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December 30, 2022

CSX contributes $100,000 to fight anti-semitism

Jacksonville-based CSX has announced a $100,000 donation to the Together Strong Community Fund to fight anti-Semitism in Northeast Florida. The Together Strong Community Fund was created in November by local insurance executive David Miller after a series of anti-Semitic messages popped up around downtown Jacksonville.   Miller committed $1 million to efforts to eradicate hate and encouraged other organizations to join

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December 30, 2022

St. Johns County may seek easements to rebuild dunes

St. Johns County officials are ready to discuss possible projects to rebuild sand dunes eroded by recent tropical storms. But if FEMA does renourish the sand dunes gouged out by Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, the county needs residents living along the coast in Ponte Vedra, South Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach to grant easements so the work can be

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December 30, 2022

Green Cove Springs police headquarters to be named in honor of late chief

The headquarters of the Green Cove Springs Police Department will be dedicated Thursday in honor of the late Chief Derek Asdot. The 49-year-old chief died from complications of COVID-19 in September 2021 after almost 20 years in the department, four of those as its leader. The building’s new name will be unveiled during a ceremony at 10 a.m. in front

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December 30, 2022

Jacksonville asks court to waive residency requirement for City Council candidates

The city of Jacksonville has asked a federal court on Wednesday to waive a requirement that City Council candidates live in their districts for six months before qualifying. All 19 council seats are up for election in March, including 14 districts and five at-large seats. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard struck down two of the City Council’s previous attempts at

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December 29, 2022

Gator Bowl mania returns with packed house

When the 78th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl kicks off Friday, it will feature a big crowd and marquee matchup as it did for so many years before the pandemic. Notre Dame and South Carolina kick off at 3:30 p.m. This year is the first time in 17 years that both Gator Bowl participants are ranked in the AP Top 25 —

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December 29, 2022

2,000-home community planned in St. Johns County

BTI Partners plans to build more than 2,000 single-family homes after acquiring 1,300 acres in northwest St. Johns County for $31.33 million on Tuesday. The property is on Greenbriar Road, also called County Road 210 West. It is between Veterans and Longleaf parkways. It’s the second deal in December for BTI, based in Fort Lauderdale. On Dec. 16, BTI paid

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December 29, 2022

Jacksonville ranks No. 2 among best Florida places to live

Forbes says Jacksonville is the second-best place to live in Florida, beating out Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and others. The Forbes study compared Florida metropolitan areas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.com, Economic Policy Institute, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to measure home affordability, employment opportunities and population growth. The ratings also took

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December 29, 2022

Jacksonville files appeal in redistricting fight

The long and winding road to a new map for a handful of Jacksonville City Council districts could go right up to the brink of candidate qualifying as the city urges a federal appeals court to override U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard and put in place boundaries that City Council recently approved. The city asked the 11th Circuit Court

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December 29, 2022

Southern Roots Filling Station is closing

The Southern Roots Filling Station will say farewell on Saturday after eight years at its storefront at 1275 King St. In a Facebook post, owners Mariah Goelz and husband Juan Pablo “JP” Salvat say the hardest decision they have ever made is to close the popular vegan restaurant. But due to the uncertainty of issues about their rent and the

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December 28, 2022

Fire-ravaged Grumpy’s Restaurant to reopen Monday

The fire started in the kitchen just hours after the popular Middleburg restaurant had closed that Jan. 19. Clay County firefighters quickly suppressed the flames that ate away at the interior of Grumpy’s Restaurant at 1805 Blanding Blvd. just before 8 p.m., but damage was extensive. Just under a year after fire ravaged the popular breakfast and lunchtime spot, the

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