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

A view of the Blount Island Marine Terminal with the Dames Point Bridge and Jacksonville skyline in the background.
U.S. Marines Corps / Via Wikimedia Commons

Portus-Jacksonville has announced it's letting go 138 workers after losing a contract for stevedoring and terminal services at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal. Stevedores load and unload cargo from ships.

Google / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Memorial Healthcare Group Inc. is renovating the closed Soul Food Bistro at southwest Kernan and Atlantic boulevards into a women’s health center.

'Huge Influx' Of Luxury Home Sales In Northeast Florida

May 3, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

While homes of all price ranges are selling quickly, luxury properties are moving faster than ever.

It’s Jaguars. Easy. Right? Well, hold on a minute.

Paul, a WJCT News 89.9 listener from St. Johns County, wrote us Monday to say he heard the name of the team mispronounced on-air, which resurfaced a long-running debate. Is the proper pronunciation "jag-wahrs" or "jag-wires?"

Stephanie Rutan / Via White Oak Conservation

The first herd of 12 Asian elephants that were formerly circus performers has arrived at White Oak Conservation, a refuge for rare species in Yulee.

Courtesy Christ the King School

Jacksonville’s Christ the King Catholic School is one of 40 schools nationwide to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award. 

CVS Health is expanding its Project Health no-cost health screening service to 14 new metropolitan areas including Jacksonville, the company announced Friday.

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

The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners will not consider a request to recognize June as LGBTQ pride month. 

LONGBOAT KEY TURTLE WATCH

It’s that time of a year again as several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles begin nesting on St. Johns County beaches.

UNF students build crab pots to restore oyster reefs.
UNF

Students in the University of North Florida’s Coastal and Marine Biology Program are working on a living shoreline restoration project with the St. Mary’s Riverkeeper to help rebuild oyster reefs on the Amelia River’s shoreline, near Old Town Fernandina.

Lowes plans to hire more than 50,000 workers nationwide.
Lowes

Lowes has announced it will be hiring nearly 550 new employees across its Jacksonville stores during the company’s national hiring day on Tuesday.

Police Training Bill Passed By Fla. Legislature Touted As 'Good Start'

Apr 30, 2021
News Service of Florida

With several Black lawmakers heralding what they described as a starting point to improve community interactions with police, the Florida Senate has given final approval to a bill that includes new use-of-force training requirements for officers.

Renovations To Start At Downtown Jacksonville Wells Fargo Center

Apr 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown’s Wells Fargo Center is preparing for a $12.5 million lobby, cafe and common area renovation along with elevator upgrades that have begun in the 37-story tower.

Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was segregated — whites only — until the 1971-1972 school year. Its school colors are blue and gray, the colors of the Confederacy, and its sports teams are called the Generals.

RYAN KETTERMAN / VIA WINN-DIXIE

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers wants to make it easier for customers to get a coronavirus shot.

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

The director of policy at Jacksonville’s LGBTQ youth center said Thursday that Florida’s late-night push to ban transgender women from sports is “disgusting” and “discriminatory.” 

Mary Altaffer, Pool photographer / Via Associated Press

A clinical trial of the Novovax coronavirus vaccine gets underway next week in Jacksonville for children 12- to 17-years-old.

File photo of a Publix store
SCOTT ISKOWITZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Publix is joining the list of grocery stores that accept online payments from people who rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

A view of the Vilano Beach pier.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Driving on the sand at Vilano Beach will be prohibited, and swimming will be limited this weekend due to the Pro Watercross National Tour.

Kipenzi, is now living at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Morgan Purvis / Via Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

A southern white rhinoceros named Kipenzi has been transferred to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens after being born at Zoo Tampa in 2016.

JSO patrol vehicle in a parking lot
News4Jax

A police practices bill co-sponsored by Neptune Beach Republican State Rep. Cord Byrd has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature unanimously and is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. 

The bipartisan bill would require local police departments to adopt use-of-force policies. It would require the state to establish standards for how police officers are trained, which is currently up to individual departments. 

JEA workers connect a home to a sewer line in 2014.
Peter Haden / WJCT News

Jacksonville could get $6 million from the state to help pay for septic tank phase outs if the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis sign off on this year’s state budget, as it’s proposed.

FHP: 3 Dead In Small Plane Crash In Clay County

Apr 28, 2021
A plane went down at the end of Carter Spencer Road in Middleburg on Tuesday.
News4Jax

Three people died Wednesday morning when a small plane went down off Violet Way at the end of Carter Spencer Road in Middleburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A digital rendering of the development planned for 500 E. Bay Street
KBJ Architects

The Downtown Jacksonville eyesore on the Northbank known as the Berkman II is coming down, and details have been released about what’s going up in its place. 

Ninety workers will be laid off at TIAA Bank's  301 W. Bay Street location (pictured) in Downtown Jacksonville.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville-based TIAA Bank will be letting 90 workers go this summer.

Hillsdale Estates is a built-to-rent subdivision under construction on Jacksonville's Southside on Hillsdale Road.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

With remote work becoming a permanent arrangement for many, a new report finds Jacksonville could be a big destination for those living the “digital nomadic lifestyle.”

Picture of Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to formally accept the final report from the Special Committee on Resiliency, which lays out dozens of policy recommendations that would help the River City deal with the causes and effects of climate change

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Demolition is set to begin in about three weeks on the unfinished residential tower known as the Berkman II on Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank, with crews already onsite to start the process.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Tuesday, March 2, 2021, during his State of the State address at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
Phil Sears / Associated Press

The Sierra Club of Florida has sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to veto twelve bills, including some that would make it harder for local governments to reduce fossil fuel emissions, the leading driver of climate change.

Florida will gain an additional member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives (pictured).
Bill Clark / Pool file photo via Associated Press

Florida will become an even more powerful player in national politics, based on the latest census reapportionment numbers.

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