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News affecting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns or Clay counties.

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitor and Convention Bureau

St. Johns County expects a record number of beach goers this Fourth of July.

To help ease the crush of vehicles and the frustration of finding parking, the county is offering a free “Reach the Beach” shuttle service to two prime beach front locations in the county.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office / Wikimedia Commons

Two Jacksonville men are off to prison for illegally supplying and distributing anabolic steroids.

Child Calls 911 After Father Shot, Killed In Moncrief Home

Jul 2, 2018
Via News4Jax

A father was shot and killed while at home with his son early Monday morning.

Residence Inn Concept Under Review For Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood

Jul 2, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board has workshopped design possibilities for a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel proposed in Brooklyn.

Todd Barrow / Flickr

A lot of people will be ending their Wednesday sitting on blankets on the beach watching fireworks over the Atlantic.

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

A handful of companies are seeking public incentives to relocate to Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about a couple of the biggest asks currently before the city and state.

That’s this week’s Business Brief.


Generation Orbit

Generation Orbit Launch Services, operating out Jacksonville’s Cecil Spaceport, has announced the completion of a liquid rocket engine test, a necessary step toward its hopeful first launch next year.

November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and two Frenchmen have found a unique way to say thanks to the vintage motorcycle that helped liberate Europe.

Study: Jaguars Fans Among NFL's Worst

Jun 29, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The Jaguars have one of the worst fan bases in the NFL, according to a study released Sunday by a marketing professor from Emory University.

Suspended Glynn County Officer, 2 Others Dead In Domestic Shooting, SWAT Standoff

Jun 29, 2018
Via The Florida Times-Union

A troubled Glynn County, Ga., police lieutenant is dead after a SWAT standoff at his home. Two others were also killed in McIntosh County, authorities confirmed Friday morning.

Convergys - With 700 Jacksonville Employees - Agrees To $2.8 Billion Buyout

Jun 29, 2018
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Convergys Corp., a Cincinnati-based company with a significant Jacksonville operation, announced a $2.8 billion buyout agreement late Thursday.

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Rezoning is in review for Baymeadows Park, the proposed commercial development on part of the former Baymeadows Golf Club.

Developer Drops Julington-Durbin Creek Land Swap Plan

Jun 28, 2018
Adam Arendell

A developer is abandoning a controversial land swap involving 403 acres of environmentally sensitive land on Black Hammock Island and a plan to develop a like-size tract in the Julington-Durbin Preserve. Instead, he intends to sell the Black Hammock land to the state for conservation. 

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Clay County is celebrating an “A” grade after two years of “B”s. The district improved 3 percentage points from last year, tying it with Nassau and Liberty counties for eighth place.

Middle Passage Project

 

For 350 years, ships brought 12 million Africans to be enslaved in what is now the United States. Millions of others didn’t survive the trip.

Saint Augustine and Amelia Island were among the 50 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts where the slaves were sold.

Now the Middle Passage and Port Markers Project aims to place memorials at each of the ports.

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