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

E.V. was 17, just about a week away from finishing her senior year in New Orleans and becoming the first in her family to graduate high school, when her parents split up and she had to move with her mother and three younger siblings to Tampa.

She discovered that her credits didn’t match Florida’s graduation requirements. Soon, she began working in the fields, picking eggplants alongside her mother.

Matt York / AP Photo

When Pete Wilking founded A1A Solar in Jacksonville in 2010, the rooftop solar industry was still in its infancy. Just three years later, the company was "very financially viable."

Candidate Field Grows To Run For Neptune Beach State Rep. Byrd's Seat

Feb 19, 2021

With state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, planning to run for the Senate in 2022, a second candidate has emerged to seek his Northeast Florida House seat.

David Zalubowski / Associated Press file photo

Gannett is closing its printing plant at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which will result in the loss of 95 jobs.

A volunteer at a drive through coronavirus testing site.

The Biden Administration announced Friday it would partner with Florida to open four new community vaccination centers, one of which will be in Jacksonville.


Jacksonville’s first Triple-A baseball season since 1968 starts Tuesday, April 6.

Class Of COVID: Many Online Learners Have The Most To Lose

Feb 19, 2021
Illustration by Camila Kerwin

For most of this academic year, Gabrielle began her school day with a click. Then she waited to see if her classroom would appear.

Rendering provided by CSPR

Jax Spine & Pain Center, in a collaborative effort with UF Health Jacksonville, broke ground Wednesday on a new multi-specialty surgery center and medical office building.  

File photo of a food distribution event.

Between March and November of 2020, the nonprofit food distribution organization Farm Share handed out more than a hundred-million pounds of food across the Sunshine State.

Firefighters pose at a previous year's "Fight for Air Challenge" event
American Lung Association

On March 27, roughly 40 firefighters are set to climb the stairs of Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field to raise awareness about cancer among firefighters. 

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

JEA is restructuring its leadership team and has named four of the people who will help lead the city-owned utility starting next month.

St. Johns County

St. Johns County is giving its utility customers another month and a half before resuming late fees and disconnections.

Carrie Johnson
City of St. Augustine

The City of St. Augustine is changing the name of Bravo Street in honor of the woman known affectionately as “The Voice of Lincolnville.” Carrie Johnson died in 2018. 

File photo of a food distribution event.

Multiple food nonprofits are distributing free produce and non-perishables in the Jacksonville area this week for people experiencing food insecurity.

Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to approve environmental exploration on land next to Metropolitan park by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s development company, Iguana Investments.

Jim Thompson, Chris Ruen, Regency Centers President & CEO Lisa Palmer, Publix's Steven Walker and Regency Centers' Patrick McKinley prepare to break ground Tuesday.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Regency Centers Corp. ceremonially broke ground Feb. 16 on the site of what will become the East San Marco shopping center, almost 20 years in the making.

Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Austin G. Collins / U.S. Navy

Sailors conducted a decommissioning ceremony Tuesday aboard the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal (PC 13) at Naval Station Mayport.

The tent city in Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood near Downtown is pictured on Tuesday.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has successfully relocated 48 people from a Downtown tent city into temporary shelters following the announcement of a major rehousing initiative, but a Downtown encampment remains.

Illustration by Camila Kerwin

As the student-body president at Florida A&M University, Xavier McClinton deeply missed the unique culture and traditions — bright homecoming festivities with lively bands, hyped football games, senior year celebrations — that were sidelined by the pandemic.

Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

Florida has dozens of active hate groups, with seven of them located in Duval County, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Tickets to The Players Championship are now on sale. The Players returns to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach the week of March 9-14, with a reduced fan footprint to ensure the safety of all attendees.

A person receives a vaccine shot in this file photo.

African Americans make up 29% of the population in Duval County, but just 14% of vaccinations, according to the latest numbers from the state’s Department of Health (DOH). 

That’s an improvement from two weeks ago, when African Americans made up 11% of vaccine recipients. 


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has purchased its first self-driving ADA-compliant zero-emission passenger van.

The Bee Friends Farm store is opening in Murray Hill in late February.
Bee Friends Farm

The Jacksonville-based Bee Friends Farm is expanding, with a new brick-and-mortar store opening later this month. 


Make-up days are being offered on two days this week to individuals who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at either the Mandarin or Lane Wiley senior centers and missed their appointment for the second shot.

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

The city of Jacksonville plans to put on a series of public engagement workshops on sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Jacksonville Beach Republican Seeks To Replace State Rep. Cord Byrd

Feb 15, 2021

The first candidate has emerged to try to replace Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, while two freshman Democrats are preparing to run for reelection next year.

Crews were studying the right whale calf and prepared to move it off the beach out of the tide zone.

A right whale calf washed up on the shore of Anastasia State Park beach over the weekend.

First Baptist Church Rendering Shows Exterior Refresh

Feb 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown’s First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will give the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium an exterior face-lift as part of a $1.78 million renovation.

Girls Inc. Participants
Girls Inc.

Amber Ferrell, 17, is a varsity cheerleader, a member of the National Honors Society, and among the top in her class at Jacksonville’s William M. Raines High School. She attributes her achievements to her own hard work, of course, but also to an afterschool program called Girls, Inc.