First Coast

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

Patrice Ross / Visit Jacksonville

As America celebates the 243rd anniversary of its independence, communities across the First Coast are marking the occasion and long holiday weekend with fireworks and festivities.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be giving out almost $1.6 million in grant funding to help 24 coastal communities around the state prepare for sea level rise, including Jacksonville.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Governor Ron Desantis is greenlighting legislation to eliminate local governments’ ability to impose affordable housing mandates on developers. 

The Humane Society of the United States

After almost being slaughtered by a South Korean meat farm, 15 dogs arrived safely at the Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach on Monday morning. 


The second term of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry kicked off Monday with his inauguration at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on the Northbank.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Residents in the St. Johns Town Center area are now less than two weeks away from having a new supermarket option.

Florida Highway Patrol

There have been almost 100,000 traffic crashes in Florida so far this year with 838 deaths and more than 63,000 injuries.

Florida is cracking down on texting while driving.
Intel Free Press / Wikimedia Commons

Police can now pull drivers over in Florida if they spot someone texting behind the wheel.

JTA Bus Collides With Amtrak Train In Jacksonville

Jul 1, 2019
Dan Scanlan / The Florida Times-Union

Three minor injuries were reported Monday after a JTA bus hit an Amtrak train at the intersection of South McDuff Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, according to Jacksonville police and fire officials.


A new fire station opened near the Cecil Airport Friday.

Business Brief: Cathedral District Art Gallery/Housing Project Gets Conceptual OK

Jun 28, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Designs for a $5.6 million multifamily housing project in the Cathedral District, with ground floor art studios and a four-floor art gallery, has received conceptual approval from the Downtown Development Review Board.

Congressman John Rutherford
Bruce Lipsky / Florida Times-Union

Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford has filed a bill to prevent drilling in federal waters off Florida over the next decade.

State Farm Insurance Companies has filed a notice with the state, stating it itends to close its Jacksonville Operations Center at 8001 Baymeadows Way.

Photo of school buses
Andrei Niemimäki / Wikimedia Commons

In a move echoing what’s happening in Duval County, the Clay County School Board wants to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A new law could soon allow out-of-state physicians to treat Florida patients remotely.