Casmira Harrison

Casmira Harrison is a Jacksonville Today reporter focusing on local government in Duval County.

Harrison has a wide range of experience in more than 20 years in newspapers across Central Florida. From her beginnings as an ad designer at the Citrus County Chronicle to county government reporting at the Daytona Beach News-Journal and, most recently, as the editor for the Palatka Daily News, she enjoys all aspects of covering a community.

When she isn’t knee-deep in meeting agendas, Harrison enjoys playing guitar, riding motorcycles, traveling and seeking out truly outstanding restaurants. Harrison can be reached at casmira@jaxtoday.org.

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This was the plan for a fuel storage and rail depot on a 101-acre property in Dinsmore.
3 days ago

Northside fuel depot a no, but search for new Jacksonville site raises explosive questions

The search for a new fuel farm site could have countywide ramifications after a Northside proposal was withdrawn this week.…

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A rendering of The Lofts at Southbank, a mixed-use development including offices, housing, self-storage and retail space.
April 16, 2024

Southbank self storage, affordable housing plan wins over zoning committee

City Council members on the Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday narrowly endorsed a rezoning request that could…

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EverBank Stadium is seen Tuesday in Downtown Jacksonville. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
April 16, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l Will a remodeled stadium be climate-friendly?

Both the Jaguars and the city have publicly pledged to include green initiatives and resiliency efforts into their agreement to…

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TRUE Commission Chair Keshan Chambliss, left, listens as Commissioner Daniel Henry speaks on his concerns about procurement-contract training at a meeting of the commission on April 4, 2024. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
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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General Counsel Michael Fackler advises the Jacksonville Ethics Commission about its opposition to recently passed ethics legislation. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 15, 2024

Jacksonville panel urges DeSantis to veto ethics bill

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says a bill passed in the Legislature would gut its ability to root out wrongdoing in…

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Council President Ron Salem, left, and Council Vice President Randy White, right, listen as their colleagues pledge to support White as the next City Council president when Salem steps down July 1. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 11, 2024

Randy White appears a lock for council president as Carrico, Boylan vie for VP

Randy White appears set to take the reins as the president of the government body this summer. The race for…

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February 28, 2024

What else could proposed stadium money buy?

The Jacksonville Jaguars are negotiating with the city to split the cost of a $1.4 billion stadium remodel. What does…

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Belvedere Terminals has encountered opposition in other areas of the state outside Jacksonville. This sign was posted in Ormond Beach. | Molly Duerig, WMFE News
February 23, 2024

Proposed fuel farm may be moved outside Dinsmore area

Belvedere Terminals wants to build several fuel storage hubs across Florida, but it has met stiff opposition to placing one…

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Jacksonville Housing Authority Commissioner Andrea Reyes is see as chair of the transition committee that will oversee the search for a new CEO for the agency. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
February 19, 2024

Amid turmoil, Jax Housing Authority making moves

Before three high-profile departures, the agency’s former board chair decried “lack of direction” and “clarity about responsibilities.” …

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February 1, 2024

Westside apartment complex first Jax Housing Authority purchase with bond sale

By issuing revenue bonds, the Jacksonville Housing Authority expects to raise enough funding to buy Westwood Apartments off Normandy Boulevard.…

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Dwayne Alexander resigned as president and CEO of the Jacksonville Housing Authority. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 30, 2024

Housing Authority CEO abruptly resigns, saying he feels forced out

President and CEO Dwayne Alexander was the third major departure from the agency in recent weeks.…

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Statues that decorated the monument to the Women of the Confederacy were removed from Springfield Park in Jacksonville and placed in storage in December.
January 26, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l What happens with the money set aside to remove Confederate monuments?

There was already money in the budget for the removal of the Confederate statues at Springfield Park. A reader asked…

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January 16, 2024

Monument-removal money never flowed through city coffers, Jax top lawyer says

The city’s chief lawyer came under fire again Tuesday from City Council members as he sought to explain his department’s…

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January 15, 2024

They’re not elected. They just keep showing up to City Council meetings

In a city of more than a million people, relatively few citizens are a consistent presence at the Downtown Jacksonville…

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January 11, 2024

Neighbors cluck over possible Oceanway Chick-fil-A, again

Neighbors near First Coast High School have big concerns that a Chick-fil-A proposed for Duval Station Road would inundate the…

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Lori Boyer, CEO of Jacksonville's Downtown Investment Authority, speaks to City Council during a special meeting about the potential city investment in the redevelopment of the Laura Street Trio. | Screenshot from City of Jacksonville website
January 4, 2024

‘Half-baked’ Laura Street Trio deal sent back to Downtown Investment Authority by Council

A potential $38.5 million deal to redevelop the historic Laura Street Trio needs more work, the City Council decided Thursday. …

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Jacksonville General Counsel Michael Fackler listens to City Council questions Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, about the removal of Confederate statutes from Springfield Park.
January 2, 2024

Jacksonville Council rails over removal of Confederate statues

City Council members spent over an hour Tuesday criticizing General Counsel Michael Fackler for the removal of Confederate statues in…

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Dwayne Alexander stands outside the entrance to the Jacksonville Housing Authority, where he serves as president and CEO. | Jacksonville Today, Casmira Harrison
December 21, 2023

Despite murky data on housing waitlist, need has clearly grown

The number of people waiting for housing through the Jacksonville Housing Authority has been exaggerated. But the need has grown…

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Jacksonville Housing Authority CEO Dwayne Alexander speaks at a board meeting Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
December 18, 2023

Housing Authority CEO gets $25,000 bonus; investigation still pending

An investigation into the Jacksonville Housing Authority won’t become public for a while longer, but the agency is extending the…

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A sign on the Jacksonville Housing Authority administration building shows the agency is no longer accepting applications for public housing. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
December 15, 2023

Affordable housing isn’t as simple as it sounds. Let us explain.

The terms “affordable” and “workforce” housing come down to how much money a family makes compared with the median income…

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December 12, 2023

City Council OKs almost all mayor’s task force plans; Laura Street Trio request deferred

City Council approved most of Mayor Deegan’s initiatives from transition task forces. But, a city loan to help renovate the…

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December 11, 2023

Jax Housing Authority CEO says he will remain at helm amid probe

Jacksonville Housing Authority CEO Dwayne Alexander, whose local low-income housing agency is under “investigation” by the city’s Office of the…

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December 10, 2023

Jacksonville City Council set to vote on eviction diversion program  

The Jacksonville City Council will vote Tuesday on a diversion program to keep the number of evictions down.…

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A City Council committee approved an ordinance that would require certain businesses to provide changing tables for adults. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
December 7, 2023

City councilman seeks reform after mayor’s no-bid contract

Councilman Nick Howland is pushing legislation he calls the “Transparency for Taxpayers Act,” which would require a City Council vote on…