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Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
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A group of scientists and academics from local universities and colleges have signed onto a letter asking Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council to develop a plan for reducing fossil fuel emissions in Jacksonville and to start preparing the city for the impacts of climate change.

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Beth Payne speaking to the board of directors Thursday.
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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.

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Opening arguments were scheduled to start Monday at 9 a.m. in a case involving federal and city loans for the failed Jerome Brown BBQ Sauce manufacturing plant.

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The Jacksonville City Council Tuesday night voted down a half-cent sales tax referendum. The vote took place without the public present, after Council President Scott Wilson tossed the audience out for excessive boos.  

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee wants the full council to withdraw legislation to put a half-cent sales tax referendum before the voters. 

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The Jacksonville City Council and the Duval County Public Schools Board Wednesday met to discuss whether to put a half cent sales tax referendum before voters this year.  

Duval School Board To Seek Outside Counsel

Jul 19, 2019
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After the Duval County School Board’s half-cent sales tax referendum faced a roadblock this week at Tuesday’s Finance and Rules committee meetings, members say they want to take action.

At a meeting Thursday afternoon, Chairwoman Lori Hershey announced to board members that she scheduled a meeting with Jacksonville’s General Counsel Jason Gabriel.

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A decision on whether to hold a sales tax referendum for school repairs in Duval County will have to wait.

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A group of Jacksonville lawmakers recommended Tuesday the City Council punt the Duval School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax referendum to next year.

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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman’s picks for the new Charter Revision Commission have gone largely unopposed, but one of them got some push back at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

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Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

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The Jacksonville City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on whether to allow the public to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help repair and replace the Duval County School District’s aging school buildings.

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A citizen-led taskforce assembled by Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman to address crime and public safety is recommending more funding for youth programs along with better coordination between existing initiatives.

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A citizen-led taskforce assembled by Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman to address crime and public safety is recommending more funding for youth programs along with better coordination between existing initiatives.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday that may get grocers to move into the city’s Northwest quadrant to curb so-called food deserts.

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Legislation filed this week by Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is getting pushback from top city officials.

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Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

One of the five City Council races on the ballot is for District 14, which covers parts of the Westside, Avondale and Riverside. The two candidates are Republican Randy DeFoor and Democrat Sunny Gettinger.

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Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

One of the five City Council races on ballot is District 14, covering parts of the Westside, Avondale and Riverside. The two candidates are Democrat Sunny Gettinger and Republican Randy DeFoor.

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With less than a month to go before the May 14 runoff election, WJCT is profiling the candidates in the 5 City Council races.

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With less than a month to go before the May 14 runoff election, WJCT is profiling the candidates in the 5 City Council races.

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A Chicago-based nonprofit that promises to curb violent crime got the greenlight to roll out its program in two parts of Jacksonville.

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A bill that would pour nearly $3.5 million into repairing and replacing Jacksonville’s security cameras is moving ahead in the City Council.


City Councilman Terrance Freeman has filed to run for the At-Large Group 1 seat currently held by Anna Brosche - a fellow Republican who has hinted at challenging incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry. But Brenda Priestly Jackson, who’s running for the seat Freeman is now vacating, said he doesn’t meet the residency requirements to run.

Jacksonville City Council Strikes Down Proposed Transparency Reforms

Nov 28, 2018
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The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday struck down a package of transparency reforms that would publish emails and text messages lawmakers exchange with lobbyists and force city officials to reveal details about trips they take on the dimes of political committees, which are shrouded under existing disclosure requirements.

Transparency Reforms Face Stiff Opposition From Jacksonville City Council

Nov 27, 2018
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A package of government transparency reforms, which would require the city to publish text messages and emails exchanged between council members and lobbyists and shine new light on discreet trips officials have taken on the dimes of opaque political committees, will face an uphill fight when it goes before the City Council for approval Tuesday.

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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman Tuesday condemned a resolution to return hurricane-relief money to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a written statement, Bowman called the legislation “an attack on religious freedoms.”

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Two Jacksonville City Council members held a public hearing Friday morning to discuss growing concerns about $2.8 million in hurricane relief money donated by the United Arab Emirates.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis was among a group who gathered Tuesday afternoon at the scene of a drive-by mass shooting over the weekend. The message was: The status quo isn’t working.

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The Jacksonville City Councilman who Gov. Rick Scott chose to replace Reggie Brown says he’s ready to help District 10 as Brown faces federal fraud charges.

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