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Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci has introduced emergency legislation to name the City Council’s chambers after former Jacksonville mayor and current City Councilman Tommy Hazouri, who is in hospice care at home after a recent hospitalization for lung transplant complications.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / Via myfwc.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hoping to reach the next generation of anglers with five new educational games developed in partnership with the digital education company Pubbly.

Meyer: Vaccination Status Considered During Jaguars Player Cuts

Sep 1, 2021
Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer went through his first full batch of player cuts this week and knew it was going to be tough.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran
Florida House of Representatives

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Board could lose board funding as soon as Thursday, according to a letter sent to Duval County Schools officials by Florida’s education commissioner.

Contractor Targets Oct. 17 Implosion For Downtown Jacksonville Berkman II High-Rise

Aug 31, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II high-rise in Downtown Jacksonville has a tentative date with demolition at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. 

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit for The Markets at Town Center to add a kayak launch at the pond behind REI – Recreational Equipment Inc.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

While to-your-door alcohol delivery isn’t new, the number of delivery service options for thirsty residents of Northeast Florida is growing.

Claire Heddles / WJCT News

Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in Jacksonville Monday that his office plans to appeal Friday’s court ruling that school districts can require masks.

Hurricane Ida Likely To Drive Up Florida Gas Prices

Aug 30, 2021
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

After Florida motorists have seen a drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks, Hurricane Ida is likely to make it more expensive to fill up.

LM Otero / Associated Press

A mosquito sample collected from Downtown Brunswick, Ga., has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Glynn County Health Department.

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News

Downtown Vision, a nonprofit that promotes business development in Downtown Jacksonville, is holding a giveaway through its Instagram page, offering a $1,000 gift card usable at 34 local businesses.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Naval Hospital Jacksonville training drills will be held Tuesday, which could include simulated explosions and simulated gunfire.

Hurricane-Damaged Jax Beach Pier Repairs Could Be Completed In Late-Spring of 2022

Aug 30, 2021
Bob Self / Jacksonville Beach

Five years after separate, back-to-back hurricanes tore apart the Jacksonville Beach Pier, work continues to rebuild the Beaches landmark.

JEA Crews Helping With Power Outages As Ida Slams Louisiana

Aug 30, 2021

Power outages continue to have widespread impact in Louisiana, and are now extending into Mississippi, as JEA crews from Jacksonville and other utilities have traveled to the Gulf Coast to help get the power back on once it’s safe to do so.

Outside of the Duval County Public Schools building
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

There have been 1,187 reported COVID cases at Duval County Public Schools since the start of the school year, but that number does not include cases at the district’s public charter schools. COVID cases district-wide are well over 1,200 when including the numbers reported by the handful of charter schools that share their data.

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II at 500 E. Bay St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The much-delayed demolition of a downtown Jacksonville eyesore could get a dynamite turbo boost in about six weeks.

The Episcopal School of Jacksonville is in a legal battle as several parents are suing over the right for their children to go without masks in the classroom.

High School Students Across Duval County Demand Dress Code Reform With Protests

Aug 27, 2021
Students across Duval County Public Schools protested for dress code reform on Thursday.
The Florida Times-Union

They organized for a week and a half using Instagram, plotted outfits over text messages and printed flyers and handed them out in the hallways. By Thursday, they walked out. 

Senior students walk by a sign at Barbara Coleman Senior High School during the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami Lakes, Fla. Miami-Dade County public schools requires students to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Duval County public school students will be required to wear masks when they return to class after the Labor Day weekend  — unless they have a doctor’s note —  and those who don’t follow the district’s guidelines will face discipline.

DCPS Top 1,000 COVID Cases In Third Week; Total Expected To Double In Weeks

Aug 27, 2021
Duncan U. Fletcher Middle is one of two campuses in Duval County that were forced to close this week because of COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Florida Times-Union

As new Florida cases of COVID-19 rose to a record level Tuesday, then dropped a day later, Duval County Public Schools hit and surpassed 1,000 cases countywide in only the third week of school.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

The city-funded Neptune Beach testing site ran out of rapid COVID tests Tuesday through Wednesday, just two weeks after Jacksonville City Council allocated $4 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to cover free testing countywide.

North Florida TPO

Plans to replace and expand Jacksonville’s Skyway system are taking another step forward.

Dynamik Design / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The price of rent in the Jacksonville metro area is continuing its upward trajectory, according to data out this week.

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As some utility companies ask residents to conserve water because liquid oxygen is being diverted to local hospitals, JEA says it’s not at risk of running out. 

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News


Edward Waters University students and New Town residents have a new communal track, along with a stadium to watch NCAA football.

Jennifer Cowart

With hospitals pushed to their limit in Jacksonville and statewide, WJCT News put out a call for the stories and the perspectives of health care workers dealing with the latest COVID-19 surge. 

Here’s one response from Mayo Clinic hospitalist Dr. Jennifer Cowart. Cowart is the vice chair of the Duval County Democratic Party, and a frequent speaker at Duval County Public School meetings, urging school officials to enact stricter face mask rules. 

Iguana On Park Facebook page

Iguana on Park announced on its Facebook page that it will open Aug. 30 at 3638 Park St. in South Avondale.

Jacksonville City Council Approves Proposal For Town Houses In LaVilla

Aug 26, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council agreed Aug. 24 to give 3.45 acres of city land in LaVilla for a town house development near Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park. 

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

A second Duval County public school is going virtual because of high rates of exposure to COVID-19. 

News4Jax

A federal circuit court ruled last month that the St. Johns County School District violated the constitution when it prevented a transgender male student from using the boys’ bathroom.  

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