city of Jacksonville. The lifelong Eastside resident has seen too many promises go unfulfilled to…

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Civil rights conference faces Jacksonville’s past, present and future: ‘It’s in your hands’ 

The inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference this past weekend explored how the city can move beyond its segregated history and…

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#AskJAXTDY: Why wasn’t the school tax referendum during the general election when more people vote?

With the August primary in the books, and most races going to runoff elections November 8, the Jacksonville Today team…

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5 takeaways from Tuesday’s elections in Jacksonville

Voters across Florida cast ballots Tuesday in the state’s first primary elections after redistricting changed the lines for Congress and…

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JEA ready for peak hurricane season despite supply chain challenges

JEA and FPL say they’re ready to restore power quickly no matter what happens this hurricane season, but the Florida…

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Rutherford, Cammack, Bean roll in Republican primaries; Holloway leads by tiny margin in D4 Dem contest

John Rutherford will return to Congress for a fourth term in the House of Representatives. The Jacksonville congressman defeated challengers…

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Jax councilmen defeated in bids for Legislature, as House and Senate races all but decided in several local districts

Two Jacksonville City Council members fell short in their bids to springboard to seats in the state Legislature in Tuesday’s…

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Waters, Burton advance to sheriff runoff; Clark-Murray clinches council seat; Gaffney Jr. favored in November race

Tuesday’s municipal special elections narrowed the field in races for sheriff city council and decided another council seat.…

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Duval voters approve higher tax for schools; DeSantis-endorsed School Board candidates win

The Duval school district is getting another financial boost from voters. With 53% of the vote, Duval voters on Tuesday…

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Duval’s Black voters have mixed thoughts on congressional redistricting

Tuesday’s primary election will likely begin to close the book on a three-decade run of Black congressional representation in Jacksonville,…

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Sheriff candidate T.K. Waters says his voter registration is ‘inadvertently’ out of date

Jacksonville sheriff candidate T.K. Waters says he “inadvertently” remained registered to vote at an old address while waiting for his…

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City Council delays affordable housing bill as advocates push for action

As protesters and advocates pushed for immediate emergency action, City Council granted itself more time to debate one of the…

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Inside one of Jacksonville’s improving schools

Math teacher Tiffany Scott contacted News4JAX excited to share the news that George Washington Carver Elementary School had increased its…

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Here’s what caused the flooding at new San Marco Publix

Publix Super Markets Inc. tried to tie down every detail of opening in East San Marco, but then the rain…

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JinkoSolar: ‘The most automated factory in Florida’

Mike Favo peered through plexiglass into a precision laser-cutter machine Aug. 3 on the factory floor at JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc.’s…

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Starbucks on Southside will become drive-thru-only

The Starbucks Coffee shop at 9940 Southside Blvd. near the Bank of America office park is being renovated into drive-thru-only…

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LGBTQ group blasts Duval Schools for removing rainbow posters

Some Duval Schools teachers say they spent their planning week peeling rainbow Safe Space stickers and posters that indicate LGBTQ…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars show flashes in preseason loss to Cleveland

The Jaguars lost their second straight preseason game on Friday night, falling 24-13 to Cleveland. Jacksonville led 13-0, however, when…

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More Duval students could take JTA city buses to school

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority may be one of the solutions to Duval County’s school bus driver shortage. Later this month,…

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East San Marco finally gets its Publix

Luke Whipple started the customer line at 4:45 a.m. Aug. 11 for the 7 a.m. opening of the East San…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 6

Challenger Tanya Hardaker and incumbent Charlotte Joyce are facing off to represent District 6 on the Duval County School Board.…

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#AskJAXTDY: Will the proposed property tax for schools compound each year?

The Jacksonville Today team is answering your voting questions ahead of the August 23rd primaries. A hot topic? The Duval…

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Old Holy Rosary church in Springfield restored in time for centennial

A timeworn 99-year-old Catholic church in Springfield is being renovated by members of a traditionalist Catholic group whose congregation has…

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Judge weighs challenge to ‘Stop WOKE Act’

A federal judge on Monday questioned part of a new Florida law that restricts the way businesses can address race-related…

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PHOTO ESSAY | What is Jacksonville today?

What is Jacksonville Today? Florida State College at Jacksonville students answered that question through images.…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 2

Two candidates are running in Duval County School Board District 2, a non-partisan race. The August race, which would normally…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Florida House District 14

Four Democrats are on the August ballot for the newly drawn state House District 14. The previous District 14 was…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Property tax increase for Duval Schools

The Duval County School Board is asking property owners to pitch in more for public schools. All Duval voters are…

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Child sex-abuse allegation surfaces for Clay Commission candidate

Local dirt hauler Dale Carter’s decision to run this year for the Clay Board of County Commissioners was met with…

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Jacksonville named at risk for ‘climate gentrification.’ How can we lessen the threat?

