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The city of Jacksonville prepares for Mayor Lenny Curry's live Zoom press conference on Thursday.
The city of Jacksonville

Mayor Lenny Curry says Jacksonville is cautiously moving forward to “reopen” the economy and that he will soon release details on a plan to ease the financial burden being placed on local businesses by the coronavirus pandemic.

A volunteer at a drive through coronavirus testing site.
Walmart

Volunteers are needed at a drive through COVID-19 testing site in Jacksonville, and at other sites around the country.

A food server wears a protective face mask as he delivers food to customers.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Leaders in Clay County are urging residents to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of coronavirus as phase 1 of the county and state’s reopen plans move forward.

Jacksonville International Airport is pictured on April 7, 2020.
BOB SELF / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Jacksonville International Airport’s traffic has plunged from about 12,000 passengers on a normal day to approximately 400 a day since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

A recent FOLIO Weekly cover featuring staff members.
FOLIO Weekly

FOLIO Weekly, Northeast Florida’s largest circulation alternative weekly newspaper, is shutting down after 33 years due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ali the elephant takes a swim at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in this 2018 file photo.
ALEXANDRA BLACKWELL / For WJCT News

Starting Wednesday, beachgoers in Duval County will be able to bring a towel and sit on the beach. 

Marshes on Amelia Island.
Razvan Orendovici / Wikimedia Commons

Nassau County and the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) will host an online public workshop to discuss the county’s land conservation efforts.

A Phlebotomist draws blood from a patient for COVID-19 antibody testing.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday said the state has received 200,000 coronavirus antibody tests that will be deployed in the coming days.

Joe Peppers
Jennifer Blalock / Kids Hope Alliance

Joe Peppers, embattled chief executive officer of Jacksonville’s Kids Hope Alliance, has resigned effective immediately.

A placard on a restaurant table reminds customers to use social distancing.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Servers and other employees won’t be counted toward limits on occupancy when restaurants reopen Monday under coronavirus guidelines, the state’s top business regulator said.

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

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for an investigation into the state’s unemployment system, which he described as “broken.”

Little Talbot Island State Park
FloridaStateParks.org

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says state parks will reopen on Monday.

Village on Wiley,  a multifamily permanent supportive housing development owned by Ability Housing and financed by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Ability Housing

People looking for an affordable home in Florida can now use the state’s new mobile-friendly website to search for rentals.

A Florida panther
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Thanks to people who buy a special Florida license plate, $150,000 is going toward the effort to figure out what’s causing a debilitating disorder in wild bobcats and endangered panthers.

Smokestack streaming live from Nightflower Music in Jacksonville.
Patrick Shoemaker

The “Safer at Home” order in Florida is set to expire on May 4, with some types of businesses soon allowed to have foot traffic again - though under new guidelines, like capacity limits. But for musicians who make their living performing live, it’s not clear when they’ll be able to get back in front of a microphone to play for an in-person crowd.

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is trying to work out when it will be safe to reopen the public schools.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The vast majority of people convicted of felonies in Florida can’t afford to pay court-ordered fees, fines, costs and restitution, public defenders testified Tuesday during a high stakes voting-rights trial.

Jacksonville Daily Record

As Jacksonville works on plans to reopen its economy, the economic fallout continues growing.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that he is repealing his executive order on hotels and lodging establishments to only take in essential personnel.

Jacksonville Regional Transportation  Center at LaVilla
JTA

A big shift is coming for many Jacksonville bus riders on Monday, May 4.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville area continues to have some of the cheapest gas in the state.

An aerial view of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville's Downtown campus.
Jacksonville Daily Record

As local governments throughout Florida move forward with land use and development decisions via virtual meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic, some residents and advocacy organizations worried about public engagement are calling for a temporary pause to proceedings.

A Florida grasshopper sparrow perches on a bush at White Oak.
White Oak Conservation

A new $140,000 grant will be used at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee to try and prevent the extinction of North America’s most endangered bird, the Florida grasshopper sparrow.

A Jacksonville man says he’s been wrongly accused of “astroturfing” nationwide protests against government efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus — an assumption that’s led to threats against him, his wife, and their Railyard District salvage business, Eco Relics. 

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press April 15 File Photo

As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so too are the layoff notices being filed with the state.

Florida Consumers Get Price-Gouging Refunds

Apr 21, 2020
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Floridians have received more than $240,000 in refunds from businesses because of inflated prices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Ashley Moody said Tuesday. 

NORTH FLORIDA TPO

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is conducting a survey to find out where new sidewalks are needed in St. Johns County.

Now hiring sign
David Zalubowski / AP File photo

The devastation Florida's economy is experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more apparent each day with the launch of a new unemployment tracking tool by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a protective face mask during 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

A task force appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to figure out how best to reopen Florida’s economy.

File photo of a Publix store
Scott Iskowitz / Associated Press

Publix has announced that it will begin requiring all store emplyees to wear face coverings beginning on Monday, April 20.

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