telescope image of Mercury

Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11, brings with it the opportunity to watch as the solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, passes between Earth and the sun.

Business Brief: DIA CEO Working On Incentives To Bring Restaurants Downtown

Nov 8, 2019
People stand on corners at Hogan Street
Jacksonville Daily Record

In early 2020, the Downtown Investment Authority could begin a program to promote a dense corridor of restaurants in vacant ground-floor spaces in the Northbank core.

School Board building exterior
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross featured some of the top stories of the week, including:

    Sheriff: Missing Girl's Mom Has Stopped Cooperating With Jacksonville Police

    Nov 8, 2019
    photo of girl
    Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

    When Brianna Shontae Williams told Jacksonville investigators that she had last seen her 5-year-old daughter about midnight Wednesday in their new Ivy Street home, that was not the truth, Sheriff Mike Williams said.

    Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

    A new UNF poll shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to selling JEA to a private company, with 59% of the Duval County voters polled saying they do not favor a sale.


    Jacksonville’s port will be getting more improvements thanks to a $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced Wednesday. 

    City of Jacksonville

    City Council has the ultimate power to ask residents to sell JEA, but there was some debate at City Hall on Wednesday about whether legislation must be put forth for consideration once JEA leadership wraps its invitation to negotiate process, which will likely be early next year.

    Safety Officer Fired By Duval School Board After Pointing Fake Gun At Student

    Nov 6, 2019
    The Florida Times-Union

    The Duval County Public Schools Board voted to fire a school safety officer after he pointed what’s been described as a realistic firearm at the head of a Ribault High School junior with special needs.

    Convicted VyStar Embezzler Had Also Been On JSO's Radar For Molestation Allegations

    Nov 6, 2019

    A day after a federal judge sentenced Duane Sikes to 10 years in prison for embezzling millions of dollars from VyStar Credit Union, a clear picture has emerged as to why the judge chose to upgrade his sentence after testimony alleging child pornography was also brought up in court.

    Dustin M. Lemelin via Wikicommons

    Corporate leaders know having a diverse workforce that stresses inclusion and equity is good for the bottom line. But sometimes getting there is easier said than done.

    Jax Civic Council Says JEA's Privatization Process Lacks Transparency

    Nov 6, 2019
    Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

    JEA is not heading toward a financial “death spiral,” and city leaders need to stop the public utility’s “head-long” rush to privatize in order to conduct a thorough and transparent analysis of whether to sell the city’s most valuable asset, according to a letter the Jacksonville Civic Council sent Tuesday to city officials.

    Jacksonville Daily Record

    After 23 years, Native Sun Natural Foods Market announced in August it was closing all three of its stores due to increasing competition.


    Results from the latest University of North Florida public opinion poll show broad support for a number of hot button issues in Duval County.

    Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

    On this episode of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney spends the whole show with Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

    JEA, Other Utilities Wanted To Cut Energy-Efficiency Goals But Regulators Said No

    Nov 5, 2019
    Energy expert Dwayne Acosta gives energy-saving tips to a Pompano Beach resident.
    Florida Power & Light Co.

    In a surprising move, the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday kept energy-conservation goals set in 2014, rather than slash goals to “zero” as proposed by JEA, Florida Power & Light Co. and other electric utilities.