Michelle Corum/WJCT News

Crowd restrictions and physical distancing are causing some Jacksonville couples to scale back plans for their nuptials. They're opting for what one local event planner calls, "micro-weddings." 

UF Health

As coronavirus cases keep mounting in Florida, hospitals are working to manage their COVID-19 wards.


This 4th of July the city of Jacksonville is expanding its fireworks show to six locations around town.

US Space Force Headquarters In Jacksonville? Curry, DeSantis Back The Idea

Jul 2, 2020
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.

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

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry gave his reasoning for a countywide mask mandate Wednesday afternoon. 

Duval County's Flood Risk Rising, Says Group Rating Dangers House By House

Jul 1, 2020

About 48,000 properties in Jacksonville will face substantial flood risks in a changing climate during the next 30 years, a flood-studying nonprofit concluded in research released this week.


While students are enjoying summer break, local school districts are working on plans for the new school year, which is scheduled to begin in August, with a number of new coronavirus precautions in place. 

Developer Pays $2.6M For JEA HQ Site; Groundbreaking Set For September

Jul 1, 2020
Rendering of JEA's new headquarters.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Minneapolis-based developer closed on 1.5 acres to build JEA’s next corporate headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Here

Jul 1, 2020
John Minchillo / AP Photo

Last updated: July 1

Several readers have reached out with questions about coronavirus. Here are the answers.

Facing a tough reelection campaign, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has released a new video where he stands in uniform with more than a dozen other members of the department, saying while his department will protect “your constitutional rights” for a peaceful protest or march, that lawlessness will not be tolerated.

There will be no Jumbo Shrimp games this summer at 121 Financial Ballpark

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2020 season has been cancelled as part Minor League Baseball’s decision to cancel its season.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would require state-financed coastal developments to account for sea level rise and storm surge.

File photo of a classroom.
Jon Super / Associated Press

Duval County students returning to the classroom this fall will sit behind protective barriers meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

A new analysis that researchers at Harvard conducted for NPR finds that although Florida is doing more COVID-19 testing, it’s falling well short of the number of tests that need be done to trace and ultimately suppress the virus.

Meeting in the county commission room, four of the five county commissioners, with the American flag and Florida flag behind them
Via St. Johns County Government website

After hearing hours of public comment from St. Johns County residents, the County Commission decided against discussing a potential county-wide mask mandate Tuesday afternoon.

The Sunshine Bus Company

The Sunshine Bus Company in St. Johns County is being cautious as it enters the second phase of its reopening plan.


With election dates coming up on August 18 and November 3, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections says his office ready for all voters, including those with blindness.

Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The City of Jacksonville announced on Monday that there will be a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations, and environments that cannot practice social distancing. 

Two new Florida solar farms are now online, capable of producing enough energy to power 30,000 homes.

The Bogey Grille
The Bogey Grille / Via Facebook

Bogey Grille, which has been a fixture in Ponte Vedra Beach for more than 16 years, will be going out of business later this week.

Paul Sancya / Associated Press

The nation's largest movie theater chain is delaying its U.S. reopening until the end of July because film companies have postponed release dates of two anticipated blockbusters.

Picture of a Skyway train at Hemming Park Station.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Monday afternoon it is following the city’s new face mask mandate.


A 20-year-old man who was standing in line to apply for a job at an Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville was shot and killed Monday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Anna Moneymaker / The New York Times via AP, Pool

Local advocates recently met with Jacksonville Representative John Rutherford to talk about climate change and a national carbon pricing bill.

DeSantis Signs $92.2 Billion Budget, Vetoes $1 Billion

Jun 29, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured on  June 19, 2020, at Florida International University in Miami.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Pointing to “difficult circumstances,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he signed a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year after vetoing about $1 billion in spending.

Mayor Lenny Curry adjusting his mask, someone to his left staring at him, signs in the background, courthouse also in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Starting Monday, June 29 at 5 p.m., a mask mandate in Duval County goes into effect. At all indoor and public locations where social distancing isn’t possible, a mask will be required. 

An artist's rendering of the Lofts at Murray Hill at at 840 Edgewood Ave. S.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city approved a permit June 25 for the $14 million construction of the Lofts at Murray Hill apartments.

Man pumps gas
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

Gas prices are likely to remain low during the summer travel season in Florida.

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

On Friday, the state once again restricted the sale of alcohol in bars, to help try and slow the spread of coronavirus. That means that many bars, breweries and nightclubs either had to switch back to to-go only service, or shut down altogether again.

Steven Senne / Associated Press

The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center is permanently closing, along with the seven other stores it operates across Florida.