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Up to 13 hurricanes predicted for 2024 season

The National Hurricane Center predicts 17 to 25 named storms this year, making the 2024 hurricane season one for the…

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More than a third of local families struggle, study says

Even households above the poverty line are living paycheck to paycheck as costs rise faster than wages, according to the…

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Duval Schools responds to criticism from state education commissioner

Interim Superintendent Dana Kriznar said the district has made several changes to keep students safe, and more are on the…

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Youth entrepreneurship camp geared for Northwest Jax teens

Youth Exposure Inc. will hold an eight-week camp for children and teens between 10 and 19 years old.…

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Christopher Bernier chosen as Duval Schools superintendent

The School Board said Bernier was the best choice to navigate Florida’s complex and sometimes politically charged education system.…

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Chairman resigns from school tax oversight committee

Chair Donald Green suggested Duval Schools is blocking the committee from operating independently.…

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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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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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Stadium operating costs: Current vs. proposed

An analysis of current cost sharing on day-to-day stadium operations, versus those proposed under a new deal between the Jacksonville…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ARTS PICKS | May 24-26

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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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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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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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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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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THE JAXSON | The Chitlin’ Circuit and barbecue in Jacksonville

While the Chitlin’ Circuit is generally recognized for its musical contributions to society, in honor of National Barbecue Month, barbecue…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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.…

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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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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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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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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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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…

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Nassau Schools sued over book’s removal

The co-authors of “And Tango Makes Three” allege the school district removed the book in violation of the First Amendment.…

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Eastside homeowners get help on utility bills

JEA and the city of Jacksonville won an $845,000 federal grant to make Eastside homes more energy-efficient.…

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Southbank high-rise approved for $58.79 million in incentives

Jacksonville City Council will consider the incentives after the Downtown Investment Authority recommended them this week.…

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Delores Barr Weaver donating $5 million to Sulzbacher

The money will be used for Sulzbacher’s Enterprise Village, a multibuilding expansion in Northwest Jacksonville. …

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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park to open June 27

The park honors the song written in the early 1900s by Jacksonville brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson.…

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Thousands offer ideas for World Golf Village

A public survey found that the IMAX Theater, dining and green space are the most popular uses of the property.…

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It seems rainy lately, but we’re actually drier than normal

April was the third consecutive month of below-average rainfall for parts of the St. Johns River Water Management District.…

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Rooftop restaurant proposed in Jacksonville Beach

Jax Beach Investment Holdings is seeking rezoning to build offices, retail and a second-story restaurant on Five Avenue North.…

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Diversity in Aquatics, Duval Schools and city parks partner to spread swimming skills

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children on the autism spectrum. And Black and Latino children are more…

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Cheers, skepticism at first ‘community huddle’ on Jags stadium renovation

A little over 150 people gathered at Mandarin High School to participate in the the first “community huddle” on the…

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More solar energy resources coming to JEA

The city-owned utility has reached an agreement with Florida Renewable Partners to develop three solar energy facilities in Jacksonville.…

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Hurricane Center begins to issue 7-day outlooks

Although hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, the National Hurricane Center begins its forecasts May 15 because storms often…

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Second Bronx House Pizza coming to St. Johns County

The business calls itself “an obsessively authentic” New York pizzeria. It operates another location in Nocatee and plans one in…

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Dick Mondell’s Burgers & Fries opens in Jax Beach

The Gainesville-based restaurant is a throwback to the beginnings of America’s love for hamburgers.…

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Two Mandarin Middle School staff accused of misconduct

A school police officer was arrested and a security guard fired after two unrelated incidents.…

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Options expand for people with intellectual differences

Pine Castle, a Jacksonville organization that serves people with special needs, recently opened up 200 new slots for people to…

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More details about the Jaguars’ stadium agreement

A presentation from the city illustrates the high points of a $1.4 billion deal to renovate EverBank Stadium.…

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$400k a ‘low budget’ in Northeast Florida housing hot spots

Families are getting priced out of high demand and higher-priced real estate hot spots in Duval County and St. Johns…

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THE JAXSON | Memory lane: Downtown’s Main Street in 1952

A visual trip back in time through Downtown Jacksonville’s Main Street in 1952.…

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Mayor, Jags unveil ‘Stadium of the Future’ proposal

Mayor Donna Deegan, the city’s chief negotiator and the Jags’ president pitched the plan to rehabilitate and renovate the municipal…

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‘Core-2-Coast’: Urban trail would lead to the beach

A survey is trying to assess whether residents want a walking and biking trail from the urban core to the…

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High school athletes might get paid for endorsements

The FHSAA is considering whether to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness — similar to college…

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Community meeting set on contested Chick-fil-A

Neighbors oppose a Chick-fil-A planned near the North Creek subdivision in North Jacksonville.…

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Affordable housing in the works on Westside

Ability Housing broke ground Monday on the Village at Cedar Hills, 90 apartments at Harlow Boulevard and 103rd Street.…

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ARTS PICKS | May 17-19

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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Panel begins to explore ways to spark Downtown

A special committe of Jacksonville City Council met for the first time as it tries to speed up Downtown development.…

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Red Lobster closes three Jacksonville restaurants

The chain’s decision to place Ultimate Endless Shrimp on the menu permanently caused $23.5 million in losses, reports say.…

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Heat risks increase for workers in the South, study says

After Florida lawmakers this year barred local heat protections for workers, a new study concludes that excessive heat puts their…

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Ascension hospitals are open despite ransomware attack

Ascension’s St. Vincent’s hospitals in North Florida are accepting patients as the health system works to restore its computer network.…

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Superintendent hopefuls answer questions from School Board, parents 

A public meet-and-greet capped off a day when superintendent hopefuls talked with the School Board and community stakeholders.…

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St. Augustine OKs Davenport Park carousel

St. Augustine’s “Carousel Park” has been without a carousel since 2019, but that’s about to change thanks to a local’s…

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Autonomous people movers could roll by June 2025

JTA says the first phase of its Ultimate Urban Circulator, or U2C, could carry people down Bay Street in a…

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Duval jail report calls for new public safety campus

The report suggests replacing the current jail with a new facility that has its own infirmary and separate buildings for…

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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls coming to Durbin Park

The Maryland-based chain intends to open in the St. Johns County shopping center along Race Track Road and State Road…

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BJ’s Wholesale Club plans store in St. Johns County

The proposed store is east of State Road 210 in Beachwalk, a master-planned community.…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Edward Waters commencement

Saturday’s Edward Waters University commencement was held Downtown because the HBCU’s gym can no longer fit its graduates.…

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#AskJAXTDY | Does Jacksonville get its money’s worth on EverBank Stadium?

