First Coast

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

9 Companies Selected To Move Forward In Bidding For JEA

Oct 15, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

JEA procurement officials have announced that nine companies have been selected to move forward as the city-owned utility’s moves toward a possible sale.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Golden Ray cargo ship was carrying more than 4,000 new cars when it capsized off the coast of Georgia last month. The crew survived, but the 656-foot ship is still there, lying half-submerged at about 90 degrees, on its side.

Mesa Photo: Jumbo Shrimp / Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Photo: Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp center fielder Víctor Víctor Mesa has been named a 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for defensive excellence.

First Baptist Church Jacksonville

First Baptist Church Jacksonville made headlines last month when the church put about 90% of its downtown properties on the market.


In 1979, My Sharona was a new hit song by The Knack,  the cast of the original Star Trek starred in their first movie and Jimmy Carter was president.

That same year, Decorative Fabrics opened in Jacksonville as a specialty fabrics retail store. It would grow into Agnes Agatha, a full-line furniture showroom offering high-end upholstery, rugs, lighting, home décor and interior design services.

But 2019 marks the end of the road for the area’s Norwalk Furniture dealer as its owners retire. 

Church Of Eleven22 Plans $15 Million Expansion

Oct 14, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 filed plans for a $15 million expansion of its San Pablo campus — $13 million more than its $2 million build-out of the property in 2012.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Maple Street Biscuit Company Inc. CEO Scott Moore said Saturday that customers won’t see changes in recipes, hours or operations now that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. owns the restaurant company.


North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) wants veterans to know he’s still pushing for a Veterans Administration hospital in Jacksonville, even though the project, he said, is currently on hold.

Downtown Investment Authority

Craig Gibbs is the new chairman at Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA).

City Gate Spirits

A new craft distillery opens Saturday, October 12, in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Developer Plans Handling Track For Fast Cars On Jacksonville's Northside

Oct 11, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

A 16-acre site in North Jacksonville could become the region's first automotive handling course by next year. 


A political committee seeking to pass a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida raised about $540,000 in cash and in-kind contributions in September, with almost all of the money coming from a medical-marijuana firm, according to a newly filed finance report.

Photo provided by Andrew Pantazi

Reporters at The Florida Times-Union spent their lunch hour on Thursday handing out flyers and urging people to support local news coverage.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

LifeSouth organizers are hoping to see a boost in blood donations on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14.

Blue Bell Ice Cream

Before you dig in to that half-gallon of Blue Bell Butter Crunch ice cream, you’d best check the nine digit code on its lid.