Update as of 11:00 pm Thursday: Hurricane and storm surge watches were issued along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi ahead of Ida. A tropical storm watch was issued along the coast of Alabama. The newest forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for Ida to strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday over the southern Gulf, then potentially intensify into a major hurricane prior to landfall in Louisiana late Sunday.

Update as of 5:30pm Thursday:

Florida Sports Betting Deal Faces 2nd Court Challenge

Aug 18, 2021
News Service of Florida file photo

Upping the ante in the courts, two pari-mutuel facilities have filed a second federal lawsuit challenging a 30-year gambling agreement reached by Gov. Ron DeSantis that gives the Seminole Tribe control over sports betting throughout Florida.

Deal Could Open Door To More Casinos In Florida

May 25, 2021

For more than a decade, the glitziest casinos in the state have operated on lands owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Griffith Observatory

A total lunar eclipse this week promises to be visually stunning.

DeSantis Signs Crackdown On Social Media Companies

May 24, 2021
An iPhone displays a Facebook page.
Jenny Kane / Associated Press

Taking aim at Silicon Valley, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a measure to crack down on large social-media companies that block users from their platforms.

Jaguars Owner Contributing $1M To Boost Eastside Neighborhood

May 21, 2021
mural on Eastside

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced May 21 he is donating $1 million to LIFT JAX to support the “holistic revitalization” of the Eastside neighborhood north of TIAA Bank Field.

Edward Waters College sign on campus
Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College in Jacksonville announced Thursday that it will establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy in the coming months thanks to a multi-year, six-figure grant from Jacksonville’s Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.

'Gunnel Is Five Points'; At 77, Edge City Owner Has No Plans To Stop

May 20, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

For more than 50 years, the Edge City retail store has been a landmark in the Five Points shopping and entertainment district at 1017 Park St. between Riverside and Brooklyn.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press file photo

Where you live can influence your health.

Duval County's House District 12 Race Starts Taking Shape

Mar 3, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The first candidate has emerged to try to replace outgoing Jacksonville state Rep. Clay Yarborough in 2022.

Boss Of The Sauce BBQ Festival, National Competition Coming To Downtown Jax

Mar 3, 2021
Riverfront Plaza is the former site of the Jacksonville Landing.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Boss of Sauce BBQ Festival has announced its World Championship qualifying barbecue competition is coming to Downtown Jacksonville. 

National Humane Society

A bill in a Tallahassee house committee would increase penalties for leaving dogs tethered and unattended in Florida. 

A van drives by a guard tower at Florida State Prison in Raiford, Fla. in this file photo.
Phil Sears / Associated Press file photo

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch has been making the rounds in Tallahassee to pitch lawmakers on a plan to spend more than $26 million to shorten prison guards’ regular daily work shifts.

E.V. was 17, just about a week away from finishing her senior year in New Orleans and becoming the first in her family to graduate high school, when her parents split up and she had to move with her mother and three younger siblings to Tampa.

She discovered that her credits didn’t match Florida’s graduation requirements. Soon, she began working in the fields, picking eggplants alongside her mother.

In the latest chapter in years of battling between Florida and Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a dispute about divvying up water in a river system shared by the states.

Florida filed a lawsuit in 2013 arguing that Georgia is using too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, which starts in northern Georgia and ends in Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County. Florida contends that the situation has caused damage to the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay’s signature oyster industry.

Candidate Field Grows To Run For Neptune Beach State Rep. Byrd's Seat

Feb 19, 2021

With state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, planning to run for the Senate in 2022, a second candidate has emerged to seek his Northeast Florida House seat.

Florida To Lower Flags Following Passing Of Rush Limbaugh

Feb 19, 2021
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Florida will lower flags to half-staff after funeral plans are set for conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh, a Palm Beach resident who died Wednesday after a battle with cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

Class Of COVID: Many Online Learners Have The Most To Lose

Feb 19, 2021
Illustration by Camila Kerwin

For most of this academic year, Gabrielle began her school day with a click. Then she waited to see if her classroom would appear.

Illustration by Camila Kerwin

KEY WEST — When the bell rang at the end of a recent Thursday at Horace O'Bryant School, Lamesha Portier was stationed with a cart in the courtyard. It was laden with bags containing cereal, milk and juice — plus, that night's dinner: tacos with rice and beans.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Tickets to The Players Championship are now on sale. The Players returns to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach the week of March 9-14, with a reduced fan footprint to ensure the safety of all attendees.


Make-up days are being offered on two days this week to individuals who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at either the Mandarin or Lane Wiley senior centers and missed their appointment for the second shot.

Senate Acquits Trump In Impeachment Trial — Again

Feb 13, 2021

The U.S. Senate on Saturday acquitted former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection.

Close Beach Blvd. Kmart Being Converted To Drive-Thru Self-Storage

Feb 11, 2021
Rapid Building Solutions plans to turn this old Kmart at 5751 Beach Blvd. into a drive-thru self-storage.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Feb. 10 for Rapid Building Solutions LLC to build-out the closed Beach Boulevard Kmart for a drive-thru self-storage at a project cost of $3.36 million.

Live Video Coverage: The 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial

Feb 10, 2021

Watch live coverage here of President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, which continues for a second day, beginning at noon on Feb. 10.

Icemen Owners Plan To Buy, Renovate Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex

Feb 9, 2021
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Icemen parent company SZH Hockey LLC plans to buy and renovate the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex for $18 million, team President Bob Ohrablo said Feb. 8.

New Downtown Jacksonville Concert Venue With Rooftop Bar Planned

Feb 5, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will consider conceptual approval Feb. 11 for Project 323, a proposed concert venue and rooftop bar at 323 E. Bay St.

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured in this 2019 file photo.
Nick Wass / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has put a bullseye on tech giants he contends censor conservatives’ speech, but the social media apps and platforms he’s targeting are blockbusters for the state’s financial portfolio.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

“Significant” passenger cruise operations might not return to Florida waters for another year or longer as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, according to a port-industry lobbying group.

Drivers on northbound I-295 at the Buckman Bridge will see multi-lane closures this weekend as crews shift traffic to move into a new phase of construction, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council member Aaron Bowman said at the close of the Council meeting Jan. 26 that the new Westside center will be a $40 million project that creates 200 jobs.