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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Councilman Al Ferraro donned hardhats and helped fill potholes Wednesday in Ferraro’s Northside district.

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Following an investigation, city lawyers said the mayor’s chief of staff didn’t violate any laws, after a Jacksonville City Hall employee this week formally accused him of creating a hostile work environment.

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If public utility JEA were to be sold, it could net the city of Jacksonville as much as $6.4 billion, according to a final evaluation report released Wednesday.

The sale price was revealed during a contentious city council meeting.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is advising people to stay off the roads Wednesday, particularly during busy drive times.  He’s ordered the closure of all city government offices for non-essential employees Wednesday.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that although the city hadn’t been responsible for collecting debris from state roads like San Jose Boulevard, that’s changing.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday, after a 3-year-old’s body was discovered in a park water tank Sunday, the city is investigating to see if there was any wrong-doing on it’s part.


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The online retail giant Amazon is planning to open a second North American headquarters and Mayor Lenny Curry wants it to be in Jacksonville.

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In a show of governmental unity Thursday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Sheriff Mike Williams, Fire Chief Kurtis Wilson and State Attorney Melissa Nelson had a wide-ranging discussion on public safety and the city’s newest budget.

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The Jacksonville City Council has authorized 100 new police officers to be added to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Despite Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s door-to-door evacuation warnings before Hurricane Irma, the manager of an Arlington mobile home community says most of the residents there didn’t evacuate.


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Many areas along the First Coast are still underwater after Hurricane Irma and residents who live in places where flooding has receded are just starting to get an idea of what they’ve lost.

On Saturday,  Jacksonville-based National Weather Service meteorologist Angie Enyedi said although Hurricane Irma has shifted west, people in Northeast Florida should remember the storm is hundreds of miles in diameter.

Here's a list of all mandatory evacuations, along with up-to-date storm shelter locations. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Saturday morning he doesn’t want residents to become complacent as they see Hurricane Irma’s shift to the west. Northeast Florida is under a hurricane warning and can expect to see effects from Irma’s outer bands as soon as midday Sunday.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry spent some of Friday morning going door to door at an Arlington mobile home community. His message to residents: Get out of town or go to a shelter.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated another 3,000 National Guard members to help with shelter operations and evacuations as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.

Scott was in Jacksonville Thursday meeting with city officials about storm prep.    


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said although it’s too early to tell how Category 5 Hurricane Irma could affect Northeast Florida, residents need to prepare for a potential direct hit.

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A Jacksonville City Council member is pushing back against one of Mayor Lenny Curry’s budget priorities, saying he may even vote against the entire budget.

Councilman Danny Becton is taking issue with spending $8.4 million on Jacksonville's historically black college, Edward Waters.


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A day after Jacksonville’s City Council President called for removing Confederate monuments, Mayor Lenny Curry said white supremacists are already talking about protesting.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Wednesday announced his plan to consolidate the city’s two major child-welfare programs and focus on those most in need.

Curry, a former Florida Republican Party chairman and self-described fiscal conservative, said a decade ago he changed some of his views on government intervention after meeting a 93-year-old Lakeland woman who was caring for six children.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is working with City Council President Anna Brosche to expand the city’s after-school program, he announced Monday.

Under the plan, nine more sites will offer after-school services to 740 more children.


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Jacksonville Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis is asking city agencies to report on staff demographics as part of their budget presentations next month.


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On this episode of Redux: 

A look at Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed budget, the first since 2011 with some “wiggle room” to spend on infrastructure and other big projects like getting downtown ready for developers who might want some waterfront property.

Then, Democrat Gwen Graham swung through Jacksonville and picked up a couple of endorsements this week on her quest for the governor’s mansion.

A pilot program to help the homeless shows housing them first and providing other supports later is a big money saver.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and David Cawton (01:10), reporter for the Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record. Duval Audubon Society Education Director Brett Moyer (38:48) told us about the large flock of purple martins that have been roosting in downtown Jacksonville the past several weeks, and artist Gabriel Dawe (45:19) discussed his new exhibit on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s atrium.  


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the end of a multi-million dollar project to rebuild area beaches after last fall’s Hurricane Matthew.


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Jacksonville’s internationally-recognized crowd-funding festival One Spark will go on, after all, organizers announced Monday. 

Money problems forced organizers to cancel earlier this year, but now the event is slated for October.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and other city officials Thursday celebrated the opening of a new factory on Jacksonville’s Westside. The Hans-Mill garbage can company plans to create more than 50 local jobs, said CEO James Han.


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After it passed the Jacksonville City Council unanimously, Mayor Lenny Curry signed into law Tuesday the biggest policy priority of his administration: pension reform.


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The Jacksonville City Council passed Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension-reform plan Monday.

Though some members admit it isn't a silver bullet for all of the city’s funding problems, all agree it is the best plan they’ve seen because it includes a dedicated funding source — a half-cent sales tax that will cover pension costs after it was set to end in 2030.

In Curry’s closing remarks at the special council meeting, he issued a warning.

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Jacksonville City Council members got their first look at Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension reform plan Thursday.

Curry’s been tight-lipped about just how his half-cent sales tax and other reform measures would save the city money.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry shared a pizza lunch with students in a Lee High School leadership class Monday afternoon.

The students, who have been meeting with city and federal leaders going on two years,  want to change the juvenile justice system and reduce violence in their community.

Students were grabbing sodas and piling plates with slices of pizza and cheesy bread in the mayor’s boardroom as they sat around a long rectangular table.


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