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Council members appointed to investigate LeAnna Cumber in JEA deal

The committee will meet Wednesday to begin considering whether Cumber deceived anyone about her husband’s involvement in the JEA proposal.…

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Fleming Island senator wants home sellers to disclose flooding

Sen. Jennifer Bradley has filed a bill that would require home sellers to disclose whether a property was ever damaged…

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Rural communities get millions for broadband in Northeast Florida

Communities in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties will receive state grants to improve broadband internet access, part of $144…

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Shad Khan’s sports holdings grow to $5.95 billion

Shad Khan’s sports holdings grew, but the Jacksonville Jaguars owner slipped in Forbes’ ranking of sports empires.…

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Mayo Clinic in Florida adding 210-acre North Campus

Property donated by the Davis family will allow Mayo Clinic to grow across 602 acres over several decades.…

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Neptune Beach residents fume about ‘green monster’ water tank

Residents Neptune Beach say a new water tank is an eyesore that could hurt their property values.…

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Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber under investigation regarding JEA sale

City Council is reviving a special committee to determine whether Cumber deceived investigators about her husband’s role in the failed…

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Northeast Florida sheriffs support concealed carry bill

The sheriffs of Nassau and Clay counties both support proposed legislation that would allow concealed weapons without a permit.…

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Jax film fest moves Downtown this weekend

The Jacksonville Film Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at three Downtown venues.…

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The Loop is expanding but will close Orange Park site after 33 years

The Loop, one of the Jacksonville area’s longest-running restaurant operations, is expanding in several areas, including World Golf Village.…

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Sulzbacher seeking $28 million in financing for Enterprise Village

Sulzbacher is piecing together financing for Enterprise Village, which will provide affordable housing and homelessness services in Jacksonville.…

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Former Jacksonville CEO sentenced to prison for tax evasion

Jason Cory, former CEO of an IT services company in Jacksonville, has been sentenced to almost three years in federal…

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ARTS PICKS | Feb. 3-5

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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Two Bishop Snyder students charged with racial threats

Two Bishop Snyder baseball players are accused of making social media threats against an African American teammate.…

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Soaring prices squeeze renters in Jax

Nearly half of Jacksonville’s renters are “cost-burdened,” according to a study by the University of North Florida.…

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DeSantis wants to scrap college diversity programs

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a slate of reforms to eliminate what he considers a left-leaning political agenda in higher education.…

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Bed Bath & Beyond closing two Jacksonville stores

In all, Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close about 150 stores. No dates have been announced.…

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Stranded killer whale to be buried in Gainesville

The whale beached in Palm Coast was transported to a secret research facility at the University of Florida for study…

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FPL could ‘claw back’ pay for wrongdoing by CEO

Florida Power & Light Co. tried to reassure analysts about the departure of CEO Eric Silagy, who has been surrounded…

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World of Nations returns in February

The annual international festival in Jacksonville showcases food, music, artwork and clothing from a range of countries.…

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Activists rally for oversight of Jacksonville police

About 50 people rallied outside the Duval County Courthouse to protest the police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.…

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Another fire station under construction on Jacksonville’s Northside

City leaders broke ground Monday on the next new fire station in Jacksonville — Station 64 at Harts Road and…

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Demolition due for Morocco Shrine Center

The site of Morocco Shrine Center in Jacksonville will be redeveloped into a hotel, student housing, multifamily housing, commercial and…

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Black firefighters lose suit over Jacksonville’s shaving rules

Jacksonville firefighters challenged rules requiring them to be cleanshaven even if they had a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae, or PFB.…

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First Baptist responds to concerns about LGBTQ stance

The church is requiring its members to sign a statement agreeing that marriage is between a man and a woman.…

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New MOSH exhibit lets you explore a new planet

Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History opens its newest exhibit: Planet Pioneers.…

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Duval Schools tells teachers to ‘cover or store’ books

In a video obtained by WJCT News, the district’s chief academic officer tells teachers to pull books from classrooms until…

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First Baptist sets forum to discuss sexuality statement

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville says its members must sign a “Statement on Biblical Sexuality” by March or leave the…

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City Council approves $7.5 million for 1st and Main in Springfield

1st and Main, an estimated $53.6 million project from Corner Lot in Jacksonville, combines multifamily and commercial space.…

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Developer has big plans for Northeast Florida

BTI Partners has already acquired 4,600 acres in Clay and St. Johns counties, but the company sees even more potential…

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Pilot program will test composting in Riverside and Avondale

Sunshine Organics and Compost will train about 15 Jacksonville restaurants on how to separate food for composting.…

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River City Brewing land might be developed after all

Jacksonville has canceled a deal with the Related Group to build apartments, but the developer could come back with a…

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Jacksonville’s drought could continue through February

Lack of rain has left Jacksonville and much of Northeast Florida in a moderate drought.…

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State law would combat antisemitic acts like Jacksonville’s

Proposed legislation in Florida would define certain acts as hate crimes and increase criminal penalties.…

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Closed San Marco Theatre put up for lease

Colliers is marketing the building where the San Marco Theatre closed after almost 85 years.…

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JEA board approves $106.6 million solar deal

JEA will have access to 150 megawatts of solar power produced by Florida Power & Light Co.…

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Apartment deal canceled for River City Brewing site

Jacksonville has terminated a development agreement with the Related Group to build RD River City Brewery Apartments on the Southbank.…

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Projected messages outlawed. But could new law be challenged?

The law — conceived as a way to attack antisemitic displays — could face issues if challenged in court, attorneys…

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Suspect arrested in dad’s fatal ambush in Jax Beach

Henry Tenon, 61, did not act alone,in the slaying of Jared Bridegan, authorities said. The investigation is continuing.…

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ARTS PICKS | Jan. 27-29

Piano performance, a solo art show and a bike tour of Downtown are this week’s Art Picks.…

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Lawmakers consider oversight of municipal utilities like JEA

Florida’s Public Service Commission has no authority over municipal utilities. Lawmakers are discussing whether to change that.…

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Land deal saves Little Tiger Island for conservation

Nearly a square mile of marsh and uplands facing Fernandina Beach’s historic waterfront is being preserved.…

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Dawgs fans: You can now get a Florida license plate

The University of Georgia has met Florida’s presale requirement for a speciality license plate. The plate will go into production…

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Student injured in two-story fall at St. Johns County high school

A student fell from a second-story walkway at Pedro Menendez High School. It’s unclear why the person fell.…

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Electricity bills are on the way up, but not as much this time

A JEA rate increase this spring might be offset by a lower fuel cost — meaning bills shouldn’t rise as…

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Out East Jacksonville takes big step toward national historic designation

The Eastside Historic District is one step closer to joining the National Register of Historic Places following a decision from…

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Anejo Cocina Mexicana fills last space at East San Marco

The East San Marco shopping center on Hendricks Avenue is now fully leased.…

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Jacksonville airport will add parking as terminal expands

Jacksonville International Airport plans to add a third parking garage and renovate its security checkpoint.…

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TaxSlayer extends Gator Bowl sponsorship through 2027

TaxSlayer is the longest-running title sponsor of the Gator Bowl, the nation’s sixth-oldest bowl game.…

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Community meetings are next step for Jax chief resilience officer

“We’re going to be really guided by the data. But also, it’s so important for that data to be grounded…

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DeSantis comes to Jacksonville with plan for teacher pay raises

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing sweeping education changes including a Teachers Bill of Rights, limits on unions and partisan school…

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Strings Sports Brewery plans second location in Jax Beach

Strings, a popular craft brewery in Springfield, will expand into the former Terry’s Country Store on Penman Road in Jacksonville…

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How many people are homeless on the First Coast? We’ll soon know.

