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DeSantis smiles while holding the signed copy of the Fairness in Women's Sports Act
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Governor Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville Tuesday to sign a controversial bill banning trans girls and women from girls and women’s sports. The ban comes on the first day of LGBTQ Pride month, but DeSantis denied the ban had anything to do with discrimination. 


Hamilton is coming to Jacksonville this fall.

This rendering illustrates the art protect that will be put in place at the Duval County Courthouse.
City of Jacksonville

The winning public art project for the Duval County Courthouse has been announced.  Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday the vote was unanimous to select Cliff Garten Studio of Venice, California.

The Duval County Public Schools board will vote on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School and other schools with controversial names.

After nearly 11 months of public debates and demonstrations, the Duval County School Board will vote Tuesday evening on nine school names that are branded after controversial historical figures.

Body Of Missing Boy Found In Jacksonville Retention Pond

Jun 1, 2021

The body of a missing boy was found Monday night as investigators searched a retention pond in a Northside neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Rooftop solar panels on top of Grayson Jones' Green Cove Springs home.
Grayson Jones

Grayson Jones grew up in Green Cove Springs.

He installed rooftop solar panels on his childhood home back in September to lower his energy costs. He officially closed on the home last week. But after a few months, he noticed his bills were actually higher. So, he gave the city a call to find out what was going on.

Jacksonville has repeatedly seen some neighborhoods experience flooding during severe weather. This photo was shot on June 7, 2020 and shared with WJCT News by Riverside Avondale Preservation.

Hurricane season officially starts Tuesday, June 1, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Florida residents to buy flood insurance as soon as possible.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

State-supported COVID vaccination sites in Duval County will stop operating later this month, as vaccines have become more widely available and more than 10 million people have received at least one dose. 

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Community First Seawalk Music Festival

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Split Tone will be headlining this year’s 9th Annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival in Jacksonville Beach.

A home on Jacksonville's Southside is pictured for sale.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

More than $2 million in federal funds are still available to people in Jacksonville who need help paying for their mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Museum of Science & History is hosting "The Lost World of Dragons" exhibit from May 29 to Sept. 5
Tristan Wood / WJCT NEWS

  The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is bringing dragons to Jacksonville for the summer.

File photo of a pool

The city of Jacksonville is reopening of 26 of its 34 community pools for the 2021 summer season.


The city of Jacksonville will be hosting a virtual Memorial Day observance Monday to honor U.S. Armed Forces members who gave their lives in service to the U.S.

City of Jacksonville

If you cast your mind back to the blurry, early months of the coronavirus pandemic, you may recall filling out a form from the Census Bureau. Maybe you filled it out online; maybe you filled out a paper version. Maybe a friendly census worker knocked on your door reminding you of your civic duty to acknowledge how many people live in your household. 

A view of Downtown St. Augustine as seen from the western base of the Bridge of Lions.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The city of St. Augustine is following in Jacksonville's footsteps by offering homeowners a free tree, with planting included.

Jason Tetlak painting the Riverside United mural in Five Points.
Joey Simons / Riverside United

Jacksonville based artist and muralist Jason Tetlak is painting a mural in the Five Points neighborhood for the Riverside United soccer club.

Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic details. 

JTA CEO Nat Ford (right) is pictured last month speaking with Fla. Department of Transportation District 2 Secretary Greg Evans.
Florida Department of Transportation

Now that the Jacksonville City Council has voted to double the local gas tax from 6 to 12 cents a gallon, attention is turning to the projects that will be funded by tax.

Jacksonville Launches New Search, Rescue Program For Missing People

May 27, 2021

A new step-by-step search procedure for missing people is getting police and firefighter boots on the ground faster as well as drones, helicopters and fire engines on and above the streets in Jacksonville.

Workers make temporary repairs to the Buckman Bridge Thursday.

Damage to a finger joint on the southbound side of the Buckman Bridge forced a shutdown of the southbound lanes of the bridge and Interstate-295 southbound ahead of the bridge Thursday morning in the heart of rush hour, creating a traffic mess for commuters trying to get across the St. Johns River from Orange Park to Jacksonville.

DeSantis Says Budget Review Underway While Visiting Macclenny

May 26, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of the regular 2021 legislative session on April 30.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he is continuing to review parts of a record $101.5 billion budget proposal as he prepares to sign it before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.

The St. Johns County School District is forming a committee to consider dress code changes after Bartram Trail High School edited the photos of 80 female students to cover more of their bodies. 

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Two free concerts will be held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (The Amp) on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate Juneteenth as part of the St. Augustine Music Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration.


The local gas tax in Jacksonville will be doubling next year.

LEGO Fan Experience Coming To Jacksonville This Fall

May 26, 2021
A main street scene made of LEGOs
Courtesy BrickUniverse

Jacksonville will host its first ever LEGO convention this fall as BrickUniverse brings thousands of the tiny plastic building blocks, themed building rooms and a LEGO store to the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. 

RiversEdge Breaks Ground On Jacksonville's Southbank

May 26, 2021
An artist's rendering of RiversEdge: Life on the St. Johns, which is the new name for The District project.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Preston Hollow Capital LLC is rebranding its 32-acre Downtown Southbank development, previously called The District, to “RiversEdge: Life on the St. Johns” and has contracted with Toll Brothers for 39 town houses — the site’s first confirmed vertical construction.

Jax Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has elected Republicans Sam Newby and Terrance Freeman as the body’s next president and vice president. 

Jacksonville Symphony performs in masks

The Jacksonville Symphony has received a $1 million gift from the Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation. 


The Duval County Public School District has removed its mask requirement and the Clay County School District is considering removing its mask requirement starting next year. The moves come after the St. Johns County and Nassau County school districts announced last week their mask mandates will be dropped next year.