With a new Jaguars deal pending, a Jacksonville Today reader asks about the city’s return on investment for the stadium.…

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sued over strip search

Ronnie Reed alleges his constitutional rights were violated when officers searched him on a public street during a drug investigation.…

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#AskJAXTDY | What is going on at J.P. Small Park?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why he sees dirt piles and construction equipment at J.P. Small Park.…

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Construction begins on new concourse at Jax airport

Concourse B will bring six new gates to the terminal, adding to the 20 on Concourses A and C.…

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Hotelier has big plans for St. Augustine high-rise

Jalaram Hotels of St. Augustine wants to turn the historic Cathedral Place into a luxury hotel with a parking garage.…

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Welcome FSCJ’s new mascot: the Manta Ray

The Manta Ray was chosen in a public vote among three potential mascots. The others were the kraken and the…

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Public pools in Duval, Clay, St. Johns set to open Memorial Day weekend

The unofficial start to summer will jump off with a splash as community pools in Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs and…

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Here’s the schedule of ‘community huddles’ on stadium deal

The city of Jacksonville has scheduled five public meetings to explain a long-awaited agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars to renovate…

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Ascension heath system hit with ‘cyber security event’

The situation is disrupting some systems and clinical operations across the country, Ascension said.…

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Crescent Beach body finally identified after 39 years

The body of Mary Alice Pultz was discovered in a sand dune in 1985, but her identity was unknown until…

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English Premier League soccer match coming to Jacksonville

The Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and West Ham United FC will play at EverBank Stadium at 7 p.m. July 27.…

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Retired Jags player plans Downtown restaurant

Marcus Stroud, a defensive lineman for the Jaguars from 2001 through 2007, plans to open Baby Got Brunch at 610…

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Severe storms possible in North Florida through Friday

Several rounds of potentially dangerous thunderstorms are forecast for parts of North Florida on Thursday and Friday. Winds could exceed…

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New Northside fire station could lower insurance costs

Homeowners in the Pecan Park area will get better protection and save possibly 50% or more on insurance with a…

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DIA expected to extend CEO’s contract next week

Lori Boyer has been CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority since 2019. Her contract is scheduled to end in June.…

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First-ever JaxReady Fest will set stage for hurricane season

The free festival includes informational sessions and interactive events. It runs Friday and Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.…

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St. Johns County to sell off surplus property this weekend

Items for sale include a number of pickup trucks and other vehicles as well as office equipment.…

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Strangers tag team CPR to save 2-year-old in pond

Bystanders and first responders resuscitated a girl who was discovered floating in a pond on Jacksonville’s Southside.…

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Tourists can still get free orange juice entering Florida

Free orange juice will continue to flow at interstate welcome centers despite a budget cut for promotional efforts.…

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Heat index could hit triple digits in Jacksonville

Temperatures this week could be the hottest of the year across the Sunshine State, hitting mid- to upper-90s in North…

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Wanted: Bus drivers for Duval Schools

Duval Schools needs about 50 new bus drivers and some mechanics this fall.…

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Shipyards West Park: Here’s what’s planned

The plans, 60% complete, include a cafe, open lawn for events, boardwalk, sports courts, kayak and boat rental, and more.…

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Sports foundation launched to bring events to Jax

The Jacksonville Sports Foundation will try to lure major sporting events to town. Meanwhile, the ASUN Conference is moving its…

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Roundabout nearly done at Edgewood and Roosevelt

State transportation officials say the project should improve traffic flow for drivers entering or exiting Roosevelt Boulevard.…

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Jaguars stadium deal to be revealed Tuesday

A long-awaited agreement on the Jaguars’ “Stadium of the Future” is ready to go to the City Council for review.…

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DeSantis signs bill increasing penalties for street racing

Rep. Kiyan Michael, a Jacksonville Republican, co-sponsored the bill. She said current penalities have not been a deterrent for many…

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Florida challenges feds on gender-affirming care

Florida says a federal health care rule clashes with the state’s efforts to restrict treatments for transgender people.…

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Home2 Suites hotel opens in Brooklyn area

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Downtown is an all-suites property at 600 Park St. Players Grille will open there…

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ARTS PICKS | May 10-12

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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2 Duval superintendent candidates advance as finalists 

The Duval County School Board selected two candidates Tuesday as the finalists in its search for a new superintendent.…

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Affordable housing plan denied near World Golf Village

Citing traffic concerns, the St. Johns County Commission voted against a 288-unit affordable housing proposal called The Preserve at Ward’s…

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Service dogs help law enforcement carry the load

First responders from around the First Coast gathered Tuesday to honor their station dogs as part of Mental Health Awareness…

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Hurricane Idalia gifted Florida with a flock of flamingos

Florida again has a flock of 101 wild American flamingos in several places, and Audubon Florida says there may be…

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X Games considers TV event at Jacksonville skate park

The X Games asked the city about staging a one-day Skateboard Street event this summer at the new Artist Walk…

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Baptist Health agrees to $1.5 million settlement

Baptist settled allegations from the federal government involving discounts offered to some Medicare beneficiaries.…

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Amelia recognized as ‘best island’ in US 

Amelia Island was selected in a survey by Global Traveler Magazine. It topped destinations like Maui and Hilton Head.…

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Jacksonville aims to curb its mental health issues

Mayor Donna Deegan announced three new programs to address Jacksonville’s higher-than-average mental health problems.…

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Bento restaurants close in Riverside and Jax Beach

The Bento location at the Markets at St. Johns Town Center remains open.…

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LaVilla Link goes green as first stretch of Emerald Trail opens

The first link in the 30-mile biking and walking trail opened Monday, the first step to connect parts of Downtown…

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Boathouse restaurant opens in Ponte Vedra Beach

The restaurant, which is in Merchants Plaza shopping center, serves upscale food in a casual setting.…

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Related Group high-rise resurfaces on Southbank

The plan calls for a 25-story tower with no fewer than 390 luxury units, a river-facing restaurant, a ship store…

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Hurricane Preparedness Week begins as 2024 season nears

The start of the 2024 hurricane season is less than a month away, and there are early indicators of an…

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House with MLK link is on the move in St. Augustine

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was photographed in the house after segregationists firebombed it and shot at it.…

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30 sailors and Marines injured off Jacksonville coast

A training incident involving two landing craft air cushions occurred about 100 nautical miles off the coast.…

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UNF explains arrests of pro-Palestinian protesters

