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

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is helping Clay County with emergency runs.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Beginning in October, St. Johns County will add an additional 1-cent tax to overnight stays in hotels, bringing the so-called “bed tax” there from 4- to 5-cents. 

Dentist and patient
Aaron Favila / Associated Press

The Florida Dental Association Foundation (FDA Foundation) will host its sixth Florida Mission of Mercy event on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville at no costs to patients.

Hanania Has $21.6M Contract To Buy Former Southbank Stein Mart Headquarters

Jul 26, 2021
The former Stein Mart building at 1200 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Hanania Automotive Group owner and CEO Jack Hanania has a contract to buy the former Stein Mart building on the Downtown Southbank for $20.6 million.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17 or complete a "declination process."

The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, has been closed due to a dredging project.
Google Maps

If you’re heading to Vilano Beach, here’s a parking note to be aware of:

Sleiman Enterprises

The original Outback Crab Shack opened in 1984 and was popular with locals and tourists until it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and forced to close in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback as a new restaurant is built at the site.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Mayor Lenny Curry is urging Jacksonville residents to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge in Duval County.

Normandy Blvd. Walmart Closed For 36 Hours To Sanitize Store

Jul 26, 2021
News4Jax

Walmart temporarily closed its Normandy Boulevard store Sunday to allow extra time for the store to be cleaned as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida and other areas of the country.

Clay High Grad Caeleb Dressel Leads U.S. Men To Swimming Relay Gold

Jul 26, 2021
Lee Jin-man / Associated Press file photo

Caeleb Dressel has his first gold medal of this year’s Olympics.

UF Health Jacksonville CEO Leon Haley Killed In Personal Watercraft Accident In S. Fla.

Jul 26, 2021
BOB SELF / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, who was as lauded for his leading role in the city's COVID-19 response as he was for his approachable manner among the hospital's thousands of employees, died suddenly early Saturday.

EWU gymnasium
Edward Waters University via Facebook

Edward Waters University students who want to attend in-person classes and live on campus this fall will have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

More than a decade after the Federal Aviation Authority granted a spaceflight permit to Jacksonville’s Cecil Airport and Spaceport, the commercial airport is unveiling a traffic control center that’s better capable of handling horizontal-launch flight into suborbit. 

Amid Spike, Jacksonville Homeless Shelters Restart 2020 COVID-19 Program

Jul 23, 2021
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Because of the recent increase in Jacksonville-area COVID-19 cases, local agencies that serve the homeless are gearing up to meet increased demand among that population for testing, vaccinations, temporary shelter and case management.

Jacksonville-area Leaders, Health Experts Address Surge In COVID Town Hall

Jul 23, 2021
A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y.
JOHN MINCHILLO / AP Photo

Hoping to increase awareness about a spike in Northeast Florida hospitalizations due to COVID-19, Jacksonville-area leaders and infectious disease experts came together Thursday evening for a town hall to address the recent surge in cases.

Uber is giving free door-to-door rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites within 10 Jacksonville area ZIP codes as part of a new program with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is pictured Thursday at James Weldon Johnson Park.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is arguing in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Confederate monuments on public land, and maintained by public funding, are unconstitutional government endorsements of white supremacy. 

Memorial Park Repairs Almost Complete Following Damage Done By Hurricane Irma In 2017

Jul 22, 2021
Lawren Simmons / The Florida Times-Union

Another hurricane season is upon Jacksonville but whatever it might hold for residents, Hurricane Irma's impact still is felt from 2017 as the city finishes long-awaited repairs this month at Memorial Park in the Riverside neighborhood.

Perkins and Will

Chicago-based design firm Perkins and Will’s proposal for the park that is expected to replace the former site of the Jacksonville Landing won the city’s design contest, officials revealed Thursday.

Foreclosure sign
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI / AP FILE PHOTO

The housing markets in four Florida counties, including Clay, rank among the top 40 U.S. counties most vulnerable to the economic impact of the pandemic.

J. DAVID AKE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The IRS wants taxpayers to know that scammers are trying to get their private information using tactics surrounding the recently expanded child tax credits.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

World of Beer wants to return to Jacksonville, but with a new franchise owner and in two new locations.

News4Jax

The Florida Coastal School of Law announced Wednesday it is suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News file photo

Over the next couple of months, the Jacksonville City Council will debate and pass a new budget after Mayor Lenny Curry presented his proposed spending plan Tuesday.

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Face masks will be optional for the fall semester in the St. Johns County School District.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promotes  COVID-19 vaccines during a virtual press conference with local health organizations on July 21, 2021.
City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promoted vaccines while shooting down bringing back mask or stay-at-home mandates during a Wednesday news conference with local health organizations.

St. Simons Island, Ga. / Via Facebook

St. Simons Island, Ga., is serving as a location shoot this week for the upcoming Netflix series, Pieces of Her, which is based on the novel by the same name written by Karin Slaughter. Toni Collette stars in the show. 

Columbia Restaurant / Via Facebook

Florida’s governor continues to prohibit local governments from enforcing mask mandates  — but at least one area business is voluntarily requiring its own staff to return to wearing face masks at work.

This rendering illustrates the new WDs that will open in the Miramar Center shopping plaza.
Southeastern Grocers

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers (SEG) is launching a new liquor store concept in its home market.

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