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Developer Wants To Demolish Old Race Track Rd. Dog Track For Mixed-Used Project

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Jacksonville Daily Record

Gatlin Development Co. Inc. wants to demolish the former greyhound racetrack and poker room in St. Johns County for a mixed-use project with up to 975 multifamily units.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (right) has extended his mandatory mask emergency executive proclamation.

Although Gov. Ron DeSantis has eased COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has extended his order that face coverings be worn when social distancing isn’t possible in public indoor settings.

Then Florida Governor Rick Scott and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels survey Black Creek flooding after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Former Governor Rick Scott's Office

More than 2,500 flood insurance policies bought in Florida after Hurricane Irma are expiring this year, including hundreds along the First Coast.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is weighing the costs and benefits of pursuing nature-based solutions as members explore how best to defend the city against flooding, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

Michelle Corum/WJCT News

The University of North Florida and Nemours children’s health system certified its first-ever students Friday in an animal therapy program called Assisted Dog and Pony Therapy (ADAPT).

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.

A Republican state representative from Neptune Beach has failed to respond to invitations to a non-partisan community forum for candidates in the race for Florida House, District 11.

vote by mail ballot envelope
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections is warning voters to be careful when voting by mail to make sure their ballots are counted as he gets ready to send out 138,000 ballots by mail on Thursday, Sept. 24. Military and overseas ballots were mailed on Sept. 19.  


American Technical Ceramics has informed Mayor Lenny Curry and the state it expects to eliminate approximately 80 Jacksonville jobs in November.

Hungarian Jews on the ramp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland, around May 1944.
Anonymous photographer / Auschwitz Album

A recent survey of U.S. adults under 40 shows a glaring lack of basic knowledge about the Holocaust.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

You’ll be able to open the sunroof or drop the top for Jacksonville’s first drive-in country music concert at Lot J at the Downtown Jacksonville sports complex this fall, as country music star Jon Pardi comes to town for an Oct. 10 concert at 7:30 p.m.


JEA is sending 30 people to the Florida Panhandle to assist with Hurricane Sally recovery.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office / Via Facebook

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of its own for the sixth time this year.

A man paddles a kayak near a flooded home after storm surge from Hurricane Irma pushed water into the low lying area.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

More than 130 groups across the country, including eight in Florida, are calling on Congress to create a federal flood risk disclosure requirement.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Fall enrollment numbers at Jacksonville-area colleges and universities are surprisingly high given the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken, and some schools are even reporting record numbers.

John Raoux / Associated Press

For fans heading to TIAA Bank Field this Sunday to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts, the experience will be different than in past years as the NFL copes with the realities of the pandemic.

William Loring monument, etched in it is a confederate flag, in a park, with two people sitting in a bench behind it.
Mary Cobb

More than 100 Confederate monuments and symbols have been removed across the country this year and Florida is taking them down faster than 46 other states.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Saying goodbye to the dreaded commute – at least for a while – is leaving workers a lot of time to do their jobs, according to a new report.

SRCS IOT Services

As more students and parents study and work from home due to the pandemic, reliable internet access is more critical than ever.

News Service of Florida

Just one week after health officials signed off on guidelines for edible pot products, Florida’s largest medical marijuana operator on Wednesday began selling THC-infused candies in Tallahassee.

A woman riding a horse on the beach at Amelia Island, featured in the "Day Trips in Florida" section of VisitFlorida.com.
Patrick Farrell / Visit Florida

Visit Florida is launching an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging in-state travel to try to help Florida’s tourism industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Lennihan / April 2020 Associated Press File Photo

Amazon has announced it is expanding in Jacksonville, adding a sixth facility in the area that will create more than 500 new full-time jobs.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tampa.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has once again extended his moratorium on evictions and foreclosures connected to COVID-19 hardships for one month.

Miami Dade County Chief Resiliency Officer James Murley.
The University of Miami

Miami Dade County’s Chief Resilience Officer says the best thing Jacksonville can do as it starts trying to deal with climate change is to appoint someone who will spearhead the city’s efforts.

Jackson Township (Pa.) Police Chief Terry Seilhamer shows boxes of Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdose in this 2019 file photo.
Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

Free online training sessions on recognizing the signs of an overdose and how to administer the Narcan nasal spray drug, which may help prevent an opioid drug overdose death, are being held on Monday, August 31.

This female juvenile manatee was rescued in Daytona Beach and is recovering at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Bill Greer / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Marine Mammal Response Team at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is working to nurse a manatee back to health that was rescued in Daytona Beach after likely being hit by a boat.

A restored tabby slave cabin at the Kingsley Plantation.
The National Park Service

The Timucuan Parks Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant for programming that highlights the historic and continued role slavery plays in the U.S.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

A new study finds that Florida has spent close to $20 million trying to deal with algae blooms over the past 10 years.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

The Democratic candidate for Florida House District 16, a seat currently held by Republican Jason Fischer, says Jacksonville needs to invest more in its infrastructure to prepare for future sea level rise, and it needs funding from the state to do so.

A Facebook logo
Thibault Camus / Associated Press

Facebook is apologizing for mistakenly taking down the page of a local climate advocacy organization.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office exterior
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ call center was shut down this week after several employees who worked during the primary tested positive for COVID-19.