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Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Colleges are working hard to control the spread of COVID-19. But how will the vector of college students on the move this Thanksgiving weekend impact the pandemic, both on campus and off?

Documents Indicate DIA Wants Final Jacksonville Landing Park Design By August

Nov 25, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Draft documents from the Downtown Investment Authority show the city plans to spend up to $300,000 to solicit designs for a minimum 4.5-acre riverfront “park/plaza” at the former Jacksonville Landing site.

DeSantis Extends Order Blocking Business Shutdowns During Pandemic

Nov 25, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended a September executive order aimed at preventing business shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DIA To Discuss, Vote On $450M Lot J Proposal Dec. 2

Nov 25, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority’s staff report on Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $450 million Lot J proposal will be complete no later than Dec. 1, according to the agency.

Black Firefighters Sue Over Jacksonville Policy Requiring Them To Be Cleanshaven

Nov 25, 2020
Florida Times-Union file photo

Thirty Black Jacksonville firefighters are suing the city over its requirement to be cleanshaven, saying unreasonable standards are making them choose between painful skin problems and losing their careers.

News Service of Florida

As the most-active hurricane season on record officially ends on Monday, Nov. 30, Florida overall has been relatively lucky.

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is the first in our area to offer a robot-assisted procedure for patients with lung nodules. The high-tech bronchoscopy is a step forward in lung cancer treatment.

Patricia is one of the dogs available for adoption at the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Jacksonville Humane Society

Beginning on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and running through Sunday, Nov. 29, all adoptions at the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and city-run Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) will be free. 

ELAINE THOMPSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Flagler Hospital COVID-19 testing site in St. Augustine will be closed Friday, Nov. 27.

Black Lives Matter flag in front of a clear sky.
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Attorneys for a Jacksonville man who was told to take down a Black Lives Matter flag in his front yard are filing a federal suit, alleging discrimination and suppression of the First Amendment right of free speech.

What can we say about a year unlike any other? 2020 will forever be known for a divisive election, the toll of coronavirus, and economic hard times. Many are glad this challenging year is nearly over. But while a global pandemic and deep recession have changed all of our lives, one thing that hasn’t changed is the joy of the holiday season and the enduring spirit of giving.

Analysts Point To Florida Tourism Uptick Next Year

Nov 24, 2020
LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Florida’s vital tourism industry could start to experience an uptick midway through 2021, although foreign travel will continue to lag for several years, according to information posted online Tuesday by state analysts.

Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville on Oct. 6, 2020.
News4Jax

Saying judges should use “utmost caution” when disqualifying jurors based on religious beliefs, attorneys for former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown urged a federal appeals court Monday to order a new trial in her challenge to a conviction on fraud and tax charges.

Clay County Public Library System

Kids and parents in Clay County can try a new outdoor activity that blends reading and walking.

Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The pressure is on. Jacksonville lawmakers and residents have a lot to say ahead of the City Council’s vote on whether or not to approve or deny Shad Khan’s request for taxpayer funding for his proposed Lot J development.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Ahead of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, local state representatives and senators held their annual Duval Legislative Delegation Meeting to hear the concerns of organizations and community stakeholders.

$3M Grant Bill Filed For Planned $30M Independent Life Building Renovation

Nov 23, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council is the next stop for Augustine Development Group affiliate PEP10 LLC’s $3 million historic grant request for its proposed restoration of the former Independent Life Building Downtown.

Downtown Jacksonville
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

If you've saved $1 million for retirement, how soon can you say goodbye to your job?

Woman Shot To Death At Westside Jacksonville Park

Nov 23, 2020
News4Jax

A woman in her 20s was found shot to death Monday morning at Normandy Park, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. 

AP Photo/John Minchillo

As Coronavirus cases continue to rise, there is some good news on the horizon. 

UF Health Jacksonville hospital
UF Health Jacksonville

Five Florida hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, will be centers to store and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Picture of gas pumps
Julio Cortez / Associated Press file photo

Thanksgiving travel this week is forecast to be down 10% as compared to 2019, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Lusia the manatee is prepared for her Daytona Beach release.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating its third manatee release this year from its Manatee Critical Care Center.

Rendering of a Paradise Grills store
ParadiseGrillsDirect.com

Paradise Grills wants to build-out the former Newk’s Eatery space at Town Center Promenade.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency finalized legislation Friday that has been in the works since early this year to help mitigate the risks of sea level rise and flooding.

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.
TED S. WARREN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Florida refines its plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov Ron DeSantis is facing criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

Photo of a now hiring sign
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped in October, reflecting the state’s continued push to reopen businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pictured is the fireworks display that took place immediately following the 2019 Downtown Jacksonville boat parade.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville kicks off the holiday season next Saturday, November 28, with the annual Light Boat Parade along the St. Johns River.

three guys outside in a park, holding up 3 replicas of the Cedar Point bridge.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

City and environmental leaders held a ceremony in Northeast Jacksonville to announce the opening of the newly branded 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

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