Sixteen pro-Palestine supporters were arrested late Thursday after ignoring school demands to leave before a 10 p.m. deadline.…

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Florida’s finest: College grads share their inspiring stories

Graduates from Northeast Florida and around the state tell about overcoming challenges to achieve their dreams.…

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#AskJAXTDY l Does beach renourishment disturb sea turtles?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders if sea turtles are at risk when beaches are renourished during nesting season.…

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STDs hit record high rates in Florida

Duval County recorded the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in Northeast Florida.…

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Pinstripes and Putshack may come to Town Center

The two national operators would offer bowling, tech-infused miniature golf, and food and drink.…

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DeSantis signs credit union bill in Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s financial services industry could benefit from a bill that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Thursday at VyStar Credit Union headquarters.…

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Carousel might soon return in St. Augustine

One man’s journey to restore a carousel to “Carousel Park” got a step closer to reality Thursday.…

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Fried crustaceans will lure thousands to Fernandina

Some 150,000 people are expected to attend the 59th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival this weekend in Fernandina…

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State Road 16 to close for work in St. Augustine

The road will be closed Saturday through Tuesday between Lewis Speedway and Ponce De Leon Boulevard.…

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St. Johns County to host public budget workshops

The county aims to make its budget-setting process more transparent this year by making public workshops more accessible.…

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State defends North Florida congressional map

Attorneys say a previous plan, creating a majority Black district, was illegally based on race.…

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Kamala Harris assails Florida abortion law in Jacksonville

The vice president said the Heatbeat Protection Act, which took effect Wednesday, stripped 4 million women of reproductive freedom.…

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Florida’s ‘pro-corruption’ ethics bill sits in gubernatorial limbo

For eight weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken no action on a bill that would make it harder to file…

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Walmart is closing all 6 health centers on First Coast

Overall, Walmart will close 51 health centers in five states that have not made money.…

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St. Johns charity raises money to buy healthy food for seniors

Pie in the Sky is auctioning off artistic birdhouses in its annual For the Birds fundraiser.…

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7 things to know about Florida’s 6-week abortion law

Florida’s new law took effect Wednesday, banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.…

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ARTS PICKS | May 3-5

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend. Saturday The Art of…

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New Town residents question Duval Schools on proposed closures and teacher cuts

The Duval School District may need to eliminate up to 700 staff positions.…

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St. Augustine civil rights landmark wins $750,000 grant

Wade-ins at the St. Augustine Beach Hotel contributed to the passage of the national Civil Rights Act.…

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Corrections officer among 17 charged in Duval jail drug ring

Sheriff T.K. Waters said investigators got a tip that corrections officer Kobe Collett was smuggling drugs into the jail.…

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Jacksonville welcomes 40 new US citizens

More than 700 people watched as 40 people became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at First Coast High School.…

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Rise plans to start rebuilding Doro apartments this summer

The CEO of Rise: A Real Estate Company said the goal is to start construction about Aug. 1 with an…

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Students, sculpture and fun come together at the Cummer

The Arts for All camp provides exceptional hands-on art experiences for students with differing abilities.…

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UNF announces new fintech programs

The fintech programs will position students in one of Jacksonville’s most prominent economic sectors.…

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NAACP sets town hall meeting to discuss school closures

The interim superintendent and School Board president will be at the town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the…

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Duval school district rebuffs pressure to end relationship with Jacksonville Public Library

Amid the national “book ban” conversation, Duval school officials defended a longstanding connection with the Jacksonville Public Library.…

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Wells Fargo Center is now called 1 Independent

New owners are talking with two financial institutions about the name atop the building.…

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Duval Schools could cut 700 teachers and staff

The Duval Teachers Union will try to find positions for employees whose jobs are eliminated.…

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2 from Jax among protesters arrested at UF

Nine pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested late Monday after occupying a campus plaza for days.…

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Voter registration groups scale back after new restrictions

A state law that took effect last July increased fines for voter registration groups, and some elections offices say they’ve…

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Florida’s 6-week abortion ban takes effect Wednesday

Until the law changes, abortions are allowed in Florida up to 15 weeks. The change has people on both sides…

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New committee seeks answers on Downtown development

Jacksonville City Council President Ron Salem is creating a special committee to examine the work of the Downtown Investment Authority.…

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EV racers from Florida zip around FSCJ course

With electric cars becoming more popular, automotive technology students race for fun and knowledge in the Electrathon of Florida.…

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Beach renourishment begins along Duval shoreline

The beach restoration is the first in Duval County since 2019. The federal government pays the $32 million cost.…

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Cooper’s Hawk applies for permit in Mandarin

Cooper’s Hawk opened its first Northeast Florida restaurant at The Markets at Town Center.…

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Tunis appears set to replace Panda House in Riverside

Panda House has been in business 20 years but will close April 30 at Post and King streets.…

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Sea turtle nesting season begins this week

Local governments and environmental agencies are asking people to take precautions so nesting turtles aren’t deterred.…

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Plant Vogtle Unit 4 goes online, providing power to JEA

JEA says about 13% of its customers’ power is now supplied from Plant Vogtle’s Units 3 and 4 in Waynesboro,…

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When private pilots falter, air controllers are saviors of skies

On the ground, air traffic controllers are average people, exposed to the threat of emotional trauma in one of the…

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Duval Schools apologizes for errors over arrested teacher

The district acknowledged that a teacher at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts should have been removed his classroom immediately.…

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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to close one year for renovations

Work will begin soon on $11 million worth of renovations that will enlarge the stage and seating.…

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Worker safety stressed as nine who died are honored

The Northeast Florida Safety Council says worker deaths are preventable with proper training and practices.…

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JEA shines a light for people considering solar power

JEA has a new program, the Solar Concierge, that helps customers who want to add solar panels to their rooftops.…

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Jury urges death penalty in Nassau deputy’s murder

Convicted killer Patrick McDowell made an unusual statement saying he deserved a death sentence.…

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Weather Service debuts experimental ‘heat risk’ index

The Heat Risk Index identifies unusual heat for individual locations, matching data on heat illnesses with temperatures.…

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Fuel storage plan may track west, to a different neighborhood

Dinsmore residents managed to drive away a proposed bulk fuel storage yard, but the plan could pop up in another…

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Jacksonville man sentenced for hate crimes on Black women

Frederick Pierallini III pleaded guilty to accosting two Black women with a shotgun in separate hate crimes.…

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St. Johns invites residents to learn about local government

The county is starting SJC 101, a citizen’s academy to educate people about how their government works.…

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Kamala Harris headed to Jacksonville in abortion push