A researcher at FSU says climate change fueled displacement of residents is a looming “existential crisis” for Jacksonville and other…

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Black-owned startup Laundr gets a boost in Jacksonville

Kyle Lampkin and Michael Behfar are monetizing one of the most mundane parts of adulting: doing laundry. The two childhood…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Jacksonville Sheriff

Five candidates – four Democrats and one Republican – are vying to fill the Jacksonville sheriff’s seat, following Mike Williams’…

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AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Jacksonville City Council District 7, District 9

Nine candidates are vying for Jacksonville City Council in the August 23rd election, as sitting council members Reggie Gaffney and…

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1-in-3 Duval mail-ballot voters are ineligible to vote unless they update their IDs. See where they live

With less than five weeks remaining until the August primaries, a third of the 97,999 Duval voters who requested vote-by-mail…

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Citizen scientists help map the heat in Jacksonville

Extreme heat is the deadliest form of hazardous weather and Jacksonville will soon have data showing how the city is…

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City, nonprofits offer help for homebuyers in Northwest Jacksonville 

Cheri Randolph is a homebody. She prefers cooking a meal for her boys and the other mundane activities that turn…

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Another LGBTQ resource disappears in Duval Schools

Duval County Public Schools has taken down a 12-minute anti-bullying video that taught middle and high school students how to…

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Florida’s most controversial new laws take effect Friday. Here’s what they mean for Northeast Fla.

Almost 150 new laws will take effect in Florida on Friday, including some that opponents are still trying to stop:…

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Black labor fuels Jacksonville’s maritime industry

JAXPORT is on pace for another record-setting year in container volume, a volume that would not be possible without its…

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Florida Power & Light sets ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions by 2045

The parent company of Florida’s largest utility has announced plans to expand its use of solar energy and other renewable…

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From Green Cove Springs to D.C.: Congressional Black Caucus executive director has local roots 

A Jax Today Q&A with Vince Evans Vince Evans stood against a wall, listening and nodding as Rep. Sheila Jackson…

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More than a third of Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers don’t live in Duval County

Jacksonville’s recently resigned sheriff, Mike Williams, isn’t the only one who was policing the county while living somewhere else. Data…

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To fight violent crime, Jacksonville offering Rise Up grants for nonprofits

Shontae Jackson does not need to be told how devastating it can be when a family member’s life is shockingly…

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Jacksonville’s Small Business Equity Fund is stimulus for overlooked companies

Dara Davis started All Construction Group, a company she operates out of her home on Jacksonville’s Northside, in March of…

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Local leaders respond to Sheriff Mike Williams’ move out of Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s office of general counsel is set to weigh in by 2 p.m. Thursday on whether Sheriff Mike Williams should…

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Jacksonville isn’t letting ‘a single grant opportunity slip by’ for resilience

Jacksonville has secured millions in funding for resilience projects and the city expects to get a lot more by the…

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Former Jax area Wells Fargo SVP says he was fired for objecting to fake interviews for non-white candidates

A Jax Today Q&A with Joe Bruno Joe Bruno, a former executive at Wells Fargo, claimed this month in The…

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#AskJAXTDY: Why doesn’t Florida have rent control?

The Jacksonville Today team is answering your housing questions, as rents in the region have climbed by more than twice…

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What Duval Schools is cutting from its LGBTQ+ Support Guide

In response to Florida’s new, critic-dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” law, Duval County Public Schools plans to slash the district’s decade-old…

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Some Black groups say they were left out of Jacksonville’s bicentennial, so they’re holding their own events instead

Celebrating the city’s two centuries of history – warts and all – was the challenge the Jacksonville Historical Society was…

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‘It all boils down to one paragraph.’ Duval Schools could change its LGBTQ support guide Tuesday

The Duval County School Board is set to meet Tuesday morning to discuss an update to its LGBTQ support guide,…

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Calling for stricter pollution control, advocates urge JEA to phase out Northside Generating Station

More than 90% of all greenhouse gas emissions from large facilities in Jacksonville can be traced back to JEA and…

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EXPLORE: How much did rent go up in your neighborhood?

Rent prices  in the Jacksonville metro area have increased by more than 30% since the start of the pandemic —…

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Hello, I’m Jacksonville Today Reporter Will Brown

The first time I truly understood the power, the potential and grace of journalism was when I screwed up. I…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Hauling It

A driver shortage in Jacksonville triggered missed garbage pickups by the thousands. Through it all, the men and women who…

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Independent Florida water providers are shutting down. American Beach’s doesn’t want to be next.  

