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.

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September 10, 2023

Proposed fuel farm in Jacksonville faces opposition, as does similar project in Ormond Beach

Northside Jacksonville residents are organizing in opposition to a fuel storage facility.…

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Former City Councilwoman Randy DeFoor speaks at a news conference at City Hall. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
September 5, 2023

Council to vote on top attorney before ethics board decision

The Jacksonville City Council will vote this month on the appointment of former Councilwoman Randy DeFoor to head up the…

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City Council President Ron Salem, left, discusses the issue of first-time homelessness in Jacksonville on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. Changing Homelessness CEO Dawn Gilman and board Chairman Brad Russell listen. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
September 1, 2023

Homelessness program gets boost from council president

Council President Ron Salem has invested $13,000 toward a Changing Homelessness pilot program that will help those on the brink…

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August 25, 2023

Mayor and finance board spar over diversity chief funding

The Finance Committee recommended slicing a portion of the mayor’s budget that would have paid for a chief of diversity.…

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Mayor Donna Deegan answers questions at a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, to rally support for her nominee for general counsel, Randy DeFoor, right. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 23, 2023

Mayor decries ‘smear campaign’ over top attorney’s appointment

City Council voted Tuesday to send a second request to the Florida ethics commission about Randy DeFoor’s ability to take…

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The Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board prepares to hear the results of a yearlong odor study stemming from complaints in the Murray Hill area. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 22, 2023

Study finds no firm source of Murray Hill odors

Thousands of complaints about foul odors were filed around the Murray Hill area of Jacksonville between 2020 and 2021.…

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Mayor Donna Deegan speaks to Cindy Funkhouser, CEO of Sulzbacher, at a town hall. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 17, 2023

Homelessness panel lays a plan — and looks for ways to fund it

Jacksonville’s homelessness subcommittee must make recommendations to Mayor Donna Deegan by Sept. 5.…

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Randy DeFoor, a former city councilwoman, speaks at a news conference Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at City Hall. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 10, 2023

Mayor announces seven more appointments, including Randy DeFoor as general counsel

Mayor Donna Deegan said she’s building a “rockstar team of difference-makers and innovators and collaborators.”…

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Irvin Cohen discusses the need for preserving homeownership during an affordable housing committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at the Ed Ball Building in Jacksonville. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today)
August 9, 2023

Mayor’s plan on affordable housing inches forward

A committee looking to solve Jacksonville’s affordable housing issue is developing a wide-ranging list of ideas.…

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Jacksonville's chief health officer, Sunil Joshi, describes how the number of Southeast U.S. heat related emergency room visits for two weeks of July has more than doubled since two years ago. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
July 31, 2023

Heat wave fires up city plan for cooling centers

Jacksonville’s plan calls for using buses, city libraries and community centers as cooling centers when extreme heat is forecast.…

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July 26, 2023

City Council hires consultant as stadium talks near

The Jacksonville City Council voted to contract with Michael Huyghue & Associates LLC, a sports and entertainment consulting firm based…

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July 24, 2023

Jax budget plan makes sure federal COVID relief isn’t lost

Jacksonville’s unspent COVID relief money could go toward UF Health’s indigent care program, city employee health care and more.…

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July 19, 2023

City Council could hire former Jags exec to represent it in stadium deal

The Jacksonville City Council might hire a former Jacksonville Jaguars executive to represent it in stadium negotiations.…

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July 17, 2023

Mayor Donna Deegan proposes $1.7 billion budget

The mayor proposed her first budget with an emphasis on repairing crumbling infrastructure, ensuring public safety and coping with climate…

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July 12, 2023

Nearly 150,000 households on waitlist for Jax affordable housing 

An Affordable Housing Subcommittee is working on budget recommendations for Mayor Donna Deegan.…

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July 10, 2023

Public invited to weigh in on long-awaited Old Middleburg Road widening

A two-lane road on Duval County’s Westside may finally get widened to four lanes, and on Monday, residents are invited…

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June 30, 2023

A family meeting: Father-son council members sit down to discuss priorities

Under law, Matt and Joe Carlucci have to walk a narrow line when they get together, so they let the…

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June 28, 2023

Self-storage building is a no-go for Southbank corner

Jacksonville City Council narrowly defeated a proposed multiuse building after intense opposition from the community.…