Volunteers will scatter across Duval, Clay and Nassau counties Wednesday to complete the Point-in-Time Count of people living unsheltered on…

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It’s time to request vote-by-mail ballots for March election

New Florida laws require voters to file for a mail ballot each election cycle — even if they’ve gotten one…

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UNF spends $3.5 million on diversity and inclusion

The University of North Florida — like other universities — had to report its diversity expenses as the state fights…

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Jacobs Jewelers: The end of a landmark in Downtown Jacksonville

Roy and Delorise Thomas bought Florida’s oldest jewelry store in 1986. Now they’re retiring.…

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Big changes coming to Jacksonville’s concert venues

Renovations are planned at the Florida Theatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall that will force each to close for several…

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68 jobs affected as St. Vincent’s Riverside ends maternity care

Ascension filed a notice with the state saying employees will be let go starting March 19 when the hospital discontinues…

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Enrolling your child in Duval County Public Schools | JAX TODAY GUIDE

If you’re looking to enroll a first-time student in Duval Schools for this coming fall, here’s what you need to…

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Republican donor Kent Stermon had JSO access for nearly a decade as part of ‘the sheriff’s circle’

Kent Stermon, the donor who was under investigation when he died, was issued 5 separate badges giving him JSO access,…

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USS Orleck could move to new home by March 31

The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority board this week advanced a 10-year licensing agreement for the floating naval museum.…

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Jacksonville’s airport among Florida’s worst for seized guns

Jacksonville’s airport had the state’s highest rate of confiscated guns last year, during a record year for weapon seizures nationwide,…

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Dueling bills seek to prohibit hate speech in Jacksonville

Two Jacksonville City Council members have filed identical bills that seek to prohibit the projection of messages onto buildings.…

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St. Johns County teachers take hard line on pay

Teachers plan to protest their pay by working only 7.5 hours a day, the amount of time they’re paid for.…

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ARTS PICKS | Jan. 20-22

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday and…

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Florida Ed Board OKs school book rules, rejects trans student protections and applauds ‘anti-woke’ state colleges 

The State Board of Education signed off on measures in alignment with the priorities of Governor Ron DeSantis.…

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Jacksonville may outlaw hate speech displays

A proposed law would ban anyone from projecting images onto someone else’s building — a response to several antisemitic displays…

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Maternity services ending at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside

With the community’s health care needs changing, Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside will discontinue maternity care March 19.…

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Intermodal project derailed in St. Johns County

Neighbors complained the proposed Col. Hinman Intermodal Exchange Facility would create dangerous truck traffic, noise and environmental issues.…

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Neptune Beach city manager fired

City Manager Stefen Wynn was accused of “flagrant neglect of duty” and “willful misconduct.”…

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Downtown board’s deferral of planned LaVilla gas station hailed as community victory 

A Jan. 12 deferral means the Downtown Improvement Authority will bring the DDRB’s concerns to Jacksonville-based First Coast Energy before…

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Here’s how Trevor Lawrence wound up at Waffle House

The Jaguars quarterback celebrated his playoff victory with a cheesesteak, hash browns and a pecan waffle.…

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Baker jail employee charged after relationship with inmate

Evelyn Rhodes is accused of providing contraband to the inmate and disclosing confidential criminal justice information.…

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Human trafficking hides close to home

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office rescued 10 human trafficking victims in 2022. Authorities spoke Tuesday during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.…

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Rents are inching downward in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville metro area was one of 14 nationwide where the price for a new lease declined in the past…

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Here’s what’s going up at former Southgate Plaza

The Jack on Beach will be a 295-unit apartment community featuring resort-style amenities.…

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Jax Beach seafood restaurant to reopen after nearly 12 years

Crabcake Factory Seafood Grille & Bar will return to its longtime location — 1396 Beach Blvd. at Penman Road in…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jacksonville’s 42nd Annual MLK Holiday Grand Parade

Hundreds marched in the 42nd annual MLK Holiday Grand Parade on Monday morning in Jacksonville.…

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Frigid temperatures will grip North Florida this weekend

Lows Sunday morning will more than likely be colder than Saturday morning. Temperatures could range from the mid and upper…

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Jacksonville mayoral candidates locked in for wide open race

The candidates to replace Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry include four Republicans, two Democrats and an independent.…

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Sheriff T.K. Waters goes unopposed in election

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters retained his job unchallenged as the qualifying deadline for Duval County’s spring elections passed Friday.…

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JTA expands Gameday Xpress for Saturday’s Jaguars game

JTA expects record crowds for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ AFC wild-card round matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers.…

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St. Johns River Ferry delays shutdown

The ferry will be out of service from Jan. 25 to May 2 for maintenance required by the U.S. Coast…

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Jacksonville officials, local civil rights leaders continue to celebrate MLK. Separately. 

Friday will mark the fifth straight year Jacksonville will have separate breakfasts honoring Martin Luther King.…

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More affordable housing for seniors in Downtown Jacksonville

Ashley Square, a 120-unit affordable senior apartment complex, opened at East Ashley and Newnan streets.…

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ARTS PICKS | Jan. 13-15

Two chances to appreciate jazz and a bit of Disney magic are on tap this weekend in Jacksonville.…

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Jacksonville University expands accelerated nursing program

JU has added Mayo Clinic to its clinical partners in the accelerated bachelor’s degree program. Mayo joins Baptist Health and…

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The National Anthem will rock again at Jaguars game

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will perform the National Anthem for Saturday’s playoff game against the Chargers.…

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Sugar Factory again pushes back opening date

Sugar Factory now plans to open Feb. 15 in The Markets at Town Center.…

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Legal costs are climbing in Jacksonville redistricting fight

The city of Jacksonville has potentially paid over $150,000 in fees to outside law firms and consultants in its redistricting…

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1928 Cuban Bistro opens in Jacksonville Beach

1928 Cuban Bistro has opened its fourth location in Jacksonville Beach. Another is planned on Amelia Island.…

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Clay County bans panhandling; what about Jacksonville?

County commissioners prohibited panhandling on public roads, casting it as a safety concern in order to sidestep First Amendment concerns.…

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Lakesha Burton decides against second run for sheriff

Burton, a 24-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, says she faced a difficult campaign after finishing second in November.…

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Jacksonville approves financing to raise power lines at port

JAXPORT says that raising power lines will allow larger ships into the newly deepened St. Johns River harbor.…

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City Council signs off on revised deal for Four Seasons project

Shad Khan’s development company, Iguana Investments Florida LLC, plans a Four Seasons hotel and office building on Jacksonville’s riverfront.…

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21-foot orca washes ashore in Palm Coast

Orcas are more common in cold water areas, but they also have been seen in tropical waters such as Florida…

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Nine Jacksonville City Council members turn down pay raises

All of the council members who refused raises for themselves will be on the March ballot.…

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5 issues that Jax-area lawmakers might tackle this Florida legislative session

The Florida Legislature has a Northeast Florida House speaker for the first time in two decades. Here are 5 issues…

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Cold front headed our way with risk of severe storms

Another cold front is expected to arrive to the Sunshine State on Thursday. A cold air mass should engulf most…

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St. Augustine searches for flooding solutions

City officials have approved a three-year study agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find solutions to coastal…

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Bedroom counties build as Jacksonville jobs grow

Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties have thousands of new residents who are commuting to Jacksonville for work.…

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Nonprofit comes to Jax to help people get out of jail

The Bail Project, a national nonprofit, wants to prove that the current bail system is unjust and unnecessary.…

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Stranded manatee freed from the mud off Metro Park

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue crews helped free a manatee stuck in the low tide as fans flocked to the Jaguars…

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That Bar at the Arena plans rooftop deck

The 113-year-old building next to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena could get covered seating and a rooftop deck.…

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Suspect arrested in drive-by shooting that killed 13-year-old boy

Prince Holland died as a result of gun violence between street gangs in Jacksonville, the sheriff said.…

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Community activist Ben Frazier to speak out at City Council again

Activist Ben Frazier will return to the place where he was arrested a month ago to continue his demand for…

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The artistry of Ukraine: Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra comes to Jax

Ukraine’s Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the 22nd season of Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on Jan. 17.…

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Duval high school cancels play over sexual content

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts pulled the plug on the production of “Indecent.”…

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Court rejects Jacksonville’s appeal in redistricting case

A federal appeals panel upheld an order requiring the city to use City Council districts drawn by plaintiffs in a…

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Veteran Jacksonville cop charged with falsifying arrest report

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office patrolman was arrested for official misconduct after an arrest report was falsified, the sheriff said.…

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Finally: Shade may be coming to TIAA Bank Field

The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked HOK Architects to redesign TIAA Bank Field, including the addition of shade for fans.…

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Annual March for Life planned Jan. 14 in St. Augustine

Anti-abortion marchers will hit St. Augustine streets in mid-January to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade.…

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Duval surpasses 1 million population. Why does it matter?