Construction will begin soon on a new water and sewer system in American Beach, the historically African American community in…

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UNF program pairs tomorrow’s environmental leaders with today’s challenges

The Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida is preparing students to be future environmental leaders through training…

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Climbing costs leave Jacksonville families struggling for food

Jacksonville mom Krista Jones is buying beans instead of meat for protein. It’s one of the creative steps she’s had…

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A surprising climate change contributor: retention ponds that reduce flooding

While stormwater ponds do offer benefits, new research from UF indicates that they may be delivering a net disservice by…

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Public art in bloom — yes, even at the Duval Courthouse

The Duval County Courthouse is certainly a sight to behold. With its precast concrete and steel facade, the 800,000-square-foot, seven-story…

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Florida rooftop solar change seems likely to pass, over pushback from solar industry

Fleming Island state Sen. Jennifer Bradley says her bill would get rid of a subsidy that utility customers without rooftop…

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EXPLORE: Is your voting precinct one of Jax’s highest-turnout? Or the lowest?

Plus, 5 takeaways from the City Council election Republican Nick Howland will be sworn in on Jacksonville’s City Council Wednesday,…

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Where do Jacksonville City Council candidates stand on climate change?

With election day fast approaching, the race to fill the at-large Jacksonville City Council seat left vacant by the late…

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PHOTO ESSAY | The Skyway in Transit

As the pace of development in the city’s urban core continues to ramp up, Jacksonville’s Downtown is beginning to look…

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QUIZ: How well do you know Jacksonville’s at-large group 3 candidates?

Early voting is underway in the race to fill the Jacksonville at-large city council seat vacated by the late Tommy…

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Painter Richard Heipp forces us to see the world, and his art, anew

In Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, Julian Cadazio (a huckster of substantial means played by Adrien Brody) is…

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Controversial author Steven Koonin to speak about climate change in Jacksonville

When it comes to climate change, many of Koonin’s views — as expressed in his book and in prior speaking…

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Could bacteria help reduce shoreline erosion? UNF researchers aim to find out

Researchers at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville are studying how a naturally occurring bacteria could be used to…

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Doug Eng: Environmental activism through art

Through his art, Jacksonville photographer Doug Eng is trying to help people gain more of an appreciation for the natural…

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Under JEA’s SolarMax program, companies can get 100% electricity from solar

Companies including Florida Blue and Johnson and Johnson are signing onto a new program from JEA that allows corporations to…

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How 4 Jacksonville artists made it to Miami Art Week

It’s just after 5 p.m. on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Artist and Professor Dustin Harewood dons a paint-splattered denim apron…

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Rising seas swamp Black, Spanish and Indigenous history in St. Johns County

A city reliant on heritage tourism struggles to protect its most valuable assets.…

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3 local photojournalists frame up the First Coast in ‘Last Coast’

The term First Coast is synonymous with Jacksonville and its four surrounding counties: Clay, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns. A…

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In ‘Age of Cognizance’ 3 Jacksonville artists explore their individual identities through collective consciousness

The Age of Cognizance, which opened this month, is the Yellow House’s first in-person exhibit in nearly two years. A…

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A Florida climate scientist sees 5 ways the infrastructure bill will help protect us

One of Florida’s top climate scientists says the Biden administration’s new infrastructure bill isn’t a climate panacea but, he says,…

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Duval students are growing more diverse, so DCPS wants teachers to be, too

When Ingrid Carias began working in the Duval County Public School system around 2014, there were about 5,500 students the…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Downtown Jacksonville dresses up for Toni Smailagic

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Toni Smailagic When Toni Smailagic brings out his camera, it seems,…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jacksonville through the lens of Michael Rakim

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Michael Rakim The first time I saw the work of Wesley…

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Fewer fumes: What the switch to electric vehicles means for Jacksonville

Experts say electrification of trucks and cars would be an essential step toward canceling out America’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Leighton Hoey’s view from inside Jacksonville’s music scene

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Leighton Hoey As someone who has spent the last half-decade or…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Tom Schifanella’s hidden Jacksonville

Atlantic Beach-based landscape photographer Tom Schifanella trains his lens on Jacksonville’s natural beauty.…

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A Q&A with Jacksonville’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer

Anne Coglianese, Jacksonville’s first Chief Resilience Officer, has been on the job since July, 2021. She has been tasked with…

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Your flood insurance premium will probably rise; Climate change and coastal development are to blame

The vast majority of the more than 1.7 million households in Florida that have flood insurance policies through the National…

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A Florida city wanted to move away from fossil fuels. The state made sure it couldn’t.

