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With President Donald Trump's tweet Tuesday night that the GOP is “forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” the Duval County Republican Party is renewing its call to bring the convention to Jacksonville.

Jacksonville protesters gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse on Saturday, May 30.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Tensions flared during a special meeting Tuesday when Jacksonville City Council members discussed the need to address racial inequality.

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UF Health Jacksonville is offering free, walk-up coronavirus testing at several Duval County locations this week.

A man fishes in the Indian River Lagoon at sunrise Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Titusville.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

It’s time to get that fishing rod and tackle box down from the shelf in the garage.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Jacksonville Resiliency and Climate Change Coalition, a newly formed advocacy group working to raise awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, is looking to better engage minority communities.

Crews have been laying grass this week at the site of the now-demolished Jacksonville Landing.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

What a difference a few months make.

Crews are laying grass at The Jacksonville Landing site this week as they finish the festival marketplace’s demolition.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The number of pollution violations issued in Jacksonville has significantly declined since coronavirus brought everything to a screeching halt in March. But it’s not clear whether there’s actually less pollution or it’s just because routine inspections have been put on hold during the pandemic.

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The city will soon begin a phased reopening of city pools and summer youth activities, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters hosing a fire.
JFRD

The City Council is expected to take up a proposal Tuesday that would help the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department recruit more women and minority firefighters. 

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

As Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to tout improvements to Florida’s unemployment system, some First Coast applicants who believe they qualify for assistance are being told they’re not eligible.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events

When COVID-19 hit, it slammed the brakes on Jacksonville’s Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, resulting in 62 layoffs. But now the Southside entertainment complex is revving back up.

North Florida Rep. Al Lawson
Office of Rep. Al Lawson

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) is co-sponsoring the Save Our Streets (SOS)  Act to give small businesses and nonprofits up to $250,000 to help them deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vacation Rentals In Duval, St. Johns, Nassau Approved To Reopen

May 21, 2020

With local and state officials moving quickly, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has approved plans that allow vacation-rental properties to operate in 16 counties, including Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Thanks to millions of dollars in federal aid and the potential for record enrollment this fall, Edward Waters College looks as if it will make it through the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Chair of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency, tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, is proposing three new subcommittees to better engage the public ahead of the committee’s first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Florida.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Administrators at Duval County Public Schools are asking students, parents and staff for their input as the district plans for how to reopen schools in the fall.

Former University of North Florida President John Delaney
University of North Florida

There are at least three potential class-action lawsuits facing Florida’s public university system as some students contend they should receive refunds for what they see as “inferior” products as universities were forced to shift to online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to a question at a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Since late March, Florida hotels have been allowed to operate without state restrictions, while rental properties across the street or even in the same building have gathered dust.

Democrats Vie For Northeast Florida House Seats

May 17, 2020
The Florida state capitol.
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

Three Democrats have filed paperwork to try to unseat Republican House members this year in Northeast Florida districts. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Ascension St. Vincent's staff.
City of Jacksonville

Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida will be in full Phase 1 of reopening by Monday, after the state was effectively shut down to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

FSCJ's Deerwood Center
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College are both expecting to receive more federal CARES Act funding, on top of the millions of dollars they’ve already been given in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Picture of men in Facemasks walking by closed sign
NAM Y. HUH / Associated Press

Another 221,905 Floridians filed unemployment claims last week.

The Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 squad prepares for a game.
Jacksonville Armada FC

The Jacksonville Armada FC pro soccer team is ending its partnership with the Armada FC Youth Academy, which will now revert to its former name, Jacksonville FC.

Memorial Hospital's main entrance on University Blvd.
MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center are participating in a national COVID-19 plasma study.

A snook lies dead due to red tide in Bradenton Beach, Florida.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

A team led by University of Florida researchers is receiving nearly $280,000 to study the social and economic costs of harmful algal blooms.

Bogey Creek Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Bogey Creek Preserve park in Jacksonville will reopen on Tuesday for the first time since mid-March, when it was closed due to the coronavirus.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has set up a web form where local business owners can order face masks for their employees.

A COVID-19 health advisory blocks the seat next to a woman riding a JTA bus.
Jeffrey Leeser / JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is getting more than $15 million from the federal government to help maintain service during the coronavirus pandemic.

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

Drive-thru coronavirus testing will be available in Woodbine, Georgia this Monday, May 11.

News4Jax

COVID-19 antibody testing will start Saturday outside of TIAA Bank Field, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who made the announcement Friday at Dolphin Pointe Health Care near Jacksonville University.

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