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

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene is recommending the school board change the names of six public schools.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are returning to full capacity.

Griffith Observatory

A total lunar eclipse this week promises to be visually stunning.

A recently purchased JTA electric bus.
JTA

Jacksonville’s city-owned utility and its transportation agency are in talks that could lead to the electrification of the city’s entire bus fleet.

Kids Hope Alliance
News4Jax

Jacksonville’s child services agency, the Kids Hope Alliance, has “significant issues” with record-keeping and with ensuring grantees fulfill their requirements, according to the Council Auditor’s Office. 

Florida Times-Union Property Under Contract; $250M Project Planned

May 24, 2021
Times Union building exterior
Jacksonville Daily Record

Atlanta-based developer Jeff Fuqua, with experience building grocery-anchored centers in Brooklyn and Riverside, has a contract to buy the former Florida Times-Union property to create a $250 million retail, office, restaurant and apartment project.

COVID-19 Testing Ends At Regency Site In Jacksonville

May 23, 2021
Regency testing site from outside
News4Jax

Sunday was the last day that COVID-19 testing was offered at the state-run Regency Square Mall site, the Florida Department of Health in Duval County said.

Jaguars Owner Contributing $1M To Boost Eastside Neighborhood

May 21, 2021
mural on Eastside
Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced May 21 he is donating $1 million to LIFT JAX to support the “holistic revitalization” of the Eastside neighborhood north of TIAA Bank Field.

Jacksonville City Hall
BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has a busy week ahead. Here are three big items on the agenda:

Northcore/NoCo logos
Downtown Investment Authority

Can you picture this? You and a friend are deciding where to meet for lunch near Downtown Jacksonville, and she says, “Hmm, how about somewhere in SoBa?”

SoBa, as in the Southbank. It’s one of the rebranding options on the table as the public Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority works with a consultant “to attract more residents and visitors to live, work and play in these areas.” A survey about the new branding is part of an update to the DIA’s Business Investment and Development Plan.

Edward Waters College sign on campus
Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville announced Thursday that it will establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy in the coming months thanks to a multi-year, six-figure grant from Jacksonville’s Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.

'Gunnel Is Five Points'; At 77, Edge City Owner Has No Plans To Stop

May 20, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

For more than 50 years, the Edge City retail store has been a landmark in the Five Points shopping and entertainment district at 1017 Park St. between Riverside and Brooklyn.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The Proclamation of Emancipation was issued in 1863, formally ending slavery across the country. But it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on May 20, 1865, that emancipation became a reality in Florida. More than 150 years later, the city of Jacksonville is hosting its inaugural emancipation celebration honoring freedom for African Americans. 

File photo of masked elementary school students attending a math lesson.
Mary Altaffer / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The CDC has changed its COVID-19 guidelines to no longer recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks in most scenarios, but with children under 12 still not eligible for vaccines, and many teens still unvaccinated, here is how local school districts’ COVID-19 policies stand after the change:

Jaguars Sign Jacksonville Native Tim Tebow

May 20, 2021
John Raoux / AP Photo

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Northeast Florida native and former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow as a tight end, the team announced today.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has voted 5-13 against an amendment that would have required voter approval for a proposed 6-cent gas tax increase.

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
BrooksRehab.org

The head of the advocacy organization that represents Florida’s hospitals at the state and federal level says as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach near record lows across the state, the mental health of both residents and health care workers is becoming a major concern.

School Name Change Election Canvassing Board considers ballots the machines could not read
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Students, alumni and community members of six Duval County schools want to change their names, and three schools’ communities want to keep their names. Those are the result of Wednesday’s ballot tallies at the county Supervisor of Elections Office.

Residents of a Southside Jacksonville neighborhood are worried about a proposed Waste Pro garbage transfer station planned for their area. 

St. Johns County Approves $16.7M PGA Tour Incentives Deal

May 19, 2021
The new PGA Tour Global Home along Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra.
Clark Construction

The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners approved an economic development incentive agreement 4-1 with the PGA Tour on May 18 with an estimated value of $16,778,760.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One of the nation’s top automotive events returns to Amelia Island this weekend, after being pushed back from March to allow more time for vaccinations.

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

A Robert E. Lee High School teacher who says she was removed from her classroom for flying a Black Lives Matter flag has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Duval County Public Schools district.

Courtesy: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

A program by Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL) is offering virtual mental health counseling sessions for people struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Genpact.com

Genpact has informed the state it will be permanently laying off approximately 489 workers at its Deerwood Park location on Jacksonville’s Southside on August 31.

Passenger capacity for JTA buses coming and going to the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center is being increased.
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Tuesday afternoon it is increasing the capacity of its buses from 25 to 30 passengers as COVID restrictions ease across the country.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced it is closing the Jacksonville vaccination center at the Gateway Town Center next week. Its final day in operation will be Tuesday, May 25.

Justin Bieber is performing at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 7, 2022
Jaxevents.com

After a year of virtual events, small gatherings and social distancing, concerts are returning to Jacksonville in 2021! Here are some of the biggest artists coming to the 904 this year and the next. 

TED S. WARREN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The First Coast is lagging behind the nation when it comes to the percentage of residents who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Florida Coastal School Of Law Appealing Federal Student Loan Denial

May 18, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Florida Coastal School of Law is disputing the findings released May 13 by the office of Federal Student Aid in the U.S. Department of Education denying the school’s reinstatement into the loan program.

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