First Coast

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


JEA Board Chairman Alan Howard took a moment at the end of Tuesday’s board meeting to reiterate his request that the city-owned utility examine the issue of privatization with all due haste.

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Wawa, the convenience store chain based in Pennsylvania, officially opens its first two First Coast area stores on Wednesday.

Man accused Of Planning Mosque Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

Dec 12, 2017

A man accused of planning a mass shooting at the Islamic Center of North East Florida pleaded not guilty Tuesday before a federal judge.

@SanMarcoTrain on Twitter

Recently a lively voice popped up on Jacksonville’s Twitter scene that takes potshots at politicians, sports figures, media folks, and yes,  the infamous San Marco train crossing.

El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing more than 70 findings and 50-plus recommendations following its more than two-years-long investigation into cargo ship El Faro’s sinking.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

APR Energy and the John and Suzanne Campion Foundation are donating a total of $15,000 to the Sulzbacher Center and the Children’s Home Society just in time for the holidays.

Tuesday and Wednesday the energy company and nonprofit foundation are presenting the checks to the two organizations to help them accomplish their missions during the holidays.

The Children’s Home Society is a child welfare organization that provides counseling and health services to kids and teens, connects foster parents to children in need, and runs food pantries, among other things.

City of St. Augustine

It’s clear St. Augustine’s archeological zones and historic downtown are vulnerable to anticipated sea level rise along the coast, according to a report released through a state and federal pilot program.

But what isn’t clear is how fast and how high waters will ultimately swell.

James Willamor / Wikimedia Commons

A new interactive website launched Monday that lets Jacksonville residents see what’s happening with the area’s tree canopy.

Asim Patel / Wikimedia Commons

Grab a heavy blanket, a thermos of hot chocolate and a lawn chair. You’ll need them if you want to watch the Geminid meteor shower this week on the First Coast.

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Abandoned in 1999, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church is one of the largest buildings still standing in Brooklyn that date back to the Jacksonville neighborhood's days before demolition and gentrification.

Florida Democrats Choose New Leader

Dec 11, 2017
Florida Democratic Party

Terrie Rizzo, who began her political career as a campaign volunteer a little more than a dozen years ago, has been selected by Florida Democrats to lead their party for the next three years.


It was a violent Sunday night as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was called to four separate violent incidents, all within a few hours. 

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan / U.S. Navy

Santa is making the rounds across the First Coast.


One of the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma has come to an end Friday in Clay County.

The Salvation Army

With overnight lows expected to get into the 30s over the weekend, area shelters are preparing accommodations for the homeless who might otherwise be out in the elements all night.