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Blood Alliance Diversifies Stock With Hispanic Heritage Drive

Sep 6, 2013
The Blood Alliance

Jacksonville lawmakers and local health officials are turning to an unlikely activity to spur community involvement.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country.

The three buildings known as the Laura Street Trio in downtown Jacksonville will soon undergo a massive redevelopment. The abandoned buildings will be transformed into two upscale restaurants and a boutique hotel.

Laura Street Trio Redevelopment:

Click here for an interactive map of the three downtown buildings known as the Laura Street Trio, now slated for redevelopment.

So what is the Laura Street Trio?

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Kevin Meerschaert

Monday was the first day on the job for the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority's new CEO Aundra Wallace.

He sat down for nearly an hour with local reporters to discuss his vision for redevelopment.

Wallace says his first priority is to sit down and talk to current stakeholders. He also expects to take about three months to come up with an executive plan for the agency.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Florida Blue gets reorganization approval: State regulators have approved Jacksonville-based insurer Florida Blue's reorganization to a not-f0r-profit holding company.

WJCT First Read : Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country.

Rubio slams Obamacare at Jax event: Florida's junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio told a crowd at the Jacksonville Rotary Club that President Obama should be blamed if the federal government shuts down on October 1 due to congressional inaction. (WJCT) 

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Kevin Meerschaert

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund took reporters on a tour of the old Haydon Burns library in downtown Jacksonville on Monday. The building, opened in 1965, was closed in 2005 when the new Main Library opened.  

The Fund finalized its purchase of the building last month. It plans to convert it to a philanthropic and nonprofit center. Fund President Sherry Magill says the idea is based on a similar concept in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hidden Gems: Chomp Chomp

May 24, 2013
Sean Birch

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

It may seem strange to call a restaurant that Jacksonville Magazine recently said has the "Best Downtown Hamburger" and "Best Downtown Takeout" a hidden gem, but the guys at Chomp Chomp think the title fits.

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to have the city purchase the Haverty's Building, now known as the Jake Godbold Building, from the Police and Fire Pension Fund (PFPF).

The city gave the building to the Fund in 2006 after renovating it to reduce the city's pension obligation and forgive debt owed.

As part of the deal, the city leased the building for city office space. It currently houses the Public Defender's office.

Kevin Meerschaert

The One Spark Festival kicked off Wednesday to big crowds and enthusiastic support.

One Spark Executive Director Elton Rivas says the time has never been better for such an event, and that it will continue in the coming years.

  Attendees are encouraged to register online at One Spark's website, then check in at the event to validate your account.

Kevin Meerschaert

The historic Jacobs Jewelers Clock has returned to the corner of Laura and Adams streets after a major restoration.

The clock was restored to how it looked when it was originally installed at the company’s original location on Bay Street shortly after the Great Fire of 1901.

  It was moved to its current location along with Jacobs Jewelers in 1930.

Mayor Alvin Brown says the clock is an important symbol of Jacksonville’s history.

One Spark

Tens of thousands of people are expected to be in downtown Jacksonville for the One Spark Festival and other events through (including a Carrie Underwood concert, a performance by comedian Lewis Black and Jacksonville Suns baseball) this weekend.

Parking will be at a premium around the One Spark Festival area. A free shuttle bus will be in service running from Everbank Field to Hemming Plaza. You can also park for free behind the Prime Osborn Center and take the Skyway. The Skyways hours will be extended into Sunday.    

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