First Coast

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

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There’s the Shipyard’s project, the Metropolitan Park project, the District, the Daily’s Place Amphitheater Project and of course the Laura Street Trio.

In other words, there isn’t a shortage of things to do when talking about revitalizing downtown Jacksonville, and we’re going to bring you the latest on this episode of Redux.

Also, with Super Bowl Sunday just days away, we'll being you a story about football, and how the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to the past to revive the franchise — and possibly the city. 


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                                                       Updated Friday 2/4 at 9:30 a.m.

Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford said he’s planning to introduce an option for the public to vote on whether the city's’ human rights ordinances should protect LGBT people.

 

Gulliford announced his plans at a special City Hall meeting Thursday, where he invited speakers to discuss issues with a human-rights bill already moving through the council.

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Military equipment manufacturer GRACE Aerospace is moving its headquarters to Jacksonville.

That means the New York-based company’s existing, five person, workforce in Jacksonville is set to grow sixfold.

Company president Steven Carlo said the weather was just one of a few reasons his company decided to make the move south.

“It’s 25 and snowing at home and 75 here, so it’s sort of just a given. There are some real positives — the taxes don't hurt either,” he said.

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A public health crisis spinning out of control.

That’s how Dr. Valarie Rao, medical examiner for Florida’s 4th District, describes North Florida's opioid epidemic. The district encompasses Duval, Clay, Nassau, Hamilton and Columbia Counties.

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After Governor Rick Scott slashed millions of dollars for Northeast Florida projects last year, First Coast lawmakers are entering March’s legislative session ready to play defense.

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is angling for more state money for his region.


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The heart of Jacksonville’s downtown could be getting a hotel, apartment space, retail, offices, dining options and a rooftop bar.

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority recommended Wednesday nearly $10 million in city incentives for the developers of four historic buildings near Hemming Park.


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Jacksonville has been ranked as having one of the worst dating scenes in the country, according to the latest studies and statistics of WalletHub, a personal finance website.

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Hundreds of people protested Tuesday in front of the Duval County Courthouse before marching to City Hall.

The “no human is illegal” protesters rallied against President Trump’s order to temporarily ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.


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Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio is getting pushback from some Jacksonville voters for what they say is weak opposition to President Donald Trump.

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The Jacksonville City Council is asking for conservation dollars to clean up First Coast waterways.


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A coalition of Jacksonville business owners gathered Tuesday outside of City Hall to express opposition to the proposed LGBT-inclusive Human Right Ordinance.

Small business owner and former Jacksonville City Council President Ginger Soud held a press conference announcing the formation of the small business coalition opposing the HRO and expressed her disapproval for the HRO.

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Protests at airports around the country occurred this weekend, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days.

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Updated 1/30/17 at 4:08 p.m.

An Arlington resident witnessed a speeding SUV plow into his neighbor’s yard a couple weeks ago. It slammed into the parked cars and missed the neighbor by a few feet.

 

Tim Pearson was outside when a black Tahoe hurled into his neighbor’s cars. He had come outside to see his neighbor walking around in the garden. Seconds later, there was a loud crashing sound.

 

 


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As Donald Trump assumes leadership of a divided nation, Reveal heads to Jacksonville, one of the most divided cities in America.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Agency Friday announced 15 arrests in a cocaine bust.  

A year long narcotics investigation, “Operation Scarface,” followed two Jacksonville drug operations using multiple houses from the Northside to the Southside said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

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