Randy DeFoor

The International Flavors & Fragrances factory at 2051 Lane Ave. North.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

After hiring a consultant to conduct tests, a local chemical company is suggesting that it’s not responsible for the foul odors that have been plaguing Murray Hill and surrounding neighborhoods, but residents who have experienced the smell are far from convinced.

District 14 City Councilwoman Randy DeFoor
Provided by Randy DeFoor

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is making recommendations the city can take to protect itself from climate change.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

During a meeting hosted by the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Randy DeFoor gave a preview of some of the recommendations the Special Committee on Resiliency, which she chairs, is scheduled to vote on this week and said the city will need to spend billions of dollars to defend against the impacts of climate change.

Residents make their way across a flooded street after Hurricane Irma brought floodwaters to Jacksonville on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
John Raoux / Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is getting close to wrapping up its work as members are scheduled to vote on and finalize recommendations during their next meeting.

rednering image of a tall building with trees, and pavement where people are walking along, everything is computer generated
Jacksonville Jaguars/ Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Representatives from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration and the Jaguars fielded more questions from City Council Tuesday on the proposed Lot J mixed-use development project. A council vote is expected in early January.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee met for the final time in 2020 on Monday, choosing to go over and decide whether to support six separate bills that will eventually go through the regular legislative process.

water covering the streets surrounding multiple buildings, the downtown area looks foggy in the background.
Via Robert Torbert

A piece of legislation regarding the hiring of a chief resiliency officer caused some disagreements between the council members who brought forth the bill, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency finalized legislation Friday that has been in the works since early this year to help mitigate the risks of sea level rise and flooding.

Murray Hill mural
Murray Hill Preservation Society

The Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division (EQD) is investigating a chemical smell in Murray Hill, which in some cases is manifesting in a visible plume that makes it difficult to breathe and stings the skin. Some residents have said this issue has persisted for years.

Rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Lot J and the nearby area.
City of Jacksonville / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci is calling for an independent external review of the $450 million Lot J project proposed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

After a few months of preliminary discussion, members of the Jacksonville City Council’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee are starting on legislation to address the city’s equity issues. 

Aerial shot of cargo ship approaching JAXPORT

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $75 million in funding for the ongoing St. Johns River dredging project.

JEA headquarters exterior
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

In its first meeting, the Jacksonville City Council’s Special Investigatory Committee on JEA asked for all documents related to the now-halted sales process of the city-owned utility and all communications to or from Mayor Lenny Curry and others.


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.  

Campaign photos

Republican Randy DeFoor has won the race for Jacksonville’s District 14 Council seat, beating Democrat Sunny Gettinger by 51.2% to 48.8% with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns Tuesday night.

Randy DeFoor Campaign

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.

District 14 Jacksonville City Council Candidates Face Off In Five Points

Jan 31, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

It was standing room only Tuesday night at Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points as five candidates seeking the District 14 City Council seat discussed their visions for the community.