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September 26, 2022

An ADAPT Q&A with Jay Stowe, CEO of JEA

Stowe fills us in on skyrocketing electricity bills, a failed solar project, JEA’s future energy mix and the status of Plant Vogtle, among other things.

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September 21, 2022

State law should protect Nassau Gullah/Geechee cemeteries, but lawmakers didn’t close loopholes

This is Part 2 of a two-part Jacksonville Today series. Read Part 1.  For decades, Madelyn Dinkins-Smith’s family members have been buried in Gross Cemetery in rural Nassau County. Her grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle are laid to rest in the rural plot in a Rayonier-owned forest — a place where some of them worked in logging for the timber

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September 20, 2022

Gullah/Geechee families fight to protect burial sites in Nassau County’s Wildlight development

This is Part 1 of a two-part Jacksonville Today series. Read Part 2.  Deep in the woods of Nassau County, on Rayonier-owned logging land near the St. Marys River, is a fenced-in area with a few dozen stakes in the ground. Each one marks a likely grave site. A “No trespassing” sign hangs on the gate.  This historic Gullah/Geechee cemetery, known

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September 16, 2022

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate. Appreciate. Educate. The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and numerous others in the region, will do all three for the next five weeks as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Duval County has more than 115,000 Hispanic residents. First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Monica Hernandez says Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to highlight the contributions of

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September 15, 2022

Jacksonville Sheriff debate: Waters highlights experience and Burton champions change 

Jacksonville sheriff candidates Lakesha Burton (D) and T.K. Waters (R) answered questions about crime, police misconduct, money and more during Thursday’s candidate debate hosted by Jacksonville Today and the Jacksonville Bar Association. It was their first public debate since the August 23 election, when Waters got 47% of the vote to Burton’s 33%. Because no candidate got more than half

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September 8, 2022

Jaguars, NFL kick off with newfound commitment to coaching diversity

The NFL realizes it has a coaching diversity problem and the Jaguars are actively addressing it. When the Jaguars kick off against the Washington Commanders on Sunday afternoon, the team will have 10 on-field assistant coaches who are minorities. It will also have a Black coordinator for the first time in a decade. The team’s commitment to making pathways for

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September 8, 2022

What’s next for the vacant MedMen in Five Points?

The vacant MedMen building in Five Points could be on the verge of sparking back to life, ending years of dead space on the most visible corner in the popular Riverside shopping and dining district. Jeff Morr, who owns the building at 1059 Park St., says he expects the dispensary to open soon and be operated by the Fort Lauderdale-based

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September 5, 2022

UNF alum leads Diversity in Business program to recruit more Black students

A Jax Today Q&A with Audrieanna Burgin Audrieanna Burgin could not resist coming home. Burgin is a Jacksonville native and University of North Florida alumna who lived on the Southside and other areas of town before graduating from what is now known as Riverside High School. She is beginning her first full academic year as the director of UNF’s Diversity

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August 31, 2022

Eastside gearing up for renaissance on its terms

Bobby Graham doesn’t trust the city of Jacksonville. The lifelong Eastside resident has seen too many promises go unfulfilled to put his faith in City Hall. But his confidence in the Eastside will never wane. He sees his once-thriving, predominantly Black neighborhood as sitting on the precipice of a renaissance. The community’s resistance to gentrification has spurred what community advocates

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August 28, 2022

Civil rights conference faces Jacksonville’s past, present and future: ‘It’s in your hands’ 

The inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference this past weekend explored how the city can move beyond its segregated history and stratified present. More needs to be done, the speakers said.  Education is key  Keynote speaker Johnnetta Betsch Cole said, “It’s not hyperbole, it is not an exaggeration when I say: The democracy in my country is under attack. And, most

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