First Coast

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

PQH Group / Via Jacksonville Classical Academy

Starting next year, Jacksonville parents who want their children's education to be grounded in the classics can send them to two new charter schools.

St. Johns Fire Rescue Department

The latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers show St. Johns County added about 11,000 residents between mid-2017 and mid-2018, making it one of the fastest-growth counties in the nation.

UF Health Jacksonville Among 66 Hospitals That Would Benefit From Governor’s Proposal

Dec 5, 2019
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed creating a program that would increase funding for high-performing hospitals, a move that could mean more money for 66 hospitals across Florida, according to an analysis by a statewide hospital association.

Illustration by WJCT / In studio photo of Bob Bednar by Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union

Bob Bednar, the host of WJCT’s longest running local program, has passed away at the age of 86.

$30 Million Project Planned At Marker 32 Intracoastal Waterway Site

Dec 4, 2019
Cadenza Partners / Via Florida Times-Union

Plans are underway for an estimated $30 million-plus revitalization project featuring upscale waterfront homes, retail shops, marina and a new Marker 32 fine dining restaurant on Beach Boulevard at the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville.

Body Pulled From Submerged SUV That Went Into Intracoastal Waterway

Dec 4, 2019

A man was pulled from a vehicle that apparently went off the embankment of a small San Pablo Road bridge on private property Wednesday morning.

The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night with a variety of activities.

Hurricane Irma storm surge flooding San Marco homes.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more than $44 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding has been awarded to 11 communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irma, including Jacksonville.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Monday for chef Dennis Chan to renovate and expand a former law office he bought in Mandarin for Blue Bamboo II, his second area restaurant.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Democrat LaShonda "LJ" Holloway launched her bid to unseat Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) Tuesday. She noted she's a candidate from Jacksonville running against the Tallahassee-based incumbent.

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Military veterans who need legal help now have a place to turn that’s geared to their specific needs.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The debate continues to intensify over the possible sale of JEA.

Jaguars Name Minshew Starter For Remainder Of Season

Dec 2, 2019
Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that rookie Gardner Minshew II will start at quarterback over Nick Foles for the Jaguars in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. 


Every Christmas Eve, Santa Claus flies around the world in his magic sleigh, delivering presents to good little boys and girls.

DeSantis' Teacher Pay Plan: What Each First Coast County Would Get

Dec 2, 2019 file photo

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants Florida lawmakers to approve a $602 million plan that would set a minimum salary of $47,500 for public-school teachers.