With more than 1 million people, Duval County can attract more retailers and businesses, but the milestone raises challenges for…

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After 30 years, Karpeles Manuscript Museum to close in Jacksonville

The museum is one of more than a dozen around the country to display founder David Karpeles’ collection of rare…

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Two-story Daily’s would include bar and restaurant

The rooftop bar/restaurant at Daily’s in LaVilla would include outdoor covered seating and a game area, plans show.…

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Bank settles lawsuit against founders of Celebration Church

Stovall and Kerri Weems, founders of Celebration Church, settled a lawsuit that argued the couple owed more than $700,000 on…

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Jacksonville’s riverfront is starting to take shape

Agency Landscape + Planning has been selected to design Shipyards West Park, part of a ribbon of development between Downtown…

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Schoolkids get a lift with free Jacksonville bus rides

Hundreds of Jacksonville students have been riding JTA buses to school since the free service began a year ago.…

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ARTS PICKS | Jan. 6-8

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend.…

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Court alters residency requirement for City Council election

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard waived a requirement that candidates in some districts live there for six months.…

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15 busted in Jacksonville drug sting

A 4-month-long Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigation seized $2 million worth of illegal fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, the sheriff said.…

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Jacksonville ‘theater kid’ returns home with ‘Aladdin’

Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson attended Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. In “Aladdin,” He’ll appear on the same stage where…

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Whale dies after beaching at Hanna Park

A whale washed up Wednesday morning on the beach at Hanna Park in Jacksonville. It was alive when the FWC…

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Lakesha Burton files to run again for Jacksonville sheriff

The retired assistant chief who was runner-up in the Nov. 8 runoff for Jacksonville sheriff has filed to run again.…

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The Hub Brooklyn is ready for construction

The Hub Brooklyn is ready to rise. The city issued three permits Tuesday for Danis Construction LLC to build three…

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Mayor Curry’s ‘resign-to-run’ idea looks doomed

It looks like Jacksonville City Council members don’t want to give up their positions when seeking another public office. Mayor…

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The outlook for residential real estate in 2023

In the world of Northeast Florida residential real estate, 2022 began with houses staying on the market for days rather…

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Homeless survey likely to find more seniors and children

Changing Homelessness, the lead homeless prevention agency for Clay, Duval and Nassau counties, is seeking volunteers for an annual federally…

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St. Johns County rated best for children

St. Johns County does a better job of protecting children’s health and education than any other county in Florida, according…

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Office Depot closing at Crossroads Square; Kids Empire moving in

Office Depot is closing its store in the Crossroads Square shopping center in Southwest Jacksonville, and it appears that an…

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Court backs St. Johns schools in transgender bathroom fight

After a five-year legal battle, a sharply divided federal appeals court has upheld a St. Johns County School Board policy…

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Gas prices at $4 a gallon? It’s expected again across Florida in 2023

As average gasoline prices have moved back above $3 a gallon in Florida, a tech company that monitors the fuel…

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CSX contributes $100,000 to fight anti-semitism

Jacksonville-based CSX has announced a $100,000 donation to the Together Strong Community Fund to fight anti-Semitism in Northeast Florida. The…

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St. Johns County may seek easements to rebuild dunes

St. Johns County officials are ready to discuss possible projects to rebuild sand dunes eroded by recent tropical storms. But…

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

The headquarters of the Green Cove Springs Police Department will be dedicated Thursday in honor of the late Chief Derek…

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Jacksonville asks court to waive residency requirement for City Council candidates

The city of Jacksonville has asked a federal court on Wednesday to waive a requirement that City Council candidates live in…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Jax Today’s 11 favorite images from 2022

Jacksonville Today’s Will Brown shares his favorite images he’s captured over the past year.…

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Gator Bowl mania returns with packed house

When the 78th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl kicks off Friday, it will feature a big crowd and marquee matchup as it…

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

BTI Partners plans to build more than 2,000 single-family homes after acquiring 1,300 acres in northwest St. Johns County for…

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Jacksonville ranks No. 2 among best Florida places to live

Forbes says Jacksonville is the second-best place to live in Florida, beating out Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and others. The Forbes…

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Jacksonville files appeal in redistricting fight

The long and winding road to a new map for a handful of Jacksonville City Council districts could go right…

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Southern Roots Filling Station is closing

The Southern Roots Filling Station will say farewell on Saturday after eight years at its storefront at 1275 King St.…

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Fire-ravaged Grumpy’s Restaurant to reopen Monday

The fire started in the kitchen just hours after the popular Middleburg restaurant had closed that Jan. 19. Clay County…

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St. Johns River Ferry halts service for maintenance

The Jean Ribault faces mandatory maintenance, and it will make the trip across the St. Johns River more difficult. The…

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Jaguars announce ticket sales for potential playoff game

Jaguars pre-sale tickets for a potential playoff contest at TIAA Bank Field will go live at 10 a.m. Thursday for…

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HCA Florida opens emergency room in Middleburg

Middleburg residents have a new option for emergency medical care as HCA Florida opens its new ER at 2560 Blanding…

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Mayo Clinic prepares for Jacksonville expansion

Mayo Clinic has applied for a permit to build the $106.6 million core and shell of its five-story patient tower…

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New Year’s Eve fireworks: What’s on tap in Jacksonville

Jacksonville sure does love its fireworks displays. You can find the skies over Downtown exploding in colorful sparks on the…

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San Marco Theatre will close after 84 years

The San Marco Theatre will close its doors permanently Jan. 1. In a Facebook post Wednesday, the theater attributed the…

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City Council president vows action on Confederate monuments

Jacksonville City Council President Terrance Freeman said that when the calendar flips into 2023, he intends to bring the long-running…

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Haleigh Cummings’ father jailed on multiple charges

Just two months after his release from 12 years in state prison on multiple drug convictions, the father of a…

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Flight cancellations persist at Jacksonville International Airport

Southwest Airlines canceled all 18 of its flights out of Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday. One Delta flight also was…

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JEA eyes solar farms and new natural gas plant in coming years

As utilities roll out plans for how they will cut back on greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,…

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Two more right whale calves discovered

The population of endangered North Atlantic right whales has grown by at least two. Wildlife researchers report seeing a 36-year…

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Ex-JSO dispatcher gets 60 years for child sex abuse recordings

A former emergency dispatcher for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty…

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Freeze alerts expand ahead of bitterly cold holiday weekend

Cold weather alerts are in place across much of Florida ahead of the arrival of plunging temperatures in time for…

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Jacksonville will appeal judge’s rejection of election maps

The Jacksonville City Council will appeal a judge’s order requiring the city to implement an election map drawn by civil…

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Duval Schools to keep 73 ‘diverse, inclusive’ books out of classrooms

Dozens of books the Duval County school district ordered in the summer of 2021 will never hit classroom shelves. That’s…

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DeSantis seeks grand jury probe into COVID-19 shots

Saying that COVID-19 vaccines have been “pushed on Americans,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to…

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Senate approves insurance overhaul. Will it help?

