Jacksonville Beach

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Some young professionals said they’re leaving the Jacksonville Beach area because while they can afford rent, buying isn’t a feasible option. Oliver Shahbazian said that’s the case for him.

Fireworks over the St. Johns River
Jennifer Statlick

Just because July Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year doesn’t mean it has to be a less of a celebration. Several Northeast Florida cities and businesses are planning fireworks displays and parties to celebrate the nation’s 242nd Independence Day.

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Construction is expected to begin this fall on a new Jacksonville Beach hotel at Beach Boulevard and South Third Street.

Get Ready For Big Surf, Rip Currents And Possible Beach Erosion This Weekend

Mar 2, 2018
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The giant winter storm that’s battered the Northeast will take an unusual southerly track into the open Atlantic Ocean, setting up Florida for several days of big surf, nasty rip currents and coastal erosion.

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Half of the Jacksonville Beach Pier reopened Thursday morning following repairs to damage caused by hurricanes Matthew in 2016 and Irma last year.

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The Jacksonville Beach City Council has taken a step toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the beachfront city.

Dozens Of Drivers Return To Slashed Tires In Jacksonville Beach

Oct 30, 2017

A serial tire slasher has Jacksonville Beach residents frustrated after dozens of drivers were left with flat tires over the weekend, only a block from the beach.


Half of the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier will be repaired and is expected to reopen in April, approximately a year-and-a-half after it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew.


Two men suffered serious injuries Friday morning in a shooting outside a Jacksonville Beach homeless center, police said.

Rabies Alert In Effect For Parts Of Jacksonville Beach

Jun 13, 2017
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A rabid cat was found at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and 10th Tenth Street North in Jacksonville Beach, prompting a rabies alert in effect through Aug. 11.


Repairs to the Jacksonville Beach Pier, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Mathew in October, is expected to take at least two years to complete, but city officials said Wednesday they hope part of the landmark will reopen this fall.

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Updated: 11 a.m.


The Jacksonville Beach City Council voted for a resolution Monday supporting a state bill that would make it possible for some Florida cities to regulate plastic bags. 

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Debris from fallen trees and washed-up trash from the river still litter the ground months after the Category 3 storm brushed the First Coast. Broken boards from the dock are scattered like leaves. A gate blocks off the dock and bears a large warning sign: “Keep off dock under repair,” in big red letters.

The remaining few yards behind the fence are dangerous and cannot be used.

Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin was home to the County Dock, but sustained extensive damage from the hurricane last October.

Changes coming to Jacksonville Beach festivals

Jan 6, 2017

The Jacksonville Beach city leaders informally decided at a special meeting Thursday evening to prohibit City Council members from organizing festivals and events in town.

City attorney Susan Erdelyi recommended changes to the special events policy after hiring Jacksonville attorney John Dickinson to conduct a report, which raised concerns that two City Council members could be personally benefiting from annual festivals held at Latham Park and Seawalk Pavilion.

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.