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

LISC Jacksonville, Lift Jax Launch Eastside Homeownership Program

Sep 10, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

LISC Jacksonville announced Sept. 9 it would help five residents in the historic Eastside neighborhood buy homes, a step in a three-year initiative to support homeownership in neighborhoods where few are able to afford houses.

Less Than 1% Of Students Opt Out Of Masks In First Week Of New Duval Policy

Sep 10, 2021
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Duval County Public Schools' new mask mandate has cut down significantly on the number of students who have opted out of wearing a face covering on campus within the first week of enforcement, new numbers show.

Challenge To JEA Solar Policy Rejected

Sep 9, 2021
Rooftop solar panels
Pujanak / Wikimedia Commons

An appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that contended Jacksonville’s municipal utility violated a state law when it changed a program that provides credits to customers who generate electricity through rooftop solar panels. 


Thursday marks one month since a free, state-run monoclonal antibody treatment clinic opened in Jacksonville. As of Wednesday, 5,603 people have been treated between the city’s original Bay Street location and its current Downtown Public Library location.

The USS Orleck
The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association

The historic USS Orleck, a highly decorated Navy vessel that is planned to serve as the future Jacksonville Naval Museum, could arrive in the River City by late November or early December, if everything goes to plan.

Pockets of strong wind gusts are possible in portions of Central and North Florida Friday afternoon ahead of front moving into the state.

A very humid air mass remains behind what was once Tropical Storm Mindy. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop early Thursday morning near the Nature Coast and in the Tampa/St. Pete metropolitan areas. These storms are capable of localized flooding and frequent lightning as they move from southwest to northeast.

Developer Asks City For Another $2M To Satisfy Laura Street Trio Lien

Sep 9, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council is poised to add $2 million to a $24.67 million taxpayer incentives deal previously approved by the Downtown Investment Authority to renovate the historic Laura Street Trio. 

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council will vote this month on the proposed spending plan for the upcoming year. Council is set to discuss the budget Sept. 14 and finalize it Sept. 28 before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.  

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has quickly become better organized Wednesday and intensified into Tropical Storm Mindy by early evening.

Dr. Tammy Hodo speaking at a TEDxJacksonville event in 2019.

TEDxJacksonville has announced its lineup of speakers and musical performers for this year’s event, which is being held for the first time at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Adult Entertainment Law Not For Us, Jacksonville Store Owners Claim In Lawsuit

Sep 8, 2021
Steve Patterson / Florida Times-Union

Owners of a dozen Jacksonville stores selling sex toys and adult-themed merchandise are asking a federal judge for protection from zoning citations their lawyers call harassment by City Hall.

If you’re heading to the beach, look out for dangerous rip currents this week as Hurricane Larry lumbers by the North Florida coast in the Atlantic.  All week, lifeguards are flying red flags of warning.

Duval School Board Approves Threshold To End Mask Mandate

Sep 8, 2021
Manu Fernandez / AP Photo

The Duval Schools mask requirement will remain in effect until December unless the community positivity rate decreases significantly, the School Board ruled Tuesday. 


Florida State College at Jacksonville is hosting free vaccination clinics and an educational event in honor of the late UF Health Jacksonville CEO Dr. Leon Haley and in partnership with UF Health Jacksonville.

Steinmetz / Submitted

A longstanding women’s surf competition is coming to Jacksonville Beach this fall. The Super Girl Surf Pro contest has taken place in San Diego the last 15 years and is a World Surf League qualifying series competition. This is the first time the contest is coming to the East Coast.

COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 2,237 Among Duval County Residents

Sep 7, 2021
AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

The latest wave of COVID-19 infections has raised the death toll among Duval County residents to 2,237 since the pandemic began in 2020 and unleashed yet another surge in cases this summer.

Raines High School
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo


A group of Duval County high school students is planning a protest over the district’s dress code, saying it asks girls to sacrifice their comfort so boys don’t get distracted.

AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File

Some Nassau County parents are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to tracking the number of COVID-19 cases in their children’s classrooms.

school bus

On Tuesday, students at Duval County Public Schools will be asked to wear a face covering.

Duval Audubon Society

Birds keep crashing into Jacksonville buildings, and local conservation groups are seeking volunteers this month to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths.

Heather Prediletto / Submitted

St. Johns County Schools had recorded 881 COVID cases as of Thursday — more than 25 times the number of cases in the district after the first 14 school days of the 2020 school year. By the end of the third week of 2020-2021, just 35 students and staff had tested positive.

Animals At Jacksonville Zoo To Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

Sep 3, 2021
Photo of Nicolai
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Some animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations soon.

DIA Approves $182.2 Million Times-Union Site Plan With 1st-Phase Restaurant

Sep 3, 2021
The Times-Union site
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Atlanta-based Fuqua Development LLC’s plans for a $182.2 million project at the former Florida Times-Union site in Brooklyn will include a riverfront restaurant in the first phase.

Wolfson Children's Hospital
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Four children have died from COVID-19 since June at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, according to a hospital spokesperson. Hospital data show 27 children have been admitted to Wolfson so far this week. 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

The City of Jacksonville is reopening its Emergency Rental Assistance Program Friday morning, with approximately $10 million in federal funds left to distribute to at-risk households 


America’s biggest public charging network is offering free charging for the holiday weekend in Jacksonville and at its stations across the country.


Duval County school district officials are standing firm on the district’s emergency mask mandate, despite the Florida education commissioner’s threat to withhold $22,000 dollars a month in state funds.


Officials in rural areas of North Florida where two prisons have been temporarily shuttered are pleading with state leaders to ensure that the closures aren’t permanent, arguing that the institutions are a vital part of the local economy.

Edward Waters University has set a new enrollment record with the Fall semester now underway, with 1,104 students enrolled. Of those, 531 are new students.

13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville

If you’re looking to give folks a good scare when this year’s Halloween season arrives while making some cash at the same time, then these job openings just might be for you.