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View of Acosta and Fuller Warren bridges from a downtown skyscraper.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville next month commemorates the 50th anniversary of its consolidated government.

Combining the city with Duval County was a way to deal with a host of problems it was having in the late 1960s.

As Bill Delaney tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, other Florida cities took different approaches to the same problems, and they have fared worse in the long run.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Wednesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk. She was joined by Alex Rudnick from Generation U.S, Phyllis Martin from United Way of Northeast Florida and Brenda Ford from New Town. They discussed the Community Leaders Igniting Mobility, or CLIMB project that looks to help unemployed and underemployed youth in Jacksonville find quality jobs (01:20).    

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville.
Mathew105601 / Wikimedia Commons

Mayor Lenny Curry announced last week that the credit rating agency Fitch had given the City of Jacksonville a historic best AAA credit rating, but what does that mean?

Pinellas County Public Schools

Duval Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene said at Tuesday’s school board workshop, she’s willing to compromise with the showing of videos teaching students what to do if an active assailant were to come on campus, by not showing them to the youngest students.

Barrington Development

Renderings for a downtown Jacksonville resort at the site of the never-completed Berkman II have been released.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host David Cawton, reporter for The Jacksonville Daily Record. Ahead of Wednesday’s Downtown Investment Authority meeting he spoke with DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Visit Jacksonville President Michael Corrigan. The DIA will be evaluating three submitted proposals for a new convention center (01:28).    

Fred Cotten's BBQ Moving To Springfield's 4th & Main

Sep 18, 2018
The Jaxson

Located at 2623 North Main Street, the original Fred Cotten’s opened its doors in 1946, according to our partner, The Jaxson.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Monday on First Coast Connect guest host Charles Griggs spoke with State Senator Audrey Gibson about her bill to provide $10 million in support for the former employees impacted by the contamination at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters facility. Closed in 2010, the bill claims workers were subjected to high levels of chromated copper arsenate without the benefit of training or protective gear (01:22).     

Following his success in the August primary, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum says he believes he’ll win Duval County in the general election.

Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Story updated on 9/17 at 4:55 p.m. with comment from Hogan.


Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan emailed City Council President Aaron Bowman Sunday evening saying his office will be opening additional early voting sites at the campuses of the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College this November.

Jborme / Wikimedia Commons

The tenth State of the River Report has been released, and the detailed analysis of the health and status of the Lower St. Johns River Basin and its tributaries shows mixed results.

Jacob Sippel / U.S. Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville

A North Carolina military couple evacuated to Northeast Florida to escape Hurricane Florence will return home with a family double the size.

Skyline photo: RYAN KETTERMAN / VISIT JACKSONVILLE, 5G graphic: Nicosariego / Wikimedia Commons

This week AT&T announced Jacksonville will be one of five additional cities in the U.S. to get its next-generation 5G before the end of the year.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, radio host Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (00:54).

Our panel discussed

Lindsey Kilbride

Maybe it’s the abundance of coffee shops or variety of restaurants and bars, but a growing number of millennial-aged young adults are choosing to live in Jacksonville’s Riverside area.

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