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


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.

Pediatrician: 20-30% Increase In Local Children Infected With COVID-19

Jan 22, 2021

There has been a 20-30% increase in the number of children who have caught COVID-19 in the last several weeks, according to Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, chief of Community and Societal Pediatrics for UF Health Jacksonville.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Taskforce met Thursday to discuss how the region’s infrastructure could be strengthened.

The group’s goal is to connect county and city governments across the region in a joint effort to not only recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but build back stronger from it.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The FBI’s Jacksonville office has arrested a Baker County man accused of having a role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.


The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority is taking design proposals to develop Riverfront Plaza, the grassy area where the Jacksonville Landing shopping mall complex stood for more than 30 years.


North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, announced Thursday that colleges and universities in Jacksonville are getting an additional $73.4 million in federal emergency relief funding as part of the $900 billion stimulus package Congress passed last month. 

Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new general manager. 


The Jacksonville-based parent company of the Winn-Dixie and Harveys grocery chains on Thursday announced an initial public stock offering (IPO) that could raise up to $163.7 million.  


Nearly 2,000 St. Johns County COVID-19 vaccine appointments were claimed Thursday morning within an hour.

National Park Service Rejected Shipyards, Metropolitan Park Swap In December

Jan 21, 2021
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has proposed building a Four Seasons hotel at the site of Metropolitan Park as illustrated in this rendering.
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A National Park Service decision complicates Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s plans to develop the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park.

John Raoux / Associated Press

The Northeast Florida Regional Council, along with five other regional planning councils from across Florida, are getting $1.49 million to develop a statewide approach to flood planning.

A man wades through flood water as he check out damage from Hurricane Matthew Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has named Jessica Beach as its Chief Resilience Officer.

A teacher’s assistant at Neptune Beach Elementary has died due to COVID-19 complications, a Duval County School Board member confirmed.

Vaccine being administered.

Veterans who are 65 or older, or who are essential workers, can receive the coronavirus vaccine through the Veterans Affairs health system - as supplies allow. 

Vaccine being administered.

Clay and St. Johns counties announced Wednesday that more COVID vaccine appointments will soon be available after they received more doses.

Clay County Begins Scheduling New Appointments At 3 p.m. Wednesday

Clay County Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health in Clay County have received 1,950 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine and will begin accepting vaccination appointments on Wednesday, January 20, at 3 p.m. 

Friendship Fountain will be featured in a 30-second video for the Parade Across America

Andrew Jackson High School’s Flying Lady Tigers drill team is among a select group of performers taking part in Wednesday’s Presidential Inaugural Parade. Unlike previous inaugural parades, this one is virtual — due to COVID-19.


The Florida Department of Health opened a new COVID-19 vaccine site at Regency Square Mall in Arlington Wednesday, according to a tweet from the Florida Association of Public Information Officers.

WATCH LIVE: Inauguration Of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Jan 20, 2021
PBS NewsHour

Watch live coverage, Wednesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 9 a.m., as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office at the U.S. Capitol.

Photo of school bus
Indiana Public Media file photo

The Duval County Public Schools system wants to know what it can do better when it comes to school buses.

Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO Joe Peppers
Will Dickey

Joe Peppers, the former head of the city's Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), is breaking his silence after resigning last year following a troubled tenure leading Jacksonville's flagship child welfare agency.

The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry
The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry / Via Facebook

A well-known Jacksonville Beach café and bakery is closing as a result of the pandemic.


There’s a new eco-friendly drinking straw on the market, and it looks like it could be a viable option for businesses seeking alternatives to traditional plastic straws.

A man vaping
Lindsay Fox / Wikimedia Commons

The city of Jacksonville is partnering with the convenience store chain Daily’s on a new public awareness campaign that aims to keep teenagers from vaping.

Mayor Lenny Curry briefs the media on the COVID-19 vaccination effort.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday the city would run out of its existing doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of the day Thursday. 

Those who have received their first doses will receive their scheduled second doses, Curry said, but he could not promise when new doses of the vaccine would arrive, or how many doses  would be available. 

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Tuesday, Jan. 19, is the last day to sign up for a slot on Nassau County’s COVID vaccine wait-list.

Once-A-Decade Jacksonville City Council Redistricting Begins

Jan 19, 2021
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.

The once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries for Jacksonville City Council seats kicked off this month and will continue throughout 2021, a politically sensitive undertaking that can have consequences in districts where Republicans and Democrats have run closely fought races.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents to be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccination scams.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

A coalition of environmental groups, including the St. Johns Riverkeeper, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a potentially far-reaching move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands.

Associated Press file photo

Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.