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News impacting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns and Clay counties.

VIDEO: Exploring NE Florida's Dutton Island Park & Preserve

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Sean Lahav / University of North Florida's Environmental Center

WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Dutton Island Park & Preserve, Dutton Island Drive

With residential neighborhoods along its edges, Dutton Island Preserve offers an escape into nature in west Atlantic Beach.

National Fair Housing Alliance

Jacksonville city attorneys have been granted a deadline extension as they grapple with the details of a settlement allowing for a Springfield apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The U.S. Justice Department found the city violated disability and fair housing laws when it rejected the permit for the complex sought by nonprofit Ability Housing.

A new national survey finds disability prejudice is the most common form of housing discrimination.


City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council passed Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension-reform plan Monday.

Though some members admit it isn't a silver bullet for all of the city’s funding problems, all agree it is the best plan they’ve seen because it includes a dedicated funding source — a half-cent sales tax that will cover pension costs after it was set to end in 2030.

In Curry’s closing remarks at the special council meeting, he issued a warning.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

With two weeks left in the legislative session, some Jacksonville elder care providers are rallying supporters against a Senate-proposed change to how nursing homes are funded.


Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

On this episode of Redux, downtown investment is back in the spotlight. This time, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is at the helm.

Then, Earth Day is this weekend and its purpose is to demonstrate support for environmental protection. But no matter where you stand on the issue, residents of St. Augustine have a very practical reason to care — especially if you live anywhere near the shore.

We also bring you an update on the medical marijuana policy debate going on right now in Tallahassee, as well as a piece about ballet in Lavilla and one about what’s coming soon to Springfield.  


Facebook group: Uber Jacksonville

Update 4/21: This story has been updated to include Schellenberg's reaction to Crescimbeni's bill.  

After four years of fierce debate, Florida lawmakers this week passed state regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

If Gov. Rick Scott signs the measure, all local regulations for the app-based transportation companies would be void.

One Jacksonville city councilman said the new law has him determined to level the playing field by deregulating traditional taxicabs, while another is hailing it as a victory.

Mark Foley / The Florida House

A Miami state Senator apologized Wednesday for using racist and sexist language to describe a number of his colleagues, including Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville.


Iguana Investments

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority moved forward with a plan to redevelop 70 acres of riverfront property downtown.

Officials gave the green light Tuesday to a proposal by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment firm Iguana Investments.


Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Crews continue to battle a huge wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Georgia and has now spread to Northeast Florida.

VIDEO: Exploring NE Florida's Cedar Point Preserve

Apr 17, 2017
Sean Lahav / UNF's Environmental Center

WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Lindsey Kilbride

Jacksonville’s Ritz Theatre and Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit, detailing 40 years of one of the first predominantly black ballet companies in the U.S.

The exhibit about the Dance Theatre of Harlem runs from Saturday through the end of July at the Ritz, located in Lavilla.


Wikimedia Commons

The University of North Florida is hosting a meet and greet with World War II veterans and prisoners of war Monday.


Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

What started out as a peaceful protest devolved into violence last week.

On this episode of Redux, we’ll get you up to speed on the who, why and what exactly happened in Hemming Park.

Then, the life and times of one of Jacksonville’s most infamous characters were brought to the stage last week — a portrait of serial killer Ottis Toole. Find out why these Jacksonville University academics decided to bring this story to the stage.

And finally, we'll bring you a story about the world’s oldest skate park.


Amy Hadden

Empty storefronts still line both sides of Main Street, which runs through the heart of one of Jacksonville’s historic districts. Many spaces are reminiscent of the area's heyday in the early 1900s. But some of the old haunts are now filled with sounds of construction as new businesses move into the Springfield neighborhood.


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emtyage via Flickr

The rate of syphilis infection has risen 130 percent in Duval County over the past three years to the highest infection rate the county has seen in two decades. Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are also on the rise.

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