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

Jacksonville protesters gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse on Saturday, May 30.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Tensions flared during a special meeting Tuesday when Jacksonville City Council members discussed the need to address racial inequality.

hand grabbing an lgbtq+ flag, there are others in the background doing the same.
Nelson Antoine / Associated Press

Jacksonville’s refined Human Rights Ordinance made it through two more City Council committees Tuesday, meaning it will be voted on by the full council in a week.

JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing program to include Florida State College at Jacksonville after using test vehicles at a Downtown test track and the Mayo Clinic.

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville District 10 City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson is among those weighing in the protests and outbreaks of violence in Jacksonville and cities across the country.

GENE J. PUSKAR / ASSOCIATED PRESS

UF Health Jacksonville is offering free, walk-up coronavirus testing at several Duval County locations this week.

Generic file photo of people voting
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

The August 18 Florida Primary will be a big one in Clay County, with Sheriff, Clerk of the Court, and Superintendent of Schools among the local offices up for grabs, in addition to seats on the School Board and County Commission.

storefront of Nordstrom with plywood on windows
Fatima P / Special to WJCT News

There will not be another mandatory curfew Monday night in Jacksonville.

exterior of the building
Jacksonville Daily Record

GuideWell is hiring is hiring 1,200 licensed health insurance agents to prepare for the fall open enrollment period. 

Two flags waving in the wind off of a pole, on top is the U.S. Flag, and on the bottom is the LGBTQ+ flag.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

The refined Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity and sexual orientation made it through it’s first City Council committee Monday afternoon. 

A man fishes in the Indian River Lagoon at sunrise Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Titusville.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

It’s time to get that fishing rod and tackle box down from the shelf in the garage.

The Rosen Group / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 is moving ahead with plans to open a North Jacksonville campus at Oceanway Crossing in North Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

A new AAA survey released Monday found that 42% of Floridians interviewed by the auto club group said they would be less likely to evacuate for a storm this year for fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Jacksonville Sunday Night Curfew Ends Following Weekend Protests

Jun 1, 2020
SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

A city-wide curfew in Jacksonville was lifted at 6 a.m. Monday, but with unrest continuing across the country and the city, it remains to be seen if the city will declare another.

line of protesters with signs and fists in the air
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville is under a mandatory citywide curfew overnight, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced early Sunday evening. 

Huge American flag covering the courthouse, while there are protesters below it with Black lives matter signs, among other signs. All of them have masks on.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Protests resumed Sunday outside the Duval County Courthouse.  

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Jacksonville Resiliency and Climate Change Coalition, a newly formed advocacy group working to raise awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, is looking to better engage minority communities.

DroneBase file photo / Via Associated Press

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts Monday and forecasters expect it to be a busy one.

Crews have been laying grass this week at the site of the now-demolished Jacksonville Landing.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

What a difference a few months make.

Crews are laying grass at The Jacksonville Landing site this week as they finish the festival marketplace’s demolition.

A small bridge crossing over a ravine that leads to the St. Johns in Green Cove Springs, trees and a gazebo in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

In their last planned COVID-19 update, Clay County officials announced that beginning in June, the Board of County Commissioners meetings will be held in person again. 

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

During Thursday’s meeting, the first since February, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency voted to establish three new subcommittees, which residents are being encouraged to join.

Roy at the checkout counter at work
Claire Goforth

Today, Synthia Roy works at a tattoo parlor in Jacksonville’s Edgewood area, she does set design and makeup for horror films and recently produced her second movie. 

But seven years ago, in her mid-30s, her life was a blur. In college, she’d turned to alcohol and drugs, finding they helped her express herself. Roy was a closeted transgender woman living a life that felt like a lie. Over time, the coping mechanism became a crutch.

Mayor Lenny speaking at a glass podium in Lot P of TIAA Bank Field, local health leaders in masks behind him, and grass and a small fence in the background. Also in the background is the lot j testing site
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry joined local health executives Thursday at TIAA Bank Field to once again address the importance of mask-wearing. 

Forcura To Add 115 Jobs, Expand Jacksonville Headquarters

May 28, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Forcura announced May 27 it will add 115 jobs by the end of 2022 and open a new headquarters in the city with help from an economic development agreement Project Graph, which City Council unanimously approved in March.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The number of pollution violations issued in Jacksonville has significantly declined since coronavirus brought everything to a screeching halt in March. But it’s not clear whether there’s actually less pollution or it’s just because routine inspections have been put on hold during the pandemic.

Winn-Dixie's Neptune Beach location is pictured.
Winn-Dixie

Four former Lucky's Markets and four former Earth Fare stores in Florida, including one in Jacksonville, will become Winn-Dixies.

News4Jax

The city will soon begin a phased reopening of city pools and summer youth activities, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday.

Federal Judge Rejects St. Johns Riverkeeper's bid To Halt River Deepening

May 27, 2020
JAXPORT

A federal judge has ruled against the St. Johns Riverkeeper’s attempt to halt deepening of the St. Johns River, saying the non-profit did not meet the high burden of showing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to assess the environmental impacts of dredging the river for bigger cargo container ships.

Jacksonville City Hall
BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

There’s more stimulus money headed for people in Jacksonville following a vote by City Council on Tuesday night.

Hazouri Elected City Council President In 16-3 Vote

May 27, 2020
City Council President-elect Tommy Hazouri is pictured in this 2019 file photo.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Despite political pressure on his supporters, City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri, a Democrat, won election as the Council president for the 2020-21 year by a majority Republican Council.

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A new piece of public art is coming to life in Avondale, thanks to some Douglas Anderson graduates and resident Ron Rothberg.

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