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

Business Brief: Becton Details Plan For Special Taxing District In Baymeadows

Jun 14, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

A Dependent Special Taxing District in Baymeadows to pay for repairs of deteriorating privately owned roads and infrastructure could mean up to a $500 annual assessment on single-family homes in the area.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Hospital Jacksonville

The hospital at Naval Air Station Jacksonville is adding an eight bed in-patient behavioral health unit to better help service men and women suffering from acute mental illness.

The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman’s picks for the new Charter Revision Commission have gone largely unopposed, but one of them got some push back at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Strickland Jennifer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons

2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for sea turtle nests along First Coast beaches.

Gov. DeSantis Puts Together Panel To Study Florida's Algae Woes

Jun 13, 2019
Sam Carr

Ahead of Florida’s summer growing months, scientists picked by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday weighed issues from septic tanks to farm production feeding the state’s nationally publicized algae troubles.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

Madison Roberts

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Wednesday that will allow insurance companies to offer incentives to patients who use a database to find lower-cost healthcare services.

Baymeadows Special Taxing District Proposed To Fix Streets, Sidewalks And More

Jun 12, 2019
artist rendering of neighborhood with tree-lined path
Jacksonville Daily Record

Neighborhood leaders in Baymeadows want to create a dependent special taxing district to repair the private community's stormwater, street and sidewalk infrastructure.

JTA bus pulls up to curb
John Burr

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has scheduled three additional community open houses next week to explain a fare-hike proposal and get input from the public.

Jacksonville City Council

Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

Greene speaking at conference table
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene on Tuesday rolled out her own strategy for repairing, upgrading and rebuilding the district’s aging school buildings, some of which are more than 100 years old.

oystercatcher sitting on beach
Carol Smith via Flickr

Boaters and beachgoers will have fewer places to enjoy the shore in the coming months along the north end of Little Talbot Island State Park. Portions are closed off as birds flock to the private shorelines for nesting.

All shoals and emergent islands, such as Little Bird and Big Bird Island, are considered critical wildlife areas and are also closed. The least tern, black simmer and American Oystercatcher are just some of the species that inhabit the area.

DeSantis Prepares To Sign Budget, Issue Vetoes

Jun 11, 2019
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Gov. Ron DeSantis hopes to sign a state budget and issue vetoes next week, with the spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year expected to arrive on his desk Friday.

headshot of Kirk with text about the event

Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has produced, directed and written more than 100 hours of FRONTLINE, PBS’S flagship long-form documentary series that started in 1983.

Produce at farmers market
Daniel via Flickr

Women and children enrolled in the federal Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) will find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at four special farmers’ markets next week in Glynn County, Georgia.