First Coast

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

Keith Powers speaking at a podium with a firetruck and firefighters behind him. Mayor Lenny Curry to his left, speaking in a fire station
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is receiving a $14.4 million federal grant to bolster its workforce. 

Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has been quick to try and capitalize on the possibility of the August Republican National Convention's being moved out of North Carolina.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters hosing a fire.

The City Council is expected to take up a proposal Tuesday that would help the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department recruit more women and minority firefighters. 

Duval County's 11.3% Unemployment Rate Less Than State's

May 26, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As bad as the unemployment numbers are, the Jacksonville metropolitan area’s four big counties are all doing better than the state as a whole.

Wilson Continues Supporting Hazouri’s Bid For Council President Despite GOP’s Objections

May 26, 2020
Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson

Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson said May 25 he continues to back Tommy Hazouri as the next Council president.

Jaguars Return To TIAA Bank Field With COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2020
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars began a slow return to work Tuesday, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of players at TIAA Bank Field just yet.

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

As Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to tout improvements to Florida’s unemployment system, some First Coast applicants who believe they qualify for assistance are being told they’re not eligible.


While families and friends are welcome to visit Jacksonville’s National Cemetery on Memorial Day, they will not see thousands of small American flags decorating the gravesites as in years past.


Gas prices are creeping up as businesses reopen and people get back to doing the things they couldn’t do during the total coronavirus shutdown.

Blood donation file photo
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is being expanded to everyone who gives blood at a LifeSouth Community Blood Center or bloodmobile.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events

When COVID-19 hit, it slammed the brakes on Jacksonville’s Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, resulting in 62 layoffs. But now the Southside entertainment complex is revving back up.

12 Kids Treated In Jacksonville For Suspected COVID-Linked Syndrome

May 21, 2020
exterior of the main hospital building Downtown
Wolfson Children's

Florida has a growing number of children with a COVID-19 related illness, but how long it has been attacking children and the number of pediatric patients who have been treated remains a mystery.

North Florida Rep. Al Lawson
Office of Rep. Al Lawson

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) is co-sponsoring the Save Our Streets (SOS)  Act to give small businesses and nonprofits up to $250,000 to help them deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A view Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County's campus.
Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County

Some 59,000 pounds of non-perishable goods are going to local food pantries after two weekend food-drives this month in St. Johns County.

 St. Johns County Pier in St. Augustine Beach.
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The St. Johns County fishing pier in St. Augustine Beach reopens to the public Friday morning.

Duval Teacher Who Sparked Inclusion Training Faces Homophohic Memes Investigation

May 21, 2020
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

An award-winning Duval Schools teacher with honors from then-governor Rick Scott refused to abide by a transgender teenager’s pronouns, prompting school-wide training and an apology to his boss. But that same week — and for the rest of the school year — he continued posting bigoted memes mocking the LGBTQ community.

Via News4Jax

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is continuing to urge people to wear masks in public settings, saying he thinks there’s a “disconnect of the importance of it” among residents. 

Vacation Rentals In Duval, St. Johns, Nassau Approved To Reopen

May 21, 2020

With local and state officials moving quickly, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has approved plans that allow vacation-rental properties to operate in 16 counties, including Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties.

Photo of LifeSouth bloodmobile

The resumption of elective surgeries means hospitals in Northeast Florida need more blood.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Thanks to millions of dollars in federal aid and the potential for record enrollment this fall, Edward Waters College looks as if it will make it through the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed.

Becton speaking in front of a glass podium in a hotel, a bunch of decorations in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Danny Becton is running for the Council presidency. 

Councilman Rory Diamond tweeted a letter from Becton declaring his candidacy. He will run against current councilman and former Jacksonville mayor Tommy Hazouri. 

Swab tests used to check for COVID-19 at the Prime Osborn testing location are pictured.

Wednesday was the last day COVID-19 that tests were offered at Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires social distancing, and the wearing of face masks, according to health officials.

The USS Philippine Sea is pictured in this U.S. Navy file photo.
U.S. Navy

The captain of a guided missile cruiser based at Naval Station Mayport was relieved of command this week. 

Jacksonville Daily Record

San Marco merchants, customers, residents and visitors are noticing work at the East San Marco site, the high-profile property at Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard that has been the target of development for almost 20 years.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Chair of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency, tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, is proposing three new subcommittees to better engage the public ahead of the committee’s first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Florida.

AP Photo/David Goldman, File

Adults aren’t the only ones who may be feeling more anxious than usual due to COVID-19.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Administrators at Duval County Public Schools are asking students, parents and staff for their input as the district plans for how to reopen schools in the fall.

Guy on a laptop, overlooking students at all star martial arts, who are practicing on a mat.
Via All Star Martial Arts

With gyms and other fitness facilities like martial arts and yoga studios reopening on the First Coast, the demand for cleaning supplies is intensifying, with hand sanitizer being one of things that can be hard to find.

The city has given the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) the okay to move up its reopening under the Fuller Warren Bridge to this Saturday, May 23.