The vice president will campaign here Wednesday as Democrats try to make abortion a key issue in the 2024 elections.…

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Jaxport gets federal grant to reduce truck emissions

The Talleyrand Marine Terminal is one of two port facilities in Florida that will share more than $8 million to…

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Groups seek new review of North Florida redistricting

Voting rights groups say a plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was racially motivated.…

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Wells Fargo Center sold to New York company

The tower, one of Jacksonville’s signature buildings, was sold with two parking garages for a combined $46.35 million.…

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In Florida, an exodus from anti-immigrant sentiment

Florida’s tough immigration law has led many immgrants to flee the state. Those who remain live in fear.…

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Windows smashed at 10 San Marco businesses

The smash-and-grab incidents caused about $29,000 in damage plus some stolen merchandise, police said.…

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Roger Bansemer and Lynyrd Skynyrd join Florida Artists Hall of Fame

Bansemer is renowned for his public television series “Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer.” Skynyrd is known as…

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Former Douglas Anderson teacher pleads guilty

Jeffrey Clayton admitted to touching a teenage student and uttering romantic feelings about her.…

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Stadium deal could be ready by mid-May

City Council President Ron Salem says a series of public meeting then will be held to gather input on the…

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Newfangled roundabout planned in Murray Hill

The Florida Department of Transportation plans an unusual bean-shaped roundabout with train tracks running through the middle of it.…

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Fans urge Jacksonville council to preserve Sun-Ray Cinema

Sun-Ray is a tenant of the Five Points Theatre building, which is in line to be sold.…

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ARTS PICKS | April 26-28

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday  OVERDU: The Art…

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Qualifying period begins for Florida congressional races

A lawsuit over a North Florida congressional district continues to work its way through the courts.…

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Controversial San Marco storage project gets City Council OK

The 10-story building will include affordable housing, retail and a self-storage element, much to the frustration of many residents.…

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THE JAXSON | Neighborhoods: St. Nicholas

A virtual tour of one of Jacksonville’s oldest urban neighborhoods: St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas History Located across the river from…

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Torch Run raises $3,300 for Special Olympics

The annual law enforcement run raised money for Special Olympics athletes who will compete at the state Summer Games in…

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St. Augustine breathes life into neglected West City

The City of St. Augustine agreed April 22 to give some TLC to West City, a part of town that…

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Jacksonville cop accused of crashing cruiser and fleeing

Officer John Burr was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries. He has resigned from the Jacksonville…

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Battling hate crime: City leaders aim to triple penalties

New legislation in Jacksonville could triple fines and jail time for people who commit hate crimes.…

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Jax dog shelter is desperate for foster homes

Animal Care and Protective Services needs foster homes for 60 dogs by Wednesday as repairs are made to the shelter’s…

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Nonprofit may hold key to Duval literacy gaps

Students have improved their reading accuracy and comprehension after tutoring from READ USA, a literacy group based in Jacksonville.…

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Six semifinalists picked for Duval Schools superintendent

Five men and one woman are semifinalists for superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.…

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Video games could become a high school sport in Florida

The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering whether to sanction competitive video gaming, or esports, as an official sport.…

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Mom’s emotional plea opens Victims’ Rights Week

Rose DeVoe spoke about her son’s slaying as Jacksonville kicked off events for Crime Victims’ Rights Week.…

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That call you got from the IRS may be a scam

The number of impersonation scams reported in Florida has increased 84% per capita in five years, FBI data shows.…

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One-way Downtown streets returning to two-way traffic

Construction has begun to reconfigure Forsyth and Adams streets as they were decades ago.…

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Why some retired Floridians are returning to work

Many seniors are finding they must work to keep up with inflation, house prices, insurance rates and home maintenance costs.…

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One benefit of ‘attainable housing’ in St. Johns? Less traffic

High home prices are forcing St. Johns County workers to live further from where they work. That inflates traffic, experts…

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St. Augustine in driver’s seat for Florida Museum of Black History

The Florida Museum of Black History Task Force named St. Augustine as one of its top three locations to house…

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St. Augustine man sets himself on fire outside Trump trial

The 37-year-old man scattered leaflets promulgating anti-government theories and then doused himself with an accelerant.…

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Florida kids may qualify for free swimming lessons

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill creating a swimming lesson voucher program. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson…

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Ex-cop in sex case now faces federal charge

Josue Garriga III, a former officer at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is accused of using a cellphone to coerce a…

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Black history museum backers escape bus fire on I-10

No one was seriously hurt as the group headed to Tallahassee to lobby for a Florida Museum of Black History…

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Plans for animal processing plant withdrawn

Prestige Properties withdrew the application after dozens of residents in Northwest Jacksonville voiced opposition to the project.…

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Costco wants to add fuel pumps at Town Center store

The members-only club is proposing 12 fuel pumps with 24 fueling stations at 4901 Gate Parkway.…

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Publix redoing stores around Jacksonville

Publix Super Markets Inc. regularly renovates and rebuilds its stores. Here are two projects in the works in Jacksonville.…

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Photography couple earns Miss Aggie award in Mandarin

The award, named after one-time Postmistress Agnes Grace Jones, will honor photographers Olis and Jo Garber for their contributions to…

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Politifact FL: Migrants were not secretly flown to Florida with taxpayer money

A parole program for migrants from Latin American countries has been the target of misinformation online.…

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Northside fuel depot a no, but search for new Jacksonville site raises explosive questions

The search for a new fuel farm site could have countywide ramifications after a Northside proposal was withdrawn this week.…

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Soccer group considers Sears site at Regency for stadium

Sporting Club Jacksonville wants to acquire the closed Sears property for a new professional soccer operation.…

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Hundreds of kittens land at Jax Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society is asking for the public’s help after an influx of kittens in the past month.…

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DeSantis signs bill allowing chaplains in public schools

Parental pemission will be required for children to participate in counseling by volunteer chaplains.…

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Douglas Anderson teacher accused of indecent exposure

Chris Allen-Black, an algebra teacher, was arrested in Orange County on the misdemeanor charge.…

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Public offers suggestions to ‘reimagine’ Metro Park

The city is seeking suggestions on how to develop the riverfront park into a “part of the everyday experience.”…

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Berkman II auction may be back on

A judge this week dismissed a bankruptcy filed by the Berkman’s former developer, which clears the way for the auction…

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Classic motorcycle show rolls to new site at car museum

The 24th annual Riding Into History Motorcycle Concours is set for Saturday at the Classic Car Museum of St Augustine.…

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Home prices in Jacksonville doubled in just 7.9 years

