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As some utility companies ask residents to conserve water because liquid oxygen is being diverted to local hospitals, JEA says it’s not at risk of running out. 

Florida Tops 26K New Weekly COVID-19 Cases

Aug 26, 2021
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Florida reported 26,203 new COVID-19 infections and nine deaths Tuesday, according to data posted Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News

Edward Waters University students and New Town residents have a new communal track, along with a stadium to watch NCAA football.

Jennifer Cowart

With hospitals pushed to their limit in Jacksonville and statewide, WJCT News put out a call for the stories and the perspectives of health care workers dealing with the latest COVID-19 surge. 

Here’s one response from Mayo Clinic hospitalist Dr. Jennifer Cowart. Cowart is the vice chair of the Duval County Democratic Party, and a frequent speaker at Duval County Public School meetings, urging school officials to enact stricter face mask rules. 

Iguana On Park Facebook page

Iguana on Park announced on its Facebook page that it will open Aug. 30 at 3638 Park St. in South Avondale.

Jacksonville City Council Approves Proposal For Town Houses In LaVilla

Aug 26, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council agreed Aug. 24 to give 3.45 acres of city land in LaVilla for a town house development near Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park. 

Florida House of Representatives / Via News Service of Florida

With seaport leaders still waiting for the arrival of $250 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus money, the powerful head of the Florida House budget committee said Wednesday, “I wish we could have done more” for the port industry, which lost billions of dollars because of the pandemic.


A federal circuit court ruled last month that the St. Johns County School District violated the constitution when it prevented a transgender male student from using the boys’ bathroom.  

Affordable Housing Initiative Tops 42,000 Petitions

Aug 25, 2021
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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring money for affordable housing have topped 42,000 petition signatures submitted to the state as they try to get on the November 2022 ballot.

Claire Heddles / WJCT

Jacksonville officials won’t be rushing the redistricting process after receiving Census Bureau data four months later than usual. In a meeting Tuesday, the City Council’s redistricting committee approved a timeline for Jacksonville to have new voting districts by mid-April, after the next School Board election in March.


Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Baldwin Middle-Senior High School and resulting close-contacts exceeding the 20% threshold, Duval County Public Schools says the school will shift to online learning beginning Wednesday.

Barge Bridgeport Response

The St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Northeast Florida Sierra Club and Surfrider Foundation’s First Coast Chapter are calling for the city of Jacksonville to stop accepting coal ash through local ports after a barge from Puerto Rico spilled as much as 4,000 tons of the industrial byproduct into coastal waterways. 


Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri’s office announced Wednesday that Hazouri was back in the hospital due to complications from his July 2020 lung transplant surgery and that he would return home for hospice care by day's end. 

Home Builders Say Planned JEA Fees Boost Will Have 'Damaging Effect' On Home Prices

Aug 25, 2021

Builders can expect higher JEA rates this year for the one-time fees they pay as their share of the cost for expanding water and sewage plants so JEA can keep up with growth.

Ground Broken On 1st Link In Jacksonville's 30-Mile Emerald Trail

Aug 25, 2021
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The first link of a planned 30-mile Emerald Trail that will connect historic urban neighborhoods to Downtown, the St. Johns River and other waterways began with some ceremonial shoveling early Tuesday.

Jax City Council Approves Jaguars $120M Football Performance Center

Aug 25, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council unanimously approved a partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars to build the team’s proposed $120 million football performance center. 

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Downtown Jacksonville businesses have been coping through 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic amid lockdowns, decreased foot traffic and record hospitalizations and death.

Former Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin's Wife, Judy, Has Incurable Brain Disorder

Aug 24, 2021
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach and executive vice-president Tom Coughlin revealed in a guest column published in the New York Times on Tuesday that his wife Judy was diagnosed last year with progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder that affects the ability to walk, speak, think and control body movements.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based GuideWell, the parent company of Florida Blue, announced Tuesday it is acquiring the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan of Puerto Rico called Triple-S Management for $900 million in equity value.

Disney Bucks DeSantis, Announcing It Will Require Vaccinations For Bahamas Cruises

Aug 24, 2021
John Raoux / Associated Press file photo

Disney Cruise Line on Tuesday joined other lines that dock in Florida in planning to require COVID-19 vaccinations for most passengers ages 12 or older traveling to the Bahamas.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Jacksonville-area clinic Carithers Pediatrics Group says it may grant facemask exemptions for children with autism, developmental delays and some hearing impairments, but not for children with asthma. 

Lutheran Social Services.

Twenty-two Afghan refugees have arrived in Jacksonville over the past three weeks as the Taliban takes over their country.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters

At least 3,586 students have opted for virtual learning this school year, according to a Duval County Public Schools (DCPC) spokesperson. This number is expected to continue climbing as the district processes applications from a brief open enrollment period last week. More than 1,400 students enrolled in Duval Virtual Instruction Academy (DVIA) before the school year started August 10.

Full Appeals Court To Hear St. Johns County Transgender Bathroom Case

Aug 24, 2021
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Tossing out a July decision, a full federal appeals court will hear a battle about whether a transgender male student should have been allowed to use boys’ bathrooms at Nease High School in St. Johns County.

A home is pictured for sale in the Secret Woods subdivision on Jacksonville's Southside earlier this summer..

Jacksonville’s hot housing market continues to lure new players. The real estate go-between company Ribbon announced Tuesday it is expanding to Jacksonville and several other Florida cities.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Duval County Public Schools has joined the growing list of Florida school districts defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on school face mask mandates. 

Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Forty-nine Florida hospitals reported critical staffing shortages on Monday and 51 hospitals were anticipating shortages within the week as the state continues to lead the nation in the percentage of inpatients with COVID-19, according to data posted by the U.S. Department of Health Human Services.

Judge Hears Arguments Over Mask Mandates

Aug 23, 2021

A Leon County circuit judge began hearing arguments Monday in a high-profile lawsuit about whether Florida school districts should be able to set student mask requirements as COVID-19 continues to surge across the state.

Demolition Contractor Wants To Implode Berkman II

Aug 23, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Implosion is now the safest way to demolish the Berkman Plaza II, the contractor tearing down the 18-story structure said Aug. 23.

Home Depot To Open Northwest Jacksonville Delivery Center

Aug 23, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Home Depot wants to open a delivery center in Northwest Jacksonville after it builds-out the facility in Perimeter West Industrial Park at northeast Interstate 295 and Pritchard Road.