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Ascension St. Vincent’s is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event on Monday, Jan. 18, for Clay County residents age 65 and older, which the hospital said filled up shortly after the event was announced Friday morning.

Jacksonville Rep. Fischer Opens Account For Florida Senate Bid

Jan 15, 2021
Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, opened a campaign account Thursday to run in 2022 for a Northeast Florida Senate seat, setting up a potential race against Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Urban Meyer Agrees To Deal To Become Jaguars Next Head Coach

Jan 15, 2021
Bob Mack / The Florida Times-Union File Photo

The Jaguars reached an agreement Thursday to hire Urban Meyer as their next head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, the franchise announced.  

Earth Fare Supermarket To Reopen At Shoppes Of St. Johns Parkway

Jan 15, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Earth Fare, the natural and organic grocer, announced Jan. 14 it will reopen in St. Johns County.

Flagler Hospital
Flagler Health+

St. Johns County School District employees who are 65 or older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine through a new program at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci announced Thursday that he will be running for mayor in 2023 and he tells WJCT News that addressing climate change and sea level rise would be a priority for his administration.

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

An Ocala-area man is charged in connection with this week’s armed assault on the U.S. Capitol. He was taken into custody as part of a joint operation between the FBI Jacksonville Division and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Now That Lot J Deal Is Dead, Here's What's Next

Jan 14, 2021

Now that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is “pulling the plug” on Lot J, team President Mark Lamping says Khan wants to advance his $535 million plan to redevelop Metropolitan Park and the Shipyards.

Jacksonville Councilman Carlucci Will Run For Mayor In 2023

Jan 14, 2021
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union, 2018 file photo

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci announced Thursday he intends to run for mayor in 2023, becoming the first candidate to enter what is expected to be a crowded race for the open seat.

rendering of the development
The Jaxson

The amount of foot traffic in Downtown Jacksonville fell to an all-time low last year, as the pandemic slowed the growth of downtowns across the country.


District 9 Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis called for Mayor Lenny Curry to resign Thursday on WJCT News’ First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

“Lenny Curry and his administration is probably the most corrupt administration the city has ever seen,” Dennis said on air.

Duval County Public Schools

The Duval County Public Schools district is adjusting its timeline for notifying the public about new COVID-19 cases.

Associated Press

Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., while two annual MLK Day breakfasts on Friday, Jan. 15, are going virtual this year.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking in front of the Sawgrass Village Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement this month that the state is partnering with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state follows the grocer donating $100,000 to the governor’s political committee.

DIA Committee Advances Proposed Downtown Jacksonville On-Street Parking Rate Increases

Jan 13, 2021
The Jacksonville Daily Record

A Downtown Investment Authority committee advanced a proposed parking rate increase Jan. 12 for on-street metered parking in areas of the Northbank deemed high-demand. 

File photo of a Publix store
Scott Iskowitz / Associated Press

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the state is partnering with Publix to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites at select locations throughout Florida and on Wednesday he said that several would be in St. Johns and Flagler Counties.

The Lot J bill fails to get the 13 vote majority needed to pass.
Mike Mendenhall / The Jacksonville Daily Record

A $245.3 million taxpayer funded incentive package for Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J development failed to get the support it needed from the Jacksonville City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

St. Johns County has another 500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine it plans to administer this Friday.

The Brumos Collection
The Brumos Collection

The Brumos Collection classic car museum announced Tuesday it's planning to reopen to the public on Thursday, Jan. 21, after being closed to the public since back in March of 2020 as a pandemic safety measure.


Grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 have been distributed to 117 First Coast area nonprofits to help offset costs they have incurred during the pandemic.


Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that $1.4 billion in emergency rental assistance to Floridians is on its way as part of the federal COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law on Dec. 27.

Berkman Plaza II Headed For Conventional Demolition; New High Rise Planned

Jan 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The developer that wants to raze the unfinished Berkman Plaza II on the St. Johns Riverfront Downtown no longer plans to implode the high-rise.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.

Southeast Georgia’s Coastal Health district has temporarily paused all scheduling Tuesday so they can manage the requests already received.

Murray Hill mural
Murray Hill Preservation Society

A federal judge has thrown out a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Murray Hill against a local chemical company, but he’s giving them until Jan. 22 to fix the issues with the complaint and refile it.

File photo of a food distribution event.

Farm Share plans to host two food distribution events in the Jacksonville area this week.

The first is Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the American Legion Post on County Road 218 in Middleburg. Distribution begins at 8:30 in the morning.


A public hearing about safety improvements on the Westside’s San Juan Avenue is being hosted Tuesday, Jan. 12, by the Florida Department of Transportation.

St. Johns County has run out of COVID-19 vaccine doses and officials don’t expect another shipment for at least a week.

A view of the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton.

Organizers of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance announced Monday the annual classic car show and its related events at the Ritz-Carlton and surrounding area are being moved to May 20 - May 23 this year.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington.

Calling his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives who objected to Electoral College election results "embarrassing," Democratic North Florida Representative Al Lawson says he expects efforts to impeach President Donald Trump to move quickly this week in the House of Representatives.

Aerial Video: 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Historic Downtown Jacksonville Building

Jan 10, 2021
Contributed photo

Jacksonville firefighters doused hot spots overnight to prevent flare-ups as investigation ramped up into a three-alarm fire that destroyed a historic building Downtown and threatened neighboring businesses Saturday night.