The Florida Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shoring up the troubled property insurance system by curbing…

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Florida’s insurance commissioner steps down a day after an industry overhaul was approved

After lawmakers this week passed an overhaul of the state’s property-insurance system, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier on Thursday submitted…

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Ten big issues addressed during Florida’s insurance overhaul

Florida lawmakers this week held a special session and passed a 105-page bill aimed at stabilizing the state’s troubled property-insurance…

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DeSantis signs bill to stabilize insurance industry

Anticipating the need for more legislation about the state’s troubled property insurance system, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed bills…

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A report documents challenges to establishing more affordable housing in Florida

Rents and home prices rose dramatically in Florida over the past few years. In an annual trends report published earlier…

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Gov. DeSantis takes aim at the union dues of Florida teachers

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled that he will make a priority of passing a long-debated proposal that would prevent teachers…

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On Florida’s Gulf Coast, developers eye properties ravaged by Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hurricane Ian destroyed more than 5,000 homes in Lee County, Fla., and damaged nearly 30,000 more…

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As anxiety and depression increase, more Floridians turn to medical marijuana

Imagine you are walking home from the last day of school before spring break. You plop on your bed, kick…

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Pack your patience: Travel from Jax could be a challenge this holiday

The rush to head over the river and through the clouds to grandmother’s house is in full swing with Hanukkah,…

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Supreme Court to consider teen’s ATV death in Clay County

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled arguments Feb. 9 in the conviction of a Clay County man whose son was…

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Blast of cold air will plunge some temps into the teens

A widespread hard freeze is likely in portions of the Panhandle and North Florida on Friday night as an Arctic…

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Bear shot and killed after attacking Jacksonville zookeeper

A zookeeper at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens was injured Wednesday night when a bear attacked her after escaping his…

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MOSH releases new views of its planned Northbank museum

A sneak peek of what’s planned inside the second generation of Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History has been released…

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Designer furnishings store headed to Town Center area

Modani Furniture will open in the first quarter of 2023 in Ashco Inc.’s Town Center Outparcel building, the landlord announced.…

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State Rep. Angie Nixon considers run for City Council

A recently elected local state representative is now thinking about stepping down from that post to run for a seat…

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The fun continues: Adventure Landing will remain open in 2023

A Jacksonville Beach amusement park plans to remain open for at least nine more months before closing permanently to make…

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Experts stress cold weather safety ahead of frigid holiday weekend

With a cold front expected to hit the East Coast this weekend, experts are reminding people of cold weather safety…

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4,000-home community planned in Clay County

Fort Lauderdale-based BTI Partners announced has bought the 3,300-acre Governors Park property in Clay County and intends to develop 4,000…

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Families of Slain Children provides toys, food, comfort for Durkeeville residents ahead of holidays

Beverly McClain’s idea of being a good neighbor is loving people where they are. Her official title is CEO of…

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Jacksonville’s new sheriff promises more openness

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters announced major updates Tuesday to the way his department passes on information to the public. The…

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Fees returning to Jacksonville Beach Pier

The Jacksonville Beach Pier will start charging walkers and fishers beginning with the new year. Starting Jan. 2, it’ll cost…

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Ban on gender-affirming care already causing harm, families say

It’s been a tough year for Josie. We’re not using her last name to protect her privacy. Ever since Surgeon…

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Jacksonville landmark will be reborn as apartments, restaurants and offices

A historic 109-year-old Jacksonville landmark is taking on new life. Work is underway to rehabilitate and renovate the former Union…

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Jaguars recognize Historic Eastside CDC with inaugural Inspire Change award

Suzanne Pickett is headed to the Super Bowl. The president and CEO of the Historic Eastside Community Development Corporation was…

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Power company money flows to news sites that attack critics

NPR’s David Folkenflik reported this story with Mario Ariza and Miranda Green of Floodlight, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates the…

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Luxury is hot for Jacksonville shoppers

Despite concerns about inflation and economic outlook, shoppers don’t seem to be losing any interest in luxury and premium goods.…

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Rain this week and a cold blast for the holiday

Two storm systems will bring a lot of wet weather to Florida this week and some very chilly temperatures this…

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Judge hands Jacksonville major defeat in redistricting case

A federal judge has imposed a new Jacksonville City Council map for upcoming 2023 municipal election and handed the city…

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Safety improvements done on Jacksonville’s West 5th Street

The ribbon was cut early Monday to officially open on one of the final Jacksonville Transportation Authority MobilityWorks projects that…

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Sunburn Cannabis opens its doors in Jacksonville

The first of a planned wave of renewed medical marijuana retail sites in Florida has opened in Jacksonville Beach. Sunburn…

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Baptist Health opens six-story hospital in Fleming Island

Baptist Medical Center Clay opened a hospital in Fleming Island on Monday, the most recent — and largest— addition to…

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JEA considering $106.6 million solar deal

The JEA board of directors is considering a $106.6 million agreement to buy 150 megawatts of solar power produced by…

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New North Florida judges drew legal challenges

Moving quickly after a Florida Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday made appointments to four seats on a…

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Rowe’s IGA sold for $47 million

A holding company based in Trinidad and Tobago says it has bought Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets, which operates seven Jacksonville stores,…

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Jacksonville Children’s Chorus prepares to move Downtown

The ring of hammers and the staccato of power saws greets those who take a peek at the future home…

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JEA may raise electric rate, but bills could fall anyway

A JEA rate increase proposed in April for the “base rate” portion of electric bills would fall heaviest on customers…

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MOSH’s move to Northbank takes a step forward

The Museum of Science & History is a step closer to completing a site plan for its proposed relocation to…

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Ex-cop admits he tried to entice teenage boy

Former Jacksonville police officer Alejandro Carmona-Fonseca has pleaded guilty to attempted online enticement of a teenage boy he had met…

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Just for them: Kids with special needs get customized new wheels

Blake Barber was hanging with Santa Claus on Thursday at the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters hall when the jolly old…

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Record-tying cargo ship joins Jacksonville rotation

A container ship tying the record for the largest to visit Jacksonville arrived at JAXPORT this week, the Jacksonville Port…

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Neighbors push back against townhomes near downtown Fernandina

A proposal to tear down four homes and make way for townhouses just steps away from historic downtown Fernandina Beach…

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HomeSense plans second Florida store in Mandarin

HomeSense, one of The TJX Companies Inc. off-price retail banners, is expected to open in spring 2023 in the former…

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JSO blames software issue for missing Kent Stermon access logs

Influential Republican donor Kent Stermon, who died last week, used a personal badge to access Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office buildings more…

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ARTS PICKS | Dec. 16-18

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday Print…

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Jacksonville firefighters honor those who have died in the line of duty

Beth Rodgers admits there are still some sad times 22 years after her fire lieutenant husband died from a heart…

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New Winn-Dixie may be different than you think

Southeastern Grocers had not built a new Winn-Dixie grocery store in about a decade until it completed the Grand Cypress…

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City Council approves $10.1 million for Paysafe headquarters

The Jacksonville City Council has approved a bill awarding global online payment provider Paysafe Processing Solutions LLC $10.1 million in…

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Activist Ben Frazier arrested while protesting Confederate monuments

A Jacksonville civil rights leader was pulled out of the City Council chambers and arrested Tuesday night as he and…

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PHOTO ESSAY | ‘Take them down!’

Activists with the Northside Coalition and other civil rights groups implored the Jacksonville City Council Tuesday to remove the Confederate…

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Mayor Lenny Curry could be violating the First Amendment on Twitter 

Navy veteran Mandie Marron was stationed in Jacksonville almost two decades ago. She joined Twitter mostly to keep up on…

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State to scrutinize Duval Schools’ LGBTQ support guide

The State Board of Education is slated this week to scrutinize LGBTQ support guides and bathroom policies for transgender students…

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Affordable senior apartments proposed in West Jacksonville

The Vestcor Cos. Inc. is proposing 90 affordable apartments in West Jacksonville for adults age 55 and over. Jacksonville-based Vestcor…

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Costs rise for Shad Khan’s Four Seasons project

The costs of Shad Khan’s office and hotel development on the riverfront have increased substantially, City Council members learned this…

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Rents are actually starting to decline in Jacksonville

Relief may be coming for long-suffering renters in Jacksonville. Two new studies show that rent increases are slowing. The asking…

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Damaging wind and tornadoes are possible midweek

A strong cold front is forecast to move through the state and could lead to severe storms capable of producing…

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Gunman critical after police shooting; second man found dead inside home

Jacksonville police said they shot a man who pointed a gun at them Monday and then found another man dead…

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St. Marys Councilman-elect Danny Riggins dies

One of the new members of the St. Marys City Council has died before he could take office. The city…

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Budweiser Clydesdales will trot across the First Coast

The famed Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Northeast Florida. Two of the giant horses will appear at five Winn-Dixie stores:…

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Sugar Factory sets opening date at Markets at Town Center

There’s now a date for Jacksonville customers looking for $46 tropical cocktails, Instagrammable walls and couture lollipops. Sugar Factory American…

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Gas prices plunging as holiday travel arrives

As the busy holiday travel season begins, gas prices are now 11 cents lower than a year ago, and they…

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Jacksonville redistricting process raises questions of Sunshine Law violations

