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If you’ve driven down Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville recently, chances are you’ve seen bulldozers removing the remains of the old City Hall Annex.

It, and the old courthouse, are being removed at a cost of $8 million.

But what city planners like Ennis Davis see is an assault on midcentury architecture that’s bad for a vibrant downtown.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s "Dear Orlando" postcard initiative is in full swing, and organizers have already seen an overwhelming response.

Next week is the deadline for those who visit any of Jacksonville's public libraries to share condolences with Orlando residents still grieving from last month’s Pulse Nightclub shootings.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

Attorney Eric Friday, professor Parvez Ahmed and attorney Jimmy Midyette appeared on Monday’s First Coast Connect to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando with a focus on three issues: gun control, LGBT equality and religious radicalization.


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Hundreds of performers from around the globe are in Orlando this week for the World Clown Association’s annual convention.


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The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously tonight to approve zoning on International Drive for what is slated to be the world’s tallest roller coaster. The Skyscraper will feature a drop more than 400 feet.

Fifty-six members of the public spoke at a final hearing that lasted about three hours. Long-time Tangelo Park resident Sam Butler presented petitions of support from his neighbors.

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The state's child-welfare chief said the recent death of a 4-year-old Palatka boy, allegedly strangled by an older child in his home, points to the challenges posed by families in which addiction, sexual abuse and domestic violence create a perilous environment.

In the case of 4-year-old Brayden Trahern, the boy's extended family had repeatedly been involved in beatings, molestations, incarceration, homelessness, prostitution and drug abuse going back years, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll said in an interview this week.

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Confetti filled the sky, a 15-foot-tall dragon blew smoke into the air and thousands of LEGO Minifigures parachuted to the ground on Friday morning to mark the official opening of the LEGOLAND Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida.

Christa Santos grew up in Vero Beach, and came to Orlando to study marketing and journalism at the University of Central Florida.

“I loved Orlando and wanted stay here after college,” she explains. “Vero is a small town, and there wasn’t a lot of opportunity in my field. I got a job at Disney, and learned about event management and planning. I also did a lot of volunteer work, as well – anything to polish my skills.”

Class sizes, water taxis and Diagon Alley are in the headlines today.

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People will now able to immerse themselves in Harry Potter on a whole new level.

Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, lined with gas stations, strip malls and bus stops, is a good example of what's wrong with the roads in this busy Florida city.

It's the most dangerous street in a city that ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian accidents, according to a recent national study. There have been 28 crashes involving pedestrians — and six deaths — on this stretch of road over the past seven years.

Bloomberg TV's Yang Yang reports on how The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort has boosted the economy and job market of Florida and the state.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

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