First Coast

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

Joy Kader / WJCT News

Local organizations are joining forces to help the youngest and most vulnerable homeless people of the First Coast.

The cast of the Broadway and classic film “Show Boat” is performing at the Alhambra Theatre through April 2.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

We’re just days away from the start of the Florida legislative session.

From bills impacting how children on the First Coast play and exercise in schools to someday soon being able to have a vodka tonic while sitting at your favorite bistro in some of Jacksonville's historic districts, on this episode of Redux, we’re going to bring you what we’re keeping an eye on during the session.

Then, if you work downtown or just happen to be downtown during lunch, the food truck invasion has arrived. But first, in honor of Women’s History Month, we bring you a discussion with a pioneer of gender equality and Jacksonville resident, Nancy Hogshead-Makar.


Amy Hadden / WJCT News

A Jacksonville afterschool program is going to get new computers and sports equipment, thanks to a $5,000 gift from the Carnival cruise line.

Policy Matters: Becoming A True River City

Mar 2, 2017
WJCT staff

On the March 2017 edition of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney speaks with Jacksonville City Council President Lori Boyer about capitalizing on one of the city’s greatest assets: an abundance of water.


A legal group that has fought against same-sex marriage helped a Jacksonville man file a lawsuit Monday to invalidate the recently passed Human Rights Ordinance laws, prohibiting discrimination against the LBGT community.

Roger Gannam, a Liberty Counsel lawyer, said the Jacksonville HRO was written too vaguely under Florida law and the authors of the HRO removed language required for the bill without outlining the changes it would make.


 It’s the little things in life that matter the most, like sno-cones. That’s what local author Abby Vega talks about in her memoir “Sno-Cone Diaries: A Sweet Route to Happiness.”

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Everything from mandatory recess to testing schedules is up for debate during the state legislative session that begins next week.

Rep. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, and Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, laid out their education agendas to members of Duval County’s Parent Teacher Association Tuesday.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is rethinking his bill aimed at getting ex-offenders jobs, which has received pushback from contractors over some of the bill’s original requirements.

Dennis rolled out some possible amendments Tuesday morning at a special meeting about the bill.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Updated 2/28 3:06 p.m.

Jacksonville City Council members heard concerns Monday from Springfield residents about a proposed legal settlement between the city and two disability-rights nonprofits.

The settlement, in part, mandates the city approve a permit for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless,  at 139 Cottage Ave., or face a battle in court.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The annual Florida legislative session begins next week. Among the bills lawmakers will consider is one giving property tax breaks to people who suffered damage as a result of hurricanes last year.

The measure would reimburse certain First Coast homeowners for property taxes paid on houses destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.


A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry shared a pizza lunch with students in a Lee High School leadership class Monday afternoon.

The students, who have been meeting with city and federal leaders going on two years,  want to change the juvenile justice system and reduce violence in their community.

Students were grabbing sodas and piling plates with slices of pizza and cheesy bread in the mayor’s boardroom as they sat around a long rectangular table.


Serena Summerfield / WJCT News

The YMCA integrated with Baptist North Medical Campus as part of a new wellness and medical center on the Northside.

The three-story building, at the intersection of I-295 and Dunn Avenue, opened Monday and offers area residents a full spectrum of healthy living resources, including fitness and wellness programs for adults and families, as well as a KidZone.


Jacksonville LGBT advocates are concerned about a bill making its way through the Florida House.

Florida House Bill 17, sponsored by Palm Bay Republican Randy Fine, would repeal local business regulations not specifically authorized by state law.


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