According to the version of events that Jacksonville’s city lawyers told a federal court, the City Council passed a redistricting…

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Final Hurricane Nicole cleanup begins in St. Johns County

Scraps of wood and other materials are still scattered along St. Johns County’s beaches about a month after Hurricane Nicole…

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Whole Foods design approved despite traffic concerns

Traffic concerns again led Downtown Development Review Board debate Dec. 8 over the design of the Whole Foods Market-anchored retail…

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Maple Street Biscuit Co. adding locations with caution

Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened three new restaurants during parent company Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.’s first quarter. However,…

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How should Jax address housing and health care? Ideas head to City Council

Jacksonville could soon take steps to address homelessness, a lack of affordable housing and inequitable access to healthcare.  That’s after…

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A bill would provide tax relief for property owners affected by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole

Nearly 50,000 property owners forced from their homes for more than a month by Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Nicole could…

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JSO was investigating prominent local political donor found dead

A prominent Northeast Florida businessman and political donor has died. Atlantic Beach police said they found Kent Stermon, 50, late…

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Florida legislator, who sponsored ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, resigns amid federal fraud charges

A Republican Florida lawmaker, who authored the controversial law dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” resigned Thursday, the day after he was…

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USS Orleck causes riverfront hotel ‘significant’ financial hit; Council poised to move it

Efforts to move an historic warship parked on Jacksonville’s Downtown waterfront to its permanent home accelerated during City Council committee…

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Jacksonville city shelter stops taking dogs after virus case

Jacksonville’s city-run shelter is refusing most new dogs for at least two weeks after pneumovirus was detected. While just one…

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Is your kid’s teacher a Duval Teacher of the Year finalist?

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund on Thursday announced the finalists for the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year for…

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Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida

With a Jan. 1 deadline looming, a state Department of Education workgroup is crafting a training that all school-library workers…

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A Florida state representative has been indicted on federal fraud charges

State Rep. Joe Harding has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in an…

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Jacksonville Beach Elementary evacuated because of bomb threat

Jacksonville Beach Elementary is cleared after a bomb threat caused an evacuation Thursday morning. “All students and staff are safe,…

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20th annual Jacksonville Gingerbread Extravaganza brings builders from far and wide

The aroma of gingerbread fills the air inside the historic sanctuary of Old St. Andrews Church as Paisley Engram looks…

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Legal drama in Florida court hearing over Marsy’s Law and whether police names can be kept secret

Florida’s Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled during a hearing in Tallahassee over questions about whether a new law protecting the…

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ARTS PICKS | Dec. 9-11

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday Milagros:…

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Jacksonville airport opens military lounge 2 months after USO shut center there

Bob Henning smiled as he looked around the comfortable living room-like lounge on Wednesday morning, a Christmas tree and fake…

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A study finds more kids struggling with suicidal thoughts. Florida hospitals see it firsthand

More children and teens are visiting emergency rooms for mental health crises, according to a study recently published in the…

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Florida high court to consider: Are police officers victims when they shoot someone in line of duty?

The Florida Supreme Court will consider arguments Wednesday in a case over whether the identities of police officers who kill…

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Jacksonville’s Changing Homelessness gets $2.5M Bezos grant to ‘double down on our work’

Jacksonville-based Changing Homelessness has received a $2.5 million grant — the largest in the agency’s nearly 50-year history of serving…

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Plane flies Confederate flag and message to Mayor Curry after his window is apparently shot

A bullet appears to have been shot at Mayor Lenny Curry’s office window at City Hall this week. As the…

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Florida lawmakers will tackle major insurance issues next week

With Florida’s property-insurance system in turmoil, state lawmakers could be poised to take major steps to try to stabilize the…

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Test Post 12-6-22

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene is nearing half a decade in her position, a remarkable feat. Greene, who…

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$9K reward offered for tips in 13-year-old’s drive-by shooting death

With anger in his voice, Jacksonville’s new sheriff vowed Monday evening to add more investigators on the Saturday night shooting…

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Duval among bottom Florida counties for kindergarten vaccinations, worst for 7th grade

Last school year marked a more than 10-year low for Florida’s kindergarten and seventh-grade students completing all doses of required…

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Jacksonville Job Fair: Over 40 companies hiring 1,500 jobs

Need a fresh start? Now’s your chance! Job News USA is hosting a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.…

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DeSantis’ office confirms a plan is brewing to shield local taxpayers from Disney fight fallout

Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration says he doesn’t make “U-Turns.” The administration released a statement Friday after the Financial Times reported…

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MAD DADS anti-violence group calls fatal shooting of 13-year-old ‘tragic for our community’

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy and injured others in Northwest Jacksonville.The…

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19th century shipwreck reappears on Little Talbot Island

A hunk of wooden hull from the 1800s lies among wave-flattened grasses on a beach of Little Talbot Island, uncovered…

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Police on the hunt for drunken holiday drivers

Be forewarned: Police plan an aggressive campaign to target and stop impaired drivers over the Christmas holiday. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s…

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Who might buy Winn-Dixie’s parent company?

From the day Southeastern Grocers Inc. emerged out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018, a sale of the Jacksonville-based supermarket…

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Jacksonville teen creates eye-popping holiday light show

High-tech wizardry and old-school technology blend to create a holiday light show in Mandarin. Caleb Wolfram, 19, has spent countless…

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Ribault High School dean charged with child abuse

A dean of students at Ribault High School was arrested on a charge of child abuse after a confrontation with…

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Pete’s bar evolves with new outdoor deck

Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach has changed a year after it was sold, but not that much. Pete’s retains most…

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Lash the gorilla dies at Jacksonville zoo

The oldest silverback gorilla at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has died at nearly 46. Lash had lived at the zoo…

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Dish Network feud leaves Jax without World Cup, NFL and NCAA games

Cox Media affiliates are no longer showing up on Dish Network while the two media conglomerates settle a contract dispute.…

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Jacksonville man imprisoned for defrauding bank with phony IDs

A Jacksonville man used phony IDs to open bank accounts and, in one case, take out a $20,000 loan, according…

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2 endangered tortoises stolen from alligator farm

Two juvenile Galapagos tortoises have been stolen from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Farm officials are asking everyone to be…

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Crime rate falls in Duval County, but details are scant

The total crime rate dropped in Duval County lasts year, mirroring a decline statewide, but exactly what type of crimes…

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Free Saturdays will continue at Cummer museum

Free Saturdays will continue at Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens — even as the current program comes to…

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Stage is set for judge’s decision on Jacksonville redistricting

Candidates and voters will know in the next three weeks what the boundaries will be for Jacksonville City Council districts…

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ARTS PICKS | Dec. 1-4

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Thursday-Friday…

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UF quarterback Jalen Kitna booked on child porn charges

University of Florida quarterback Jalen Kitna has been arrested on charges related to child pornography. Gainesville police say Kitna was…

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Duval Schools terminates contract with LGBTQ+ support organization

Duval County Public Schools has ended a 20-year relationship with JASMYN, Northeast Florida’s leading LGBTQ support organization for young people.…

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Squawking PETA protest targets schools and chicken restaurants

A national animal rights group, dissuading people from eating chicken, will protest this week outside Jacksonville restaurants that serve the…

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Georgia school threats among hundreds of hoaxes across US

Twelve Georgia school districts saw beefed-up police presence Wednesday morning after they received threats that turned out to be hoaxes,…

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Jacksonville University plans city’s first 4-year medical school

Jacksonville’s first four-year medical school program is coming to a private university on the banks of the St. Johns River.…

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Growing Clay County considers new fee on homebuilders

Clay County commissioners are considering introducing a new fee that will affect builders for every new home that’s constructed as…

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The Mossfire Grill in Five Points has been sold

The Mossfire Grill, a Five Points area mainstay at 1537 Margaret St., has been sold. Ben Franco bought the restaurant…

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$500K idling, facilitators ghosted: A timeline of Jax Confederate monument inaction

Advocates for removing Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments are growing impatient, as two pots of money for addressing Confederate monuments on public…

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Winn-Dixie builds new store from the ground up — its first in a decade

More than a decade has passed since Southeastern Grocers Inc. built a Winn-Dixie supermarket from the ground up. That lull…

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DeSantis awards grant for rail improvements on Westside

Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Cecil Airport on Tuesday to award a $5.5 million grant from the Governor’s Job Growth…

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Atlantic Beach enacts homeless restrictions — along with measures of help

A new ordinance in Atlantic Beach restricts where homeless people are allowed to sleep or camp out, but supporters believe…

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Veterans can get free advice to start small businesses

An event Friday will help veterans and their families start and build small businesses. Seventy spots remain open for Jacksonville’s…

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Rents are stabilizing, but they still challenge lower-income workers

Predictable seasonal slowdowns, an influx of new inventory as well as lifestyle changes should keep rents somewhat stable through the…

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Josphine restaurant opens this week in Avondale

Avondale will host a new Italian-American restaurant Nov. 30 when Josephine opens at 3563 St. Johns Ave. in the former…

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Jacksonville gets more help for rent and utilities

Jacksonville is getting an additional $3.3 million from the federal government to help people pay for rent and utilities, on…

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Clay County buses: How much do you know?

