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January 27, 2023

Pilot program will test composting in Riverside and Avondale

Sunshine Organics and Compost will train about 15 Jacksonville restaurants on how to separate food for composting.

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January 12, 2023

Legal costs are climbing in Jacksonville redistricting fight

The city of Jacksonville has potentially paid over $150,000 in fees to outside law firms and consultants in its redistricting court battle.

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October 27, 2022

JEA customers will finally get a reprieve

After a summer of high bills, JEA customers may finally experience some relief — for a month, at least. The portion of a customer’s bill accounting for JEA’s cost of buying fuel, such as natural gas and coal, for its power plants has risen over the last year, causing widespread financial stress and disconnections. The projected November rate, however, is

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October 24, 2022

Jacksonville may start inspecting your recycling bins

Jacksonville recyclers could see an “oops” tag attached to their bins next year — a calling card as part of the city’s newest initiative to educate and engage residents on good recycling habits. The tags will guide recyclers as to specifically what items in their individual bins could not be properly recycled. Assessments will occur four times throughout the year

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October 18, 2022

Southbank Riverwalk continues to flood weeks after Tropical Storm Ian

Riverwalkers have reported an interruption to their strolls in the weeks since Tropical Storm Ian passed over Jacksonville — a blocked area along the Southbank. Flooding has persisted especially during times of high tide under the Main Street bridge, making the section of the Riverwalk impassable. The city’s public works department has taped and fenced off the affected area. The

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October 17, 2022

Jacksonville may ban balloon releases

When Nicole Crosby looked for the City Council chamber earlier this summer, she asked a stranger for directions. He told her they could walk there together, and along the way, he asked about the box of deflated, torn balloons she held. She explained how she planned to speak during public comment at the City Council meeting about the dangers to

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October 13, 2022

Governor’s election could determine fate of highly debated Rodman dam

Twenty-five years after a permit requesting partial demolition of Rodman dam landed at the St. Johns River Water Management District, the dam still stands – even as the state of Florida is in the midst of record-high spending to reverse manmade changes to the environment. The dam, built in Putnam County for the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal, blocked the

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October 6, 2022

How other cities are dealing with their housing crises

Florida Rising may, at times, be protesting outside City Hall or passionately speaking during public meetings, but one of the last things the group’s Duval County lead organizer wants is to be seen as an adversary. Instead, Christina Kittle hopes City Council will allow the group to inspire them and help combat the state’s ongoing housing affordability crisis. “As a

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August 15, 2022

City Council delays affordable housing bill as advocates push for action

As protesters and advocates pushed for immediate emergency action, City Council granted itself more time to debate one of the only bills currently on the docket meant to alleviate the city’s housing crisis. Tuesday night’s City Council meeting featured public comment fraught with frustration over rising rent prices and lack of workforce and affordable housing. Meanwhile, controversy surrounding the Keeping

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