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Stories about the people in our community.

Anthony M. Inswasty

The Chamblin bookstore will be celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday at its uptown location, 215 N. Laura St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Laura Street will be closed for the celebration.

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A 10-mile stretch of Duval County beach between the St. Johns River and St. Johns County is slated for renourishment this summer.  Sand lost to erosion will be replaced with sand dredged up from the ocean floor. 

The project has the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol scrambling to find and relocate as many sea turtle nests as possible before the eggs get buried too deep.  


First Coast Connect: The Brit Rose Foundation

Jul 6, 2016
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Brittney Rose Serpa was a young, beautiful, and bubbly 18-year-old excitedly making plans for her freshman year at Ole’ Miss when she became a victim to cyberbullying. She also had struggled with mental illness since her early teens.

On a Monday, a complete stranger began the attack, and by Thursday she had taken her own life. Her mother, Tori Serpa of Jacksonville Beach, decided to turn her family's tragedy into a movement to help others by founding the Brit Rose Foundation.

Sulzbacher Center

Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center homeless shelter is helping students start the school year with a new wardrobe.

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Dozens of volunteers showed up at Neptune Beach bright and early this morning, ready to pick up trash left by July 4 revelers.

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The Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville, one of the founders of Table of Abraham, hosted a Ramadan fast-breaking event Thursday night.

Haroon Moghul, an expert on Islam, U.S. foreign policy and religious identity, was the keynote speaker where he spoke about celebrating Ramadan, and where extremism comes from and what the Muslim community can do about it.

Vince Kong / WJCT

In our Chasing the Dream series, WJCT looked at the thousands of Jacksonville residents on the wait list for housing vouchers, as well as as those struggling to avoid eviction from public housing.

Now, the series examines options available to people who qualify for public housing but, for one reason or another, choose to live somewhere else.

Weekly humor columnist for the St. Augustine Record Brian Thompson won second place in the Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 column contest with his piece, “A True Disney dream come true.”

Thompson discusses where his inspiration came from for his award-winning piece and his passion for humor writing on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect.


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In our series on poverty and housing, Chasing the Dream, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents struggling to keep decent roofs over their heads.

This segment explores how living in public housing comes with rules and the constant threat of eviction for breaking them.


For low-income families, it can be frustrating finding a decent, affordable place to live. 

The Jacksonville Housing Authority works with the federal government to try to give people roofs over their heads — but thousands more people need homes than the agency can provide.


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