Dan Scanlan Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email
Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years as a radio, television and print reporter in the Jacksonville area, as well as years of broadcast work in the Northeast. An avid automobile enthusiast who has written about classic cars and events for national magazines, Dan began his broadcast career at radio stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He moved to Jacksonville in the early 1980’s to be news director at a local station, then shifted to WJXT-TV as overnight and morning news anchor and reporter. That led to three years at the NBC station in Jacksonville as police reporter and morning news anchor, followed by time as a public relations and advertising director involved in a number of political campaigns. After a stint managing a hotel comedy club, Dan began a 34-year career as police and current events reporter at The Florida Times-Union before joining the WJCT News team.
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People are being asked to water their lawns only as needed. | Bill Bortzfield, Jacksonville Today
2 days ago

Region remains abnormally dry despite recent rain

JEA and the St. Johns River Water Management District are asking residents to conserve water until regular rainfall returns.…

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A Clay County school district cruiser is displayed at the University of North Florida. | Clay County District School Police
3 days ago

Clay County Sheriff’s Office takes over school police

The move will provide for quicker response in the event of an emergency, Sheriff Michelle Cook says.…

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Sun-Ray Cinema has shown its last movie in Five Points. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
July 8, 2024

Live music venue set for shuttered Sun-Ray Cinema

Marathon Live plans to renovate the Five Points space into a venue called FIVE.…

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Traffic is detoured at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and East Bay Street. | Bill Bortzfield, Jacksonville Today
July 8, 2024

Traffic detoured for JEA work near stadium

East Bay Street is closed at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard as JEA installs chilled water mains.…

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Planned city projects that will affect the Northbank Riverwalk. | City of Jacksonville
July 7, 2024

More of Northbank Riverwalk to close as Downtown projects continue

More of the Northbank Riverwalk will close as work progresses on Downtown Jacksonville bulkhead and park projects.…

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The city's new medical examiner's office, now under construction off Golfair Boulevard and North Davis Street. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
July 5, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l Will Jacksonville’s new morgue have a crematorium?

Will bodies be disposed of at the new medical examiner’s office? a reader wonders.…

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Rear Adm. Jim Aiken, U.S. 4th Fleet Commander, (right) speaks to the crew of the U.S. Burlington before it embarks on its 2-month "Operation Continuing promise" to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia, and Panama. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
July 2, 2024

Operation Continuing Promise mission departs Mayport for Jamaica, Central America

The U.S. Navy’s USNS Burlington transport ship launched on Wednesday from Naval Station Mayport to bring Operation Continuing Promise, and…

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Family members greet the crew of the U.S.S. Mason at Naval Station Mayport after a nearly nine-month deployment. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
July 2, 2024

Navy destroyer returns home to Mayport after helping fight Houthi rebels

A crew of about 350 returned to Mayport Tuesday after a nine-month deployment to the Red Sea.…

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A recent Downtown fireworks display. | Visit Jacksonville
July 1, 2024

Plan your July 4th: Jacksonville area events

Fireworks will fly high over many parts of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida on Thursday, the 4th of July.…

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The title of the song written by James Weldon Johnson and his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, stand tall on one end of the park honoring the men at their birthplace in Jacksonville's historic LaVilla community. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
June 27, 2024

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park opens in LaVilla

The park honors brothers James Weldon and Rosamond Johnson, who composed the music known as the Black national anthem.…

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The heat index in Northeast Florida could hit 112 on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.
June 26, 2024

Extreme heat leads city to open new cooling centers

Jacksonville is opening an expanded number of cooling centers after a third straight day of high heat indexes.…

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Dozens of people gathered Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Main Library to look at three possible redesigns for Metropolitan Park. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
June 25, 2024

Here’s what they’re considering for Metropolitan Park

An architectural firm has put together three concepts for the park based on input from the community.…

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Members of the All Nations Soccer Academy play on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the Jacksonville Jaguars' flex field, where the youth clinic will be held in a month. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
June 25, 2024

Youth soccer clinic planned as UK teams compete in Jax

Two English Premier League clubs — the Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United — will compete in the Statewide Cup…

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Mayor Donna Deegan listens as Adm. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks at the Main Library on Monday, June 24, 2024. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
June 24, 2024

Jacksonville adds cooling stations as summer heat grows

The city is expanding help for people who can’t cope with the extreme heat predicted this year and beyond.…

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Workers rebuild the road at Huguenot Park. | News4Jax
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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Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association President Lydia Bell announces a lawsuit against the city to stop construction of a new medical examiner's office in Brentwood. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
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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The Fraternal Order of Police has reached a tentative contract agreement with the city of Jacksonville.
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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A lack of rain has left extremely dry conditions all over Northeast Florida. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
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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Jacksonville civil rights leader Rodney Hurst Sr. speaks about the importance of Juneteenth at City Hall on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
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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Possible Monopoly properties were displayed as a Jacksonville version of the game was announced Thursday, June 13, 2024. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
June 13, 2024

Pass Go and buy a bridge? Jax Monopoly is on the way

The game’s manufacturer, Top Trumps USA, is asking people to suggest landmarks and businesses to appear on the board.…

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June 13, 2024

Fraud suspect stole more than $59,000 from mailboxes

Frank Anthony Acanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud after hitting mailboxes in Fleming Island, Jacksonville and St.…

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Assistant Professor Scott Jones and ecologist William Vervaeke show mangroves they discovered near Cumberland Island. | University of North Florida
June 12, 2024

Mangroves creep north due to lack of ‘lethal freeze’ in Florida

Researchers found mangroves at Cumberland Island in southeast Georgia, another indication of a warming climate.…

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Chick-fil-A has been approved for this site along Lady Lake Road west of Duval Station Centre. | Jacksonville Daily Record
June 12, 2024

Chick-fil-A approved over neighbors’ objections

Jacksonville City Council voted 12-7 to approve rezoning for the fast-food restaurant in Oceanway.…

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The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office confiscated $400,000 in cash, gambling machines and drug paraphernalia at a store in Hastings. | St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
June 11, 2024

8 arrested in Hastings drug and gambling bust

Investigators seized gambling machines, drug paraphernalia and $400,000 cash in a raid at the 207 Express store.…