Home prices have skyrocketed across the country lately, and a study by Point2 looked at where prices doubled the fastest. If you have…

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Freed Jacksonville man sues after 44 years in prison

Willie Williams filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Jacksonville, Duval County and detectives from the Jacksonville…

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More families desperate for food than during the pandemic

Feeding Northeast Florida says it is distributing 17% more food now than during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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DeSantis signs bill for anti-communism lessons in schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a measure that will lead to the history of communism being taught in grades…

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Sargassum buries beaches and threatens tourism

Deep piles of sargassum, normally stuck out in the Atlantic Ocean, are finding a way to foul many Florida beaches…

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#AskJAXTDY l Riverfront Plaza design questions

We answer: Where will people park at Riverfront Plaza? & Will the park will be built on a concrete platform?…

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New college survey probes students’ political views

The voluntary survey is loaded with ideological political questions, including: Is it hard to be friends with people who voted…

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Building owner responds to Sun-Ray Cinema rumors

Rumors spread on social media this week about the possible sale and demolition of the Sun-Ray Cinema building.…

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Oceanway waits for decision on proposed Chick-fil-A

A new traffic study caught people by surprise, and a public hearing was pushed back to June 4.…

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ARTS PICKS | April 19-21

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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Southbank self storage, affordable housing plan wins over zoning committee

City Council members on the Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday narrowly endorsed a rezoning request that could…

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Duval parents plead to keep their schools open

Nearly a dozen parents spoke to the School Board on Tuesday, but school officials stressed again that no decisions are…

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St. Johns County ranks first for Black history museum

The county is among four finalists statewide for the new museum and will present its case to a state task…

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THE JAXSON | The drive-in theatres of Jacksonville

For 69 years, drive-in movie theaters entertained generations of Jaxsons. Today, their remnants are hard to find in the city’s…

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St. Johns County needs four new fire stations

County commissioners approved plans Tuesday to build four new fire stations and other public safety buildings.…

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DeSantis returns to Jax to sign limits on textbook challenges

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will limit challenges to schoolbooks and ease the process for charter schools to…

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St. Johns County to buy World Golf Village property

The St. Johns County Commmission voted to buy a chunk of World Golf Village for $5.5 million, but plans for…

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Beaches leaders fight to preserve schools

Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach city councils voted to oppose the closure or consolidation of schools in their communities.…

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#AskJAXTDY l Will a remodeled stadium be climate-friendly?

Both the Jaguars and the city have publicly pledged to include green initiatives and resiliency efforts into their agreement to…

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Gunfire hits school bus carrying children in Hogan’s Creek

The school bus apparently got caught in the crossfire of a gun battle near UF Jacksonville. No children were hurt.…

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Buildings will rise soon at RiversEdge on Southbank

RiversEdge: Life on the St. Johns will include townhouses, retail, restaurants, office space, a hotel, a public marina and park…

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Former VyStar headquarters will become charter school

IDEA Public Schools says the elementary school will open in August 2025, the third IDEA school in Jacksonville.…

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Interim CEO appointed to replace departing Jay Stowe

JEA veteran Vickie Cavey was appointed as interim CEO after Jay Stowe resigned in a “mutual decision” with the Board…

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Education chief visits Raines to tout Bright Futures scholarships

Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. wants to ensure that students know their options for attending college.…

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FSCJ gets $1.5 million to train people with unique abilities

The grant will fund a multiyear program to educate students with unique abilities and match them with jobs in Jacksonville.…

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St. Johns County considers buying World Golf Village

The County Commission on Tuesday will discuss a $5.5 million plan to buy the majority of the property.…

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Laura Street Trio project still has a chance

A Downtown Investment Authority committee opted not to recommend closing the door on conversations with the developer.…

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St. Johns County residents pick up pieces after tornado

A 100-mph tornado blew through two neighborhoods Thursday, damaging roofs, window and trees.…

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DeSantis in St. Augustine to sign law enforcement bills

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed laws that govern police review boards and prevent people from harassing police officers.…

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Plans filed for Baptist Medical Center at Seven Pines

The health care system proposes two buildings totaling 120,000 square feet at southeast Butler Boulevard and Interstate 295.…

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State warns of wildfire risk despite wetter winter

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said people should limit debris on their properties as wildfire season begins.…

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Cummer and The Links bring arts to Northwest Jax students

Art can help people overcome emotions they do not realize are present. That was one of the motivations of staff…

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What’s behind the influx of tacos in Northeast Florida?

Beyond the dining preferences of consumers, the growth of taco restaurants may be a function of restaurant economics.…

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JEA CEO to resign after four years on job, sources say

CEO Jay Stowe has been under public pressure since reports that some decision-makers at the utility did not live in…

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Putnam jail director on leave after complaint

Maj. Scott Surrency was put on leave Tuesday during an internal investigation and audit.…

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Girls can be firefighters too; new day camps show the way

Registration will be Saturday for two one-day camps in St. Augustine, designed for middle school girls.…

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Jax Beach considers options to stem unruly crowds

The city may crack down on unauthorized events after three shootings on St. Patrick’s Day.…

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Tornado damages homes in St. Johns County

An apparent tornado damaged fences, windows and playground equipment Thursday morning near World Golf Village.…

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Autonomous EV maker may be eyeing Jacksonville

Jacksonville is recruiting an unidentified company code-named Project Link. The description matches Holon, a spinoff of Benteler Automotive in Germany.…

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Former Latitude 360 owner sent to prison over taxes

Brent Brown was sentenced to 30 months for failing to send the IRS money withheld from employees’ paychecks.…

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Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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Residents call for more green space at Riverfront Plaza

Participants at a community discussion urged the city to reconsider plans for residences and a restaurant at the new riverfront…

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At dawn of huge stadium deal, Jax commission sees ‘pattern’ of lax contract oversight

Commissioners want to know how to help the city tackle what they view as repeated shortcomings in enforcing contracts.…

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Embattled Laura Street Trio may have hit a dead end

City Council member Jimmy Peluso says it is time to explore taking the buildings by eminent domain.…

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Severe storms and flash flooding possible on Thursday

As storms track across the state, the squall line will be capable of generating damaging wind gusts or 60 mph…

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Muslims in Jacksonville celebrate end of Ramadan

More than 7,000 people gathered inside the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place for an Eid al-Fitr celebration.…

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Jacksonville pledges $10M for affordable housing

The city says the money would jump-start a loan fund for developers that could lead to more than 1,000 new…

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Federal judge blocks restriction on teacher pronoun use

