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


A new fire station opened near the Cecil Airport Friday.

Business Brief: Cathedral District Art Gallery/Housing Project Gets Conceptual OK

Jun 28, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Designs for a $5.6 million multifamily housing project in the Cathedral District, with ground floor art studios and a four-floor art gallery, has received conceptual approval from the Downtown Development Review Board.

Congressman John Rutherford
Bruce Lipsky / Florida Times-Union

Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford has filed a bill to prevent drilling in federal waters off Florida over the next decade.

State Farm Insurance Companies has filed a notice with the state, stating it itends to close its Jacksonville Operations Center at 8001 Baymeadows Way.

Photo of school buses
Andrei Niemimäki / Wikimedia Commons

In a move echoing what’s happening in Duval County, the Clay County School Board wants to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A new law could soon allow out-of-state physicians to treat Florida patients remotely.

Orange Park Medical Center

Ground broke Thursday on a new $62 million patient tower at the Orange Park Medical Center.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Some of Jacksonville's best known radio stations are expected to change hands soon.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is out to tame the city’s sprawl by expanding its door-to-door ReadiRide service.

Jacksonville's Environmental Quality Division Chief Melissa Long explains the Microbe-Lift study at a testing pond in San Marco.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville is launching a study to see just how effective a bacteria-based technology is at removing nitrogen from water bodies, a leading driver of harmful algal blooms.

Jacksonville City Hall
Steven Martin /

A decision on whether to hold a sales tax referendum for school repairs in Duval County will have to wait.

JTA Bus Driver Fired After Deadly Accident Was Let Go Once Before

Jun 26, 2019

After a woman was killed over the weekend while getting off a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus in Mayport, the driver of the bus, whose personnel file shows he had previously hit a bicyclist, was terminated.

JEA Looks At Potentially Cutting 574 Jobs And Dropping New Downtown Headquarters Plan

Jun 26, 2019

JEA could quash its plan for a new headquarters building in downtown and move instead to the suburbs depending on what direction the JEA board takes for the utility’s strategic plan, according to a presentation made Tuesday to the board.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The Florida Department of Transportation has started construction on a new access road leading to the Jacksonville National Cemetery on the city’s Northside.

News Service of Florida

Tampa-based orchid grower has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health and several current and former state officials, alleging constitutional due-process violations related to the nursery’s attempt to get a medical marijuana license.