First Coast

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

FDOT

Another traffic project is about to get underway in Jacksonville.


Times-Union's Ron Littlepage Ends Decades-Long 'Great Ride'

Dec 13, 2017
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An era is ending at Jacksonville's daily newspaper as columnist Ron Littlepage prepares to head off into the sunset of his retirement.

Fathom Systems

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday handed down 53 recommendations to various organizations for how they could beef up safety two years after cargo ship El Faro sank in the Caribbean, killing all 33 aboard.


Baby, 2 Adults Found Dead In Woodland Acres Home

Dec 13, 2017
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A baby, a man and a woman were found dead Tuesday night inside a Woodland Acres home after a Christmas tree caught fire, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

National Transportation Safety Board

With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the demise of cargo ship El Faro Tuesday, the families of the lost crew can close the book on a 30,500 hour effort to figure out precisely how the ship came to rest on the ocean’s floor.


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Florida agriculture leaders say the latest projected decline in citrus production underscores a dire need for federal disaster relief after Hurricane Irma.

Corrine Brown Asks To Stay Out Of Prison While Appeal Is Completed

Dec 12, 2017
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Corrine Brown wants to remain a free woman as she awaits the outcome of her appeal after she was convicted in a federal corruption case and sentenced to five years in prison.

State Panel Supports Making It Harder To Raise Taxes

Dec 12, 2017
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A measure that would require future tax or fee increases to be approved by two-thirds votes of the Legislature is ready for consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission.

JEA

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
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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.

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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.


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