GOP National Committee Gathers On Amelia Island Amid Week Of Violence

Jan 8, 2021
Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

In a week that saw rioters swarm the Capitol when Congress met to certify Joe Biden's election as president, the Republican National Committee has gathered in Amelia Island to take stock of how the GOP will move forward on the heels of Georgia voters electing two Democrats to the U.S. Senate.


On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls
News Service of Florida / Via WUSF

Fraudsters who mislead the public about access to COVID-19 vaccinations could be charged with a third-degree felony and sued in civil court, under a measure championed by House Speaker Chris Sprowls.

State Launches Investigation Into Allegations That COVID Vaccines Were Diverted

Jan 8, 2021
Cody Jackson / News Service of Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the state is investigating allegations that an upscale West Palm Beach nursing home diverted scarce COVID-19 vaccinations meant for residents and staff to members of the facility’s board of directors and donors.

Council Committee Approves $245M Incentives Package For Lot J Project

Jan 8, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A City Council Committee of the Whole voted 15-4 to advance a $245.3 million taxpayer-backed incentives package for Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J entertainment and retail venue west of TIAA Bank Field.

Associated Press

As supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block congressional certification of the 2020 election on Wednesday, Republican leaders in Florida released legislation aimed at cracking down on violent protests.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Americans are reeling from a dark day in our nation’s history Wednesday.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
City of Jacksonville

Two of Jacksonville’s COVID-19 testing sites are being converted into vaccination centers, Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday.

ob Grabowski/Invision/AP

Big concert gatherings might be resuming this year, with at least one big national tour scheduling its kick-off at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville this summer.

DeSantis Maintains Opposition To Local COVID Rules

Jan 7, 2021
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has strongly reaffirmed his opposition to local government officials’ attempts to impose their own rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying that such measures “are not effective.”

Michelle Corum/WJCT News

Jacksonville-area Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford has now recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect after being part of the group of Republicans who late Wednesday night objected to two states' election results, hours after pro-Trump extremists had stormed the Capitol and forced the Electoral College certification process to be halted Wednesday.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise locally and statewide, as concerns continue to grow over the vaccine's rollout.

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

A healthcare company with its state headquarters in Jacksonville Beach is hoping to start helping administer COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March.

A home on Jacksonville's Southside is pictured for sale on Oct. 7, 2020.

The rapid rise of Jacksonville home prices is expected to accelerate in 2021.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 announced Jan. 5 that it bought 55 acres for its first campus in St. Johns County.


The U.S. Capitol was engulfed in chaos on Wednesday, as supporters of President Trump, responding to his call to head there, breached the complex, resulting in violence in the seat of America's federal government.

Court Weighs Retaliation Suit Against Ex-Jacksonville State Rep. Daniels

Jan 6, 2021
Former Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville
News Service of Florida

An employment grievance? Or a report about wasted taxpayer money?

Duval Teachers Contract Approved; Deal Called 'Not Equitable, But Fair'

Jan 6, 2021
Duval County Public Schools headquarters

Duval County Public Schools teachers voted to approve a new contract which will include pay raises for thousands of early career teachers and School Board members but leaves many veteran teachers feeling neglected.

Cars lined up for COVID-19 testing.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is currently the highest it has ever been in both the state of Florida and Duval County.

For rent sign
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

People who’ve fallen behind on their rent have a little more time in their homes, since a federal eviction moratorium has been extended to the end of January.


This month, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Joyce Morgan will lead a series of “Safer Together” workshops aimed at creating a safer community.

Sun-Ray Cinema / Via Facebook

Sun-Ray Cinema, which has hosted pop-up drive-in movies at several locations during the pandemic, has decided the time is right for a permanent Jacksonville drive-in theater.

Jacksonville Daily Record

TIAA has informed the state it is laying off 59 employees in Jacksonville.

Florida Law On Same-Sex Marriages Targeted By New Bill

Jan 5, 2021
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Six years after same-sex marriages began in Florida, a House Democrat has filed a bill that would delete a ban on such marriages from state law.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson's office

Saying she is excited to bring data and transparency to Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office has unveiled a new data dashboard website.


St. Johns County residents can begin making coronavirus vaccination appointments later this week.


Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford is among the Republicans who plan to object to certifying the Electoral College results Wednesday.

5 Florida Legal Fights To Watch In 2021

Jan 4, 2021
Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville in Oct. 2020.

From a water battle to a convicted former Jacksonville congresswoman's appeal, courts are grappling with numerous major Florida legal issues.

We kicked off the new year with a closer look at the latest on the proposed $457 million Lot J plan.

Jacksonville City Council Investigative Report Links Mayor Curry To Failed JEA Sale

Jan 4, 2021
JEA's headquarters building is seen in the distance behind the Main Street Bridge.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

A Jacksonville City Council special committee on Monday published its long-awaited investigative report into the failed 2019 sale of JEA, finding that Mayor Lenny Curry and JEA officials spent years exploring a sale of the city-owned utility with a "purposeful lack of transparency" and CEO Aaron Zahn used "intentional misrepresentations and omissions" to push a sale, which was coupled with Zahn's creation of an "ill-conceived" bonus plan that could have yielded executives millions of dollars.