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A man vaping
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The city of Jacksonville is partnering with the convenience store chain Daily’s on a new public awareness campaign that aims to keep teenagers from vaping.

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Tuesday, Jan. 19, is the last day to sign up for a slot on Nassau County’s COVID vaccine wait-list.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning residents to be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccination scams.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

A coalition of environmental groups, including the St. Johns Riverkeeper, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a potentially far-reaching move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands.

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Ascension St. Vincent’s is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event on Monday, Jan. 18, for Clay County residents age 65 and older, which the hospital said filled up shortly after the event was announced Friday morning.

Flagler Hospital
Flagler Health+

St. Johns County School District employees who are 65 or older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine through a new program at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci
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Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci announced Thursday that he will be running for mayor in 2023 and he tells WJCT News that addressing climate change and sea level rise would be a priority for his administration.

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District 9 Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis called for Mayor Lenny Curry to resign Thursday on WJCT News’ First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

“Lenny Curry and his administration is probably the most corrupt administration the city has ever seen,” Dennis said on air.

Duval County Public Schools

The Duval County Public Schools district is adjusting its timeline for notifying the public about new COVID-19 cases.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking in front of the Sawgrass Village Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement this month that the state is partnering with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state follows the grocer donating $100,000 to the governor’s political committee.

File photo of a Publix store
Scott Iskowitz / Associated Press

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the state is partnering with Publix to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites at select locations throughout Florida and on Wednesday he said that several would be in St. Johns and Flagler Counties.

The Lot J bill fails to get the 13 vote majority needed to pass.
Mike Mendenhall / The Jacksonville Daily Record

A $245.3 million taxpayer funded incentive package for Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J development failed to get the support it needed from the Jacksonville City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

St. Johns County has another 500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine it plans to administer this Friday.

Murray Hill mural
Murray Hill Preservation Society


A federal judge has thrown out a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Murray Hill against a local chemical company, but he’s giving them until Jan. 22 to fix the issues with the complaint and refile it.

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A public hearing about safety improvements on the Westside’s San Juan Avenue is being hosted Tuesday, Jan. 12, by the Florida Department of Transportation.

A view of the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Organizers of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance announced Monday the annual classic car show and its related events at the Ritz-Carlton and surrounding area are being moved to May 20 - May 23 this year.

A line forms outside the Mandarin Senior Center after Jacksonville announces it will be used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The two new COVID-19 vaccination sites run by the city of Jacksonville will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Monday.

This rendering illustrates a view of the proposed Lot J project.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS / VIA JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Friday afternoon, “I’m not concerned,” about the $245.3 million cost the city will be assuming if City Council approves the Lot J entertainment and retail project proposal next week.

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

A healthcare company with its state headquarters in Jacksonville Beach is hoping to start helping administer COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March.

A home on Jacksonville's Southside is pictured for sale on Oct. 7, 2020.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The rapid rise of Jacksonville home prices is expected to accelerate in 2021.

Sun-Ray Cinema / Via Facebook

Sun-Ray Cinema, which has hosted pop-up drive-in movies at several locations during the pandemic, has decided the time is right for a permanent Jacksonville drive-in theater.

Doug Marrone is pictured on the sidelines during his final game as Jaguars head coach on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Zach Bolinger / Associated Press

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone has been let go after Sunday’s 28-14 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

University of North Florida sign
UNF Admissions Facebook page


The University of North Florida is planning to offer an Africana Studies program as part of its effort to meet the rising demand for courses and majors that focus on race.

Fried Asks New EPA Head To Reconsider Recent Fla. Wetlands Permitting Move

Dec 31, 2020
Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust


State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has asked incoming Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to reconsider a recent EPA decision that shifted federal permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands. 

Registered nurse Cynthia Banada holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Miami Jewish Health, a senior healthcare facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

The city of Jacksonville is asking for patience as the hotline to set an appointment for COVID-19 vaccinations in Duval County has been frustrating callers since it went live at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, fills out a voter registration form as his wife Sheena looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Fla.
John Raoux / Associated Press


Ahead of the holidays, a Florida nonprofit has paid $327,000 to clear the fines and fees of 181 ex-felons in 17 counties throughout the state.

Blue Jay Listening Room
Blue Jay Listening Room

After months of struggling to make ends meet, the owner of the Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville Beach is starting to feel hopeful as a GoFundMe page launched to keep the business alive nears its $30,000 goal and Congress agrees on a stimulus package that includes $15 billion to support independent music venues like hers. 

Regency Mall coronavirus testing site
Nomi Health

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Jacksonville and across the state of Florida, residents are being encouraged to take advantage of free testing, especially before exposing themselves to family or friends outside their household. 

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust


The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is handing over at least some of its oversight of Florida’s wetlands to the state.

This July 2020 photo shows a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health.
Hans Pennink / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the initial distribution plan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, assuming it's approved. A key FDA panel is meeting Thursday to consider recommending the vaccine’s approval.

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