Survey says: Are you aware of JTA’s Clay Community Transportation services? Then the JTA’s new community questionnaire on its Clay…

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2 new Northwest Jacksonville schools mix HBCU culture with elementary curriculum

Mikynzi Alexander spoke with confidence as she recited Useni Eugene Perkins’ poem “Hey, Black Child” at her school’s ribbon-cutting last…

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FDOT hearings give the lowdown on upcoming road projects

Information on major state road projects that could affect residents all over the First Coast will be presented at two…

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Mayo Clinic starts foundation work on oncology building

The city has issued a construction permit for the $76.27 million foundation and shell of the $233 million Mayo Clinic…

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Airplane flies Confederate banner over TIAA Bank Field

Before the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, an airplane flew over TIAA Bank Field with a banner…

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Disney-themed clothing sets recalled over lead

That cute Disney outfit you bought your child may be hazardous to their health. The Bentex clothing group is recalling…

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St. Johns County teachers vote down pay raise because it wasn’t enough

St. Johns County teachers have rejected a proposed pay raise, with many saying the raise wasn’t big enough. The fact…

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Jacksonville’s homegrown stores seek local love on Small Business Saturday

They are open in Avondale and Atlantic Beach, as well as San Marco, Riverside and all over shopping districts in…

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The ‘Real Black Friday’: Jacksonville’s Melanin Market

There’s Black Friday — and then there’s the Real Black Friday.   That’s what organizers of Jacksonville’s Melanin Market are…

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With COVID waning, JTA ends free rides for health workers

Jacksonville health care workers who ride city buses for free will have to start paying for those trips next month.…

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Homeless, broken woman seeks $15 million for crash with deputy

Julia “Jenny” Perez says her life was destroyed by a sheriff’s deputy who slammed his cruiser into her motorcycle and…

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Incentives approved for new Clay County manufacturing plant

The Clay County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an incentives award this week for Project Gator — a proposal…

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QUIZ: How well do Jaxsons know soccer?

The men’s World Cup kicked off in the Middle East for the first time this week, as host nation Qatar…

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After Ian and Nicole, experts warn of health risks from blue-green algae

Climate change is fueling toxic blooms of blue-green algae. Exposure to poisons produced by the blooms can lead to health…

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Sheriff T.K. Waters sets new agenda for JSO

Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters debuted his new leadership team on Tuesday, while promising big changes to how the department manages…

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Hakka Kitchen closing after struggling in pandemic

What started as her life’s passion has so overwhelmed owner Wen Raiti that she is closing her Hakka Kitchen restaurant…

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3 Camden County sheriff’s employees charged in inmate’s beating

Three Camden County Sheriff’s Office employees have been charged in the beating of a 41-year-old inmate inside the county jail.…

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Historic Jacksonville church returns splendor to pipe organ and sanctuary

The mighty music thunders from the hundreds of pipes at the back of the historic nave of Jacksonville’s Basilica of…

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Here’s where Jacksonville’s mayoral candidates stand on key issues

In a crowded debate that featured heavy time constraints, mayoral hopefuls met Monday at the Rotary Club to explain their…

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Still need help from Ian? You have more time.

People in Putnam and St. Johns counties have a little more time to get help for Hurricane Ian damage. The…

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Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving food baskets

The end was near for Tanya May, after waiting in a long line of cars in front of the Mandarin…

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Almost a third of home purchases fall through in Jacksonville

Home purchases in Jacksonville fell through last month at a higher rate than anywhere in the country, according to data…

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USS Orleck may move down the river

The historic warship once known as the “Grey Ghost” may be moving down the St. Johns River to another temporary…

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#AskJAXTDY: More details on ADUs, please

Q. After reading that the Jax City Council had extended the area where local homeowners can build and rent “accessory…

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USS Cooperstown joins fleet at Naval Station Mayport

Another ship has joined the fleet at Naval Station Mayport. The pre-commissioned USS Cooperstown arrived Sunday morning ahead of possibly…

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Ian and Nicole washed away tons of Jacksonville’s beach

Jacksonville’s beaches lost about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, magnifying a need for…

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Jacksonville weighs incentives for Springfield project

Jacksonville is considering $7.5 million in property tax and cash incentives to Corner Lot Development Group for its proposed multifamily,…

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Emotional T.K. Waters sworn in as Jacksonville sheriff

Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters took an oath of office Sunday afternoon, officially becoming the third person to hold the position in…

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EXPLORE: How DeSantis’ congressional map affected Northeast Florida midterms

Republicans narrowly flipped the U.S. House this election cycle, gaining four seats in Florida  — including one in the newly…

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Plaintiffs ask court to reject Jacksonville redistricting map

The Jacksonville City Council failed to fix the problems with its original redistricting plan, plaintiffs argued Friday in a court…

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Jacksonville’s annual pride parade is Sunday, delayed by Hurricane Ian

Jacksonville’s annual LGBTQ pride parade is this Sunday starting at Willbranch Park, more than a month after it was originally…

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Multispecialty surgery center opens on Jacksonville’s Southside

A new medical complex incorporating a multispecialty surgery center and multiple medical offices was officially opened Friday afternoon near Butler…

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Marineland signs were hidden for 80 years — until Tropical Storm Nicole

Rusted and warped, they represent slices of St. Johns County’s cinematic and tourist history of about 80 years ago. Now…

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Florida Coastal law students will have debts canceled

Former students of the now-shuttered Florida Coastal School of Law will soon have their debts canceled. This was made possible…

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Could San Marco flooding be solved by 2024?

San Marco is known for its historic homes, eclectic shopping and dining, riverfront views and street flooding. The part about…

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Youth art show opens at Clay County Courthouse

People going about their normal business in the Clay County Courthouse will experience original art from the community’s youth during…

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Southeastern Grocers exploring sale, report says

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that that Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers Inc., the parent company of Winn-Dixie, Harveys and Fresco…

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Bass tournament comes to Clay County — with a twist

A new competition combining bass fishing and kayaks is coming next year to Clay County. But the Kayak Bass Fishing…

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Roadwork to disrupt Mathews Bridge traffic

Roadwork will disrupt your trip across the Mathews Bridge on the weekend. Eastbound lanes will be shut down Friday night…

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Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters restructures Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Three days before he is sworn in as Jacksonville’s new sheriff, T.K. Waters announced a major restructuring of the department’s…

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Strikes shut down two local Starbucks as part of national protest

Union strikes shut down two Jacksonville Starbucks on Thursday as part of a national protest against management. Nearly 2,000 workers…

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Apartment community breaks ground in North Jacksonville

Fansler Construction announced Nov. 15 it broke ground on its inaugural project, The Note, a 290-unit apartment community in North…

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Warmer, drier winter predicted for Florida

Florida is looking at a warmer and drier than average winter season according to outlooks from NOAA. This follows a…

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ARTS PICKS | Nov. 18-20

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Mystery manufacturer considers West Jacksonville site

A manufacturer code-named Raptor Stone is considering setting up a facility on the designated megasite at Alliance Florida at Cecil…

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Kicker Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against Jaguars dismissed

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo claiming that former coach Urban Meyer kicked…

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Duval school janitor was investigated previously on complaints involving children

New details have been released about a Duval County school janitor accused of sexual battery against a child over multiple…

