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The St. Johns County School Board is asking a federal appeals court to again consider a years-long battle about whether a transgender male student should have been allowed to use boys’ bathrooms.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

A Jacksonville middle schooler has been in the national news for her advocacy on masks in schools.  

Duval County Property Appraiser Jerry Holland Now Home; Wife Hospitalized With COVID-19

Aug 9, 2021

Duval County Property Appraiser Jerry Holland said he was back home as of Sunday morning after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

sample Blue Angels license plate with planes on it
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The Naval Air Station Pensacola-based Blue Angels flight exhibition team are cleared for takeoff on a new specialty license plate that’s been delivered to tax collector offices and license plate agencies statewide.

Update as of 8 AM Monday:

Thunderstorms have become better organized with a tropical wave about 150 miles east of Barbados. The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form later Monday or Monday night as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Original story as of 9:30 PM Sunday:

At least two tropical waves are showing signs of developing into a depression or storm in the next five days. One of them is on track to reach Puerto Rico by Tuesday, then possibly the Florida Straits or Bahamas by week's end.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
News Service of Florida

Florida reported 22,783 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest single day case count since the pandemic started.

Vouchers, Lawsuit Ratchet Up Florida School Mask Debate

Aug 6, 2021

TALLAHASSEE --- The State Board of Education approved an emergency rule Friday that will allow students who experience what officials labeled COVID-19 “harassment” to use state-backed vouchers to transfer to private schools or to move to different public schools or districts.

The rule, proposed by the Department of Education, was approved on the same day that the Florida Department of Health set new guidelines for COVID-19 protocols that would shield students from being mandated to wear masks.

Parents, Students Sound Off About Masks to Clay County School Board

Aug 6, 2021
LM Otero / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Several parents and a student stood in front of the Clay County School Board on Thursday to explain why they are either for or against students wearing masks this school year.

Icon or Punchline? Design of Downtown 'Jax' Sculpture Splits Opinions

Aug 6, 2021
City of Jacksonville

Inspired by the St. Johns River, the looping design of a proposed 151-foot statue that spells "Jax" or "derp" or maybe something else or perhaps nothing all — depending on your perspective — has divided public opinion as surely as the river splits Jacksonville.

Frank Franklin II / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is asking those who’ve recently tested positive for the coronavirus to wait 10 days before getting retested.

Baptist Health

Pediatric care in Jacksonville is under pressure amid a regional surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Florida Channel

As the state broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record for the third day in the row with 12,408, Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear he’s not a fan of the idea of hospitals’ requiring staff to get vaccinated. 

Florida Students Who Oppose Masks Could Get Vouchers

Aug 5, 2021
LM OTERO / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Florida students could soon use state-backed vouchers to transfer to private schools if they object to wearing masks in classrooms, as Gov. Ron DeSantis and state education officials argue that decisions about masks should be left up to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Surge Prompts Visitor Restrictions At Ascension St. Vincent's Area Hospitals.

Aug 5, 2021
Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside Hospital is pictured.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 surge, Ascension St. Vincent's announced restricted visitation at its three Jacksonville-area hospitals.

From left to right: Kevin Hyde, UNF Board of Trustees chair; Sydney Kitson, Florida State University System Board of Governors chair; UNF President David Szymanski; Marshall M. Criser, Florida State University System chancellor
UNF


David Szymanski is stepping down as president of the University of North Florida to lead the school’s new healthcare training program, UNF MedNexus, which means the public university in Jacksonville will need to find a new leader.

Mat Nemeth, Republican for Sheriff

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Mat Nemeth is the first Republican to announce he’s running for sheriff in 2023.

News Service of Florida file photo

No mask mandates in classrooms. No vaccination “passports.” And no more business shutdowns.

MARY ALTAFFER / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Concerned parents are pushing the St. Johns County School Board to adopt stricter mask rules days after Duval County school officials instituted an opt-out policy. 

Downtown Jacksonville Omni Hotel To Become A Marriott

Aug 5, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

It appears that the Omni Jacksonville Hotel will become part of the Marriott brand later this year.

City Approves Permit For $21M VyStar Downtown Jacksonville Garage

Aug 5, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

VyStar Credit Union is a step closer to breaking ground on its planned parking garage at 28 W. Forsyth St. Downtown.

As coronavirus cases climb worryingly across the United States, a recent study shows that the number of children contracting the virus "steadily increased" in July.

Via News4Jax

Mayor Lenny Curry says he won’t pursue COVID-19 mitigation strategies like mask and vaccine mandates or lockdowns and is instead going all-in on encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

Members of the Duval Schools Pandemic Solutions Team rally for a mask mandate ahead of Tuesday night's Duval County Public Schools Board meeting.
Marla Bryant / Duval Schools Pandemic Solutions Team

Some Jacksonville parents and healthcare professionals are pushing for a city-wide mask mandate as the number of COVID-19 cases surges locally and across the country due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.

Jacksonville District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis
ABUKAR ADAN / WJCT NEWS

With Jacksonville COVID-19 cases surging, District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis is calling for the city to resume publicly funding coronavirus testing.

Bolt

The e-bike craze has arrived in St. Augustine.

JEA's headquarters building is seen in the distance behind the Main Street Bridge.
Bob Self / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

JEA is hosting a community COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday, Aug. 5, to honor a local medical expert who was killed in a personal watercraft accident last month.

LM Otero / Associated Press

Parents in Duval County Public Schools now must send kids to school in masks unless they opt out, after the School Board voted Tuesday night. 

Downtown Vision, Inc.

The in-person First Wednesday Art Walk is scheduled to return to the streets of Downtown Jacksonville on October 6 following a hiatus during the pandemic. 

bestbetjax.com

Bestbet, which operates cardrooms and simulcast wagering in Jacksonville and Orange Park, announced Wednesday it is requiring all employees to be vaccinated to guard against the delta variant of coronavirus. 

Biden Says COVID Decisions Made By DeSantis Are 'Bad Health Policy'

Aug 4, 2021
Susan Walsh / Associated Press

President Joe Biden is criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approach to the COVID-19 pandemic as “bad health policy.”

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