Casmira Harrison

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

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. You can also reach her on Facebook or on Twitter @CasmiraInJax.

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October 27, 2023

Jacksonville sues PACE home loan agency

City attorneys say a program that finances home improvements has no right to issue loans in the city without following local rules and laws.

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October 26, 2023

Michael Fackler recommended as Jacksonville’s top attorney

The General Counsel Qualification Review Committee endorsed Fackler’s hiring as general counsel. City Council still must approve the appointment.

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October 17, 2023

More Jacksonville tenants are signing out-of-reach leases, case workers say

Local rental-aid and social service  organizations are seeing worrying trends as the number of eviction notices climbs in the Duval County court system.

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October 13, 2023

Jacksonville unveils long-term resiliency plan to prepare for climate change, growth and more

Mayor Donna Deegan and the city’s Chief Resiliency Officer Anne Coglianese unveiled a master plan Friday for Jacksonville’s long-term resiliency.

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October 11, 2023

City Council approves potential PACE lending lawsuit

The Jacksonville City Council has moved to fight ‘predatory’ PACE home loans.

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October 9, 2023

To keep affordable housing affordable, a public-private partnership for Jax?

A proposed mix of public and private money to leverage tax credits could yield $160M to build affordable housing.

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October 5, 2023

Jacksonville set to fight ‘predatory’ PACE loan program

City and county officials say the PACE home improvement program is sticking property owners with bills they can’t afford.

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October 2, 2023

With Duval evictions on the rise, the evicted often face a more pricey path forward

What it’s like to be one of the 14,000 Jacksonville families evicted in 2022, and which landlords are evicting the most tenants in Duval County

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September 26, 2023

Jacksonville City Council OKs budget after debate over homelessness funding 

The Council ultimately shot down a budget amendment that would have redirected $3.1 million from the mayor’s $25 million budget allocation for recommendations made by her transition team.

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September 14, 2023

Proposed food and beverage tax sparks early debate

A proposed 1% tax on food and drinks would fund anti-homelessness programs in Jacksonville.

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