First Coast

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

Publix Asks Customers To Avoid Openly Carrying Guns

Sep 11, 2019
Stilfehler / Wikimedia Commons

Lakeland-based Publix, which has a large presence on the First Coast, is the latest major business to request that its customers not openly carry guns.

Council Approves $29.9 Million Incentives Package For Project Sharp

Sep 11, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record / Downtown Investment Authority

The Jacksonville City Council approved a $29.9 million city and state-backed incentives package Tuesday for code-named Project Sharp.

Nick Evans / WFSU News

Orlando attorney John Morgan, who also has offices in Jacksonville, has plowed another $374,000 into a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the minimum wage in Florida, as the effort gets close to meeting a petition-signature requirement.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Miami University are accepting applications for a new master’s degree centered on improving local communities and ecosystems.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville plans to sell-off the bulk of its Downtown properties, as WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported. That may bode well for future development.

From left to right: FIU professor Besiki Kutateladze, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Davis, and State Attorney Melissa Nelson.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

State Attorney Melissa Nelson, who represents much of the First Coast, said Tuesday a new report on prosecutorial effectiveness and fairness shows that race and ethnicity were not a significant factor in the cases handled by her office.

Heather Schatz and Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Three high-profile Jacksonville lawyers representing the Duval County School Board say their goal is simple.

The future of a historic St. Augustine attraction is uncertain.

DeSantis Touts UF, FSU '2020 Best Colleges' Rankings

Sep 10, 2019
A photo of Pugh Hall at UF
Spohpatuf / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials on Monday bragged about Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Ash Properties, through Beach South One LLC, paid $6 million for the oceanfront Joe’s Crab Shack property in Jacksonville Beach.

Sears At The Avenues Mall Will Close By Mid-December

Sep 10, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Transform Holdco LLC, parent company of Sears and Kmart, will close its Sears at The Avenues mall by mid-December, spokesman Larry Costello said Monday. 

Michael Dunn's Appeal Rejected In Murder Of Jordan Davis

Sep 9, 2019

A state appeals court Monday rejected an appeal by a man convicted in the high-profile shooting death of a teen in a Jacksonville convenience-store parking lot.

Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Jacksonville District 13 City Councilman Rory Diamond said Monday he hopes City Hall can find common ground with the Duval County Public Schools Board.

The St. Johns River.
The University of North Florida

In a blow to environmental groups, an appeals court Monday overturned a circuit judge’s ruling that said state lawmakers improperly diverted money that flowed from a 2014 constitutional amendment designed to boost land and water conservation.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

The number of refugees who are resettled in Duval County has slowed to a trickle under recent federal policies.