The story behind Florida’s new laws that strip cities of their ability to fight climate change.…

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A century of altering the St. Johns River has left Jacksonville more vulnerable to flooding

In 1898 the St. Johns River went about 18 feet down at its deepest point. Now it’s about 40 feet…

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What Jacksonville can learn from Nashville about fighting climate change

Compared with Nashville, Jacksonville is doing relatively little to reduce its carbon footprint and does not have a climate action…

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Green infrastructure turns old concepts into new reality

Many cities around the country now have proven examples of green infrastructure — Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and St.…

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Making a more resilient River City: Top 10 findings from new City Council report

The city of Jacksonville is playing catch-up when it comes to addressing climate change, but it’s now poised to take…

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Is rooftop solar under threat in Florida? If so, Jacksonville could offer a glimpse into the future

Many are worried that Florida’s powerful investor-owned utilities are pushing regulators to scale back the state’s rooftop solar policy, as…

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Environmental justice in Jax: bringing Black communities to the climate table

Environmental advocacy has long been dominated by white voices, even as people of color are more affected by climate change…

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Climate action on the rise within local communities of faith

Faith-based efforts like Green Spirits are increasingly popping up around the country as Christians — many of them young —…

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As neighbors take buyouts, some Jacksonville residents question city’s plan for flood-prone areas

Sea level rise isn’t a hypothetical future issue in low-lying areas of Jacksonville. It’s forcing people to make life-changing decisions…

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St. Augustine struggles to fight a global threat on a small-town budget

As the holiday season approaches and residents look ahead to the annual Nights of Lights festival an old enemy is…

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TV weathercasters could be key to climate action

Local weathercasters are well positioned to help educate the public on climate change, which researchers say is necessary before people…

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Beach nourishment: not just throwing good sand after bad

A riled-up Atlantic Ocean has been biting off and swallowing huge chunks of Northeast Florida beaches during fierce storms in…

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The officer: Julia Nesheiwat

Julia Nesheiwat is Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer  Update: Julia Nesheiwat assumed the position of Florida’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer in July…

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The coordinator: Sean Lahav

Sean Lahav is the Resiliency Coordinator for the Northeast Florida Regional Council What does a resiliency coordinator do?   A…

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The planner: Shane Corbin

Shane Corbin is the City Manager of Atlantic Beach  What in your background prepared you to work in Atlantic Beach?  …

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The city’s tree guy: Richard Leon

Richard Leon is Jacksonville’s Urban Forestry Manager   What is an urban forestry manager? What do you do?  Half the city…

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The conversation starter: Lauren Watkins

Lauren Watkins teaches people how to talk about climate change as the Director of Behavior Change Strategies for Impact By…

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The scientist: Adam Rosenblatt

Adam Rosenblatt is an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida  Tell me about the letter you…

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How to make Jacksonville more ‘resilient’: 2 committees’ suggestions

After pulling out of a national resiliency initiative in 2016, the city is working on its own adaptation plans.…

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‘Resilience hubs’ could help Northeast Floridians — including animals — weather floods

City planners can use new data to maximize conservation projects’ impact.…

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With weather extremes projected for Jacksonville, elected officials cool to aggressive climate action

Letting the market dictate solutions is the prevailing mantra.…

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The new vanguard protecting historic sites from sea level rise: Volunteers

The Heritage Monitoring Scouts are helping the state decide which pieces of history to save and which to abandon.…

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The Navy is on the front lines of adapting to climate change

“Climate change will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national…

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Why US carbon dioxide emissions are back on the rise

What’s good for today’s economy isn’t so great for tomorrow’s earth.…

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‘Retreat’ not an option for a California beach town, but it’s already happening in Duval County

The city of Jacksonville is offering to buy out homes in a flood-prone riverfront neighborhood.…

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Sandy soil and rising seas spell septic tank disaster in Florida

The race is on to deal with Florida’s 2.6 million ticking stink bombs.…

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As seas rise, Florida will likely lose more coastal property value than any other state

As coastal property values drop, the economic effects could ripple inland.…

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Real estate and sea level rise: A buyer’s guide

In Florida, sellers don’t have to disclose flood damage. So how can buyers assess the risk?…

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‘Lift that nest up’: Florida’s endangered birds threatened by floods

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is the continent’s most endangered bird. Climate change isn’t helping.…

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These eco-friendly homes are built to weather the storm

A South Florida builder is trying to make prefabricated chic.…