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Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

A new high school will soon be built in St. Johns County, which in turn is going to impact the attendance zones of the county’s existing high schools.

Flu A Bigger Worry In Florida Than Coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020
David Goldman / Associated Press

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Councilman Aaron Bowman plans to file legislation this week requesting $300,000 in next year’s city budget to establish a permanent chief resilience officer position in Jacksonville.

Florida Lawmakers Weigh Whether To Ban Discrimination In Organ Transplants

Feb 17, 2020
Florida Senator Aaron Bean.
Sam Thomas / Fresh Take Florida

Florida's Legislature is moving toward ensuring new protections for disabled people who may need organ transplants, part of a national trend among states.

Tiffany Carr, then executive director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Phil Coale / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida House on Thursday intensified an inquiry into Florida’s domestic violence agency, calling for additional investigations and issuing subpoenas over the former head of the taxpayer-backed organization’s compensation.

Fernandina Beach Republican Sen. Aaron Bean
News Service of Florida

A bill that would require state-financed coastal developments to account for sea level rise got its first no vote in a committee stop on Thursday, and it came from a prominent Northeast Florida senator.

Florida's Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer.
IFAS News / University of Florida

Environmental advocates from around Florida are calling on the state’s chief science officer to walk back his praise for a proposal making its way through the Legislature that’s aimed at improving water quality.

Jacksonville City Hall interior.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Tuesday announced seven appointments to the JEA Board of Directors, at the same time that one city council member introduced emergency legislation requesting the mayor to consider candidates suggested by the City Council.

JEA headquarters exterior
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

In its first meeting, the Jacksonville City Council’s Special Investigatory Committee on JEA asked for all documents related to the now-halted sales process of the city-owned utility and all communications to or from Mayor Lenny Curry and others.

This photo from the Duval County GOP shows some of the damage Saturday after a man drove his van through a campaign tent.
Duval County GOP

Widespread condemnation has been pouring in since a weekend attack against Republican Party volunteers signing up voters at the Walmart Supercenter at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The discount grocery chain Save a Lot closed at least three stores in Northeast Florida since December, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.


A proposal in the legislature could change how recounts are conducted in Florida. The measure hinges on an auditing system that at least one local supervisor says is better at accessing digital copies of paper ballots than what's currently being used.

Math teach Kristen Musgrove reacting to the announcement that she is the winner of Florida's 2019-20 Milken Educator Award and $25,000.
Milken Family Foundation

A Nassau County math teacher was surprised with a $25,000 check on Wednesday morning after being named Florida’s Milken Educator of the year.

The Party Shop

At its height, The Party Shop employed more than 100 people and its products were staples at birthday parties and Halloween bashes across Jacksonville.

Former Jaguar Will Open A New Avondale Coffee Shop

Feb 5, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Arrelious Benn has seen not only the inside of football stadiums in cities across the country but also coffee shops during his eight-year NFL career.

Groundwork Jacksonville volunteers from FSCJ working on a spice garden on the S-Line.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Groundwork Jacksonville is getting a $30,000 grant to build the first segment of the Emerald Trail, a planned 30-mile urban trail system around Downtown Jacksonville.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking in the Keys.
The Office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

The city of Lawtey in Bradford County is one of 21 Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma that will be getting more than $84 million from the state for infrastructure improvement projects. Lawtey’s share will be $867,600.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

Leaders from around Northeast Florida are calling on Jacksonville - the largest city in the region by far - to appoint a chief resilience officer or establish an Office of Resilience, but Mayor Lenny Curry is not yet taking a position on the issue.

Florida's Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat speaking in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Speaking in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer, Julia Nesheiwat, said the state has secured more than $1.4 billion in funding for communities recovering from recent hurricanes and nearly $900 million to help lessen the impact of future storms.

Glenn Landers from the USACE speaking to members of Jacksonville's Special Committee on Resiliency.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s new Special Committee on Resiliency held its first meeting on Monday and several committee members openly supported the idea of appointing a chief resilience officer.

DIA Takes Another Step To Bring USS Orleck To Downtown Jacksonville

Jan 16, 2020
Photo of the USS Orleck
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority continues to support setting up a naval warship museum in Jacksonville.

Pictured is JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes

JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes announced Monday she will not seek a permanent appointment to the position.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Thousands of families will see their Florida Prepaid college tuition savings plans suddenly paid off thanks to price cuts announced in Jacksonville Monday by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Business Brief: La Nopalera Launching Seafood Concept At Former Famous Amos

Jan 10, 2020
Google via Jacksonville Daily Record

El Pacifico Mexican Seafood, a new concept from the owners of La Nopalera Mexican Restaurant, is slated to open in the closed Famous Amos space on University Boulevard West.

When Florida A&M University professor Barton Christner walks the halls he feels as if there’s a shadow looming over his head. Recently, his mugshot began circulating among students in the School of Journalism. Christner is among thousands of Floridians trying to remove a digital tether that clouds his reputation as a father, professional and instructor. A Florida law passed in 2017 sought to crack down on the mugshot publishing industry but it hasn’t worked as intended.

Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. A Sebring bank. A yoga studio in Tallahassee. A naval air base in Pensacola.


Winn-Dixie, in conjunction with its charitable arm, the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation, is hosting free, weekly mobile food pantry events during a transition at the Gateway Town Center from the now-closed Publix store to a new Winn-Dixie.


Duval County saw its highest murder total in two decades during 2019. 

Provided by Wildcrafters Tea & Kava Bar

What’s being billed as Jacksonville’s first booze-free bar is opening Wednesday near Five Points.

Florida's Capitol buildings
The News Service of Florida

The 2020 legislative session will start Jan. 14 as House and Senate members gather to hear Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address.