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida violates a teacher’s First Amendment rights by restricting which pronouns she can…

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Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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ARTS PICKS | April 12-14

A piano show at the Beaches, folk festival in St. Johns County and celebration of female artists and dancers are…

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Review board backs mixed-use storage project on Southbank

The Downtown Development Review Board recommended approval of a controversial development that includes housing and self-storage.…

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THE JAXSON | 5 Arab American historic sites in LaVilla

Starting with the arrival of the first immigrants in the 1890s, Arab Americans have had a major impact on the…

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First new hotels in years open near Jacksonville airport

Tru by Hilton opened in February, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott plans to debut in May.…

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Jacksonville among hottest labor markets in US

A monthly survey of Jacksonville area manufacturers indicates that businesses expect to expand their payrolls.…

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Leaders fight possible closure of Atlantic Beach Elementary

Duval County Public Schools is considering a recommendation to close 37 schools across the county.…

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Former Jax residents get 10-15 years for son’s school shooting

James and Jennifer Crumbley are believed to be the first parents of a mass school shooter to have been charged…

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Abortion ballot issue might not end legal fights

Three Supreme Court justices warned about legal fights if the abortion rights amendment passes in Florida.…

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Assessing Jacksonville’s health insurance campaign

The Get Covered Jax program signed up nearly 41,000 people for health insurance, but it trailed other large metro areas…

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ICARE lays murder toll at sheriff’s doorstep

ICARE again implored Sheriff T.K. Waters to adopt the Group Violence Intervention program to stem murders in Jacksonville.…

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Ex-trooper faces prison for drugs, firearms and fraud

Joshua Grady Earrey pleaded guilty to federal drug and fraud charges. A related investigation of former Nassau County Sgt. James…

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JTA proving to be an alternative to school buses

The My Ride to School program has exceeded expections as Duval Schools wrestles with transportation costs.…

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Public parking reopens at Mickler’s Landing

Beach restoration is expected to be completed by early August in Ponte Vedra Beach.…

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Jacksonville police officers disciplined for strip search

An internal investigation concluded that two officers violated policy when they pulled down a man’s pants on a public road…

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State Attorney Melissa Nelson files for reelection

Nelson filed for election to a third term in the 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties.…

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Food and drink businesses seek incentives Downtown

Three dining and drinking establishments are on the agenda for a Downtown Investment Authority committee.…

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The solar eclipse: Here’s what we’ll see in Jacksonville

People in Northeast Florida will see about 70% of the sun’s disc missing — like a bite out of a…

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Forecasters predict ‘very, very busy’ hurricane season

Researchers at Colorado State University are projecting 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes, including five major hurricanes.…

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DeSantis: ‘This state will start to smell like marijuana’

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Thursday at proposed constitutional amendments that would protect abortion rights and legalize recreational marijuana.…

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What’s going on at Riverfront Plaza? 

Park plans include two different businesses that will both serve food: a “cafe” and a “restaurant.”…

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Live in St. Johns? Your kids may be Terrapins or Sasquatches

Two new K-8 academies are opening in St. Johns County next school year, and the schools finally have mascots.…

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A.L. Lewis fund sparks Black philanthropy with first grants

The A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact fund announced grants toward health, education and economic development in predominantly Black neighborhoods.…

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Wheel-to-wheel go-kart racing helps longtime charity

The annual Jacksonville Grand Prix, featuring professional and amateur drivers, raises money for Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.…

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Staff turns thumbs down on Southbank storage facility

A staff report for the Downtown Development Review Board recommends that a rezoning request be denied.…

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Pigs, snow cones, traffic jams: It’s fair time in Clay County

The Clay County Agricultural Fair opens Thursday, with up to 200,000 people expected this year.…

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ARTS PICKS | April 5-7

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday Bab’s Lab Grand…

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Six issues headed to the November ballot

Floridians will consider six proposed constitutional amendments including abortion rights, recreational marijuana and partisan school board elections.…

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HGTV ‘Dream Home’ finally gets OK in Anastasia Island

After months of back and forth with the builder, the St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board approved the HGTV ‘Dream…

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Jacksonville appoints first Hispanic outreach coordinator

Mayor Donna Deegan appointed Yanira “Yaya” Cardona to build a bridge between the city and the Hispanic community.…

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Publix plans to hire 150 at new warehouse

The grocer is developing a frozen foods warehouse in West Jacksonville that will serve Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.…

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Permit issued for cafe at new Riverfront Plaza

The city issued a permit to build the cafe’s shell on the former Jacksonville Landing site. Interior work will be…

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Jacksonville woman finds squatters in her home

Patti Peeples helped prompt a tougher Florida law against people who move into homes and refuse to leave.…

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US 17 bridge to close Thursday at Florida-Georgia line

The historic St. Marys Bridge on U.S. 17 will be closed for inspections from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…

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#AskJAXTDY l Was it cheaper to open a fire station in a renovated home?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders how much it would have cost to build a new marine fire station instead of…

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Planned Parenthood prepares for 6-week abortion ban

Centers in North Florida and elswhere have been working for months to strengthen partnerships with health centers in other states.…

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Duval consolidates 2 elementary schools, but gives parents extra year to prepare

R.V. Daniels Elementary in Northwest Jacksonville will be consolidated with R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy after the 2024-25 school…

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St. Johns County spends big on parks

One of Florida’s fastest growing counties is making a big investment in new parks and trails.…

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Strong spring storm system moves toward Jacksonville

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to move toward Jacksonville near sunrise Wednesday, with a slight possibility of 60…

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Advocates bring awareness to rampant sexual violence

Dozens of community leaders gathered Tuesday to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Jacksonville.…

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Jax Beach decides against moratorium on events

City Council rejected an ordinance that would have put a moratorium on special event permits in response to three shootings…

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After 28 years, the murder of a Jacksonville mom is solved

A man in North Carolina has been arrested in the slaying of 31-year-old Valerie Ames in 1996.…

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Jacksonville panel seeks more multifamily housing

A City Council committee took a preliminary step Monday toward identifying areas that are suitable for higher-density housing.…

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Democrats could benefit from abortion and marijuana votes

The two issues are widely expected to boost turnout among voters who feel strongly about both matters, particularly suburban women…

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Florida voting advocates fight to keep voting rolls accurate

Florida left the Electronic Voter Registration System last year. Now an election watch group says ERIC was the best way…

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Voters will decide whether to guarantee abortion rights

The Florida Supreme Court approved an abortion rights amendment for the ballot, but the court also allowed a six-week abortion…

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Recreational marijuana is going on the ballot

