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Mal Jones from The Lyricist LIVE speaking at a TEDxJacksonville event.

TEDxJacksonville is returning to Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

In a letter this month, the local climate advocacy organization Resilient Jax praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting the funding of projects to address sea level rise and urged him to start addressing the fossil fuel emissions that are driving climate change.

8 Duval Schools Cancel Prom Due To Low Interest

Apr 21, 2021
Englewood High School
Duval County Public Schools

At least eight Duval County schools have made the decision to cancel prom after there was a lack of interest in the event.

JetBlue To Offer Nonstop Service From JAX To Laguardia

Apr 21, 2021

JetBlue Airways will begin offering nonstop flights from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) starting this October, the airline announced Wednesday.

Questions Swirl Around Additional Health Money

Apr 21, 2021
A man being helped by a nurse while he sits in a hospital bed looking at her.
Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press

Florida is getting another boost in federal money after the Biden administration extended a public-health emergency, but it’s unclear if the Republican-controlled Legislature will use the extra cash to bolster health care spending.

Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando
News Service of Florida

House Republicans on Tuesday rejected Democratic efforts to increase unemployment assistance, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed boosting benefits that are among the lowest in the nation.

Former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels

A mound of evidence that will be used in the case against former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels was released Tuesday.

Jacksonville Pastor Appeals Order Ending His Lawsuit Over City Council Muting

Apr 21, 2021
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A Jacksonville pastor’s attorney is appealing a federal judge’s decision ending his lawsuit about his microphone being turned off as he delivered an invocation at a City Council meeting.

Huge American flag covering the courthouse, while there are protesters below it with Black lives matter signs, among other signs. All of them have masks on.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A new anti-riot law from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has created harsher penalties for people arrested during protests, but civil rights activists in Jacksonville say that won’t stop their demonstrations. 

‘Smart’ Recycling Bins Installed In Atlantic And Neptune Beaches

Apr 20, 2021
Atlantic and Neptune Beaches' new recycling bins.
Beaches Go Green

Around 30 new high-tech recycling bins have been installed in Atlantic and Neptune Beach.

Gateway Mall Offering 3K First Dose Pfizer Shots Daily

Apr 20, 2021
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Starting Tuesday, federally-supported vaccination sites in Florida, including the one in Jacksonville at Gateway Mall, will be able to administer up to 3,000 first doses of Pfizer vaccine per day, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

How A Toaster Turned Into A $20K Donation From Trevor Lawrence

Apr 20, 2021
Trevor Lawrence playing for the Clemson Tigers during a game in 2019.
Wikimedia Commons

What began as a gesture to buy Jaguars presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence a gift from his wedding registry has turned into a boon for Jacksonville charities.  

President And CEO Of Baptist Health Resigns

Apr 20, 2021
Brett McClung
Baptist Health Jacksonville

Brett McClung has announced he is resigning as Baptist Health’s president and CEO, effective May 1.

A voter casts his ballot
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

One of the 2021 legislative session’s most-controversial issues --- a sweeping elections package that would make it harder for Floridians to vote by mail --- is headed to the Senate floor for a vote, after a Republican-dominated committee signed off on the proposal Tuesday.

Courtesy DCPS

Jacksonville’s Mandarin High School has cancelled its senior prom this year after just 44 out of almost 600 seniors purchased tickets during two weeks of online sales. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

Gov. Ron DeSantis late Monday signed into law a plan to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians, with the estimated $1 billion a year in revenue going to curb a pair of taxes on Florida businesses.

Jacksonville Unemployment Rises To 4.4% Despite Thousands Finding Jobs In March

Apr 19, 2021
Now hiring sign
David Zalubowski / AP File photo

More than 7,500 people gained work around Jacksonville last month but the area’s unemployment rate still rose to 4.4 percent, data that state officials released Friday showed.

Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach
News Service of Florida

A House committee Monday approved a proposal that would limit local emergency orders and make permanent Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 “passports” that would show people have been vaccinated.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a bill he says will curb violence and property damage during protests. It’s a response to last summer’s protests following the death of George Floyd and calls to defund the police. DeSantis signed off on the measure Monday at a press conference in Polk County—the same place where he first introduced the proposal seven months ago.

DeSantis was flanked by local law enforcement, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, and Senate President Wilton Simpson—the same group who stood by him in September when he introduced his public disorder bill.

Woodbine, Georgia At The Center Of A New Podcast

Apr 19, 2021
Courtesy Pineapple Street Media

A new podcast called “Stay Away From Matthew Magill” from production house Pineapple Street Media is set in the Jacksonville area and tells the story of a mysterious box left behind when a strange man dies in the small town of Woodbine, Georgia. 

Researchers monitoring water quality near the former Piney Point phosphate plant have identified increased levels of blue-green algae in the area where more than 200 million gallons of polluted water was discharged recently.

Legislation Would Undermine Local Goals On Clean Energy

Apr 19, 2021
Rooftop solar panels
Pujanak / Wikimedia Commons

A bill advancing in the Florida Legislature would prohibit local governments from setting limits on energy sources powering homes and businesses within their jurisdictions. 

Crazy Beans Coffee Opens At JTA Transportation Hub

Apr 19, 2021
Assistant Manager Don Ashton, left, and cashier Dianthe Ashton work behind the counter at the new Crazy Beans Coffee.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The newly opened Crazy Beans Coffee at the heart of JTA’s Regional Transportation Center is believed to be the first new restaurant to open in LaVilla in more than 15 years.

Many Spending Issues Unresolved After Fla. Legislature’s Weekend Talks

Apr 19, 2021
Florida State Capitol
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

Florida lawmakers trying to piece together a roughly $100 billion state budget for the coming year spent the weekend trading offers on everything from teacher pay raises to more money to help mothers with newborn children.

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

A teacher in the Duval County Public School system has filed a lawsuit against the district over free speech issues and allegations of retaliation. 

Masked woman outside of an unemployment office with a "now hiring" sign.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An effort to increase Florida’s much-criticized unemployment benefits, boosting the amounts and lengths of payments, continued to advance Thursday in the state Senate.

Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach)
News Service of Florida

A bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster use-of-force training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House.

Courtesy City of Jacksonville

A scheduled Friendship Fountain renovation was supposed to be finished this spring, but it hasn’t even started. 

North Florida TPO

A major debate is underway about how to fund, grow and expand Jacksonville’s urban core transit system.

On Climate Change, DeSantis Focuses On Infrastructure While Ignoring Heat-Causing Emissions

Apr 15, 2021
Anticipating significant impacts associated with sea level rise by 2040, Satellite Beach is moving its public works building to higher ground.
Amy Green / WMFE

Brick by brick, the stucco shell of a new, flood-resilient public works building is taking shape blocks from the beach, the most visible sign yet of this small community’s enormous task of staving off the rising sea.