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DeSantis: Vaccines Will Soon be Available For Those 55 And Up

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Friday he will lower the age requirement to receive the coronavirus vaccine some time in March.

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More details are emerging about the eTown commercial center whose lead tenant matches the size of a Publix Super Markets Inc. store.

New Numbers Show Jacksonville Hotels Continue To Recover From COVID Plunge

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In the week that ended Feb. 27, Jacksonville hotels reported occupancy at 70.8%, a growth of nearly 4% from the previous week and continuation of the market’s slow recovery from the pandemic’s effect on business travel and tourism.

Pet Adoption Event Comes to Jacksonville Beach

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Pets available for adoption in Jacksonville Beach this March.

Dogs and cats will be available for adoption later this month at Jacksonville’s second annual Whiskers and Waves Adoption event. 

The event will take place on Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Latham Plaza in Jacksonville Beach.

Adoptions will be free thanks to a sponsorship from the Petco Foundation. 


About 25 companies will be taking part in this year’s 10th annual Military Job Fair put together by The Players in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.

No Age Restriction For Teachers To Be Vaccinated At Gateway

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After some mixed messages Thursday that led to some confusion for younger teachers, the deputy director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management cleared the air and said the federally supported site at the Gateway Town Center that opened Wednesday will be complying with the federal directive - meaning teachers and school employees of all ages can get COVID-19 vaccines there.

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USF To Fully Reopen This Fall

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The University of South Florida is preparing to fully return to “pre-COVID” operations this fall.

President Steven Currall announced Wednesday that USF will see a transition through the summer where the number of in-person classes and student activities will significantly increase.

Vaccine distribution and cracking down on protests are among the issues facing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office and the Legislature on Thursday.

As the governor travels the state boasting of Florida’s “seniors-first” policy, Democratic leaders are calling for investigations into the allocation of coveted COVID-19 vaccinations Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking for an FBI investigation into the issue.

Nearly two months after announcing it was postponing the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in order to allow more fans to attend, the St. Petersburg City Council announced spectators will be permitted.

Council members on Thursday voted to allow up to 20,000 spectators per day at the

NTT IndyCar Series event, which will be held on April 23-25 through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg.

A limited government think tank in Tallahassee is out with a report that examines how Florida lawmakers can expand ‘regulatory sandboxes’ to boost business innovation in the state. Think of a regulatory sandbox the same way you think of a real sandbox where kids make friends and learn life lessons.

Florida Democrats rolled out a comprehensive package of COVID-19 protections Thursday. They would affect workers, parents, school children, business owners and the victims of the deadly virus.

House Democrats are pushing what they call meaningful COVID relief and a solid plan for the next pandemic. Their 69-page proposal is largely the work of a young freshman, Rep. Andrew Learned, a military officer and father of twins who runs a tutoring center near Tampa.

"There is something in this bill for all Floridians," Learned said.

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The artist Grimes recently sold a bunch of NFTs for nearly $6 million. An NFT of LeBron James making a historic dunk for the Lakers garnered more than $200,000. The band Kings of Leon is releasing its new album in the form of an NFT.

An appeals court has ordered a Minnesota judge to consider charging former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd last May.

As coronavirus numbers improve in many countries, in Brazil, things are getting worse – a lot worse.

The country is seeing a surge in cases of a seemingly more contagious variant infecting people who have already been sick. And on Wednesday, Brazil – second only to the U.S. in the number of people who have died – hit their highest death toll number recorded in a single day: more than 1,900.

Driving was markedly down in 2020, yet a new report found a surprising and alarming statistic: Traffic deaths actually rose last year.

The National Safety Council (NSC) says deaths from motor vehicles rose 8% last year, with as many as 42,060 people dying in vehicle crashes.

When comparing traffic deaths to the number of miles driven, the rate of fatalities rose 24% — the highest spike in nearly a century, NSC says.

It was a simple experiment. Lucia Alcala, a psychologist, built a tiny model grocery store with aisles and different items that she could put on a family's dining room table.

She and her colleagues brought the model store to 43 family's homes along California's Central Coast. Each family had a pair of siblings, ages 6 to 10.

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