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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade flows downtown on Thanksgiving weekend

Illuminated boats with glowing holiday themes will cruise around the St. Johns River on Nov. 26 as the annual Jacksonville…

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Outrage grows over Camden jail beating

More outrage is surfacing over the beating of a 41-year-old man at the Camden County Detention Center. The Georgia Bureau…

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Proposed social club seeks $1.3 million in incentives

More than four years after announcing plans to open Mathers Social Gathering–Jacksonville in the historic New York Steam Laundry Building…

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Veterans survey identifies critical needs, but it didn’t reach everyone

A critical needs assessment for First Coast veterans has released its findings, but the data was limited by a lack…

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The holidays are closer than you think, and so are these holiday events

Frightfully chilly weather is coming, and so are some of the most popular outdoor holiday events. Foremost is Saturday’s 6…

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Jacksonville’s soon-to-be sheriff files to run again in 2023

Jacksonville Sheriff-elect T.K. Waters officially takes the oath of office on Sunday, after winning the Nov. 8 special election against…

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School janitor jailed on multiple sexual battery charges

A 62-year-old janitor who has worked for the Duval County School district for almost 30 years is behind bars on…

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Black Restaurant Week puts spotlight on Northeast Florida’s culinary diversity

Nearly a dozen Northeast Florida eateries are participating in Black Restaurant Week.  The Jacksonville restaurants offering special dishes this week…

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Former JEA executives want fraud trial moved

Defense lawyers launched a multi-pronged assault Monday on the federal indictment accusing JEA’s former top executives of conspiracy and wire fraud,…

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NASCAR star Jeff Gordon will highlight The Amelia in March

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon will serve as honoree of The Amelia concours d’elegance on the first weekend of…

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Atlantic Beach may ban homeless from sleeping in public

A proposed ordinance in Atlantic Beach would restrict where the homeless could sleep or camp out. Introduced for its first…

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Paysafe plans North American headquarters in Jacksonville

London-based Paysafe Ltd., a financial technology company that offers payment services, plans to open its North American headquarters in Jacksonville…

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Small plane makes emergency landing on the beach

A small plane made an emergency landing Monday morning at Anastasia State Park’s beach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.…

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Take the kids to the zoo or museum — for free

There are two two weeks left in Kids Free November, a Visit Jacksonville initiative to encourage families to check out…

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Bus delayed? You may get an alert from Duval Schools

Duval County Public Schools have rolled out a new way to notify families when their child’s school bus was running…

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Jacksonville approves expansion of ‘accessory dwelling units’

The Jacksonville City Council has passed legislation that expands where accessory dwelling units — ADUs — can be built and…

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St. Johns County assesses extent of Nicole’s wrath

Tropical Storm Nicole pummeled the coastline in St. Johns County, but it will take time to figure how many homes…

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Floodwaters remain on Ken Knight Drive after flowing through homes

Matt Mitchell walked to the back of the home he is renovating on Ken Knight Drive to show how far…

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St. Johns Golf Club reopening after $8 million renovation

The St. Johns County Golf Club has scheduled its reopening for 1 p.m. Nov. 29 after an $8 million renovation…

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Flood warning continues in Nicole’s wake

Muddy remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole’s flooding pooled Friday morning on Riverside and San Marco streets, and a flood warning…

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Military lounge will replace USO at Jacksonville airport

The airport lounge for traveling U-S military and their families will have a new place to relax at Jacksonville International…

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Duval’s colon cancer rate is higher than Florida’s. A local doctor studied whether personal phone calls about screening could help. 

When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts this week it will serve as a cinematic eulogy to Chadwick Boseman. The actor…

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Pete’s Bar bash is back with a hitch — the Clydesdales

The annual Pete’s Giving event in Neptune Beach on Thanksgiving Day will have some famous visitors this year — the…

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Tropical Storm Nicole has moved on, but risks remain

Tropical Storm Nicole might have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe outside. Kevin Guthrie, director for the Florida Division…

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Loan approved for affordable housing in Arlington

The Jacksonville City Council approved a $5 million, low-interest loan to The Vestcor Companies Inc. to help finance Madison Palms,…

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Tractor-trailer overturns on Dames Point Bridge

An overturned tractor-trailer closed northbound lanes of the Dames Point Bridge on Thursday morning. The incident happened just before 9:30…

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ARTS PICKS | Nov. 11-13

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Deadlines extended for voters with ballot problems

Thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole, voters have a few extra days to fix any problems with their ballots from the…

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Nicole races across Florida; flooding swamps the First Coast

Hurricane Nicole made landfall about 3 a.m. Thursday near Vero Beach and quickly weakened to a tropical storm, but Northeast…

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Brace yourself: Tropical Storm Nicole is moving into Northeast Florida

The outer edge of massive Tropical Storm Nicole reached Northeast Florida on Wednesday, bringing widespread cancellations and the potential for…

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T.K. Waters is Jacksonville’s next sheriff

T.K. Waters, a former chief of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, will take over the top seat after securing…

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St. Johns County says no to higher sales tax

St. Johns County voters were adamant: They do not want to pay more sales tax. Voters on Tuesday defeated a…

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Aaron Bean leads GOP wave in congressional races

Aaron Bean will be Northeast Florida’s representative in the newly drawn Congressional District 4. The Fernandina Beach resident comfortably defeated…

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Northeast Florida Republicans carry the day in state Legislature

As with their fellow Republicans farther up the ballot, GOP candidates for seats in the state Legislature dominated yesterday’s midterm…

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Here’s everything that’s closing for Tropical Storm Nicole

More events and businesses are closing or rescheduling as Tropical Storm Nicole creeps closer.We’ll add to this list as they’re…

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Veterans Day Parade canceled in Jacksonville

With Tropical Storm Nicole approaching, Jacksonville has canceled the Veterans Day Parade and breakfast scheduled for Friday morning. Mayor Lenny…

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Evacuations recommended ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole, approaching hurricane strength, is bearing down on Florida, and a tropical storm warning has been issued for…

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Oceanfront home on Amelia Island sells for record $13.35 million

An oceanfront home at 43 Ocean Club Drive on Amelia Island has sold for $13.35 million. It is the most…

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Apartments approved to replace Adventure Landing

The Jacksonville Beach City Council says a proposal to replace the Adventure Landing amusement and water park with a 415-unit…

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Trailblazer Dr. Charles B. McIntosh paves path for clinic, community center in Northwest Jax

A smile slowly crept across Dr. Charles B. McIntosh’s face as he watched the unveiling last week of a rendering…

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EXPLORE: Duval GOP leads early voting ahead of Election Day

About 30% of registered Duval County voters have already cast a ballot – that’s more than 136,000 people who voted…

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Jacksonville Zoo renovation takes major step forward

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is 75% of the way toward its $52 million “Rezoovenation” fundraising campaign, with a $2.25…

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Subtropical Storm Nicole could mirror Ian on the First Coast

More wind, rain and possible storm surges are coming our way as the Atlantic hurricane season aims one more punch…

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Eastside may be bound for national historic designation

The six tiny shotgun houses that sit snugly together along Oakley Street are faded, chipped and sagging, showing every bit…

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Lawsuit refiled against Duval Schools over gender instruction law

Parents, students and a nonprofit group have filed a revised lawsuit against Duval and three other school districts, challenging a…

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Subtropical Storm Nicole could approach hurricane strength as it nears Florida

Subtropical Storm Nicole formed overnight Monday and is forecast to strengthen as it approaches Florida on Thursday. As of early…

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Homes evacuated after fire at Brunswick chemical plant

Residents in Georgia — the Hickory Bluff and Sanctuary Cove areas — have been asked to evacuate and shelter in…

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‘Poll chaplains’ prep for Jacksonville Election Day

Southside Jacksonville evangelist Doris Rodgers spent her Friday morning posted outside the Northside’s Highlands Regional Library, one of Jacksonville’s early…

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After fits and starts, Jacksonville council approves new districts

Under the gun of a tight deadline, the Jacksonville City Council on Friday approved a new map of council districts…

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Persimmon Festival celebrates urban agriculture on First Coast

The local nursery Eat Your Yard Jax is having its second annual Persimmon Festival this weekend. Eat Your Yard Jax…

