Sky Lebron

Former WJCT News reporter

map of Lot J plan, which includes space for a new parking lot, residential units, a Live! arena and hotel and retail space.
Via City of Jacksonville

Some members of the Jacksonville City Council say they’re feeling comfortable with the proposed Lot J deal following a couple public meetings over the past week, which included input from the council auditors and the development team of the Cordish Companies and Jacksonville Jaguars.

patronis speaking at a podium inside of a restaurant, alongside other local lawmakers, large windows letting in a lot of light from the side of the building.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has been travelling the state as part of his “Rally at the Restaurant” tour, calling on the creation of a bill in the 2021 legislative session to extend liability protections for small businesses from what he calls “frivolous litigation.”

a large, open main lobby at the Jacksonville City Hall with a top down view, a few people walking along the bottom floor.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Beginning in early January, the Jacksonville City Council will begin holding “Safer Together” workshops, with the aim of the meetings to encourage residents to voice their concerns and ideas for creating a safer community.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are moving to the top tier of Minor League Baseball (MiLB).

A patient care room, computer equipment and multiple monitors in a small room next to a bed with no sheets
Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Duval County, so too is the number of people being treated in local hospitals.

As of Tuesday evening, 254 COVID patients are in Jacksonville hospital beds  — 20 more than on Monday.

rednering image of a tall building with trees, and pavement where people are walking along, everything is computer generated
Jacksonville Jaguars/ Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Representatives from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration and the Jaguars fielded more questions from City Council Tuesday on the proposed Lot J mixed-use development project. A council vote is expected in early January.

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’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee met for the final time in 2020 on Monday, choosing to go over and decide whether to support six separate bills that will eventually go through the regular legislative process.

people standing in line on a sidewalk with some grass around them. waiting to vote
Via News4Jax

The Camden County Board of Elections and Registration met Friday morning, voting to add a one-day, early voting site in the town of Woodbine on the northern end of the county for the January Georgia Senate runoff election that could tilt the balance of the United States Senate.

people gathered around in the dark, looking at a large christmas tree in the middle of the park, with a star on top.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Annual tree lighting ceremony will be a virtual event this year.

water covering the streets surrounding multiple buildings, the downtown area looks foggy in the background.
Via Robert Torbert

A piece of legislation regarding the hiring of a chief resiliency officer caused some disagreements between the council members who brought forth the bill, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration.

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

The first bill to come out of the Jacksonville City Council’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee was heard by a committee Monday morning.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 photo, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine lab technician processes blood samples from volunteers taking part in testing the NIH funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Miami.
Taimy Alvarez / Associated Press

Dr. Pauline Rolle with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County told a Jacksonville City Council committee Monday that she expects the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine to be given out by the end of this year.

Black Lives Matter flag in front of a clear sky.
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Attorneys for a Jacksonville man who was told to take down a Black Lives Matter flag in his front yard are filing a federal suit, alleging discrimination and suppression of the First Amendment right of free speech.

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

Ahead of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, local state representatives and senators held their annual Duval Legislative Delegation Meeting to hear the concerns of organizations and community stakeholders.

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

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency finalized legislation Friday that has been in the works since early this year to help mitigate the risks of sea level rise and flooding.

three guys outside in a park, holding up 3 replicas of the Cedar Point bridge.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

City and environmental leaders held a ceremony in Northeast Jacksonville to announce the opening of the newly branded 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

people walking down a pathway with someone at a podium clapping for them, a bridge and staircase in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Corkscrew Park is becoming the first in the city to count people walking and biking to show how busy it’s been. 

A man being helped by a nurse while he sits in a hospital bed looking at her.
Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise all week in Duval County, rising once again from Friday morning into the afternoon.

statue outside of the putnam county courthouse, impeding the way up to the steps.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

After months of discussion, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners cast a final vote on the next steps regarding the Confederate statue outside of the County Courthouse.


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Clay and Putnam counties  due to Tropical Storm Eta. The storm is expected to affect the First Coast as a depression beginning overnight on Thursday, with the worst effects expected in Jacksonville around sunrise on Thursday.

Conditions are expected to rapidly improve by Thursday afternoon across most areas of the state.

Dabbs making something behind the store counter, next to a sign with the store's name, and a bunch of baked goods in front of him.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Michelle and Dabbs McInnis have been selling jellies, baked goods and other food through their Sweet Spot brand for six years. 

Stewart speaking at a podium at the entrance of the airport terminal, with a bunch of signs around him about COVID-19 guidelines and more airport precautions.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville International Airport is preparing for an expected influx of travelers as the holiday season approaches, although numbers are still expected to be significantly lower than years prior. 

Picture taken through a chain link fence showing the outside of what looks like an abandoned building in the middle of an open field. Trees and gravel in the distance.
Dan Scanlan / The Florida Times-Union

Two Jacksonville City council members held a public meeting Monday to discuss future plans for the old site of the Fairfax Wood Treaters, a former Superfund site.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Executive Director Jimmy Orth (center) and Jumbo Shrimp GM Howard Craw (right), holding up the design for the special Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp license plate. The baseball field in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp hopes to offer fans a special team license plate if the team can get enough orders. 

a nurse putting on PPE before dealing with patients, in the middle of a hallway with glass panels behind her and a computer in front of her.
Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A Jacksonville nurse says she’s seen an increase in the amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations at her facility, as internal hospital COVID-19 data acquired by WJCT News show an upward trend countywide over roughly the past week. 

nurse tying up their gown before going into a COVID-19 unit.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators and in ICUs has been trending upward at Duval County hospitals over the past month, according to data reviewed by WJCT News that isn’t released to the public. 

woman and duaghter in there car about to receive a laptop
LM Otero / Associated Press

By next year, more than 60,000 students in Duval County Public Schools will have access to their own take-home laptops. 

a small memorial of flowers and a unicorn in a patch of grass along a sidewalk
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Following months of no progress, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and local leaders are pleading with the public to provide tips about the shooting of a 17-year-old girl in March.  

Outside of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office on Jacksonville's Northside.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Following a report by WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union that cited rules violations, Duval County Canvassing Board Chair Brent Shore has resigned from his role

Jacksonville's City Hall

Two Jacksonville City Councilmen are looking to launch a pair of pilot programs. One aims to help inmates suffering from mental health issues, while the other would help thousands of city residents who don’t have health insurance.