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Interim CEO appointed to replace departing Jay Stowe

JEA veteran Vickie Cavey was appointed as interim CEO after Jay Stowe resigned in a “mutual decision” with the Board…

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2 days ago

Education chief visits Raines to tout Bright Futures scholarships

Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. wants to ensure that students know their options for attending college.…

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2 days ago

FSCJ gets $1.5 million to train people with unique abilities

The grant will fund a multiyear program to educate students with unique abilities and match them with jobs in Jacksonville.…

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St. Johns County considers buying World Golf Village

The County Commission on Tuesday will discuss a $5.5 million plan to buy the majority of the property.…

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2 days ago

Laura Street Trio project still has a chance

A Downtown Investment Authority committee opted not to recommend closing the door on conversations with the developer.…

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April 12, 2024

St. Johns County residents pick up pieces after tornado

A 100-mph tornado blew through two neighborhoods Thursday, damaging roofs, window and trees.…

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April 12, 2024

DeSantis in St. Augustine to sign law enforcement bills

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed laws that govern police review boards and prevent people from harassing police officers.…

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April 12, 2024

Plans filed for Baptist Medical Center at Seven Pines

The health care system proposes two buildings totaling 120,000 square feet at southeast Butler Boulevard and Interstate 295.…

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April 12, 2024

State warns of wildfire risk despite wetter winter

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said people should limit debris on their properties as wildfire season begins.…

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April 12, 2024

Cummer and The Links bring arts to Northwest Jax students

Art can help people overcome emotions they do not realize are present. That was one of the motivations of staff…

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April 12, 2024

What’s behind the influx of tacos in Northeast Florida?

Beyond the dining preferences of consumers, the growth of taco restaurants may be a function of restaurant economics.…

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April 11, 2024

JEA CEO to resign after four years on job, sources say

CEO Jay Stowe has been under public pressure since reports that some decision-makers at the utility did not live in…

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April 11, 2024

Putnam jail director on leave after complaint

Maj. Scott Surrency was put on leave Tuesday during an internal investigation and audit.…

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April 11, 2024

Girls can be firefighters too; new day camps show the way

Registration will be Saturday for two one-day camps in St. Augustine, designed for middle school girls.…

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April 11, 2024

Jax Beach considers options to stem unruly crowds

The city may crack down on unauthorized events after three shootings on St. Patrick’s Day.…

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April 11, 2024

Tornado damages homes in St. Johns County

An apparent tornado damaged fences, windows and playground equipment Thursday morning near World Golf Village.…

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April 11, 2024

Autonomous EV maker may be eyeing Jacksonville

Jacksonville is recruiting an unidentified company code-named Project Link. The description matches Holon, a spinoff of Benteler Automotive in Germany.…

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April 11, 2024

Former Latitude 360 owner sent to prison over taxes

Brent Brown was sentenced to 30 months for failing to send the IRS money withheld from employees’ paychecks.…

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April 11, 2024

Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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April 11, 2024

Residents call for more green space at Riverfront Plaza

Participants at a community discussion urged the city to reconsider plans for residences and a restaurant at the new riverfront…

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April 10, 2024

At dawn of huge stadium deal, Jax commission sees ‘pattern’ of lax contract oversight

Commissioners want to know how to help the city tackle what they view as repeated shortcomings in enforcing contracts.…

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April 10, 2024

Embattled Laura Street Trio may have hit a dead end

City Council member Jimmy Peluso says it is time to explore taking the buildings by eminent domain.…

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April 10, 2024

Severe storms and flash flooding possible on Thursday

As storms track across the state, the squall line will be capable of generating damaging wind gusts or 60 mph…

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April 10, 2024

Muslims in Jacksonville celebrate end of Ramadan

More than 7,000 people gathered inside the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place for an Eid al-Fitr celebration.…

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April 10, 2024

Jacksonville pledges $10M for affordable housing

The city says the money would jump-start a loan fund for developers that could lead to more than 1,000 new…

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April 10, 2024

Federal judge blocks restriction on teacher pronoun use

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida violates a teacher’s First Amendment rights by restricting which pronouns she can…

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April 10, 2024

Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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April 10, 2024

ARTS PICKS | April 12-14

A piano show at the Beaches, folk festival in St. Johns County and celebration of female artists and dancers are…

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April 10, 2024

Review board backs mixed-use storage project on Southbank

The Downtown Development Review Board recommended approval of a controversial development that includes housing and self-storage.…

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April 9, 2024

First new hotels in years open near Jacksonville airport

Tru by Hilton opened in February, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott plans to debut in May.…

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April 9, 2024

Jacksonville among hottest labor markets in US

A monthly survey of Jacksonville area manufacturers indicates that businesses expect to expand their payrolls.…

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April 9, 2024

Leaders fight possible closure of Atlantic Beach Elementary

Duval County Public Schools is considering a recommendation to close 37 schools across the county.…

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April 9, 2024

Former Jax residents get 10-15 years for son’s school shooting

James and Jennifer Crumbley are believed to be the first parents of a mass school shooter to have been charged…