A divided Florida Supreme Court approved placing a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.…

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Tell St. Johns County what’s on your mind

St. Johns County and the St. Augustine Police Department want residents to share their opinions this month in two online…

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ARC opens home for people with intellectual disabilities

The ARC Jacksonville created The Lodges to provide independent living along with mental health support.…

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Sheriffs tout arrests by sex trafficking task force

A multicounty sex crimes task force has made 31 arrests and investigated hundreds of tips since it was created a…

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Watch out: Gator mating season is approaching

Alligator “courtship” begins in early April, followed by mating season in May or June. Gators can become more aggressive at…

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Fresh Market seeks to add spirits in Ponte Vedra Beach

Plans show The Fresh Market plans to add a coffee bar and also requests approval for the on-site sale and…

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Jumpin’ Jax closes Downtown as it searches for new site

The resaurant intends to reopen in another Downtown location in the central city or the Gateway Jax area of the…

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Jacksonville Zoo elephant recovering after dental surgery

Ali, an African elephant once owned by musician Michael Jackson, had complex surgery to move the last part of his…

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Mayor signs Heroes Act to help city employees in military

The Heroes Act triples the amount of time the city wil pay employees who are called for duty overseas.…

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Jacksonville in ‘good position’ for UF semiconductor facility

Mayor Donna Deegan said Jacksonville is a leading contender to land the Florida Semiconductor Institute.…

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Business center planned after outcry against liquor store

The city purchased the site in Brentwood after neighbors rallied against plans for a liquor store across from KIPP Voice…

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Record-setting hurricane season forecast for 2024

AccuWeather says there are signs the first named system could appear before hurricane season kicks off in June.…

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Supreme Court decisions likely Monday on abortion and pot

The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana should appear on the ballot.…

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UF graduate campus gets green light in Jacksonville

The Florida Board of Governors approved plans for a University of Florida graduate campus Downtown.…

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Jacksonville police officer jailed in sex case involving teen

Josue Garriga III is the same deputy who was cleared in the fatal shooting of Jaime Johnson in 2019.…

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Federal court rejects challenge to North Florida redistricting

The judges said plaintiffs failed to show the Legislature was discriminating when it eliminated a majority-Black congressional district in North…

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Judge to consider Florida’s school pronoun restrictions

A lawsuit contends the restrictions violate a federal civil rights law and the First Amendment.…

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The squeeze drought: Fresh OJ is disappearing in Florida

Housing development and citrus greening have had a devasting effect on Florida’s citrus industry.…

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Marine fire station opens in renovated Mandarin home

Marine Fire Station 68 is situated in an area that has needed marine and shoreline fire protection for years.…

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Former Clay County manager will head tourism district

Stephanie Kopelousos will lead the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which oversees an area dominated by Walt Disney World properties.…

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ARTS PICKS | March 29-31

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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City’s oldest art festival returns this weekend in Mandarin

The Mandarin Art Festival has been an Easter weekend tradition in Jacksonville for more than five decades.…

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Adult changing tables now required for some businesses

Individuals with disabilities and parents of disabled children advocated for legislation approved by the Jacksonville City Council.…

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City Council approves $10 million for EverBank Stadium

The money will be used for preconstruction design and engineering services for the stadium’s proposed renovation.…

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JEA raises rates, but bills could fall

Although electric rates are rising, bills could fall because the cost of fuel for power plants has declined.…

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Severe storms and flooding threaten North Florida

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will be possible all day Wednesday before showers move out of the area Thursday.…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter welcomes first new Deltas in a decade

After 10 years, the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta welcomed new members in front of a cross section…

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USS Orleck celebrates 2nd anniversary as Jax Naval Museum with historic refit

Two years after the 79-year-old destroyer found its new home on the St. Johns River, the Orleck has new displays…

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MOSH gets $10 million boost from CSX for new museum

The donation is the largest yet in a campaign to build a new Museum of Science & History on the…

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Sex offender who hacked Jumbotron gets 220 years

Samuel Arthur Thompson was sentenced for hacking into the Jaguars’ Jumbotron, possessing child pornography and failing to register as a…

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Dames Point Bridge protected against collision, mayor says

Protective “dolphins” around the Dames Point Bridge are meant to prevent a collapse like the one in Baltimore, says Mayor…

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THE JAXSON | 4 influential Jacksonville women of the 19th century

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are four women who were influential in Jacksonville during the 19th century.…

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Home sales may carry smaller commissions

A lawsuit settlement could result in commissions falling to 3% or 4% compared with 5% to 6% now.…

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Jacksonville airport hits record for travel in March

Spring break and the Players Championship led to the airport’s biggest week in history.…

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Realtors and lodging industry clash over vacation rentals

Jacksonville Beach Vice Mayor Sandy Golding said proposed changes would make it problematic for local officials to ensure visitors are…

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Youth coaches now must undergo CPR training

A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis requires coaches at public K-12 schools to get CPR training every two…

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World of Beer could return in Southpoint area

The restaurant on Butler Boulevard could reopen this summer under a new franchisee, Jay Patel.…

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Two dead in St. Augustine plane crash

A small plane crashed in the woods while trying to return to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport shortly after takeoff.…

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DeSantis comes to Jacksonville to sign social media limits on kids

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB3 at Cornerstone Classical Academy, banning children younger than 14 from having social media accounts.…

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St. Augustine seeks a name for new park

Work is continuing to create a park on an empty city lot at Weeden and DeHaven streets. The question now…

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Carnival will continue to cruise from Jax through 2026

Jaxport on Monday extended its agreement with Carnival Cruise Line, which sails the Elation from Jacksonville to the Bahamas.…

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Cellphones could be banned for Duval students

School Board member April Carney said she will propose a ban on cellphone use during the school day so students…

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Foreclosure auction canceled for Berkman II site

PB Riverfront Revitalization filed a bankrupcy petition Friday, three days before the property was scheduled to be auctioned.…

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Rents rising faster in Jacksonville than most of US

The asking price for an apartment in Jacksonville rose 8.2% in the past year, the sixth-largest increase among 50 cities…

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DeSantis signs bill easing teen work restrictions

The bill will ease decades-old regulations on the hours that 16- and 17-year-old Floridians can work.…

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New Berlin Road widening worries some residents

Residents are worried about traffic flow during a road construction project in the Oceanway community.…

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#AskJAXTDY l Why can’t I vote at any polling place on Election Day?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why voters can’t cast their ballots at any polling location, the same as they can…

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Florida justices turn down challenge to sports betting

