Downtown Jacksonville

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A downtown Jacksonville nightspot on East Bay Street will be closing next month. 

Photo Essay: 1970s Jacksonville

Dec 27, 2017
Old Jacksonville

Jacksonville has changed in many ways over the last forty years.

A two-month-old initiative aimed at making downtown Jacksonville more appealing is looking for more volunteers to help pick up trash.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As Jacksonville travelers make their summer plans, thousands of their winged neighbors are getting ready for an epic journey of their own to Brazil.

UNF Poll: 'Why Don't You Go Downtown?'

Jun 20, 2017
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There are mixed feelings when it comes to the reputation of downtown Jacksonville.

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Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

Jacksonville might have a few things to learn about revitalizing its downtown from one northern city with similar characteristics: Montreal.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis saw several ideas in action on his recent trip there.

Exterior of Engine 15 Brewery
Modern Cities

A group of business owners is trying to drum up interest in what they’re calling Jacksonville’s “Rail Yard District” just west of downtown.

The Jaxson co-founder Mike Field says their hope is to breathe new life into a once-booming wholesale district. 

Iguana Investments

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority moved forward with a plan to redevelop 70 acres of riverfront property downtown.

Officials gave the green light Tuesday to a proposal by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment firm Iguana Investments.

Patrick Fisher / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Downtown Investment Authority is starting off Public Art Week with a tour Tuesday of the 34 public art pieces recently added downtown.

The Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville
Blake Allen

The Florida Department of Transportation is investigating damage to Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge after a river cruise ship crashed into it Friday evening.

Celebrating July 4 With A Bang

Jun 30, 2016
Jeff Golden,

This is your complete guide to firework displays around Jacksonville.

Celebrate the red, white and blue with family and friends with spectacular shows for a night you won’t soon forget.

Cowford Chophouse

A highly anticipated downtown restaurant won’t be opening as quickly as was hoped.

Work on the Cowford Chophouse has stalled after the owner of the project replaced the general contractor.

Burro Bar To Close Its Doors

Apr 13, 2016
Burro Bar

Patrons are saying goodbye to the Burro Bar in downtown Jacksonville.

Broken Parking Meters Cost Jacksonville Thousands Of Dollars

Feb 1, 2016

Hundreds of Jacksonville’s newest parking meters designed to accept credit cards are missing batteries.

They not only won't swipe your cards, they won't even accept a quarter for you to park for 30 minutes.

If any the 1,575 meters is broken, the city does not ticket a driver because there is no way to know if he or she paid or how long he or she parked in the spot.  

A spokesperson said metered parking brings in $706,566 annually. 

Digital meters alone should bring in $436,029 every year, but the city said 116 of 547 meters are not operational.

exterior of building
John Burr

The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.

Art Walk
Downtown Vision

Jacksonville businesses and city streets open up to artists and musicians the first Wednesday of every month for Art Walk.

And the people behind Jacksonville’s downtown Art Walk want to know what visitors think about the monthly event. That’s why there’s an online survey.


Tickets On Sale For Ringling Bros. LEGENDS Performance In Jacksonville

Oct 20, 2015

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey has announced its LEGENDS show coming to downtown Jacksonville.

The event will take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from Jan. 21-24. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 20, and start at $15.

The performance schedule is:

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The bell tower atop St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville is empty for the first time in nearly a century.

All 10 bells and the frame holding them were taken down Thursday, under the watchful eye of Cathedral Facilities Manager Tim Engemann.

Engemann said, “They’ve been up there since 1921, and it’s time for them to be refurbished and brought into the 21st century.”

Not only will the bells be refinished, says Cathedral Dean Kate Moorehead, they’ll also be wired so they can be controlled electronically rather than manually.

Mary McIntyre / WJCT News

A Jacksonville couple has donated $75,000 to continue the development of Hemming Park.

The Friends of Hemming Park nonprofit plans to use the money to keep people coming downtown.

The group’s president Wayne Wood says the block had a completely different vibe just a year ago.

“The most significant change in the park is not any single thing except what it feels and sounds like. The park feels safe. It’s beautiful. There are people in the park,” Wood said.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As new Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry creates a city budget, he’s asking for recommendations from his transition committees.


On Monday,  Curry’s Economic Development subcommittee met at the University of North Florida to start finalizing its proposals.


UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is heading up the committee. He says downtown growth should be a priority.

Peter Haden / WJCT News

A new photography exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on the American South. Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape features the work of seven renowned photographers.

The project looks at the stories the land can tell.

MOCA Jacksonville Assistant Curator Jaime DeSimone says she knew the new show would be about the South.

“It took us awhile to understand and refine what that meant. Eventually we decided to focus only on the land,” DeSimone said. “Most of the photographs that you’re seeing don’t include people.”

Ray Hollister / WJCT News

More than 20,000 people are expected in downtown Jacksonville this weekend as the city hosts five major events geared toward families and sports fans., creative commons

A state-sponsored job-creation program that serves two large swaths of Jacksonville is due to expire this year — and may not be renewed. The future of Florida’s “enterprise zones” is uncertain.

Twenty square miles of Jacksonville’s urban core are classified as an “enterprise zone,” along with a strip of land along Philips Highway. The zone program is designed to revitalize blighted communities by offering tax incentives to businesses.

Peter Haden / WJCT

Officials gathered in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park Monday for the unveiling of “Charlie’s Cafe,” a new lunchtime eatery named after longtime Jacksonville Congressman Charles Bennett. The cafe is a public-private partnership between the City and the nonprofit Friends of Hemming Park.

Tables for 64 diners and outdoor space heaters will be set up for lunchtime every weekday. Charlie’s will feature a rotating line-up of caterers, restaurants and food trucks until a permanent food vendor is chosen.

Friends of Hemming Park Director Vince Cavin said this is just phase one.

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A new survey finds that public perception of parking, safety and activities in the urban core has improved since a similar survey in 2012.

Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

Trolleys and ferries are running this weekend on the First Coast.

David Perdue, snakes and lightning are in the headlines today.

Patrick Donges / WJCT

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year —one he says will help the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office hire more officers, redevelop the Jacksonville Landing and beef up the city’s library system.

Mayor Alvin Brown, the KKK and Ashleigh Lollie are in the headlines today.

Street art, medical marijuana, Springfield, and Hemming Plaza were among our top stories this week.