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July 19, 2024

DeSantis’ veto of beach bill roils environmentalists

Supporters said the bill would have protected the health of beachgoers. The Legislature approved the bill unanimously.…

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July 19, 2024

Florida Tropical Training Week: Get prepared with the pros

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will prepare workshop participants for the most active weeks of this hurricane season.…

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July 18, 2024

Keiser’s new simulator trains students for police careers

Keiser University in Jacksonville uses a new interactive simulator to put students in active shooter situations or other crises they…

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July 18, 2024

Feeding Northeast Florida opens expanded space

The area’s largest food bank says its renovated facility will help meet a growing need for food.…

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July 18, 2024

Former shipyard could be redeveloped on Intracoastal

Apartments, a restaurant and a marina are proposed on the land on Atlantic Boulevard.…

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July 18, 2024

Long-awaited widening begins on Old Middleburg Road

Residents have been waiting more than two decades for the road to be widened from two lanes to four.…

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July 18, 2024

Bringing ’em back: Jags introduce throwback uniforms

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the Jaguars are introducing “Prowler Throwbacks,” a uniform based on their first year in…

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July 17, 2024

#AskJAXTDY | Who’s behind mailers in School Board District 3 race?

Political action committees and parties can spend unlimited money to support candidates — even in school board races, which have…

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July 17, 2024

Summer at the Cummer returns this week

Summer at the Cummer offers free admission to the museum and gardens with live music, games and art-making activities.…

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July 17, 2024

ARTS PICKS | July 19-21

Summer at the Cummer, quilts, intelligent theater in San Marco and jazz in Riverside are this week’s Arts Picks.…

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July 17, 2024

Neighbors tire of humming generators at Downtown Hyatt

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel has been using generators since a fire five months ago.…

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July 17, 2024

Affordable housing land misused, report reveals

The city of Jacksonville has given away land to create affordable housing but has not held the recipients accountable, according…

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July 17, 2024

Jacksonville solid waste drivers made over $50,000 in overtime

The Office of Inspector General said it was impossible to determine whether the hours were actually worked.…

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July 17, 2024

Permit issued for remodeling of Union Terminal Warehouse

The historic warehouse on Jacksonville’s Eastside will be remodeled into apartments, offices and retail units. …

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July 17, 2024

Design approved for Fernandina waterfront park

Fernandina Beach city commissioners have taken the next steps to make the Amelia Waterfront Park a reality. Commissioners on Tuesday…

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July 17, 2024

Mayport redevelopment could get boost from city

Jacksonville may provide $154,100 to hire staff and make improvements to drive the project forward.…

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July 17, 2024

Former cop pleads guilty to enticing 17-year-old girl

Josue Garriga III was accused of pursuing a relationship with a Clay County girl he had met in church.…

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July 17, 2024

Abortion rights supporters allege ‘dirty trick’ on ballot

Supporters of Amendment 4 say a statement on the ballot will mislead voters about the proposed constitutional amendment.…

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July 16, 2024

Higher taxes likely for St. Johns County residents

The county plans to keep its tax rate the same, but rising property values mean homeowners would pay more.…

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July 16, 2024

Yulee man charged in Jan. 6 Capitol breach

Garth Walton is one of at least seven people from the Jacksonville area charged in connection with the breach of…

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July 16, 2024

Suspect dies in custody; he’s the second in six days

Joseph Lawson, 43, was arrested after scuffling with police and firefighters. He died at the hospital.…

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July 16, 2024

Olive Garden exploring Glen Kernan Park location

The Olive Garden would be the first built in the area in at least a dozen years.…

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July 16, 2024

St. Johns County to pay $6.3M for deputy’s crash

Motorcylist Julia Perez was severely injured when Deputy Brandon Hetzler ran into her while answering his phone.…

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July 16, 2024

World of Beer reopens near Southpoint

It is the company’s third try in Jacksonville and the second franchise owner at Butler Boulevard off I-95.…

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July 15, 2024

Calling for unity, Deegan unveils $1.95B budget

Mayor Donna Deegan proposed a budget that calls for drawing on financial reserves and reevaluating capital improvement projects.…

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July 15, 2024

Lane closures extended on San Jose Boulevard

JEA says it hit a snag as it repairs a broken water main. Two lanes will be closed in each…

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July 15, 2024

Wells Fargo name removed from Downtown tower

Wells Fargo decided to end its naming rights as it downsizes its leased space. A helicopter removed the name letter…

Featured image for “Police reopen 34-year-old case of skeleton found in woods”
July 15, 2024

Police reopen 34-year-old case of skeleton found in woods

Cold case detectives say the man was never identified and there was no evidence of who killed him,.…

Featured image for “Berkman II property sold at auction for $5.1 million”
July 15, 2024

Berkman II property sold at auction for $5.1 million

A third-party bidder won the vacant property where the Berkman II was imploded in 2022.…

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July 15, 2024

FAMU President Larry Robinson is stepping down

After taking a yearlong sabbatical, Robinson plans to return to serving as a professor in FAMU’s School of the Environment…

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July 12, 2024

Volunteer researchers unlock secrets of nesting sea turtles

Northeast Florida is about half way through sea turtle nesting season, and volunteers are working hard to keep track of…

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July 12, 2024

Fewer guns confiscated at Jacksonville’s airport

The number of guns seized at Jacksonville International Airport has declined by 25% from last year.…

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July 12, 2024

Redistricting challenge ends in North Florida

A federal court ruled that the reconfiguration of Congressional District 5 was not racially motivated.…