Putnam County

Entire Crescent City Police Department Placed On Leave

Dec 8, 2020

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has taken over jurisdiction from the Crescent City Police Department while the entire department is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

statue outside of the putnam county courthouse, impeding the way up to the steps.
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After months of discussion, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners cast a final vote on the next steps regarding the Confederate statue outside of the County Courthouse.

large confederate statue next to the entrance of the putnam county courthouse, some of the sky is in view
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The citizen-led Statue Relocation Committee met in Palatka for the first time Friday to discuss potential places to relocate the large Confederate statue standing outside of the Putnam County Courthouse.

people standing outside the courthouse next to the street, the statue in the middle of a pathway leading up to the courthouse, bloced off by big barriers. Courthouse in the background.
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The Putnam County Commission formed its 11-person citizen’s committee during its Tuesday afternoon workshop. 

Two pictures - one is Tevel Adams speaking to a crowd of people, while the other is another crowd outside the Putnam County Courthouse, surrounding the monument.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The potential relocation of a Confederate soldier monument outside the Putnam County Courthouse continues to be hotly debated among the community, and beyond. 

Putnam County Courthouse and the monument right in the middle of the entrance, with many protesters surrounding the area.
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A portion of Tuesday’s Putnam Board of County Commissioners Workshop was dedicated to speaking about the generic Confederate soldier monument that stands in front of the entrance of the courthouse.

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.


The City of Palatka is changing its grant programs to encourage people to invest in the city’s downtown through various incentives.

The city sold the Riverfront Square property to Riverfront Development Group LLC. 

There have been major investments recently in Palatka from Continental Building Products, Florida Power & Light, Georgia Pacific and others in Putnam County.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Florida Highway Patrol warned motorists Wednesday of potentially reduced visibilty in the area of Holloway Road in Putnam County due to a prescribed burn in the area.

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Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to modernize Putnam County’s water supply system after the county administrator requested the federal help nearly a year ago.  

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A judge cleared the way for Gator DeLoach to be sworn in Tuesday as the new sheriff of Putnam County.

An attorney for Jon Kinney, the Republican candidate who lost the race for Putnam County sheriff by 16 votes in a three-way election, filed an emergency motion Thursday seeking to block DeLoach, the Democrat candidate, from taking office.

Fifty Florida counties will open early voting locations on Monday. Here's where they are in Northeast Florida, along with times and dates they'll be open before Election Day, Nov. 8. Registered voters can choose any early voting location in the county, unlike on Election Day, when they must vote in their precinct. 

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Florida’s crime rate continues to drop. Florida Department of Law Enforcement data show a 2.2 percent decrease between the first half of last year and the first half of this year.

And the drop in crime was much larger in a couple of Northeast Florida counties. 

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Mayor Alvin Brown’s Port Task Force has voted in support of breaching a Putnam County dam as an offset for proposed deepening of the Jacksonville Harbor.

A coalition of Jacksonville business and environmental advocates say removing the dam will flush millions of gallons of fresh water into the St. Johns River each day. They say that would offset environmental damage caused by the proposed dredging of Jacksonville’s port.

Meanwhile, advocates for keeping the dam, and the man-made lake behind it, say it acts as a water filter keeping pollution from flowing downstream.