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RV City, with its rows of tailgaters near EverBank Field, was already filling up Tuesday in anticipation of Saturday’s annual match-up between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

The messages to fans from event organizers and city officials are arrive early be patient.

Chief Leonard Propper with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urges fans to take advantage of the five-hour window between when they can park their car and when they can get inside the stadium.

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Greenscape of Jacksonville teamed up with TD Bank on Wednesday to plant fruit trees in an eastside Jacksonville neighborhood.

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Saturday marks the anniversary of last year's sinking of El Faro. 

The cargo ship lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, sinking off the coast of the Bahamas October 1, 2015, taking the lives of all 33 crewmembers on board. 

Merchant Marine Chief Steward Lauren (who didn’t 

want to give her last name) says for her, the sinking of El Faro was a reality check.

Faith Matters: The Role Of Faith, Religion In Philanthropy

Sep 12, 2016

A recent study in the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that religious Americans give more to charity than nonreligious people. 

In this episode of Faith Matters,  hosts Kyle Reese and Nancy Broner explore the role of faith and religion in philanthropy.


Brian Carter

What do a hip-hop artist, a Haitian storyteller, an accordion player, a boat builder, culinary artist and an herbalist all have in common? They’re this year’s folk masters selected by the Florida Folklife Council, which is part of the state’s Division of Historical Resources.

And that hip-hop artist is Jacksonville’s Mal Jones.



WJCT’s quarterly program Community Thread started a conversation about the politics of arts education this month.

The program reflected a national debate over whether science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs should include the arts, or what’s called a “STEAM” approach.

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida is teaming up with local nonprofit Water Me Green to launch its new Springfield Project.

The project is designed to get more teens involved in the community and learn about sustainability. It will launch on Aug. 15 on Woodland Acres.

First Coast Connect: Christmas In July

Jul 22, 2016

The Enchanted Christmas Village will be hosting its Christmas in July community event at 10 a.m. this Saturday on The Keeler Property, 17255 Normandy Blvd.

Santa, Mrs.  and his head elf will be making an appearance for pictures, along with fun Christmas activities for the kids and local food truck options.

Anthony M. Inswasty

The Chamblin bookstore will be celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday at its uptown location, 215 N. Laura St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Laura Street will be closed for the celebration.

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A 10-mile stretch of Duval County beach between the St. Johns River and St. Johns County is slated for renourishment this summer.  Sand lost to erosion will be replaced with sand dredged up from the ocean floor. 

The project has the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol scrambling to find and relocate as many sea turtle nests as possible before the eggs get buried too deep.  

First Coast Connect: The Brit Rose Foundation

Jul 6, 2016

Brittney Rose Serpa was a young, beautiful, and bubbly 18-year-old excitedly making plans for her freshman year at Ole’ Miss when she became a victim to cyberbullying. She also had struggled with mental illness since her early teens.

On a Monday, a complete stranger began the attack, and by Thursday she had taken her own life. Her mother, Tori Serpa of Jacksonville Beach, decided to turn her family's tragedy into a movement to help others by founding the Brit Rose Foundation.

Sulzbacher Center

Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center homeless shelter is helping students start the school year with a new wardrobe.

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Dozens of volunteers showed up at Neptune Beach bright and early this morning, ready to pick up trash left by July 4 revelers.

The Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville, one of the founders of Table of Abraham, hosted a Ramadan fast-breaking event Thursday night.

Haroon Moghul, an expert on Islam, U.S. foreign policy and religious identity, was the keynote speaker where he spoke about celebrating Ramadan, and where extremism comes from and what the Muslim community can do about it.

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In our Chasing the Dream series, WJCT looked at the thousands of Jacksonville residents on the wait list for housing vouchers, as well as as those struggling to avoid eviction from public housing.

Now, the series examines options available to people who qualify for public housing but, for one reason or another, choose to live somewhere else.