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Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
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An official from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection told a state House subcommittee Wednesday that Florida is working to develop a statewide strategy to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

A man biking on the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop trail.
St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance's Facebook Page

St. Johns County is hosting a public workshop Thursday on what’s called the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, a 260-mile multi-use trail in the works.

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Following the recommendations from a five-year study, Clay County is getting ready to make some improvements to CR 220 in Fleming Island.

Florida Increased Minimum Wage Issue On Verge Of Hitting Ballot Threshold

Oct 21, 2019
Left to right: US Rep. Matt Gaetz, John Morgan, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez.
Christian Simmons / WMFE

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour are on the verge of submitting enough petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.

News Service of Florida

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel faces a legislative showdown Monday in the fight to get his job back, amid procedural wrangling that began before senators even began considering his fate.

Homes being raised on Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first Florida Mayors Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, where 19 current mayors, representing more than 2.6 million Floridians, will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Election supervisors are reminding Floridians: Signatures change over time.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing new environmental proposals Wednesday in Jupiter.
Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced environmental proposals for the 2020 legislative session, based on recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, that are designed to expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida.

The National Hurricane Center initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen at 11 am Thursday, which is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from the Alabama state line to Apalachicola. A Tropical Storm Watch was also issued for Florida’s Big Bend and the Nature Coast. Tropical storm conditions are likely in the warned areas within 48 hours, and possible in the areas under the watch farther east.

Sen. Tom Lee (in blue, wearing glasses) and the Committee on Infrastructure and Security.
Senator Tom Lee / Facebook

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections.

Church Of Eleven22 Plans $15 Million Expansion

Oct 14, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 filed plans for a $15 million expansion of its San Pablo campus — $13 million more than its $2 million build-out of the property in 2012.

City Gate Spirits

A new craft distillery opens Saturday, October 12, in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Lot J Developer Wants To Begin Soil, Groundwater Testing At Site

Oct 10, 2019
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Preliminary site work for Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed $450 million Lot J development could be near.

Asian Elephant
amerune / Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

A state panel has approved new rules for elephant rides in Florida, including adding fencing requirements after rides have been offered within makeshift barriers such as hay bales and portable toilets.

DeSantis Proposes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary To $47.5K

Oct 7, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Middleburg High School Monday to announce a plan to increase the mimimum teacher salary in Florida.
Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to raise the minimum salary of Florida teachers to $47,500, a proposal that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and likely will be a key issue during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

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