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

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching one of its most ambitious plans yet — it’s aiming to preserve more than 112,000 acres at once.

The trust is asking businesses and philanthropists for help raising the estimated $215 million required. But environmentalists said that’s because lawmakers are underfunding the state’s conservation program.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


Improvements to New Kings Road and the intersection of San Pablo Road and Butler Boulevard are among the priorities for regional transportation planners.

The North Florida Transportation and Planning Organization presented its most desired projects to Jacksonville city councilors Monday.


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Sports analyst and WJCT contributor Cole Pepper discussed progress on the new Jacksonville Jaguars indoor practice facility Monday’s First Coast Connect. 

The facility is being built in Everbank Field’s south end zone and is projected to be completed by April 2017.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

U.S. officials are saying the 2013 attempted assassination of a Jacksonville federal judge is more significant than an attack on a single person.

Aaron Richardson, 27, was handed the maximum sentence of 343 years in prison Friday morning for the attempted murder and 23 related charges, including stealing the weapon he used to shoot at U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

St. Augustine has always been a daytime tourist draw, but in recent years the city’s increasingly becoming a hub for nightlife.

Trolley tours, motorcycles and live music echo through downtown’s narrow streets after dark.

But one person’s night out is another person’s noisy nightmare.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran wants Jacksonville to take notes from the successful riverfront development in Oklahoma City.

Chamber members took a leadership trip to Oklahoma in November. Moran said she was amazed by what the city’s done to get people out on the water.


St. Augustine Gets Loud About City Noise

Jun 23, 2016
Allie George / WJCT News

While street racket may be an unavoidable norm in big cities, St. Augustine residents say the noise is getting to be too much for the small town.

City commissioners heard citizens’ grievances Thursday at the Alcazar hotel at the urging of a group called the St. Augustine Livability & Sustainability Alliance, or SALSA.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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

Courtesy of News Generation

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.

Allie George / WJCT News

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.

Kelsey Oates

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.