The Florida Supreme Court said opponents of the Seminole Tribe’s gambling agreement were taking the wrong approach to challenge it.…

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St. Johns County issues permits for Bass Pro Shops

The store is planned on vacant land along World Commerce Parkway south of Buc-ee’s and Costco Wholesale.…

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Storage project on Southbank returns with new plan

The proposal has attracted staunch opposition from residents, and a new version faces “very strong headwinds.”…

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Search for missing Putnam boy ends in tragedy

Mason Newstead, a 4 year-old child with special needs, was found dead in the St. Johns River, about a block…

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Push underway to expand Medicaid in Florida

Advocates are pushing a proposed state constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility.…

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Miami Beach may hold lessons for Jax Beach violence

Miami Beach launched an aggressive crackdown on spring break after a string of violence in recent years.…

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$20k for homebuyers up for grabs under Ameris redlining settlement 

More than 300 Jacksonville area families are going to receive $20,000 apiece as part of a regional bank’s settlement with…

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Jacksonville works to comply with new homeless law

Mayor Donna Deegan says the law adds urgency to efforts the city has already begun to get people off the…

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St. Johns County beach renourishment delayed

Closures will start soon at Mickler’s Landing as part of St. Johns County’s $40 million beach renourishment project.…

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Heavy rain headed toward Florida starting Friday

Northeast Florida could receive 1 to 2 inches of rain as several rounds of storms hit Florida on Friday and…

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Grant legislation would help small businesses

Jacksonville City Council is nearing a final vote on legislation that would help small businesses take better advantage of a…

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FPL bills could drop in May in Northeast Florida

Florida Power & Light Co. has filed a request to reduce bills because fuel costs have been lower than expected.…

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Personal data breached in Jacksonville Beach cyberattack

Cyber criminals who attacked Jacksonville Beach’s computer systems may have obtained people’s personal information, the city said.…

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Now you can take the kids to the mosquito museum in St. Augustine

The Anastasia Mosquito Control District is ready to welcome families to the Vector Disease Education Center in St. Augustine.…

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Jax Beach police seek videos from shootings

Police have set up a digital site where people can upload videos of the violence that erupted Sunday.…

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The Honey Dripper ice cream lady goes for a big treat

Alice Kimbrough, who operates the Honey Dripper House ice cream truck, is a national finalist for a $25,000 grant from…

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THE JAXSON | The legacy of Eartha Mary Magdalene White

Born in Jacksonville in 1876, Eartha Mary Magdalene White dedicated her life to improving living conditions for the city’s poor…

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Historic fire station considered for restaurant and brewery

The building, at 39 E. Adams St., was built in 1930. It served as Downtown’s main firefighting center for almost…

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Jacksonville considers changing tables for adults

A City Council committee approved an ordinance that would require some businesses to provide changing tables for disabled adults.…

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Bartaco will replace Black Sheep in Five Points

The chain offers upscale street-style cuisine. It has five locations in Florida and four in Georgia.…

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ARTS PICKS | March 22-24

This week’s Arts Picks are a piano prodigy; musical theater standards turned symphonic; and a celebration where you can nerd…

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MAP | Where Trump won most handily on the First Coast

Former President Donald Trump smashed his competitors in the Republican presidential primary in Florida on Tuesday.…

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Jacksonville Haitians call for increased attention on their homeland

The Coalition of the Haitian Community in Jacksonville made pleas for state and federal help at a rally Tuesday in…

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Victim identified in Jacksonville Beach shooting

James Jones III, 21, was killed in the third of three shootings Sunday night as partiers descended on Jacksonville Beach.…

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Sean McGee is St. Johns County’s new fire chief

The County Council appointed McGee on Tuesday to replace Scott Bullard, who left the job last year.…

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Sea turtle nesting season arrives on Florida’s coasts

People can play a big part in helping to protect vulnerable nesting sea turtles this spring and summer while visiting…

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Lawmakers expand marijuana licenses for Black farmers

Expansion of medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers was included in a wide-ranging bill championed by Sen. Tracie Davis of…

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What to expect during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Florida

The election is a closed primary, meaning only registered Republicans can cast a ballot for one of the seven presidential…

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Two new schools get names in St. Johns County

The new schools are Trout Creek Academy and Lakeside Academy. Seven more schools are planned in the next five years.…

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Florida Legislature continues to reduce local authority

The 2024 Florida Legislature passed a number of “preemption bills” on issues ranging from local wages to vacation rentals and…

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PolitiFact FL: DeSantis said Citizens Insurance ‘is not solvent.’ That’s misleading.

Insolvency means a company cannot pay its bills today. That’s not so with Citizens, which has a $5 billion surplus.…

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1 dead and 3 others shot in Jacksonville Beach

Violence erupted as crowds packed Jax Beach for spring break, the Players Championship and St. Patrick’s Day.…

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Migrant worker released in deputy’s death

Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez was released from custody after charges against him were dropped in the death of St. Johns County Sgt.…

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Duval resumes search for school superintendent

The district hopes to interview finalists for the position in mid-May with a decision made during a special board meeting…

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Jacksonville panel urges DeSantis to veto ethics bill

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says a bill passed in the Legislature would gut its ability to root out wrongdoing in…

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Zahn guilty in JEA trial; Wannemacher acquitted

Former JEA CEO Aaron Zahn was found guilty Friday of attempting to defraud the city-owned utility. Former CFO Ryan Wannemacher…

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UNF faculty say school violated rules on post-tenure review

The faculty union says the administration violated an agreement by using peer comparisons in the review process.…

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Jacksonville Jazz Fest announces lineup at new site

The 2024 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will return to Metropolitan Park with headliners like Joss Stone and Keiki Matsui.…

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#AskJAXTDY | Who makes the colorful critters at the Beaches?

A reader asks who’s putting little works of animal art with big expressive eyes on trees and lawns at the…

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Tips for getting to the Players Championship this weekend

Parking is sold out for Friday and Saturday, but passes could still be available on the Players’ resale site. Or…

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First residents move into new LaVilla townhomes

The arrival of homeowners to Johnson Commons at LaVilla marks a milestone in the revitalization of the historic neighborhood.…

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What to know with hurricane season a few months away

The countdown to hurricane season has begun, and Florida emergency management offices are sharing safety tips.…

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One jury reaches verdict in JEA conspiracy trial

The jury deciding the case of former CEO Aaron Zahn reached a verdict, but it will remain secret until the…

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Nassau deputy’s killer argues he can’t get fair sentence

Patrick Rene McDowell, who admitted shooting Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers, wants his sentencing moved outside Northeast Florida.…