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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to include the correct Food and Drug Administration guideline for mosquito repellant usage.

Summer is right around the corner, and along with the heat and rain will come more mosquitoes — mosquitoes possibly carrying the Zika virus.

WG Pitts

A new craft brewery is set to open in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood this summer, and another one in Murray Hill is looking for a storefront.

The latest offerings will bring the number of Jacksonville breweries to 10. But even with so many choices, the town continues to be quite thirsty for local beer.


downtown  Jacksonville fireworks
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Duval County’s immigrant population has grown significantly since 2010, according to new U.S. Census numbers.

More than 20,000 people resettled in Jacksonville over that period — most of them from outside the U.S.


Green Cove Springs

The city of Green Cove Springs is getting state money to refurbish the park that once made it famous.

After decades of disrepair, Spring Park will receive $2.6 million in improvements, including a new concessions building, a concert venue and a children’s water park.


The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott signed into law a slew of bills Friday, including one measure allowing the city of Jacksonville to extend a sales tax beyond its sunset date to shore up its indebted pension accounts. The law simply gives the city the ability to take the extension question to voters.

CNN

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.  


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Westbound Interstate 10 between Chaffee Road and U.S. Route 301 will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. while crews install overhead bridge beams for the First Coast Expressway project.

Traffic will be diverted to Beaver Street and back to westbound I-10.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

With Easter on Sunday, animal rescuers warn against surprising the kids with a pet bunny or duckling because these animals often end up homeless.  

Celestial Farms on Jacksonville’s Northside is home to many of these forgotten critters, including roosters, goats, sheep and pigs.

 


New Town Success Zone

Low-income families living in Jacksonville’s New Town Success zone are getting a state cash infusion after Governor Rick Scott signed off Tuesday on close to $1 million for the community project.


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JACKSONVILLE – The Main Street Bridge rehabilitation project in downtown Jacksonville will begin this week.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Some Riverside residents are upset about a proposed restaurant that would open on their street, saying the late-night eatery would disrupt the low-key, residential tone of the street.

 


Two Jacksonville authors are among the winners of the annual Florida Book Awards.

In the General Fiction category, the silver medal goes to Jacksonville’s Gracie L. Chandler for her book: “Free to Be.”

The historical novel is the story of South Carolina slaves who work for the federal government during the Civil War.  “Free to Be” is Chandler’s first published novel.

City of Jacksonville

Updated, 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 22:   

Every Jacksonville City Council meeting begins with an invocation — but the one before this evening’s meeting was different from all the others before it.

Vince Kong / WJCT

JACKSONVILLE - Months after numerous neighborhoods around Jacksonville were flooded with fliers for the Ku Klux Klan, more fliers popped up Sunday morning in San Marco and Riverside.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT News

Around 70 "creators" have signed up to compete in next month’s much shorter Jacksonville One Spark Festival.

The projects will compete for eyes, investment and customers for one day in early April.


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