First Coast

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Some Jacksonville City Council members are hoping a proposed affordable housing plan will mean more jobs and energy efficient homes in the city.

The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church and its Welcoming Congregation Ministry are celebrating Marriage Equality Day on Saturday by performing mini weddings in the sanctuary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Jacksonville Historical Preservation Commission will hear from the public Wednesday about whether Hemming Park should become designated a historical landmark.

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Forty-nine children and their families, including one from Clay County, are hoping face-to-face meetings with members of Congress helps lawmakers understand the plight of kids with medically complex conditions.

The group is lobbying leaders to pass a law expanding coordination between medical specialists across state lines.

City Audit Finds $317K Improperly Spent On Lobbying Firm

Jun 22, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A City Council auditor found that $317,000 that should have been used on city projects was spent instead on a consulting company, which is also a registered lobbying group.

Jacksonville Plays Host To Sustainability Conference

Jun 21, 2016

The annual U.S. Green Building Council conference, called Convergence, is in Jacksonville this week at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

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Inside a classroom at Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station, 13 high school students from Darnell-Cookman High School of the Medical Arts sit at attention.

The students are taking part in the Naval Hospital’s fifth annual internship program, Science, Service, Medicine & Mentoring. The program aims to engage the next generation of military medical practitioners.

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Manny Andrade, Cindy Watson and Mario DeCuto appeared on Thursday’s First Coast Connect to talk about the challenges facing Jacksonville's LGBT community, especially those in the Latino and Hispanic communities.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took his plea for pension reform to firefighters at their union hall for a closed-door meeting Thursday.

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A fundraiser to buy a Spanish-American War fort may get some help from Jacksonville.

The North Florida Land Trust is trying to raise $400,000 dollars to keep the fort from being demolished.

City money could help reach that goal more quickly.

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Children dressed in the traditional garb of their respective countries stomp and swirl across the stage in Hemming Park, while music booms over loudspeakers.

The cultural dances and fashion show are part of Jacksonville’s observance of World Refugee Day, which the United Nations designated for June 20. 

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The Jacksonville City Council is set to develop an incentive program to attract new businesses to some commercial corridors.

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A Jacksonville committee on vehicles-for-hire ended its tenure with little agreement on how to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft.

It could be weeks before the committee drafts recommendations for the City Council.

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Representatives from five local healthcare systems gathered at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History to bring a new exhibit to life.

Attorney Eric Friday, professor Parvez Ahmed and attorney Jimmy Midyette appeared on Monday’s First Coast Connect to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando with a focus on three issues: gun control, LGBT equality and religious radicalization.

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Hundreds of Jacksonville residents gathered in Riverside’s Memorial Park Sunday evening to honor and mourn the victims of a mass shooting early Sunday morning at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

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An additional 27 homeless military veterans in Jacksonville will get help paying rent thanks to an extra $149,040 from the federal government.

St. Augustine is known for its beautiful beaches, colorful history, and, most recently, gridlocked traffic.

But city representatives are making moves to change that, with the help of citizens’ guidance.

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Charles Cofer, the former Duval County Judge hoping to unseat Public Defender Matt Shirk, says recent Florida Ethics Commission findings show his opponent isn't fit for office.

The commission found probable cause that Shirk violated Florida ethics laws.

Termites Continue To Worry Riverside Homeowners

Jun 8, 2016

JACKSONVILLE — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Duval County Extension Service held an organizational meeting Tuesday to address concerns about an invasive species of termites causing damage in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.


JACKSONVILLE — The former Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a woman in handcuffs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Allen Tilley, retired professor of the University of North Florida, believes government leaders aren’t doing enough long-term planning to prepare for the damages sea level rising can cause across the nation, but especially here in North Florida.


The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday at least one tornado touched down on the Westside of Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Tuesday thanking first-responders for being prepared for Tropical Storm Colin, which passed through the First Coast Monday evening.

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This summer, the St. Johns County School District is working to get community members outside by opening up additional sports facilities to the public. 


The city is organized and ready for Tropical Storm Colin, said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry after meeting with city emergency employees Monday afternoon.

Tornado Warning For Flagler County Expires

Jun 6, 2016

Update: The tornado warning for Flagler County has expired.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville had issued a tornado warning for central Flagler County.

Tropical Storm Colin is expected to affect the First Coast most heavily Monday night and into Tuesday morning. But its effects are expected to arrive much sooner, says St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Linda Stoughton. 

"We could start to see rain come across around 2, 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This is mostly going to be a nighttime event, so if people need to run out very quickly and get supplies, this would be the absolute time to do it," she says.

MORE | For the latest on Tropical Storm Colin

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority wants seniors to know about their public transportation options.

To demonstrate what’s available, the agency took riders on a journey Wednesday afternoon. The destination was a day at the museum.