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Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Group Inc. (Web) and Endurance Web Presence have been combined into the formation of Newfold Digital in a transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.

Health Department Confirms UK Coronavirus Variant Found In Jacksonville

Feb 12, 2021
Matt Dunham / Associated Press

The Duval County Health Department confirms one case of the COVID variant first identified in the United Kingdom has been found in Jacksonville.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

For the senior class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the fear and isolation of the pandemic were layered on top of an already traumatic few years in school.

Seal Spotted Along North Florida Beaches

Feb 12, 2021
NOAA Fish Southeast

A seal has been spotted resting along some North Florida beaches over the last few days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Southeast tweeted Tuesday.

State Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville
News Service of Florida

A years-long effort to block local governments from regulating vacation rentals is on the move again, as House and Senate leaders revive a proposal to prevent cities and counties from inspecting and licensing properties offered on platforms such as Airbnb.

The Jacksonville Beach Pier is pictured in August of 2020.

From the new Margaritaville resort, to the Jax Beach Town Center, to the remodeling of the classic Beach Bowl, improvements are happening in Jacksonville Beach - all good signs of economic growth for retail and restaurants, despite the pandemic.

UF Health Campus
UF Health Jacksonville

The CEO of UF Health Jacksonville said Thursday it may be a few weeks before his hospital  receives more doses of coronavirus vaccines. 

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Several prominent local organizations are praising the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to support a market-based approach to accelerate fossil fuel emissions reduction to address climate change, which may give more momentum to calls for the oil and gas industry to pay a carbon tax.


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday a $26.8 million investment towards phasing out septic tanks in three Northside neighborhoods. It’s on top of a $30 million investment made in 2016, and still far short of estimates of the project’s total cost. 

Close Beach Blvd. Kmart Being Converted To Drive-Thru Self-Storage

Feb 11, 2021
Rapid Building Solutions plans to turn this old Kmart at 5751 Beach Blvd. into a drive-thru self-storage.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Feb. 10 for Rapid Building Solutions LLC to build-out the closed Beach Boulevard Kmart for a drive-thru self-storage at a project cost of $3.36 million.

Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville
Florida Times-Union

A direct descendant of French explorer Jean Ribault says it would be a mistake to rename two Duval County Public Schools bearing the Ribault moniker.

In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Florida seniors have their temperatures taken before receiving the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Health System in Miami.
Marta Lavindier / Associated Press

With new vaccine sites opening and information evolving, here’s a current rundown of where shots are available throughout the First Coast along with how to make an appointment.

Peter Haden / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri wants $100 million to replace more septic tanks with sewer lines.

City Council members met to discuss hate speech in city hall after a Jacksonville resident flashed what can be interpreted as a hate symbol in a recent council meeting.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council members are holding a series of conversations after a speaker at a recent council meeting flashed a hand gesture that is associated with white supremacists. 

Icemen Owners Plan To Buy, Renovate Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex

Feb 9, 2021
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Icemen parent company SZH Hockey LLC plans to buy and renovate the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex for $18 million, team President Bob Ohrablo said Feb. 8.

This 2017 file photo shows a flooded San Marco street during Hurricane Irma.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has begun its search for a Chief Resiliency Officer, posting the position on its list of current job openings.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces vaccine distribution partnership with Walmart
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville Tuesday to announce a new coronavirus vaccine partnership with Walmart pharmacies. 


Three people were shot and killed at the Calloway Cove Apartments on Moncrief Road in Northwest  Jacksonville early this Tuesday.

In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Analysts and immigration proponents are excited about President Joe Biden's new plan for immigration reform and the positive impacts it is expected to have on businesses and VISA holders.

DIA To Select Jacksonville Landing Park Design Competitors by March 18

Feb 8, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

First-phase bids in the city’s public park design competition for the former Jacksonville Landing site will be due March 3. 

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS TSennessee (SSBN 734) enters the Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, dry dock Feb. 1, 2021, for an extended refit period (ERP).
Elaine Rilatt / U.S. Navy photo

The USS Tennessee submarine is getting a makeover at the Trident Refit Facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. (TRF-KB).

outside of an unemployment office with a "now hiring" sign, and a woman who is about to open the door, she has a mask on.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Newly released data shows that 69,140 Floridians filed initial unemployment claims during the last week of January, more than 12 times as many as the same time last year. 

The data, released weekly by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is a reminder that although the economy is recovering from the worst of the coronavirus recession, many Florida residents continue to struggle. 

New Downtown Jacksonville Concert Venue With Rooftop Bar Planned

Feb 5, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will consider conceptual approval Feb. 11 for Project 323, a proposed concert venue and rooftop bar at 323 E. Bay St.


A bill ending requirements that governments and agencies place public notices in local Florida newspapers passed out of a Tallahassee civil justice and property rights subcommittee this week. 

Donna Deegan (right) is pictured in this pre-pandemic file photo with First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross

The DONNA marathon run for breast cancer is right around the corner, and will be virtual, due to the pandemic.

Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its U.S. breweries over the next two years to “strengthen operations and deepen connections with communities,” according to the brewer.

DROBER24 / Wikimedia Commons

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, parent company to Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket, and other supermarket chains, is set to offer coronavirus vaccines across Florida on Feb. 11. 

More Than 100 Wait In Line For COVID Vaccine At Brown Senior Center

Feb 5, 2021
People started lining up early Friday morning for COVID-19 vaccinations outside of the Clanzel T. Brown Senior Center.

Dozens of people were already in line early Friday morning at the Clanzel T. Brown Senior Center on Moncrief Road, hours before it was set to open as Jacksonville’s latest COVID-19 vaccination site.

Rendering of the Beach Bowl renovation and expansion project.
Provided by Jacksonville Beach City Councilman Dan Janson

A popular Jacksonville Beach bowling alley will be reopening. 


A Jacksonville man who worked for a portable toilet company is accused of illegally dumping hundreds of gallons of waste into a wooded area on the Northside.