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

Florida Increased Minimum Wage Issue On Verge Of Hitting Ballot Threshold

Oct 21, 2019
Left to right: US Rep. Matt Gaetz, John Morgan, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez.
Christian Simmons / WMFE

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour are on the verge of submitting enough petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.


A JetBlue jetliner made an emergency landing Monday afternoon at Jacksonville International Airport​​.

A Look Inside As Jacksonville's Adult Arcades Close

Oct 21, 2019

Time's up for adult arcades in Jacksonville.

JEA Continues To Plan For New Headquarters Despite Possible Sale

Oct 21, 2019
Ryan Companies US Inc. / Via Jacksonville Record

JEA’s Oct. 23 deadline to cancel its lease agreement with Ryan Companies US Inc. for a proposed Downtown headquarters is near, but a memo from Managing Director and CEO Aaron Zahn says the utility is continuing to plan for the project.

New Vegan Cafe And Bakery To Open In Downtown Jacksonville

Oct 21, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Initially planning to open in August, Downtown vegan cafe and bakery Grenville Kitchen is slated to open by the first week of November.

Homes being raised on Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first Florida Mayors Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, where 19 current mayors, representing more than 2.6 million Floridians, will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.


A third lane is being added to the east beltway of Interstate-295 between State Road 9B and Butler Boulevard. 

Unemployment Trended Down In Jacksonville In September

Oct 18, 2019
Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s jobless rate dropped to 3% in September, down from 3.6% in August, the state reported Friday.

Welcome Images / Wikimedia Commons

The Duval County Health Department recently confirmed its first case of measles in an unvaccinated child.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Election supervisors are reminding Floridians: Signatures change over time.

First Coast Will See Rain, Possible Tornadoes From TS Nestor Saturday

Oct 18, 2019

Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixtee has become Tropical Storm Nestor as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico and toward Florida later Friday.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A film studio up the road from Jacksonville - in Kingsland, Ga. - invites Star Trek fans to drop by this weekend to sit in the captain’s chair, check out the transporter room and meet some of the Trekkies involved in keeping the series alive online.

U.S. Geological Survey

Drivers who use the Stockton Street exit at the I-10/I-95 interchange should start looking for a new route.

Courtesy of Christian McBeth / Via Target

Target has set a goal to have rooftop solar panels on 500 of its stores and other properties by 2020, and that includes in Jacksonville.

Business Brief: DIA CEO Wants Master-Planned Development For First Baptist Property

Oct 17, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer says a master-planned redevelopment could be the best option for First Baptist Church officials as they plan to sell 12.17 acres of its Downtown campus.