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David White has been one of the captains at the helm of the St. Johns River Ferry’s Jean Ribault 40-car vessel for five years.

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Mayo Clinic submitted a permit application for a $50 million Mayo South Building Addition, a project announced a year ago as part of growth at the Jacksonville campus.

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The Jacksonville nonprofit Changing Homelessness is asking for volunteers next month to help survey the city’s homeless population, especially those who once wore a uniform.

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Lillie’s Coffee Bar, a staple in Neptune Beach, will close at the end of the month.

Debbie Criman opened Lillie’s with her sister a little over five years ago. Criman says it was always a dream of theirs. But negotiations with their landlord recently broke down.


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The Beaches Branch Library located in Neptune Beach is getting some renovations in the near future.

A meeting about the planned library improvements is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

The meeting is at the Beaches Branch Library on Third Street, blocks away from downtown Neptune Beach. City officials will be giving a presentation about upcoming changes to the library.

The library was partially renovated last year. But the city terminated the contractor and is now seeking a new one.

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It’s nearly Fourth of July weekend, and officials are reminding Northeast Florida residents to stay safe when taking part in water activities.

Max Ervanian of Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue says the biggest problem lifeguards faced last Fourth of July was beachgoers’ not listening to or complying with guards.

“All of our lifeguards will whistle at someone because they feel like those people are in danger," he said. "My lifeguards are 100 percent willing to educate all bathers and beachgoers on the dangers of different ocean conditions that happen.”

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Florida has set a tourism record for a single quarter. Tourism marketer VISIT FLORIDA is reporting more than 28 million visitors arrived between January and March in 2015. WJCT went to the Florida Welcome Center on Interstate 95 to see what was drawing them in.

When asked why he was visiting Florida, Wayne Phillips, from Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, said he loved Florida. He said he was going to spend his vacation at Ormond Beach.

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The United States has added over two million housings units to the nation's coast in the last 20 years, and construction is not slowing down, according to a new report from Reuters.

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A local organization is putting an undersea spin on a familiar adage, proving that one man's trash is another creature's home.

On Friday, August 2, the Fred Morrow Reef, an artificial reef made of recycled construction debris, was deployed 12 miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The project was undertaken by Jacksonville-based non-profit TISIRI.

The debris, over 700 tons of clean recycled concrete material, was provided by Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine and Georgia-based White Oak Contracting, Inc.

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WJCT First Read : Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country.

Rubio slams Obamacare at Jax event: Florida's junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio told a crowd at the Jacksonville Rotary Club that President Obama should be blamed if the federal government shuts down on October 1 due to congressional inaction. (WJCT) 

Hidden Gems: Hanna Park

Jun 17, 2013
Catherine Byerly

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

Just a few miles north of better known beach locations is Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Slightly off the beaten path and worth the three dollars (cash only!) to get in, Hanna Park is more than just beach access. 

Hanna Park gives locals prime mountain biking, surfing and fishing access in a secluded 450-acre swath of northeast Florida wilderness.

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Jacksonville City Council Vice-President Bill Gulliford has been elected to be the Council President for upcoming council year. The vote was unanimous.

Gulliford says the two biggest issues facing the Council over the next year will be the budget and pension reform.

The Alvin Brown administration has come up with pension  reform plan with several of the city's unions.

A deal to modify the pension of new hires in police and fire was introduced to the city council Tuesday night.