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January 30, 2023

Black firefighters lose suit over Jacksonville’s shaving rules

Jacksonville firefighters challenged rules requiring them to be cleanshaven even if they had a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae, or PFB.

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January 25, 2023

Land deal saves Little Tiger Island for conservation

Nearly a square mile of marsh and uplands facing Fernandina Beach’s historic waterfront is being preserved.

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January 13, 2023

Sheriff T.K. Waters goes unopposed in election

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters retained his job unchallenged as the qualifying deadline for Duval County’s spring elections passed Friday.

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January 5, 2023

Bank settles lawsuit against founders of Celebration Church

Stovall and Kerri Weems, founders of Celebration Church, settled a lawsuit that argued the couple owed more than $700,000 on loans.

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November 21, 2022

Ian and Nicole washed away tons of Jacksonville’s beach

Jacksonville’s beaches lost about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, magnifying a need for shoreline renourishment that was already planned by 2024, a beach expert has concluded. Kevin Bodge, a longtime consultant for Jacksonville’s beach restoration projects, said he assessed the losses after walking about 10 miles of coastline between Mayport and the St.

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October 25, 2022

Duval Schools did better than most during pandemic

Duval County students’ fourth-grade test scores fell for both math and reading as part of a national slide blamed on interruptions of in-person schooling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, data released Monday by the U.S. Education Department showed. Eighth-grade math performance also dropped while reading improved minutely, essentially holding steady, said data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a

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October 17, 2022

Scientists have concerns about St. Johns River, report says

Data about the St. Johns River show “the need for concern in many aspects of the health of the river,” a yearly report from a team of environmental scientists concludes. The 2022 State of the River Report, a 300-plus page compendium of metrics about the river’s lower basin in Northeast Florida, highlighted problems including tributaries contaminated with fecal bacteria, long-term

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October 7, 2022

Land deal conserves 400 acres to buffer Camp Blanding from growth

A conservation nonprofit in Jacksonville has bought 400 acres of Clay County woodlands using government money budgeted to buffer military bases like Camp Blanding from development. The land near Florida 16’s juncture with Florida 21 abuts the site of a county-planned youth sports complex. The $3.4 million purchase was celebrated by the North Florida Land Trust as a step to

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October 4, 2022

Pastor loses legal appeal over muting at City Council meeting

An appeals court has affirmed a federal judge’s ruling rejecting a lawsuit by a Jacksonville pastor who was stifled while he delivered an invocation at 2019 City Council meeting. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said the Rev. R.L. Gundy’s complaint that his free-speech rights were violated “must fail,” although not for the reasons a judge in

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October 4, 2022

Court rules against Celebration Church founders

A Jacksonville judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit that Celebration Church’s founders filed over a church report accusing its former leader of fraud and enriching himself at the church’s expense. Deciding the case “would require this court to impermissibly entangle itself within matters of church governance,” Circuit Judge Marianne Aho wrote in an order that lets former Pastor Stovall Weems

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