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May 23, 2024

Florida is kicking off another hurricane tax-free holiday

The tax holiday will run from June 1 to June 14. It is timed with the start of the six-month…

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May 23, 2024

Just in time for a sweltering weekend: A heat risk forecast

The National Weather Service is launching a new heat risk forecast to warn people of potentially long durations of dangerous…

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May 22, 2024

Jax parks improving, but work remains, report says

A national nonprofit organization, the Trust for Public Land, ranked Jacksonville’s parks 69th of 100 cities nationwide — an improvement…

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May 22, 2024

HGTV’s ‘Dream Home’ sweepstakes has a winner

Maria Fratta, a schoolteacher in New York, won a new home in Anastasia Island, a Mercedes Benz and $100,000.…

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May 22, 2024

St. Johns County court clerk deploys overseas

Brandon Patty, clerk of the circuit court and county comptroller, is shipping out to support U.S. Navy contingency operations in…

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May 22, 2024

Archie the rhino recovering at zoo after tooth removal

Animal care experts came from around the state came to help remove Archie’s abscessed tooth at the Jacksonville Zoo and…

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May 22, 2024

JEA board approves $560,000 salary for interim CEO

The city reportedly is investigating whether Vickie Cavey’s hiring violated Florida’s Sunshine Law.…

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May 22, 2024

Panhandling law remains in effect — at least for now

A federal judge decided against a preliminary injunction that would have temporarily halted Jacksonville’s panhandling ban.…

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May 22, 2024

Task force backs St. Johns for Black history museum

St. Johns County was picked over competing proposals from Central Florida and South Florida.…

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May 22, 2024

Florida utilities grapple with unpredictable storms

The increased intensity and unpredictability of hurricanes is making storm preparation more difficult — and expensive.…

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May 21, 2024

Duval superintendent candidate shocked previous district with resignation

Questions remain about Christopher Bernier’s sudden departure from Lee County as he vies to be Duval superintendent.…

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May 21, 2024

New owners buy Five Points Theater; Sun-Ray to close

Union South Partners plans $2 million in renovations to the historic four-story building, but the new owners are not renewing…

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May 21, 2024

No more name in lights for Wells Fargo Center

The Wells Fargo sign Downtown will not be lighted again. The bank no longer carries signage rights to the building.…

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May 21, 2024

Jacksonville police officer shoots road rage suspect

The suspect led police on a chase after someone reported they were threatened with a gun near Interstate 95 and…

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May 21, 2024

Beach renourishment on hold in Jax Beach

The Army Corps of Engineers paused its monthslong beach renourishment project in Jacksonville Beach because of mechanical issues.…

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May 21, 2024

Infant mortality remains tragically high in Florida

Infant mortality among Black babies is double that of white babies, and the rate of births to mothers with no…

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May 20, 2024

Local hate crime bill called ‘cheap political pandering’

City Council member Terrance Freeman is opposing a proposed hate crime law in Jacksonville, calling it unnecessary and insulting to…

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May 20, 2024

Ponte Vedra Beach man accused of COVID PPE fraud

James Elliott Davis II was indicted on charges of enticing people to invest more than $7 million in a phony…

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May 20, 2024

Clay County voters can get elections information by text

The supervisor of elections has launched a new texting service that allows voters to access information or report issues 24/7.…

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May 20, 2024

School employee among 27 accused of soliciting children

A Duval school maintenance worker and a former professional baseball player are among the people arrested in an internet sting.…

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May 20, 2024

Jacksonville’s strip club law set for court hearing

A federal appeals court will consider whether it’s constitutional to bar dancers under age 21 in adult establishments.…

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May 20, 2024

Hugo Boss appears headed to Jacksonville

The city is reviewing a permit for a Hugo Boss store at St. Johns Town Center, in the space now…

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May 20, 2024

Sheriff Office reexamines teenage girls’ slayings

No leads ever emerged in the shootings of Jazmine Shelton, 13, and Megan Simmons, 14, on Aug. 10, 2013.…

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May 20, 2024

Court considers Jacksonville’s panhandling ban

The publisher of a newspaper benefiting the homeless says the law violates free speech rights.…

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May 17, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l What’s being built at Lem Turner Road and I-295?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why land is being cleared in Northwest Jacksonville.…

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May 17, 2024

JAX Chamber voices support for Jaguars stadium agreement

The chamber will lobby City Council members to approve what it calls “an incredibly important deal for the future of…

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May 17, 2024

The latest renovations at St. Johns Town Center

Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and Maggiano’s Little Italy all are expanding or rejuvenating their properties.…

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May 17, 2024

Japanese gastropub to open in Jacksonville Beach

The owners of Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi will bring a new concept when Izakaya Ko opens in June.…

Featured image for “EverBank and Jaguars want to extend naming rights”
May 17, 2024

EverBank and Jaguars want to extend naming rights

Pending approval by the city, the name of EverBank Stadium would remain in place through 2027.…

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May 17, 2024

Federal judge tosses part of Florida’s elections law

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blocked part of a 2023 law that restricts voter registration groups.…

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May 17, 2024

Former Nassau deputy pleads guilty to drug charges

James Hickox admitted to stealing marijuana and cocaine while working with the Drug Enforcement Administration.…

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May 16, 2024

Northside ‘huddle’ draws cautious optimism about ‘Stadium of the Future’

A community investment promise is helping sell the Stadium of the Future proposal, while Northside activists vow to oppose it.…

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May 16, 2024

Trauma survivors cheer their saviors at Memorial Hospital

Eight grateful patients reunited with teams at HCA Florida Memorial Hospital Jacksonville that saved their lives and in some cases…