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

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry speaks at a holiday party.
Courtesy Duval Dems

The Duval County Democratic Party punted on whether to remove their party chair Monday night after a member of a grievance committee raised a concern about a technicality. 

JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Duval County Public Schools is asking parents, students and staff what COVID-19 safety measures they think the district should implement next school year.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Midwest grocery company Kroger is building-out a logistics operation in North Jacksonville to deliver fresh groceries.

energy.gov

Most people are opposed to raising Jacksonville’s Local Option Gas Tax from 6 to 12 cents per gallon, according to a new poll released by the University of North Florida Tuesday.

Robert E. Lee High School teacher Amy Donofrio — removed from her classroom in March after she refused to take down a Black Lives Matter flag from outside her classroom — said she believed she’d been ultimately fired based on a speech last week by state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. 

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

Another public meeting about changing the names of certain public schools in Duval County is planned for Wednesday morning.

RYAN KETTERMAN / VIA WINN-DIXIE

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores, has announced it will allow fully vaccinated customers and employees to shop and work maskless.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Drivers on Atlantic Boulevard heading east from San Marco are in for a colorful new visual treat.

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry
DUVAL COUNTY DEMS

A grievance committee of the Duval County Democratic Party is recommending the party remove its chairman after an internal investigation found he violated local and state Democratic Party bylaws. 

Hundreds of local businesses will be looking for employees with an online “job fair” on Thursday, May 20, hosted by the Career Source Northeast Florida and the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced Thursday that former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathaniel Glover will be inducted Saturday, May 15, into the Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame.

MATT SLOCUM / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sulzbacher announced Thursday it will be usings its healthmobile, named Health and Hope on Wheels, to vaccinate underserved First Coast communities, including all area homeless shelters. 

Chris Carlson / Associated Press file photo

Many First Coast area businesses are struggling to keep pace with booming demand from newly vaccinated customers looking to get back into the swing of things after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all local COVID-19 emergency orders earlier this month.

JTA

The Jacksonville City Council is considering amendments to the 6-cent gas tax increase proposal, which would be used to fund infrastructure projects across the city.

News4Jax

Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) in Jacksonville has been dealt a major blow by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE)’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which announced Thursday the law school’s application for reinstatement of student federal aid programs has been denied.

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

The state of Florida will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination pop-up sites in St. Johns County through the end of the month.

The CSX headquarters building on the Northbank in Downtown Jacksonville is pictured.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville-based CSX announced Wednesday it’s buying a trucking company that specializes in hauling liquid chemicals.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved overnight orthokeratology contact lenses that manage myopia, also known as nearsightedness.

IAN WALTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The National Football League announced Wednesday morning it will resume International Series Games during the 2021 season after the coronavirus pandemic halted all international games last season.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Thanks to a long hurricane season, Florida is no stranger to an occasional gasoline supply disruption like the one hitting parts of the country right now. But electric vehicle (EV) owners are still waking up to a “full tank.” So, are EVs and plug-in hybrids better during emergencies?

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry
DUVAL COUNTY DEMS

The Duval County Democratic Party has said it will reveal the results of a corruption investigation into party chair Daniel Henry later this month. 

DeSantis Declares State Of Emergency As Long Lines For Gas Start Popping Up

May 12, 2021
Steve Helber / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency after a cyber attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline which supplies nearly half of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

The Jacksonville City Council listened as people spoke out Tuesday night during public comments on a proposed 6-cent gas tax hike.

LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 2020 FILE PHOTO

Restaurants and hotels around Jacksonville are struggling to find employees as business starts to ramp up while vaccination rates climb. So business owners are teaming up to host a multi-location job fair across Northeast Florida next Tuesday, May 18.

First Coast Long-Term Care Facilities Meet State's Backup Power Rules

May 11, 2021
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Headed into the 2021 hurricane season, which begins June 1, all First Coast area nursing homes and assisted living facilities are in full compliance with rules requiring them to have emergency backup generators and 72 hours of fuel on-site.

The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday night and plans to discuss the local gas tax hike proposal. That’s the six-cent-per-gallon tax the city could levy to fund infrastructure projects.

$300M Distribution Center Planned At Westlake Industrial Park

May 11, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

California-based CT Realty CEO James C. “Watty” Watson estimates a more than $300 million investment in plans are being made for a 251-acre Westlake Industrial Park distribution center along Pritchard Road.

Family Of Slain Tristyn Bailey Receives Outpouring Of Community Support

May 11, 2021
News4Jax

In a large showing of support for the family of Tristyn Bailey, members of the community gathered in St. Johns County for a vigil Monday night to remember the 13-year-old.

North Florida TPO

The plan to double Jacksonville’s gas tax from 6 to 12 cents is running into some potholes.

Florida Gas Prices Rise 10 Cents In A Week

May 10, 2021
JULIO CORTEZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

AAA expects gas supplies to remain strong in Florida despite a pipeline outage and a dime a gallon price jump last week.

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