New Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry dined with City Council members at a City Hall luncheon on his first full day in office, Thursday.
It’s nearly Fourth of July weekend, and officials are reminding Northeast Florida residents to stay safe when taking part in water activities.
Max Ervanian of Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue says the biggest problem lifeguards faced last Fourth of July was beachgoers’ not listening to or complying with guards.
Jacksonville has received nearly half a million dollars in state grants to go toward military base projects.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a press release the grants will help toward the city’s goal of playing a larger role in the nation’s defense.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced one grant will go toward an ongoing project to create a buffer at the Westside’s Whitehouse Naval Airfield.
Florida will land about $3.25 billion as part of a multi-state federal settlement with BP over widespread damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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A panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the finances of hospitals and other parts of the health-care industry held its first meeting Wednesday since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.
The governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Jacksonville to hear from local hospitals — and particularly UF Health Jacksonville — and to consider data on executive compensation and the quality of care around the state.
The UF Health hospital in downtown Jacksonville is no longer in immediate danger of closing. That’s what CEO Russ Armistead told the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding at its stop in Jacksonville on Wednesday morning.
Armistead said, “Thanks to the Legislature and the governor, the LIP funding, which was 95 million dollars, we essentially got all of that for the current year. So we are funded. We’re good to go.”
A new law went into effect Wednesday that allows Florida pharmacies to give more types of vaccines to customers.Pharmacies were previously allowed to administer vaccines only against viruses like the flu.
Investigators continue looking into what caused a SpaceX rocket to explode after takeoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. In Jacksonville Wednesday, Florida Senator Bill Nelson said he’s confident in the investigation.
On Monday, Nelson called for a thorough review of the incident and warned the gravity of the investigation should not be underestimated. He then met with officials from NASA and SpaceX.
At his Jacksonville office, Nelson said he’s sure the results will improve space travel.
Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning.
After Curry took the oath of office, he addressed an audience of community members at the Times-Union Center downtown. Curry says the safety of Jacksonville’s children is one of his top priorities.
“I met a 10-year-old kid months ago that after he told me a story about baseball, told me he saw his friend get shot in the chest,” Curry said. “That should not happen to our kids in this city.“