First Coast

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

Jacksonville May Transfer Its Historic Locomotive At Prime Osborn

Jun 7, 2021
Atlantic Coast Line #1504 is the steam locomotive displayed outside the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville could soon lose another historic landmark – not from demolition, but from relocation.

Artist and Congregation Ahavath temple member Clifford Buckley poses with "Ebb & Flow."
Congregation Ahavath Chesed

A local synagogue has unveiled "Ebb & Flow," a new 3D origami mural made of 5,640 pieces of paper.

Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

Theatre Jacksonville announced Friday it will soon be resuming in-person stage productions for the first time since going virtual during the pandemic.

Work continues on the Barge Bridgeport
Barge Bridgeport Response

On March 14, 2021, a cargo ship called the Bridgeport departed Guayama, Puerto Rico, bound for a private port in Jacksonville. 

Lowell Milken Center For Unsung Heroes

An eighth grader at LaVilla School for the Arts has won Middle School Best-In-Show in an international art competition.

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday at the American Legion Palm Valley post in Ponte Vedra Beach that will create a program designed to help children with guardians in the military acclimate to changing schools.

The Nao Santa María is pictured during its visit to St. Augustine. The ship is in Fernandina Beach this weekend.
Nao Santa María Facebook page

One of the world’s best known tall ships has returned to the First Coast for tours this weekend.

NAI Hallmark Moving Headquarters to Vista Brooklyn On Riverside Ave.

Jun 4, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The NAI Hallmark commercial real estate brokerage and property management company is moving its headquarters from the Southpoint area to 200 Riverside in the Brooklyn neighborhood Downtown.

Jax Gas Station Owner Among 8 Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

Jun 4, 2021

Eight members of an armed drug trafficking organization who were recently indicted on federal charges include a 44-year-old Jacksonville woman who played a major role in the operation, according to court documents.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Coastal Georgia’s public health department is warning beachgoers to watch out for oil from a capsized cargo ship.

State Education Board To Vote On History Debate At Jacksonville Meeting

Jun 3, 2021
News Service of Florida

The State Board of Education is set to vote in Jacksonville next week on a proposal that would place strict guidelines on the way U.S. history is taught in public schools, but opponents argue the measure threatens to obscure the realities of historical events as part of a “culture war.” file photo

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 4.  Advocates of reducing gun violence in America are taking part in a campaign called Wear Orange Weekend.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office / Via News4Jax

The public defender representing 14-year-old Aiden Fucci entered a written not guilty plea on his behalf Thursday in the murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille cheers on the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchasing uniforms for schools in Duval County that are changing their Confederate names next year.

Rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced new development plans for Downtown Jacksonville and the Shipyards that include a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, an office building, a sports medicine complex and improvements to the city-owned marina and public spaces and officials say environmental considerations will be a “real priority” for the project.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey discusses Zachary Taylor's DUI arrest Thursday Morning at a press conference. Taylor has been with JSO for 3-and-a-half years.
Tristan Wood / WJCT News

An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for being under the influence while driving a police car.

Lori Hershey's Facebook page

Duval County Public Schools board member and former board chairwoman Lori Hershey is throwing her hat in the ring for Duval County’s District 16 state House seat, which is up for grabs in 2022.

Rooftop solar panels
Pujanak / Wikimedia Commons

The Green Cove Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the amount it reimburses rooftop solar customers for excess power.

David Malinowsky

David Malinowsky recalls the day he arrived in Miami from Minsk, Belarus, in 1997 with his sister and parents. He was 7.


The Southside Connector (State Road 113) southbound on-ramp from Regency Square Boulevard North will close Thursday, June 3, at 7 a.m. and will reopen Friday, June 4, by 6 p.m. for work as part of the Southside Connector resurfacing and improvement project.

Keith Srakocic / Associated Press file photo

Kenyan Shondre Scott has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud in February.

Jessie Jacobson / Flickr

Outdoor graduations at some Duval County Public Schools Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, have been rescheduled because of predicted bad weather.

Michael Mayo Named Permanent Baptist Health CEO

Jun 2, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Baptist Health announced June 1 that it named interim CEO Michael Mayo as the next president and CEO of the Jacksonville-based hospital system, effective immediately.

DeSantis speaks at Trinity Christian Academy
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

St. Johns County civil rights attorney Rook Ringer loved playing soccer as a kid, but she quit when it became clear to her that she just didn’t belong on the boy’s team. It never occurred to her that she could even ask to play with the girls. 

Florida Toll Roads Team With Multi-State E-ZPass System

Jun 2, 2021
Florida Department of Transportation

Florida drivers may want to upgrade their SunPass transponders.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

After dueling protests mounted outside the district administration building, the Duval County School Board voted Tuesday night to change the names of six schools named for Confederate generals. 

A man uses a wet towel to cool off.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Climate change is leading to rising summer temperatures across most of the U.S., including in Jacksonville, according to Climate Central. On top of that, dangerously hot days are becoming more common and record-breaking heat events are happening more frequently.

This rendering illustrates a vision for the site of the former Jacksonville Landing.
SouthEast Development Group

The Jacksonville developers that brought the Barnett tower back to life want the city to rally around a nearly $1.1 billion redevelopment master plan they are proposing for Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank riverfront.

Children wait to enter classrooms, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami.

The Florida Department of Education is planning a “listening tour” over the next two weeks for people to provide input on a proposed rule seeking to revise education standards in civics and English-language arts, and to introduce new standards for several areas of instruction.

Fireworks are launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.

The city of Jacksonville will launch fireworks celebrating the 4th of July at six locations across town for the second year in a row.