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The in-person First Wednesday Art Walk is scheduled to return to the streets of Downtown Jacksonville on October 6 following a hiatus during the pandemic. 

Courtesy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine

The Diocese of St. Augustine, which contains 40 Catholic schools in Northeast Florida, rescinded its mask mandate just days after announcing it due to an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville Beach is pictured.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Baptist Health in Jacksonville announced Tuesday it is joining a growing list of organizations that will require full vaccinations for its employees.


The used car market in Jacksonville continued its upward spike in June with prices up 39.8%, according to iSeeCars, which said that translates into an average increase of $8,473 over the same period last year.

Danny Karnik / Associated Press

The Georgia Department of Health is offering free vaccinations and testing in Camden County this week to try and slow the "unprecedented" surge of COVID-19 in the area.

Rock 'Em Socks

Love it or hate it, the giant sculpture proposed for Downtown Jacksonville is generating plenty of buzz, which has an Orlando-based sock company cashing in.

Caffeine & Octane - Jacksonville is pictured July 10, 2021 at The Avenues mall.
Mike Rioux / Via Jacksonville Car Culture

Following up on its biggest event ever, Jacksonville Car Culture announced Friday a new automotive event is coming Saturday, September 4. Called 904 Octane, it will be held at WJCT Public Media in Downtown Jacksonville.

John Raoux / Associated Press file photo

In a campaign email this week from the Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee, Gov. DeSantis called for the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor to be fired and investigated.

Disney World To Require Indoor Masks For All Guests

Jul 29, 2021

Starting July 30, all visitors to Walt Disney World will once again be required to wear masks while indoors.

This includes guests who have already received a coronavirus vaccine.

The theme park issued a statement on Thursday to announce the changes.

Orange Park Medical Center

As the coronavirus surge continues in Northeast Florida, hospitals in Clay County  — where the vaccination rate is just 33%  — are getting slammed. 

In-State College Tuition Program To Help Grandparents Lure Grandkids To Florida

Jul 28, 2021
Fresh Take Florida

Next year, out-of-state college students could be eligible to attend Florida’s public universities at the same cost as in-state residents – if they have a grandparent living in the state. 

Photo of students in class wearing masks
LM Otero / Associated Press

Classes begin in less than two weeks in Duval County amid rapid shifts in the coronavirus pandemic and the response from local, state and federal governments. 


The hunt for fast chargers will soon be getting easier for non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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State economists expressed optimism Tuesday that already-rebounding tourism numbers will see a quicker-than-anticipated boost from international travelers as Canada eases COVID-19 border restrictions.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.4 billion budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to City Council Tuesday, placing an emphasis on public safety.

The Carnival Ecstasy is pictured docked at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in March 2020.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Carnival Cruise Line is planning to continue ramping its operations back up in September and October, but so far Jacksonville’s Carnival Ecstasy doesn’t have a firm back-in-service date.

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

An appeals court Monday dismissed eight county elections supervisors from a lawsuit seeking to require preservation of digital ballot images generated in elections. 

In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Florida seniors have their temperatures taken before receiving the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Health System in Miami.
Marta Lavindier / Associated Press

Health officials in eight southeast Georgia counties are sounding the alarm as new cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing. 

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) patrols the Atlantic waters in July 2020.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Louis Staats / U.S. Navy Via Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Naval Station Mayport is welcoming its latest arrival on Monday.

Secret Woods, on Jacksonville's Southside, is among the neighborhoods that has seen delayed yard waste pickups recently.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville yard waste complaints have skyrocketed, and city officials are pointing their fingers at labor shortages.

UF Health Jacksonville

With COVID-19 cases spiking in Northeast Florida, local doctors say the patients filling up their hospitals are almost all unvaccinated. 

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville is getting ready for an important birthday next year:  In June of 2022, the city will celebrate its 200th anniversary. 

The Jacksonville Historical Society is hard at work on a full six months of celebrations, beginning with a bicentennial commemoration next January and culminating in a bicentennial celebration scheduled for June 15, 2022. 

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens released a male manatee Wednesday in St. Augustine.

Hogan Creek spills over into the streets of Downtown Jacksonville as a storm passes offshore in November of 2019.
Sean Lahav / Northeast Florida Regional Council

Coastal communities across the state and nation, including some First Coast beaches, saw record high-tide flooding in 2020, and that trend is expected to continue into 2022 and beyond, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Raymon Troncoso / WJCT News

The unfinished and abandoned Berkman II tower, a prominent fixture on Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank riverfront skyline, is being demolished after more than a decade of criticism and tragedy.