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May 20, 2024

OPINION | Let the sunshine in: Local government’s transparency problem

Government is at a low ebb when it comes to accessibility, and in Jacksonville, you can find support for that…

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May 19, 2024

SPORTS | Jaguars get 2 in prime time with challenging schedule ahead

My predictions for every game on the 2024 Jacksonville Jaguars schedule, ending in a 10-7 record and wild card playoff…

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May 16, 2024

OPINION | Author’s Saturday talk should be a hotter topic

Author Jeff Goodell will speak Saturday at Jacksonville’s main library about his book, The Heat Will Kill You First.…

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The FBI Jacksonville is encouraging the public to report hate crimes. l Steven Ponson
May 14, 2024

OPINION | Jacksonville’s hate crime legislation is too broad

What this legislation really does is criminalize speech.…

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May 13, 2024

Scars of success: Trap House Chicken chef embraces kitchen mishaps  

It’s a given for Trap House chef Jamal Oakes that chefs are scarred: He would no sooner trust an unscarred…

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Riverfront Plaza, as seen from the top of the VyStar Credit Union headquarters on May 2, 2024. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 9, 2024

OPINION | Riverfront Plaza’s false choice

If we want Riverfront Plaza finished any time soon, we need to free Park East from the insanity of “Pad…

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City officials cut the ribbon on the LaVilla Link of the Emerald Trail this week
May 8, 2024

THE JAXSON | The year of the Downtown public space

At long last, several high-profile parks in Downtown Jacksonville have opened this year, with more on the way in the…

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May 5, 2024

OPINION | Remedial education: It’s time for an elected superintendent

It’s time for Jacksonville to consider a strong, elected superintendent model such as most counties in the state have. …

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Screenshot of the San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan 2016
May 2, 2024

OPINION | Don’t stop believing, even after Southbank storage approval

The public engagement on this issue by San Marco residents is something of a victory. And a chance to affect…

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April 30, 2024

THE JAXSON | A ride on Brightline

Operating between Miami and Orlando with a goal of potentially expanding to Tampa and Jacksonville, Brightline is the first privately…

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The Jaguars drafted LSU's Maason Smith, a defensive tackle, seen here at the NFL scouting combine in February. | (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 28, 2024

SPORTS | Did Jaguars get better in the draft?

The Jaguars’ draft looks good on one hand, but further inspection brings up some key questions.…

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Metropolitan Park as seen in April 2024 | Dan Scanlan
April 25, 2024

OPINION | Metro Park redesign is déjà vu all over again

If you missed the open house, it’s not too late to participate. Citizens may complete a survey about our revitalization…

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Fishweir Elementary is one of the schools that a consultant has floated as potentially ripe for closure and consolidation.
April 24, 2024

OPINION | School closures? Blame charters, state government and ‘choice’

I ask you to write your state representative and state senator to seek limitations on what charters can do and…

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Former Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is tackled by Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis during a 2022 home game. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
April 22, 2024

SPORTS | Zeroing in on the Jaguars’ draft targets

Will there be a man-to-man cornerback available to the Jaguars if they stay at 17 to make their first-round selection?…

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April 21, 2024

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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April 18, 2024

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…