First Coast

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

A Late Show with Steven Colbert / Via Twitter

The suggestion by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis that the summer Olympics be moved from Tokyo to Florida is providing fodder for ‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert.

Rory Diamond, arms crossed, speaking to a pair of attorneys.
COJ Meeting Livestreams

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond plans to introduce a bill that would remove council members’ salary increases from the annual budget bill.

Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council member Aaron Bowman said at the close of the Council meeting Jan. 26 that the new Westside center will be a $40 million project that creates 200 jobs.

Council Approves $3.5M Completion Grant For Florida Blue Garage

Jan 27, 2021
This photo with rendering overlay illustrates the garage project at 800 Forest St.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.5 million city-backed construction completion grant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc.’s Brooklyn parking garage at 800 Forest St.

Hepatitis Virus
Nephron / Wikimedia Commons

Duval County reported Florida’s highest number of hepatitis A cases in 2020, according to the News Service of Florida. 

St. Johns County has received an allotment of 3,900 Pfizer coronavirus vaccines from the state. 

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A new report from the Sierra Club on utility climate pledges gives JEA an F grade for its climate goal.

Claude Paris / Associated Press

Wednesday is Holocaust Remembrance Day and Jewish Family & Community Services in Jacksonville is offering virtual tours of its gallery on Jan. 27 to mark the occasion.

United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service is commemorating the historic Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine with a new stamp. 

A scene from THE PLAYERS Championship on March 13, 2020, shortly after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Spectators will return to THE PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass this year.

This late November photo shows the new Jacksonville Beach Margaritaville hotel, which is opening Jan. 26.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Guests will be on "island time" as soon as they arrive at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.


The director of the Duval County Public Schools Police Department has resigned.

Bill Requesting $260,000 Tax Refund For Project Robalo Filed With City Council

Jan 26, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council will review a resolution that would authorize a $260,000 city-backed tax incentive for an undisclosed national pharmaceutical and medical device distributor.

Hiro Komae / Associated Press

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee, encouraging the body to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Japan to Florida.

School Board building exterior
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) board chair is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make teachers and other school workers a priority in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Gov. Ron DeSantis touts vaccine rollout at Jacksonville's River Garden Hebrew Home.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The coronavirus vaccine will have been offered to every resident of Florida’s 4,000 long-term-care facilities by the end of this month, according to Gov.  Ron DeSantis. 

Florida Department of Transportation

First Coast area drivers who use Florida’s toll roads but don’t want to worry about those transponders that go on the windshield now have another option.

Left: Bobby K. Boutique / Right: Saul Loeb press pool photo via AP

If you’ve been on social media over the past few days, you’ve seen the Bernie Sanders mittens meme.

JEA Rescinds Master Developer Selection Plan For St. Johns River Power Park Redevelopment

Jan 25, 2021

JEA halted its search for a master developer for 2,000 acres, including the St. Johns River Power Park and surrounding parcels, as the utility’s CEO plans to reengage JAXPORT officials and other community leaders about redeveloping the property. 

Mayor Curry Extends Jacksonville Mask Mandate

Jan 25, 2021
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry has extended Duval County’s mask mandate through at least Feb. 25.

A Brief Taste of Spring Temperatures Expected this Week

Jan 24, 2021

Spring-like temperatures are anticipated across the Sunshine State beginning Monday with highs aiming for the upper 70s and a few locations even entering into the 80s.

Residents make their way across a flooded street after Hurricane Irma brought floodwaters to Jacksonville on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
John Raoux / Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is getting close to wrapping up its work as members are scheduled to vote on and finalize recommendations during their next meeting.

Jacksonville University Orders Campus Evacuation Due To Email Threat

Jan 22, 2021
Will Dickey / Florida Times-Union file photo

Jacksonville University ordered anyone on campus to immediately evacuate Friday afternoon, citing a threat that was made. 

Jacksonville Humane Society

Adding a furry friend to your family will only cost you a bag of pet food this Sunday.

New Laura Street Trio Renderings Show Redevelopment In 2 Phases

Jan 22, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Laura Street Trio developer SouthEast Development Group LLC has released its latest designs for a two-phase redevelopment of the Downtown property.

Photo of a now hiring sign
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

The Jacksonville area’s unemployment rate was 4.8% last month, down from a pandemic high of over 11% last April. 

Associated Press

Hank Aaron, who shattered Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974, has died. "Hammerin' Hank" was 86.

Rendering of tiny house

Construction is set to begin next week on an affordable housing project on Jacksonville’s Westside. 


COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Publix supermarkets in St. Johns County and across Florida were fully booked Friday morning, shortly after becoming available.


The city of Jacksonville announced Friday morning it has finishing distributing its allotted supply of the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.


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