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Deegan leads in recent poll; Jax a major ‘boomtown’; the battle over books; JEA approves rate changes; The Amelia

JEA's Downtown headquarters
Bill Bortzfield
JEA's Downtown headquarters

Democrat Donna Deegan holds a commanding lead in the race for Jacksonville mayor, but so many people are still undecided in the election that it’s really anyone’s game, according to a new poll from the University of North Florida.

Among registered voters who are likely to vote in the March 21 election, 37% said they will vote for Deegan, far more than the next-highest candidate: Republican Daniel Davis with 20%. They are followed by Republican Al Ferraro with 8%; Democrat Audrey Gibson with 7%; Republican LeAnna Cumber with 5%; Omega Allen, no party affiliation, with 1%; and Republican Frank Keasler, also with 1%. Twenty-two percent said they don’t know who they’ll vote for.

Other stories making headlines this week:

  • Jacksonville is considered one of the biggest “boomtowns” in the country, according to a new study.
  • School districts across Florida are taking very different approaches when it comes to dealing with a Republican-backed law for “curriculum transparency” signed last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  • The JEA board has unanimously approved rate changes that could lower some customers’ bills, but for others — especially those on a budget — bills could be going up.


  • Charles Griggs, WJCT contributor.
  • Nikesha Williams of Jacksonville Today.
  • Joe McLean, News4Jax reporter.
  • Shelton Hull of FOLIO Weekly.

The Amelia concours d’elegance

The largest and longest-running classic car concours d’elegance in Florida will rumble to life today as the 28th iteration of The Amelia comes to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and adjacent golf fairways.

Guest: Chris Brewer, director of event communications at Hagerty.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.