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The JTA’s First Coast Flyer bus rapid transit program, offering longer-distance, limited-stop routes throughout the metro area, opens its fourth and final line, the Orange Line, next week.

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Five of the city’s council members OK’d the latest draft of Jacksonville’s redrawn voting districts on Wednesday, and at least six more council members will take up the map Thursday afternoon. The new maps are set to take effect by next April

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Jacksonville’s main library Downtown is closed indefinitely “for upgrades” as it hosts the city’s state-run COVID antibody treatment clinic. 

Outside of the St. Johns County School Administration Building, a lot of windows on a red brick building, with a sign in front, along with a couple trees
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A troubling series of videos posted to social media this week appears to show a group of students hurling hate speech at other students at a St. Johns County high school.

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JEA’s Board of Directors approved a $3 million purchase of land on Jacksonville’s Southside to build a water purification testing facility. The facility is expected to cost $40 million and will include a visitor center, where the city-owned utility will try to sell the public on the idea of drinking water that was formerly sewage.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks in Surfside.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

The nation’s eyes were on California this week as that state voted down an effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

A multiple choice test and pencil
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Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments.

Jacksonville-Area Home Prices Fell Slightly In August From Prior Month’s Peak

Sep 14, 2021
In this April 1, 2020 photo, a "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home that is in the process of being sold.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

The buying fever that drove up Jacksonville home prices cooled slightly in August, with median sales price dropping back to $300,000, data released Friday by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors showed.

City To Consider Shutting Down Mascaras Gentlemen’s Club

Sep 14, 2021
Mascara's Gentlemen's Club

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to discuss a measure to permanently shut down Mascara’s Gentlemen’s Club on Southside Boulevard at its meeting Tuesday night. A vote could come at that time as well.

Aerial view of Naval Station Mayport
PH1 Slaugenhaupt, USN / Wikimedia Commons

People living near Naval Station Mayport may hear gunfire coming from the base next week, but the Navy says not to worry.

St. Johns River ferry
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry is running again after a damaged steering unit had knocked it out of service since Saturday. 

Mayor Curry To Present Shipyards Plan To City Council

Sep 14, 2021
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has proposed building a Four Seasons hotel at the site of Metropolitan Park as illustrated in this rendering.
Jacksonville Jaguars

Mayor Lenny Curry posted on Twitter Monday night that he will present the Shipyards plan to the City Council on Tuesday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla. At rear is Fla. Sen. Manny Diaz Jr.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that Florida will fight local and federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates for public and private workers, warning that such requirements will have a “huge impact” on public safety.

A cleanup event at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Timucuan Parks Foundation

Volunteers are needed at various parks and beaches throughout Jacksonville on Saturday for the 2021 Florida Coastal Cleanup.

Registered nurse Susana Flores Villamil waits to vaccinate people with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Two major Florida hospital systems say they will carry out a plan announced Thursday by the Biden administration to require hospital workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 --- but concerns remain about how it could affect staffing.

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Despite his threat to withhold about $22,000 a month from Duval County Public Schools, Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has not yet withheld any state funds from the district in response to its student mask mandate.

Tommy Hazouri’s Funeral Set For Thursday. A Special Election Will Fill His Council Seat.

Sep 14, 2021
Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

Funeral services will be Thursday morning for Tommy Hazouri, a former mayor who served decades in public office.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks in Surfside.
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and one of his Democratic gubernatorial challengers, state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, are butting heads over programs designed to help feed low-income children.

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The sponsor of a citizen review board proposal said to expect a rewritten version and Jacksonville City Council vote by the end of 2021. Councilman Garrett Dennis introduced the citizen review board ordinance almost a year ago, proposing a council-appointed board to review police misconduct claims after JSO’s internal investigations end. 

Monument to the Women of the Confederacy
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As the large Robert E. Lee statue was taken down in Richmond, Va., this week, local advocates are calling on Mayor Lenny Curry to keep his word and get rid of all the monuments honoring the Confederacy in Jacksonville.


Thursday marks one month since a free, state-run monoclonal antibody treatment clinic opened in Jacksonville. As of Wednesday, 5,603 people have been treated between the city’s original Bay Street location and its current Downtown Public Library location.

The USS Orleck
The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association

The historic USS Orleck, a highly decorated Navy vessel that is planned to serve as the future Jacksonville Naval Museum, could arrive in the River City by late November or early December, if everything goes to plan.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council will vote this month on the proposed spending plan for the upcoming year. Council is set to discuss the budget Sept. 14 and finalize it Sept. 28 before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.  

Dr. Tammy Hodo speaking at a TEDxJacksonville event in 2019.

TEDxJacksonville has announced its lineup of speakers and musical performers for this year’s event, which is being held for the first time at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

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A longstanding women’s surf competition is coming to Jacksonville Beach this fall. The Super Girl Surf Pro contest has taken place in San Diego the last 15 years and is a World Surf League qualifying series competition. This is the first time the contest is coming to the East Coast.

Raines High School
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo


A group of Duval County high school students is planning a protest over the district’s dress code, saying it asks girls to sacrifice their comfort so boys don’t get distracted.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An appeal filed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration put on hold a Leon County circuit judge’s ruling against the state in a battle over school mask mandates --- but attorneys for a group of parents quickly requested that the ruling be allowed to take effect.

Animals At Jacksonville Zoo To Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

Sep 3, 2021
Photo of Nicolai
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Some animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations soon.

Local resident Stephanie Hernandez takes a selfie in front of Carnival's Mardi Gras cruise ship, docked in the bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, marking the first time a cruise ship visits the U.S. territory since the COVID-19 pandemic
Carlos Giusti / Associated Press

Starting this month the state of Florida will fine businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from customers.


Duval County school district officials are standing firm on the district’s emergency mask mandate, despite the Florida education commissioner’s threat to withhold $22,000 dollars a month in state funds.