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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.
The National Guard / Flickr.com

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.

Councilman Al Ferraro (at the head of the table), joined by several fellow councilmembers, leads a public meeting Friday discussing NEFRC funding.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Councilman Al Ferraro has asked the Northeast Florida Regional Council to illustrate what it does for Jacksonville ahead of committee hearings where elected officials will consider whether the city should continue funding the organization.

Devlin Design Group / Via Black News Channel

A new Tallahassee-based cable news network is scheduled to launch November 15, and among its financial backers is Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Beth Payne speaking to the board of directors Thursday.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

During Thursday’s meeting, Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) CEO Beth Payne told her board of directors she thinks the Jacksonville City Council will vote to continue funding the organization.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
State of Florida / Via Wikimedia Commons

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday plans to roll out legislative priorities focused on climate change. 

Bill Would Crack Down On Allowing Dogs Inside Florida's Bars, Restaurants

Oct 2, 2019
DUN.CAN VIA FLICKR

Most four-legged patrons of pet-friendly bars and restaurants would have to remain outside, under a bill proposed this week by state Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando.

Regency Centers Corp. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Publix is taking its proposed East San Marco supermarket to another level.

Councilman Ron Salem speaking to firefighters and JSO officers ahead of his election.
Ron Salem's City Council Facebook page

Jacksonville At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem says legislation restoring funding to the Northeast Florida Regional Council he plans to file this week would give the organization a chance to make its case and force councilmembers to debate the pros and cons of membership.

Measures to protect police dogs and horses and crack down on hazing and child-like sex dolls are among new laws ready to take effect this week.

man on stretcher
Northeast Florida Regional Council

This week, the Jacksonville City Council passed a last-minute budget amendment to end the city’s annual financial contribution to be part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.

Andrea Dutton
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A professor who studies sea levels and global temperatures of the past has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow.

JEA headquarters exterior
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville residents will soon learn how many offers have been submitted to buy the city-owned utility JEA.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Florida Cabinet voted Tuesday to approve a $2.8 million conservation easement on Wetland Preserve in Putnam County.

Climate strikers in front of Jacksonville's City Hall.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

About 100 people gathered at Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville Friday to participate in a youth-led climate strike.

Labpluto123 / Wikimedia Commons

The state Department of Education and the Florida Education Association asked a federal judge Thursday to preliminarily approve a $15.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that the “Best and Brightest” teacher-bonus program discriminated against black and Hispanic teachers.

Jimmy Midyette via Twitter

Jacksonville’s Cure Violence initiative was touted as a tool to lower shootings and violence when the city funded it this year. This week, it’s been raising some eyebrows on social media for a campaign calling for "No Shoot Zones." 

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