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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams on Thursday spoke out on the status of the city’s preparation for the Orange Crush Festival scheduled for later this month.

20 Teens Shot This Year In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2021
JSO Vehicle

Twenty teenagers have been shot so far this year in Jacksonville, according to News4Jax records.

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Florida’s new history curriculum standards banning critical race theory in public school classrooms won’t have any impact on Duval County’s curricula, according to a spokesperson for the county school board. 

St. Augustine Outlets Mall Owner Wants To Close, Redevelop It

Jun 10, 2021
St. Augustine Outlets
Jacksonville Daily Record

The owner of the St. Augustine Outlets at northeast Interstate 95 and Florida 16 wants to redevelop the 31-acre property into a mixed-use development.

Ice Rink Events / Via Facebook

An outdoor ice skating rink might be coming to Downtown Jacksonville’s riverfront this holiday season, if a Downtown nonprofit can make it work.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

At its meeting in Jacksonville, the Florida State Board of Education approved a controversial rule Thursday banning teachers from indoctrinating or persuading students. 

An American Airlines aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va on June 2, 2021.

American Airlines will soon offer non-stop flights from Jacksonville to Austin, Texas.

Lakesha Burton Wants To Be Jacksonville's First Black Female Sheriff

Jun 10, 2021
Lakesha Burton campaign

Lakesha Burton, a 22-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is the first candidate to announce a run to replace current Sheriff Mike Williams. If elected, Burton, a Democrat and current assistant chief at the sheriff’s office, would be the first Black woman to lead the office.

An aerial view of Jacksonville.
DroneBase via AP

Homes facing high flood risks are selling for nearly 14% more than the typical home with low flood risk, according to a new report from Redfin.

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The State Board of Education is set to meet in Jacksonville Thursday to discuss, among other things, a controversial change to Florida’s history curriculum that critics say would make it difficult for teachers to accurately discuss slavery and the genocide of Native people. 


North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) has reached a deal to acquire a key piece of property at the corner of Kings Street and McCoys Creek Boulevard for the Emerald Trail project.

Jax City Council Approves $99M RD River City Apartments, College Park Rezoning

Jun 9, 2021
This rendering illustrates the RD River City Brewery apartments planned to replace River City Brewing Co. on the Southbank.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has advanced two private mixed-use, multifamily developments on the Downtown Southbank and near the Arlington Expressway. 

JASMYN leaders prepare to break ground for JASMYN's Safety Net Resource Center on Dec. 10, 2018.

The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) announced the public phase of its $1.5 million fundraising campaign on Wednesday to complete its Riverside campus.


It has already raised $1.3 million for its Safe Place campaign, said JASMYN CEO Cindy Watson. It is looking for community support to raise the remaining $200,000.


File photo of a used car lot.
Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

The worldwide microchip shortage is being blamed for a sharp rise in Jacksonville's used car prices.

Fred Orty / JTA

The colors of the rainbow will be returning to Downtown Jacksonville’s Acosta Bridge Wednesday night in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month after they were temporarily shut off Tuesday at the request of the Florida Department of Transportation after the agency said it received “several complaints regarding the color scheme.”

Matthew Brown / Associated Press file photo

A U.S. Senate committee is working on a national “climate bank” proposal to funnel millions to infrastructure projects and focus on energy efficiency.

UNF students dig for artifacts at the Big Talbot Island dig site on June 8, 2021.
Tristan Wood / WJCT News

  The University of North Florida archaeology team believes it may have located the lost Indigenous Northeast Florida community of Sarabay.

A voter casts his ballot
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Florida’s new election law could make it harder for some candidates to get their names on the ballot.

Jacksonville Would Need State Approval For Land Swap To Clear Way For Four Seasons Hotel

Jun 8, 2021
Rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Jacksonville Jaguars

The state Department of Environmental Protection will be among the agencies that Jaguars owner Shad Khan's plans for a Four Seasons Hotel must go through because a grant the city won in 1985 for building a marina does not allow such development on the land eyed by Khan.

This rendering illustrates the football performance center proposed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars

A key component of Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $441 million sports complex/Shipyards Phase 1 development plan unveiled last week is building a new football "performance center."

UF Health Campus
UF Health Jacksonville

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UF Health Jacksonville is the lowest it's been since last spring. 

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville has been selected as the host city of the inaugural Street League Skateboarding World Championship this fall.

People gather outside a bus marked "Wellness on Wheels"
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its mobile COVID vaccine program, Wellness on Wheels. 


An effort to make it easier to vote in Florida is underway following the state’s tightening of its voting rules this year.

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Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

A new study at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville is trying to make a connection between a happy gut and a healthy heart.


Georgia authorities said Monday no charges have been filed against the pizza delivery driver who shot and killed a man he says attacked him while on a delivery run Saturday night in Brunswick. 

Former St. Johns County Dog Track Slated For $250M Redevelopment

Jun 7, 2021
Grand Cypress is planned to include a grocery anchor, stores, outparcels and two multifamily properties.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Gatlin Development Co. Inc. plans a $250 million mixed-use development called Grand Cypress at the former greyhound racetrack and poker room site in St. Johns County after buying the nearly 100-acre property last week for $16.5 million.

Jacksonville City Hall

Jacksonville’s City Council will meet Tuesday to consider the redevelopment of the Florida Baptist Convention Building and the Old Federal Reserve Building. 

Publix Pays $2.3M To assume Lease Of Closed Neptune Beach Lucky's Market

Jun 7, 2021
A rendering presented to the Neptune Beach Community Board in 2020 shows the proposed Publix at 580 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach.

Publix Super Markets Inc. paid almost $2.3 million to assume the lease of the closed Lucky’s Market in Neptune Beach.