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June 21, 2024

St. Johns County explores North Beach seawall

The surge from flooding is getting higher in the North Beach and Vilano Beach community, and a seawall may be…

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June 21, 2024

JEA widens hunt for lead water pipes

JEA is carrying out new federal guidelines to eradicate lead contamination that could cause serious health problems.…

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June 21, 2024

Huguenot Park reopens after road was washed out

The road was rebuilt Saturday, and beachgoers flocked to the sandy stretches Sunday.…

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June 21, 2024

Arlington office buildings could become apartments

A developer wants to transform the former FBI headquarters, two office buildings and neighboring property in Arlington into 779 apartments.…

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June 21, 2024

Florida turns down federal subsidy to feed poor children

Nonprofits say the federal aid could have decreased food insecurity during the summer, when children no longer have easy access…

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June 21, 2024

Swisher marks 100 years of operation in Jacksonville

The tocacco company recognized its 100th anniversary with a mural by Jacksonville artist Martin Torres.…

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June 21, 2024

Justices say peaceful protests are OK under riot law

Siding with the state and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Supreme Court rejected arguments that the law is ambiguous.…

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June 21, 2024

Tropical disturbance inches toward Northeast Florida

The system has a medium chance of becoming a tropical system. Expect rainfall totals of around 2 inches and gusty…

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June 20, 2024

City Council slices community benefits from stadium deal

Separately, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is considering land near Metropolitan Park for an “entertainment center.”…

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June 20, 2024

St. Johns County judge reprimanded over election post

The Florida Supreme Court reprimanded Judge Casey Woolsey for a social media post, but the court found no error for…

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June 20, 2024

Residents sue to stop morgue: ‘Brentwood’s not a cemetery!’

The Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association has filed suit against the city to halt construction of a medical examiner’s office in…

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June 20, 2024

Jacksonville police union reaches contract agreement

Police officers would receive a 13% salary increase in fiscal 2024-2025. Corrections officers would get 15%.…

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June 20, 2024

ARTS PICKS | June 21-23

The Soul Violinist, a local photography exhibit on our Beaches, and free Saturday at MOCA are this weekend’s Arts Picks.…

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June 20, 2024

Permit issued for Cooper’s Hawk in Mandarin

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will have inside and patio dining, bars and a retail area.…

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June 20, 2024

Citizens Insurance seeks 14% rate hike in 2025

Although Florida’s property insurance market is improving, Citizens still hopes to reduce its number of policies.…

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June 20, 2024

Sheriff’s Office cracks down on street racers

“Operation Decelerate” ended with five arrests and more than 70 citations after meet-ups at several locations.…

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June 19, 2024

Duval is not alone in closing schools

A consultant suggests closing more than 30 Duval schools. Many of Florida’s large, urban districts are looking at the same…

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June 18, 2024

Wildfire dangers rising in parched Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida is experiencing some of the driest conditions in the state, and the threat of wildfires could become serious…

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June 18, 2024

Historic St. Augustine rectory to get refresh

Housing for clergymen of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine will receive a much-needed renovation.…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville expedition will study white sharks in Europe

The nonprofit research group Ocearch is leaving Mayport to study white sharks in the waters off western Europe and the…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville honors 159th anniversary of Juneteenth

Community leaders gathered Tuesday to commemorate Juneteenth as Mayor Donna Deegan named her inaugural Mayoral Advisory Board for African Americans.…

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June 18, 2024

Former cop sentenced for giving information to criminals

Christopher Barr was accused of accessing police databases to share information with criminals.…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville labeled Florida’s eviction capital

Duval County has a higher rate of eviction filings than other metro areas in Florida.…

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June 18, 2024

Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets

So far this year, 18 children have died nationwide after being found in a hot car.…

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June 17, 2024

Residents urge City Council to approve stadium deal with community benefits agreement 

Dozens of Jacksonville residents spoke in support of a proposed stadium deal between the city and the Jacksonville Jaguars.…

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June 17, 2024

Federal St. Augustine flooding study expected to yield solutions in 4 years

How do you keep St. Augustine from flooding? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to give answers, eventually.…

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June 17, 2024

Fresh-Mex & Co. signs lease in St. Johns County

The Tex-Mex Cantina was founded in 2017 in the Southpoint area before moving to St. Johns Town Center.…

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June 17, 2024

UNF announces doctoral program in computing

UNF’s first doctor of philosophy program will focus on intelligent systems and cybersecurity.…

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June 17, 2024

Supreme Court turns down Florida sports betting challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to upend a multibillion-dollar deal giving the Seminole Tribe control of sports betting throughout Florida.…

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June 17, 2024

Tropical disturbance could affect Jacksonville

The National Hurricane Center is tracking an area just northeast of the Bahamas where a tropical depression may develop later…

Featured image for “Duval teacher wins fight over Black Lives Matter flag”
June 17, 2024

Duval teacher wins fight over Black Lives Matter flag

Amy Donofrio will be allowed to keep her teaching license despite the state’s efforts to revoke it.…

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June 16, 2024

MLK’s nephew preaches at St. Augustine church where King delivered sermon 60 years ago

The younger King started his remarks by referencing his uncle’s most famous words.…

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June 14, 2024

Former Douglas Anderson teacher sentenced to 10 years

Jeffery Clayton, a former vocal teacher, was convicted of lewd behavior with a student.…