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TIAA Bank Field will keep its name for some time

The announcement Thursday that TIAA is selling its Jacksonville-based bank means the city-owned stadium and home of the Jacksonville Jaguars…

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Three sentenced in Duval County voting schemes

Sentences were handed down in Jacksonville this week in two voting-related crimes, according to the State Attorney’s Office. And a…

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Jacksonville City Council plans to vote today on new district maps

The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as…

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Candlelight vigil fights rash of antisemitic messages

Flames flickered in the hands of dozens Thursday night at James Weldon Johnson Park as community groups gathered with local…

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PHOTO ESSAY | Unity vigil to denounce anti-Semitism in Jacksonville

Mariam Feist was direct: It is going to take a community-wide effort to “combat the root causes of bias.” Feist,…

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City Council rolls back redistricting changes

The Jacksonville City Council is committing to an all-day meeting Friday to finalize a proposed map of new city council…

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At long last, curbside recycling returns in Clay County

After more than 15 months, Clay County is going to resume curbside recycling. Pickup will resume Dec. 5 for the…

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$1 million fund established to combat antisemitism

In response to rising hate speech, a $1 million fund has been established to combat antisemitism in the Jacksonville area.…

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#AskJAXTDY: Where can recyclables be dropped off?

Q: Jacksonville Today reader Marla P. has a problem when it comes to her household recyclable items: Her condo building…

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TIAA Bank will be sold and renamed

TIAA announced Thursday that it is selling its Jacksonville-based bank to a group of investment funds to focus on its…

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St. Johns County doctor accused of illegally distributing prescription drugs

A St. Johns County doctor faces charges of illegally distributing prescription medication. According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office,…

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Employees can’t shield messages in Ascension malpractice case

An appeals court Wednesday rejected an attempt by employees of Ascension St. Vincent’s hospital to shield text messages from being…

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Police confronted antisemitic protesters on I-10, report shows

The day before someone splashed antisemitic messages around Downtown Jacksonville, police confronted a small group of men hanging similar banners…

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Jacksonville homicides hit high point two months before 2023

The victims range from a 15-year-old boy shot dead on March 12 on 103rd Street, to an 82-year-old woman who…

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Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jaguars head coach, dies of brain disease

Judy Coughlin, wife of former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, died Wednesday of an incurable brain disease. Coughlin revealed…

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Riverside Avondale Preservation supporters fight redistricting plan

A leader of Riverside Avondale Preservation said Wednesday that residents of the historic neighborhood will “fight hard” against a proposed…

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ARTS PICKS | Nov. 4-6

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday…

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Right whale protections pit Rubio and Scott against environmentalists

Proposals to protect endangered right whales from extinction have put Florida’s two U.S. senators at odds with environmentalists. Senators from…

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Ian housing aid still available in Putnam and St. Johns counties

Several types of housing assistance remain available for residents of Putnam and St. Johns counties whose homes were damaged or…

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Condom demo policy approved; more sex ed changes coming in Duval

The Duval County school district has published new, proposed sex education materials ahead of a public vote next month. The…

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City Council redistricting moves forward with two maps and little public input

A special redistricting committee of the Jacksonville City Council is moving forward with two draft maps ahead of a Nov.…

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Southwest Florida still desperate for supplies

They’re calling it a “flash donation drive” — the flash mob version of collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian.…

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Volunteer group establishes beachhead in Jax to help veteran-owned businesses

Military veterans with a solid plan for a new business have a new volunteer-run organization to help them get it…

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Over protests, UF selects Ben Sasse as its next president

The University of Florida on Tuesday formally selected Ben Sasse as its next president, setting aside concerns that the appointment…

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Cumberland Island seeks feedback on visitor plan

A management plan that will help visitors better enjoy the 40-square-mile Cumberland Island National Seashore barrier island off St. Marys,…

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Nassau County adds 20th park — a ‘dream come true’

The first 40-acre phase of Nassau County’s 20th park officially opens Tuesday on Edwards Road, just west of Interstate 95.…

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Jacksonville’s DePaul School sees high demand for dyslexia methods

Jacksonville’s DePaul School is seeing high demand for its approach to teaching kids with dyslexia The condition is a language-based…

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JaxPort gets $23.5 million grant to lower emissions

The Jacksonville Port Authority has received a $23.5 million federal grant to fund part of the port’s $47 million program…

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Prosecution unlikely for antisemitic messages around Jacksonville

The antisemitic messages plastered around Jacksonville over the weekend were disturbing and distasteful, but they probably weren’t criminal, legal experts…

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100,000 have voted early in Northeast Florida

A week into early voting, Republicans in Northeast Florida are going to the polls in far greater numbers than Democrats.…

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T.K. Waters leads sheriff race in new UNF poll

T.K. Waters, the Republican candidate for Jacksonville sheriff, leads Democratic opponent Lakesha Burton by 5 points in a poll released…

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Antisemitic messages shake Jacksonville

Antisemitic messages displayed around Jacksonville — including TIAA Bank Field — brought outrage from state and local leaders and questions…

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More conflict roils Jacksonville sheriff race

The debate over whether a former Jacksonville sheriff’s candidate traded his endorsement for a job got deeper and more confusing…

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Jury recommends death in killing of 2 Putnam boys

After a long week of sentencing hearing testimony, a Putnam County jury unanimously recommended the death penalty Friday for Mark…

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Town homes fill budget niche in Northeast Florida

The dream of purchasing a first home conjures thoughts of a detached home with a fenced yard, two-car garage and…

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National RSV surge hits Jacksonville

Respiratory syncytial virus — RSV — is surging across the U.S., and Jacksonville kids aren’t being spared. Dr. Mobeen Rathore,…

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Walmart Health to open 3 more clinics in Jacksonville

Walmart will open three health centers in Jacksonville as part of 16 expected in Florida by fall 2023. The Jacksonville…

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Florida family scammed by fake real estate deal in Jacksonville

A fake real estate agent scammed a Port Charlotte family into leasing a Northwest Jacksonville home that it had no…

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ARTS PICKS | Oct. 28-30

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Tonight…

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Demand for office space grows in Jacksonville

The number of unused or unoccupied office spaces around Jacksonville, which jumped during the COVID-19 pandemic, is decreasing at the…

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Gators and Dawgs descend on Jacksonville; what you need to know to get around.

Football fans descending on TIAA Bank Field for Saturday’s classic Georgia-Florida game will find familiar surroundings: lots of traffic and…

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People trust Jacksonville nonprofits; they have less faith in government

The nonprofit sector is the third most trusted institution in the Jacksonville area, just behind individual volunteers and the military,…

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JEA customers will finally get a reprieve

After a summer of high bills, JEA customers may finally experience some relief — for a month, at least. The…

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Amazon developer explores Craig Airport land for delivery center

An apparent Amazon.com delivery station is in review for Jacksonville Aviation Authority property targeted for industrial development near Jacksonville Executive…

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NOV. 8 VOTER GUIDE: Duval, Alachua Soil and Water Conservation Districts

These are the candidates for soil and water conservation district in Duval and Alachua counties. Soil and water conservation districts…

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Black pastors demand meeting with sheriff over sergeant’s tweets

A group of Jacksonville clergy are demanding that the Sheriff’s Office take action against the sergeant who apparently posted disparaging…

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Nassau jailer fired and charged with beating inmate

A corrections officer in Nassau County has been fired and charged with battery after an inmate was beaten, pepper-sprayed and…

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Advocates pressure Jacksonville on redistricting

With time running out, pressure is mounting on Jacksonville City Council to create new council maps that advocates say will…

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Atlantic Beach bans smoking at beach and parks

In Atlantic Beach, it’s now illegal to use the beach as a giant ashtray. Citing health and environmental concerns, the…

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Could Duval’s Black voters dictate the Florida midterms? 

Moné Holder does not need to be reminded of the importance of next month’s elections. “If we’re about to energize,…

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JSO investigates reports of sergeant’s racist social media posts

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has begun an investigation into a sergeant accused of posting racist messages on social media. Internal…

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‘Part of the fabric of Jacksonville’: Contract talks loom for Florida-Georgia game

It is a college pigskin classic that annually nets about $20 million for Jacksonville’s economy as fans from Florida and…