First Coast

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

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Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford says he’s willing to compromise with skateboarders on an ordinance he introduced in May.

Skaters rolled up to City Hall Tuesday afternoon to meet with him.

Gulliford introduced a skateboard-regulation bill after he said a skateboard defaced government property by taking a chunk out of the marble exterior of City Hall.  

“Then I’ve had several people that have indicated they were almost hit by skateboards in the general vicinity of City Hall,” he said. “I thought, ‘We’ve got to protect our building; protect our people.’”


A Jacksonville circuit judge up for re-election is flatly denying accusations of inappropriate conduct leveled at him before the state Supreme Court.

Judge Mark Hulsey is also calling for a hearing to tell his side of the story.

National Transportation Safety Board

The voyage data recorder from Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro has been recovered, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s share of the tourism market in Florida has grown every month for nearly three years.

And Tourism officials expect the growth to continue.

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On a small beach below the iconic stripes of St. Augustine’s lighthouse, a small crowd gathered in July to cheer on a rehabilitated sea turtle as it was finally returned to the wild.

The Sea Turtle Hospital officially opened its doors at the Whitney Laboratory, just south of St. Augustine, late last year. Since then, it’s served around 100 patients, suffering from injuries ranging from boat strikes to fishing line entanglements.

Florida Department of Transportation

The Interstate-295 West Beltway Express Lanes from the Buckman Bridge to Interstate-95 are expected to be completed in early 2017.

The Express Lanes, which will have a toll, will be another option for commuters. The regular lanes will remain open and free.

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Residents of the Northside’s Fairway Oaks neighborhood protested outside of HabiJax Friday morning.

They want the nonprofit that builds low-income housing to fix their HabiJax homes or relocate them before it receives any city money to build more.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Residents of the Fairway Oaks neighborhood on Jacksonville’s Northside said the city should not give more money to HabiJax without first fixing the homes the nonprofit built.

The residents, who say their houses were poorly constructed, plan to protest Friday morning.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking to find a home for a wayward pony named Tom Boy.

The dappled, brown Welsh pony was spotted running free, and no owner could be located, sheriff's office spokeswoman Mary Justino says.

Tom Boy will be put up for auction on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the animal control building at 3984 W. State Road 16 in Green Cove Springs.

The pony is of unknown age and is in good health, in addition to being "cute as a button," Justino says.  


Jacksonville police officers are on board with body cameras — that’s what Sheriff Mike Williams told a City Council committee Tuesday morning. A program requiring police to wear them is in the making.

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A judge has declared the Jacksonville Kennel Club card and racing facility violated gambling laws by the way of its “player-banked” card games.

Price at pump lowest since April

Aug 1, 2016
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Gas prices have fallen three cents since last weeks' Gas Price Brief, reaching today’s average price of $2.14 per gallon, which is the lowest mark since April and the lowest price for this date since 2004. Today’s price is 15 cents less than one month ago, 53 cents less than last year, and $1.38 cheaper than this same date two years ago. While gas prices are likely to remain relatively low heading into the fall, there is potential for an increase if there is an unexpected impact to supply or distribution, such as a hurricane.

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Military officials from 18 Latin American nations are meeting in Jacksonville to discuss the security of the Panama Canal.

It’s been a little more than a month since the first super-vessels made it through the newly expanded canal, but the future of trade in the region is uncertain.

Currently 10 additional people are believed to have contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in Florida.

On Monday’s First Coast Connect, Dr. Mobeen Rathore, of University of Florida Health discussed measures by the state to prevent the spread the disease as well as what Florida residents can do to help protect themselves.

“I think the state has been preparing for this for quite a while and they’re responding in a very robust manner with the resources they have,” Rathore said.


Friends of Hemming Park CEO Vince Cavin has resigned as head of the nonprofit.