JEA recently announced it will close a coal-fired power plant on Jacksonville’s Northside, which came online in the late 1980s. With the complex’s closure, about 200 people will lose their jobs. The plant’s closure after nearly 30 years of service is not surprising in today’s energy climate. If you’ve been paying attention to the electric power generation business, coal fired power plants are closing all across the country.
A bill seeking to protect the freedom of religious expression in public schools cleared Florida Senate on Thursday in a vote that largely cleaved along party lines. The bill, aiming to create the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” passed by 23-13 vote on the floor. It intends to unify existing religious rights in a single legislation that would be simple to implement and heed.
The Jacksonville Zoo hopes its gorilla Kambuka will soon become a first-time mom. But Kambuka’s journey to motherhood has been complicated by the recent discovery that she’s deaf. Jacksonville Zoo veterinarian Dr. Yousuf Jafarey said there is often tension between Kambuka and the other gorillas because she doesn’t hear social cues. He said helping Kambuka overcome socialization problems within her gorilla family is an important step to having a baby. “The challenge arises in that other females, they view Kambuka differently. We are concerned about if she does have a baby, how will the troupe handle that baby? How will she handle that baby?” he said. Zoo official JJ Vitale recounted a recent scenario that helped keepers realize Kambuka had a hearing problem. She said the zoo staff gave all the gorillas whole coconuts. The other gorillas took their coconuts and banged them on the wall to get them open, but Kambuka did not hear the banging noise, so she did not understand the need for a
Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is now one of two finalists for Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent after the third candidate, Orlando Ramos of Milwaukee Public Schools, dropped out Thursday night, according to Detroit NP…
The St. Johns Water Management District has issued a water shortage warning order for portions North and Central Florida after below-average rainfall this winter. Abnormally dry weather conditions have prompted the need for additional water conservatio…
Friday on “First Coast Connect” was are weekly Media Roundtable with Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, blogger Fred Matthews and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and U.S. Naval War College professor of strategic leadership and leader development Olenda Johnson about next week’s conference. We spoke with Washington correspondent for The Economist James Astill about the rise of modern India, and we spoke with the star of the play “Fences” Shauntel Robinson and director Jereme Raickett.
At least six competing plans ranging from the most restrictive to the most permissive expansions of medical marijuana in Florida are working their way through the state Legislature. And the division is wearing down the patience of state residents, who overwhelmingly supported the measure. Six marijuana bills being debated in Tallahassee diverge on a number of issues, including which diseases should qualify for marijuana treatment, who should be able to grow and sell the drug and where they can set up shop. Five are in the Senate and one was filed in the House by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, wants to start a new, more liberal, regulatory framework from scratch, while his Senate colleague, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, wants to use the existing, more restrictive apparatus. Shortly after the election, Bradley told WJCT he foresaw a smooth implementation of the new amendment. “We are not getting caught flat-footed. There is infrastructure already in
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday the arrests of 60 people after a four-month undercover narcotics investigation. Warrants are out for 11 additional people. The investigation called “Operation Lockdown in O-Town” began on the Northside’s Oceanway area.
St. Johns County officials want to hear what residents think about potential medical marijuana regulations. Time is of the essence to pass local rules, with several marijuana bills up for consideration in Tallahassee this legislative session.
Jacksonville is one step closer to temporarily halting certain kinds of block parties across the city. City leaders from law enforcement, the parks department and City Council hashed out ways to reform the permitting process Wednesday.