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News affecting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns or Clay counties.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the homicides of two men found dead in a burning SUV in 2016.

Mayor Lenny Curry during a protest, speaking to another person who has on a mask, they're both in a large crowd.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said he believes his countywide mandate is not government overreach or illegal. 

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Tommy Hazouri's Facebook page

City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Tuesday it concerns him greatly that Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration may come to the City Council with a “hurry up offense” for part of the Republican National Convention being held in Jacksonville.

A Look At The Jacksonville-Based Recipients That Received Large PPP Loans

Jul 7, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

About 14,000 Jacksonville businesses, churches and organizations received federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to Small Business Administration data released July 6. 

Vacation-Rental Platforms 'Bed Tax' Goes To Fla. Supreme Court

Jul 7, 2020
THIBAULT CAMUS / ASSOCIATED PRESS

A battle about whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

State Attorney's Office

State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office released its report and officer-worn body camera video of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Jamee Johnson Monday afternoon, finding the shooting was justified.

Anthony Sabatini at the foot of the steps of the courthouse, behind him on the steps are people with signs protesting the mask mandate.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Outside the Duval County Courthouse, more than 100 unmasked protesters joined Florida House Rep. Anthony Sabatini as he announced a lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville to remove its current countywide mask ordinance.

Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library / Jacksonville Public Library

The Jacksonville Public Library system announced Monday in a tweet that the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library on the Westside has been closed for a deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

JEA's Downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

People facing eviction can’t be tossed out of their homes until August 1 thanks to a statewide moratorium on evictions. But JEA customers who are behind on their bills could see their electricity and water turned-off starting Thursday, July 9.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

Three new federally funded COVID-19 testing sites are opening in Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 8, at 8 a.m. 

News4Jax

It was a violent Fourth of July weekend for the River City. Police responded to at least 7 shootings that ended with five people dead from Wednesday July 1 to the late hours of Sunday night July 6.

Green Cove Springs Candidate For Congress Taunts UF For Its 'Gator Bait' Ban

Jul 2, 2020
Fresh Take Florida

A leading Republican congressional candidate is taunting the University of Florida for its decision to ban its "Gator Bait" cheer over what the school said were racist origins of the phrase.

Protesters in front of the protest holding Black
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

On Thursday morning in Macclenny, a group of around 25 protesters peacefully marched from a park to the Baker County Courthouse, calling for change in the largely rural county. 

Michelle Corum/WJCT News

Crowd restrictions and physical distancing are causing some Jacksonville couples to scale back plans for their nuptials. They're opting for what one local event planner calls, "micro-weddings." 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

This 4th of July the city of Jacksonville is expanding its fireworks show to six locations around town.

US Space Force Headquarters In Jacksonville? Curry, DeSantis Back The Idea

Jul 2, 2020
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.

Duval County's Flood Risk Rising, Says Group Rating Dangers House By House

Jul 1, 2020
BOB SELF / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

About 48,000 properties in Jacksonville will face substantial flood risks in a changing climate during the next 30 years, a flood-studying nonprofit concluded in research released this week.

Developer Pays $2.6M For JEA HQ Site; Groundbreaking Set For September

Jul 1, 2020
Rendering of JEA's new headquarters.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Minneapolis-based developer closed on 1.5 acres to build JEA’s next corporate headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered Here

Jul 1, 2020
John Minchillo / AP Photo

Last updated: July 1

Several readers have reached out with questions about coronavirus. Here are the answers.

Facing a tough reelection campaign, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has released a new video where he stands in uniform with more than a dozen other members of the department, saying while his department will protect “your constitutional rights” for a peaceful protest or march, that lawlessness will not be tolerated.

There will be no Jumbo Shrimp games this summer at 121 Financial Ballpark
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2020 season has been cancelled as part Minor League Baseball’s decision to cancel its season.

File photo of a classroom.
Jon Super / Associated Press

Duval County students returning to the classroom this fall will sit behind protective barriers meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Meeting in the county commission room, four of the five county commissioners, with the American flag and Florida flag behind them
Via St. Johns County Government website

After hearing hours of public comment from St. Johns County residents, the County Commission decided against discussing a potential county-wide mask mandate Tuesday afternoon.

The Sunshine Bus Company

The Sunshine Bus Company in St. Johns County is being cautious as it enters the second phase of its reopening plan.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

With election dates coming up on August 18 and November 3, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections says his office ready for all voters, including those with blindness.

Two new Florida solar farms are now online, capable of producing enough energy to power 30,000 homes.

The Bogey Grille
The Bogey Grille / Via Facebook

Bogey Grille, which has been a fixture in Ponte Vedra Beach for more than 16 years, will be going out of business later this week.

Paul Sancya / Associated Press

The nation's largest movie theater chain is delaying its U.S. reopening until the end of July because film companies have postponed release dates of two anticipated blockbusters.

Picture of a Skyway train at Hemming Park Station.
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Monday afternoon it is following the city’s new face mask mandate.

News4Jax

A 20-year-old man who was standing in line to apply for a job at an Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville was shot and killed Monday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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