First Coast

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

Danny Karnik / Associated Press

The Georgia Department of Health is offering free vaccinations and testing in Camden County this week to try and slow the "unprecedented" surge of COVID-19 in the area.

Rock 'Em Socks

Love it or hate it, the giant sculpture proposed for Downtown Jacksonville is generating plenty of buzz, which has an Orlando-based sock company cashing in.

JWB Real Estate Capital / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Developer Alex Sifakis says neighbors around College Park in Arlington told his group that they wanted more food options at the shopping center.

This map and aerial photograph shows the boundaries of the Small Islands.
North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust has bought part of a Jacksonville Beach-area island chain to protect the undeveloped property’s islands and saltmarsh.

Mayo Clinic In Jacksonville Exceeds Capacity Due To COVID-19 Surge

Aug 2, 2021
The service entrance to Mayo Clinic's west campus is Jacksonville is pictured.

Mayo Clinic in Florida has exceeded the Jacksonville hospital’s capacity of 304 licensed beds due to a “significant increase” in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, according to an email from Mayo Clinic.


Duval Schools employees will be required to wear masks for the next 30 days — but students will not. 

Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Temple A.M.E. Church gives a speech on  June 8, 2020.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

A Jacksonville pastor is offering $25 gift cards to young adults who get vaccinated at his church’s vaccine event in a couple of weeks.

News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantishas issued an executive order prohibiting school districts from imposing mask-wearing requirements for students less than two weeks before the start of the new school year. 

Downtown Pop-up Holiday Ice Rink On Hold Until 2022

Jul 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Vision Inc. will not bring a pop-up ice rink to Riverfront Plaza for this year’s holiday season.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Sales Jump 70.1%

Jul 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Johnson & Johnson reported big second-quarter sales gains last week in its Jacksonville-based vision care business as it rebounded from last year’s COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

The exterior of TIAA bank field, the stadium home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and host for musical events like the upcoming "Hella Mega" tour.

Its been a hot minute since the Rolling Stones made River City history.

Bolles Grad Ryan Murphy Wins Silver in Olympic 200 Backstroke Final

Jul 30, 2021
Ryan Murphy of the United States swims during a semifinal in the men's 100-meter backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021.
Martin Meissner / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ryan Murphy is adding another medal to his Olympic collection.

Caffeine & Octane - Jacksonville is pictured July 10, 2021 at The Avenues mall.
Mike Rioux / Via Jacksonville Car Culture

Following up on its biggest event ever, Jacksonville Car Culture announced Friday a new automotive event is coming Saturday, September 4. Called 904 Octane, it will be held at WJCT Public Media in Downtown Jacksonville.


Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing previous peaks reached during last summer’s surge.

JAXPORT Receiving $13.7M State Grant

Jul 29, 2021
A view of Jacksonville's port.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in state grants for Florida’s ports Thursday to assist in recovery from decreased revenue in 2020 and to invest in infrastructure.


Businesses and government agencies are moving to require proof of vaccination as the Delta variant surges in on the First Coast and around the country. 

Funeral To Be Held Saturday For UF Health CEO Leon Haley Jr.

Jul 29, 2021

A funeral service will be held Saturday in Pennsylvania for Leon Haley Jr., the UF Health Jacksonville chief executive officer who died over the weekend in a personal watercraft accident in South Florida.

Greater Jacksonville Leads Florida, Nation In COVID Resurgence

Jul 29, 2021
Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Nassau County has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita of any large metropolitan county in the United States, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by WJCT News partner News4Jax.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders franchisees are working on three locations in Jacksonville and two in St. Johns County, with plans for more.


The University of North Florida is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations on campus through this Friday, July 30.

This rendering illustrates The Hendricks at San Marco apartments that is scheduled to be built on part of the current South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church campus.
Group 4 Design, Inc. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Parts of the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church campus could soon be removed as buyers of the property prepare to build the 133-unit The Hendricks at San Marco apartments.

Jax City Council Votes To Keep Duval County Property Tax Millage Rate Unchanged

Jul 28, 2021

The Jacksonville City Council voted 12-4 on July 27 to keep Duval County’s property tax millage tax rate unchanged for another year despite some members calling for it to be reduced.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the rate in Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed $1.41 billion 2021-22 fiscal year city operating budget will remain at $11.4419 per $1,000 of taxable property value.


Amid the wave of coronavirus infections, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) said Wednesday that at least 1,400 students have enrolled in optional virtual learning ahead of the August 10th start to the new school year. 

Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Make sure you’ve got your face mask when you head to Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Hilltop Village Apartments in February 2019.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration said Monday it is “re-evaluating” its support of a company that has ownership and management ties to the troubled Hilltop Village Apartments. 

Photo of students in class wearing masks
LM Otero / Associated Press

Classes begin in less than two weeks in Duval County amid rapid shifts in the coronavirus pandemic and the response from local, state and federal governments. 

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has again been ranked the No. 1 Best Hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings for the sixth consecutive year.

A Zoom court proceeding is pictured in this April 2020 file photo.
Ed White / Associated Press

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, a lawyers’ group is urging the state to return to virtual court hearings.


The hunt for fast chargers will soon be getting easier for non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers.

Deal For Proposed $69.3M Talleyrand Facility Headed To Jax City Council

Jul 27, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A property tax incentive to help international construction products manufacturer CertainTeed Corp. develop a $69.3 million cross-dock facility at an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in Talleyrand is headed to City Council.