First Coast

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

FPL Parent NextEra Energy, Duke Energy Among 16 Firms Bidding For JEA

Oct 8, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

NextEra Energy Inc., Emera Energy Services Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. confirmed they are among the 16 organizations that submitted bids Monday to purchase JEA.

Grendelkhan / Wikimedia Commons

St. Augustine Beach residents will have to wait a while longer to find out how the e-scooter trend might play out in their St. Johns County community.

Derby House Diner's Facebook page

The Derby House Diner in Five Points has closed.

Jon Zander / Wikimedia Commons

Congress will get the chance to help protect historic landmarks on the First Coast through a bill that three North Florida Congressmen introduced Monday.

JEA Receives 16 Bids To Buy All Or Part Of Jacksonville's Public Utility

Oct 7, 2019

The bids of 16 companies interested in buying Jacksonville's city-owned electric and water utility - or any piece of it - were opened Monday, but it may be months before we know who the bidders are or how much they are willing to pay for the JEA.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

An election reform push in Duval County is aimed at improving low voter turnout in municipal elections.

DeSantis Proposes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary To $47.5K

Oct 7, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Middleburg High School Monday to announce a plan to increase the mimimum teacher salary in Florida.
Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to raise the minimum salary of Florida teachers to $47,500, a proposal that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and likely will be a key issue during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Ben & Jerry's Location Will Open At Nocatee Town Center

Oct 7, 2019
Ben & Jerry's
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Skinner Bros. Realty, along with The PARC Group, has announced that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will open in the expansion of Nocatee Town Center. 

Larry Junstrom
38 Special's Facebook page

Larry Junstrom, who performed with two of Jacksonville’s best known bands, has died at the age of 70.

Councilman Al Ferraro (at the head of the table), joined by several fellow councilmembers, leads a public meeting Friday discussing NEFRC funding.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Councilman Al Ferraro has asked the Northeast Florida Regional Council to illustrate what it does for Jacksonville ahead of committee hearings where elected officials will consider whether the city should continue funding the organization.

Morgan Purvis / Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

While one baby otter is cute, four are adorable.

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nikita Custer / U.S. Navy

A piece of Jacksonville’s military history has completed its final mission.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Stores could be open for business by the end of 2021 at East San Marco.

Devlin Design Group / Via Black News Channel

A new Tallahassee-based cable news network is scheduled to launch November 15, and among its financial backers is Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Construction Timeline Becomes Clearer For The District Southbank Development

Oct 4, 2019
Rendering of The District.
The District

Project planners with The District, a proposed $600 million mixed-use development on the Downtown Southbank, are closer to groundbreaking by starting the permitting phase.