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watermelons, oranges, etc.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

About a year and a half ago, business owners in the area west of Downtown Jacksonville came together to rebrand their neighborhood as the Rail Yard District.

The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis and I visited one of the longest-running of those businesses, the Jacksonville Farmers Market, so we could learn how the Rail Yard District Business Council defines success.

Environmentalists, State Wrangle Over Conservation Spending

Jul 17, 2019
NORTH FLORIDA LAND TRUST

Florida lawmakers defied a voter-approved constitutional amendment by improperly diverting money intended for land buying and maintenance to cover agency expenses and salaries, attorneys for environmentalists told a three-judge panel at the 1st District Court of Appeal Tuesday.

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Sky LeBron

When Clay County residents first approached Tara Green about campaigning to become the area’s next clerk of the circuit court in 2012, she rejected the idea.

An airman assigned to the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE drinks water while working on a construction site.
Senior Airman Damon Kasberg / U.S. Air Force

In the days after Hurricane Irma tore up the center of Florida in September 2017, 14 residents at a South Florida nursing home died after the facility lost power to its air-conditioning system.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented a $1.37 billion budget to the City Council on Monday.  The spending plan is focused on public safety and economic development.

Peggy Greb / U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

The parent company of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is asking for ideas on how to end hunger.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Nears 1,900 Cases In Florida; 13 First Coast Cases Reported

Jul 16, 2019
NEPHRON / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

With the largest numbers of cases concentrated in Pasco, Pinellas and Volusia counties, Florida has had about 1,900 reported cases of hepatitis A this year, according to new numbers from the Florida Department of Health.

Property owner-developer Edward Skinner Jones wants to demolish and rebuild a structure in the Shoppes of Avondale and open the area’s third Southern Grounds & Co. coffee shop.

A ballot in a voting booth.
Heather Katsoulis / Flickr

In a state where razor-thin election margins have become the norm in major races, Democrats are seeking to make inroads by trying to do away with a decades-old Florida law that requires candidates who are of the same party as the governor to appear first on the ballot.

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis was at First Coast High School Monday morning to talk about her initiative to help improve mental health in schools.

Oregon Department of Transportation / FLICKR

Local homeowners and businesses in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach are the latest groups to form a solar co-op. 

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.37 billion budget to the Jacksonville City Council Monday. As it has in years past, the mayor’s spending plan focuses on public safety and economic development.    

Senator Calls For More Hearings In SunPass Contractor

Jul 15, 2019
FORMULANONE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Miami Democrat, wants more Senate hearings on the SunPass toll-collection system and its contractor, now that state transportation officials have said they won't renew its current contract.

Total Costs Exceed $400K For Florida Delegation's Israel Trip

Jul 15, 2019
GOV. RON DESANTIS' TWITTER PAGE

More than a month after Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Cabinet members wrapped up a six-day trip in Israel, the price tag of the mostly privately funded trip was revealed on Friday.

Baptist HealthPlace To Open In Nocatee Next Summer

Jul 15, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Baptist HealthPlace announced Thursday it will open a health and wellness center at Nocatee in St. Johns County by summer 2020.

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