Claire Heddles / WJCT News

About 25 people gathered in front of City Hall ahead of Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting to remind Mayor Lenny Curry of his promise more than a year ago to remove the Monument to the Women of the Confederacy in Springfield Park. 

A multiple choice test and pencil
Basar / Shutterstock

Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments.

Walmart workers at the fulfillment center work with robots to retrieve items.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Walmart Inc. is rolling out its market fulfillment centers in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville-Area Home Prices Fell Slightly In August From Prior Month’s Peak

Sep 14, 2021
In this April 1, 2020 photo, a "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home that is in the process of being sold.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

The buying fever that drove up Jacksonville home prices cooled slightly in August, with median sales price dropping back to $300,000, data released Friday by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors showed.

City To Consider Shutting Down Mascaras Gentlemen’s Club

Sep 14, 2021
Mascara's Gentlemen's Club

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to discuss a measure to permanently shut down Mascara’s Gentlemen’s Club on Southside Boulevard at its meeting Tuesday night. A vote could come at that time as well.

Aerial view of Naval Station Mayport
PH1 Slaugenhaupt, USN / Wikimedia Commons

People living near Naval Station Mayport may hear gunfire coming from the base next week, but the Navy says not to worry.

St. Johns River ferry
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry is running again after a damaged steering unit had knocked it out of service since Saturday. 

Mayor Curry To Present Shipyards Plan To City Council

Sep 14, 2021
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has proposed building a Four Seasons hotel at the site of Metropolitan Park as illustrated in this rendering.
Jacksonville Jaguars

Mayor Lenny Curry posted on Twitter Monday night that he will present the Shipyards plan to the City Council on Tuesday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla. At rear is Fla. Sen. Manny Diaz Jr.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that Florida will fight local and federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates for public and private workers, warning that such requirements will have a “huge impact” on public safety.

A cleanup event at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Timucuan Parks Foundation

Volunteers are needed at various parks and beaches throughout Jacksonville on Saturday for the 2021 Florida Coastal Cleanup.

Registered nurse Susana Flores Villamil waits to vaccinate people with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Two major Florida hospital systems say they will carry out a plan announced Thursday by the Biden administration to require hospital workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 --- but concerns remain about how it could affect staffing.

News Service of Florida

Despite his threat to withhold about $22,000 a month from Duval County Public Schools, Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has not yet withheld any state funds from the district in response to its student mask mandate.

Tommy Hazouri’s Funeral Set For Thursday. A Special Election Will Fill His Council Seat.

Sep 14, 2021
Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

Funeral services will be Thursday morning for Tommy Hazouri, a former mayor who served decades in public office.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks in Surfside.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and one of his Democratic gubernatorial challengers, state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, are butting heads over programs designed to help feed low-income children.


In Northeast Florida the non-profit Farm Share has set up distribution events for food-insecure residents to receive fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The Florida Department of Transportation has completed construction of the new access road to the Jacksonville National Cemetery in north Jacksonville. The roadway, locally named Arnold Road, opened to traffic Monday, Sept. 13.

Masks aren’t the only thing the Broward County school district and state education leaders can’t agree on.

The second-largest school district in the state, which is among the largest in the nation, is also fighting with the Florida Department of Education over federal stimulus money designed to help schools beat back COVID-19.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The manatee was too weak to swim.

She lay still in a medical pool at a SeaWorld rehabilitation center, only lifting her whiskered snout every so often to breathe. Her snout rested upon a pipe to make the effort easier. Her body was slender, hardly that of the chunky manatee—a relative of elephants—that she should have been. Her underbelly was concave. The manatee was near death from starvation.

Florida's death toll from COVID-19 again climbed to new heights, with a total of 2,448 lives lost for the week, according to the Department of Health’s latest report.

Even as the state recorded its highest weekly death toll yet, new cases continued to decline.

The state said an additional 100,012 people tested positive for the coronavirus for the week ending Thursday, almost 29,000 fewer than last week.

The surge fueled by the delta variant appears to have reached its peak two weeks ago, when weekly cases totaled 151,749.

A new NPR investigation found that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is disproportionately selling homes in areas prone to flooding. More than 500 in the past few years were sold in Florida: 112 of them in the greater Tampa Bay region.

While HUD isn't required by law to disclose that houses are in an official flood zone, NPR found the federal agency often doesn't fully disclose the potential danger to buyers.


WJCT News 89.9 listeners have written in several questions surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations as the Biden administration has announced an upcoming vaccine or testing mandate for all federal workers and private businesses with more than 100 employees.

St. Johns River Ferry Out Of Commission For Repair

Sep 13, 2021
St. Johns River ferry
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

If the St. Johns River Ferry is normally part of your commute, you’ll want to give yourself lots of extra time this week. 

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan’s Four Seasons Proposal Headed To City Council

Sep 13, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to introduce legislation Sept. 14 for a nearly $114 million incentives deal with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan for his plan to build a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences and an office building at the former Kids Kampus site along the Downtown riverfront. 

Tropical Storm Nicholas is much closer to the Texas coast Monday, and with it will come a high potential for flash flooding.

City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri, the former Jacksonville mayor, has died following complications from a lung transplant he had last year. He was 76.  

Sky LeBron / WJCT News

The sponsor of a citizen review board proposal said to expect a rewritten version and Jacksonville City Council vote by the end of 2021. Councilman Garrett Dennis introduced the citizen review board ordinance almost a year ago, proposing a council-appointed board to review police misconduct claims after JSO’s internal investigations end. 

Carol Basilio, right, greets her daughter Giovanna, 4, left, outside of iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

More than 30 Democratic state lawmakers, including Rep. Angie Nixon of Jacksonville, have signed a letter urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to apply for a federal program that would provide $820 million to help feed low-income children.

Monument to the Women of the Confederacy
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As the large Robert E. Lee statue was taken down in Richmond, Va., this week, local advocates are calling on Mayor Lenny Curry to keep his word and get rid of all the monuments honoring the Confederacy in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Daily Record

A Newberry-based investor bought about 112 acres in North Jacksonville that is being marketed for residential and commercial development.

LISC Jacksonville, Lift Jax Launch Eastside Homeownership Program

Sep 10, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

LISC Jacksonville announced Sept. 9 it would help five residents in the historic Eastside neighborhood buy homes, a step in a three-year initiative to support homeownership in neighborhoods where few are able to afford houses.