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Louie Lopez

A photo circulating on social media shows COVID-19 patients lying on the floor of the antibody treatment clinic at the Jacksonville Public Library Downtown. 

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties in Georgia are now offering offering third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines to immunocompromised people, in line with new federal guidelines for boosters.

Redevelopment Of Old Times-Union Property Gets More Review By DIA For Restaurant

Aug 19, 2021
City of Jacksonville / Via Florida Times-Union

The Downtown Investment Authority tabled a vote Wednesday on a development deal for the old Florida Times-Union building's property so DIA staff can talk more with Fuqua Development about adding a riverfront restaurant that  might require several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer assistance.

Hubbard House, a Jacksonville-based domestic violence center that serves survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties, has received a pledge donation of $1 million.

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Florida faith leaders are launching a new campaign to encourage congregants to get vaccinated. The “Keep the Faith, Get Vaccinated Florida” campaign is from the progressive nonprofit group Faith in Public Life. 

American Lung Association

Another event is being postponed due to concerns about the local COVID-19 surge and the delta variant. The American Lung Association in Florida announced Wednesday that the Jacksonville Lung Force Run/Walk, originally scheduled for this Saturday, August 21, at The Haskell Company, is being postponed. 


Meridian Waste Florida will begin residential solid waste and recycling collection for the City of Jacksonville on Oct. 1. To get ready, Meridian is hosting a job fair this Saturday, Aug. 21.

Photo provided by Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra

Baptist Medical Center South is among the Jacksonville hospitals swamped with COVID-19 patients, with some staff pulling double or even triple shifts to treat everyone.

The Nassau County School Board is pictured meeting Tuesday.

Following calls for masks in schools at a previous school district meeting, the Nassau County School Board on Tuesday held a special meeting to discuss the hot button topic and get feedback from the community.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue Lieutenant Dies From COVID-19

Aug 18, 2021
Photo provided by JFRD / Via News4Jax

Jacksonville Fire Rescue Lt. Mario Moya, a 17-year veteran of the department, has passed away from COVID-19, JFRD confirmed Wednesday morning.

Duval County Becomes Nation's Coronavirus Hotspot For Hospitalizations

Aug 18, 2021
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

With one of every 813 residents hospitalized with COVID-19, Duval County is the nation's hot spot at this moment in the pandemic that's seen a summer surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Taliban fighters pray while raising their flag at the Ghazni provincial governor's house, in Ghazni, southeastern, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
Gulabuddin Amiri / Associated Press

Mariam Nasery fled Afghanistan with her family when she was 10 to escape violence stemming from the Soviet-Afghan War. This week she woke up to what she describes as her “worst nightmare” as Taliban forces took over Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust has canceled its upcoming fundraising event in historic American Beach due to concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19.


A former finance director for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has been sentenced to seven years behind bars for embezzling well over a half million dollars from the department.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Duval County Public Schools board members met Tuesday to consider whether to reconsider the district’s face mask rules, as the district’s coronavirus dashboard shows 222 cases in the first four days of school. 

These MOSH interior concept renderings were released Tuesday.

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) said Tuesday it has selected DLR Group as the lead architect for its planned Northbank location. DLR Group will work with kasper architects + associates, a Jacksonville architecture firm, and SCAPE, a New York-based landscape architecture firm.

DIA Committee Approves Fuqua's Proposal For Former Times-Union Site

Aug 17, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The proposed $182.2 million redevelopment of the former Florida Times-Union campus along Riverside Avenue is moving forward.

Amy Donofrio

Duval County Public Schools is paying $300,000 dollars to terminated employee Amy Donofrio, according to a settlement agreement. In exchange, Donofrio agrees to release her charges against the district. 

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment site at the Downtown Jacksonville Main Library opened Tuesday morning, offering a COVID-19 treatment option with no doctor referral needed. 

Tim Tebow Released By Jacksonville Jaguars

Aug 17, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Northeast Florida native and former Florida Gators standout quarterback Tim Tebow as a tight end, the Jaguars announced Tuesday.

Friends of James Weldon Park

James Weldon Johnson Park supporters have raised enough to money to keep two local sculptures in the park for years to come.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The PARC Group announced Aug. 16 that Publix Super Markets Inc., with a drive-thru pharmacy, will open in early 2023 to anchor a new shopping center in Exchange East in the eTown Village Center. 

River City Science Academy Teacher With COVID-19 Has Died

Aug 16, 2021

A third-grade teacher at River City Science Academy died Saturday of COVID-19.

Toll Brothers Buys Land For San Marco Town House Project

Aug 16, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

The developer building the Publix-anchored East San Marco shopping center sold an adjacent 1.03-acre property Aug. 12 to homebuilder Toll Brothers for $2 million.

Tropical Depression Fred remained disorganized Friday, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says forecast confidence continues to be "lower-than-normal".

35 COVID Cases in 3 Days At Duval Schools

Aug 13, 2021
A teacher and his students wear masks in a Texas class room on Dec. 3, 2020.

The Duval County Public School system is reporting 35 coronavirus cases in the first three days of school. That’s a faster spread than last year, when there were 27 reported cases in the first 2 weeks. 

a filter pocket on a mask

When shopping for a face mask for yourself or your kids, keep in mind that not all masks are created equal.

That’s especially important as transmission levels are very high in the Jacksonville area and kids are returning to school.

Agustin Cortez, 13, gets a COVID-19 test Thursday, July 15, 2021,
Marta Lavandier / ASSOCIATED PRESS

St. Johns County is asking residents to pre-register for appointments at its COVID-19 testing site, which is opening Monday, Aug. 16. 

Jacksonville Area Added 260K People as Area Grew More Diverse, U.S. Census Says

Aug 13, 2021
Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville area gained about 260,000 people over the past decade, pushing the population to 1.6 million as people of increasingly varied colors and backgrounds made homes in Northeast Florida, census data released Thursday showed.

6 Takeaways About Tropical Cyclones And Hurricanes From The New IPCC Report

Aug 13, 2021
NOAA captured this image of Hurricane Irma's eye over the Florida Keys on the morning of September 10, 2017.

With climate change helping produce a global horror film of extreme weather disasters this summer, and the peak Atlantic hurricane and Western fire seasons just arriving, a new landmark United Nations climate report by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change offers the most thorough evaluation of the physical science associated with global warming so far, including the climate science of tropical cyclones.