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Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

A new study finds Jacksonville’s housing market is taking longer to rebound from the sales drop triggered by COVID-19 than those of most other large metropolitan areas across the country.

Jacobs Engineering Pushes For $550M Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center

4 hours ago
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A development team led by Jacobs Engineering Group resubmitted a $550 million unsolicited proposal to the city for a convention center at The Ford on Bay site as the Downtown Investment Authority prepares to vote on rejecting the proposal July 15.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The city of St. Augustine announced Tuesday that effective Thursday, July 16, its City Hall will be closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Picture of school custodian in mask and protective cover
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press file photo

The head of a union that represents thousands of school employees says that Florida’s push to reopen schools in August is rushed and “putting lives in danger.”

A woman wearing a protective mask watches television in her home.
Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press

A St. Johns County Commissioner proposed a mandatory mask mandate during Tuesday’s special emergency meeting, but the motion failed as none of the other commissioners were willing to second the proposal, even as one of their colleagues is in “critical” condition due to complications from COVID-19.

Sky Lebron/WJCT News

As coronavirus cases continue to climb, many are concerned about the state’s plan to reopen schools,  including the Duval Schools Pandemic Solutions Team, an advocacy group. They hosted a protest in advance of this morning's Duval School Board meeting.

Lot J COVID-19 testing
MELISSA ROSS / WJCT NEWS

Mayor Lenny Curry has completed his 14-day self-isolation after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Two people, a child and a woman, holding signs out of a truck that read "Life over lessons" and "Keep my mom safe"
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Duval County Public School teachers and parents are voicing their disagreement with the county’s school reopening plans slated to take place next month.

File photo of a classroom.
JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) announced Tuesday a revised back-to-school plan that takes into account what the district is calling the “fluid conditions” caused by COVID-19 as well as new state requirements.

St. Johns County School Board Asks District To Push Back School Start Date 2 Weeks

Jul 14, 2020
St. Johns County School District Superintendent Tim Forson talks about coronavirus plans during a school board meeting.
News4Jax

WJCT News partner News4Jax reports that St. Johns County School Board members on Tuesday asked the school district to explore pushing back the school start date to give the district more time to implement COVID-19 safety plans and allow parents to make decisions.

JEA Fires 9 Former Leadership Team Members Without Cause

Jul 14, 2020
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Nine former members of JEA’s senior leadership team who served under former CEO Aaron Zahn have been fired without cause.

Promenade Shopping Center On Beach Blvd. To Get $5M Upgrade

Jul 14, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Hakimian Holdings Inc. intends to start upgrading the Promenade Shopping Center in the fourth quarter for full conversion into the Gates of the Promenade, add more retail space and sell some of the property for apartments.

Outside of a voting precinct, where a large sign with an American flag reads "vote here."
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Primary day in Florida is just over one month away on August 18, and vote-by-mail ballots are already starting to arrive in voters’ mailboxes. 

Aardwolf Brewing Company / Via Facebook

With no end in sight for bars across Florida that are prohibited from allowing drinking on premises, the state is making an example of at least one Jacksonville brewery, according to its owner.

Sign inside Disney store door
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT News

Another store at the St. Johns Town Center has apparently permanently closed.

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida continues to soar, researchers are trying to improve the state’s coronavirus testing and tracing efforts.

More COVID-19 Cases Reported At The Arc Jacksonville Group Home

Jul 13, 2020
John Minchillo / Associated Press file photo

Eleven staff members and residents at a Jacksonville group home for people with developmental disabilities have tested positive for COIVD-19.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

With automakers introducing more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced $8.6 million in funding for EV charging stations along state highways.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

This week, we took a closer look at the rising number of COVID-19 cases, how patients are being cared for, and what’s being done to try and help slow the spread of the virus in Florida.

Someone getting tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site, someone reaching into a car where a patient is, while dressed in a mask and gown and gloves.
John Raoux / Associated Press

Four new city-funded coronavirus testing sites are scheduled to come online next week in Jacksonville.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Friday that the NFL team plans to limit seating capacity for its 2020 season home games to approximately 25% and require fans to wear face masks.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Media Roundtable discussed some of the top stories impacting Northeast Florida this week, including:

Two zero-emission Tuks Tuks are pictured along with a traditionally-powered Tuk'n Bus.
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Friday it is partnering with a local business to offer “micro transit options” for riders traveling in Downtown, Riverside and Avondale.

Ascension St. Vincent's Clay County hospital is pictured.
Ascension St. Vincent's

Some Jacksonville hospitals are changing their patient visitation policies in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press file photo

As the coronavirus pandemic leaves many elderly people without visitors, a Jacksonville nonprofit is expanding its social support network for seniors who live alone thanks to a new grant.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at a podium, behind him is a large JaxPort logo, along with the American flag
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says holding the Republican National Convention in an outdoor Jacksonville venue would be a safe option. 

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

A Florida House candidate from Northwest Jacksonville is calling on local environmental activists to highlight issues in her community.

Outside of a glass building on the campus of UNF
Via the University of North Florida

With new regulations put in place by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding international students, some universities are saying they’ll change their Fall 2020 schedules to keep them from having to leave the country.  

Associated Press

There’s a battle brewing over what back-to-school in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic might look like in Florida.

Woman wearing mask holds a sign with 8 minutes 46 seconds on it
Claire Goforth

It was drizzling steadily on June 6 when one of the largest civil rights protests in Jacksonville history began amassing in front of the courthouse. 

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