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OPINION | More than a matter of choice 

Floridians will have an opportunity to restore reproductive freedom through a ballot amendment in November.…

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OPINION | Riverfront Plaza’s dizzying complications

Redeveloping the former Landing site is overly complicated, defies common sense, is too costly, and is taking too long.…

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Sen. Bob Graham, right, speaks during the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill and Offshore Drilling meeting on Sept. 27, 2010 | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
April 17, 2024

OPINION | Bob Graham’s legacy and its lessons for today

Graham was arguably the last of the great governors of the state, one who could talk to “old Florida” and…

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Speakers walk through the metal detector at Jacksonville City Hall on Dec. 13, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
April 15, 2024

OPINION | Jim Crow is enshrined in Florida law

This Friday, April 26, the state of Florida will celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, one of three official Confederate anniversaries that…

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The Laura Street Trio at Forsyth and Laura streets Downtown.
April 11, 2024

OPINION | If at first you don’t succeed

It’s tiresome for sure, this yearslong Laura Street Trio restoration project conversation.…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have proposed renovating EverBank Stadium into the "Stadium of the Future."
April 7, 2024

OPINION | Jacksonville deserves a stadium referendum

Why can’t Jacksonville taxpayers weigh in on the biggest capital obligation in local history?…

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April 4, 2024

OPINION | A pocketful of miracles: Are parks central to Northbank plan?

Are parks central to plans for Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank? Or are they an after-thought?…

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April 3, 2024

THE JAXSON | What does ‘withintrification’ look like? Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans is a model for withintrification that can be easily replicated along Jacksonville corridors…

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State Attorney Melissa Nelson announces the indictment of Shanna Gardner-Fernandez in August of 2023. | Dan Scanlan
April 1, 2024

OPINION | Will she or won’t she: Is State Attorney Melissa Nelson running for re-election?

Voters have a right to know if State Attorney Melissa Nelson is running for re-election in the judicial circuit covering…

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March 28, 2024

OPINION | The citizens who stopped, exposed the JEA scheme

Before we close the book on the JEA scandal, let’s celebrate those who stopped the behind-the-scenes sale effort and revealed…

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Mayor Deegan greets Vice President Kamala Harris in Jacksonville in July of 2023.
March 25, 2024

OPINION | Why the Deegan-Biden dynamic matters to Jacksonville this November

Mayor Deegan – who often talks about working across party lines – is going to be incentivized to be a…

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March 24, 2024

REVIEW | Jacksonville Zoo monkeys with menu to some fans’ displeasure

The Jacksonville Zoo says it took food “in a different direction that would allow us to maximize our mission through…

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San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the Super Bowl on Feb. 11, 2024 | AP Photo/Ashley Landis
March 24, 2024

SPORTS | More work left for Jaguars after free agency haul

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed eight veterans from other teams during free agency, so here are their needs heading into the…

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Ex-JEA CEO Aaron Zahn leaves federal court after his guity verdict on March 15, 2024. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
March 21, 2024

OPINION | Can’t get it out of my mind

With the federal conviction last week of JEA’s former CEO, our local morality tale about extreme self-interest at the public’s…

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A rendering of the proposed Preserve at Wards Creek | St. Johns Planning and Zoning Agency
March 18, 2024

OPINION | Affordable housing in Northern St. Johns faces familiar opposition

This affordable housing project is being used as a scapegoat for the previous sins in St. Johns County. …

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March 13, 2024

OPINION | The playground is the battleground 

We’re giving over the health, safety and the sanctity of public education to those who only have their own power…

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FILE - Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse (60) looks on during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Dec. 23, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. The Bills' salary cap-related purge of players cut deep into the team's core with veteran safety Jordan Poyer and center Morse being among five players the team announced it released Wednesday, March 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
March 11, 2024

SPORTS | Jaguars’ free agency start: activity or progress?

Despite talking about the need for a more physical offensive line, the Jaguars are keeping most of their starters.…

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Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley, left, celebrates his second touchdown catch with Christian Kirk, right, during the third quarter of an AFC South contest against the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars improved to 7-3 following a 34-14 win over the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 26, 2024

SPORTS | As NFL combine approaches, Jaguars’ needs are many

The NFL draft combine kicks off this Thursday in Indianapolis. What should the Jaguars focus on?…

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Ron Salem and Donna Deegan at her 2023 budget presentation
February 25, 2024

OPINION | The reality of divided government

For Mayor Donna Deegan and this City Council, it will take negotiation and the time-honored principle of “getting to yes”…

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February 20, 2024

OPINION | Southbank storage units are a bad deal

After repeated attempts, against significant community opposition, a self-storage proposal for a prime corner in Downtown’s Southbank is back.…

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A visit to Doro in Neptune Beach was Alphabet Challenge taker Rachel Monaco's 'D' pick | Rachel Monaco
February 19, 2024

‘X’ marks the spot where the Alphabet Challenge can go awry for Jacksonville diners

There are no rules for the Alphabet Challenge, except players can’t skip a letter. And in Jacksonville, it’s hard to…

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Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen celebrates a turnover during the first quarter of an Aug. 12, 2022 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars led 13-0 when both teams removed their starters. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 18, 2024

SPORTS | Key offseason decisions loom for Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars face several key decisions in the offseason after a disastrous second-half collapse.…

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Beyonce performs in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 4, 2016. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File
February 14, 2024

OPINION | Joy is not an afterthought

I write a lot about the ongoing injuries to Black people to connect the dots of history to this present…

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February 11, 2024

OPINION | Did white supremacists kill the Confederate monument bill?

If the bill is dead, thank the loud-mouthed racists who got it through the Senate’s head what monument-protection bills are…