Jacksonville social media has been on fire this week with outcry over a Jacksonville City Council proposal dealing with Riverside’s historic overlay — that’s a map showing where types of buildings and activities are allowed to happen.
Two candidates are running to fill an open spot on Duval County’s Soil and Water Conservation Board. Hunter Anderson and James Joseph Morton are competing for the District 2 position.
From September of last year to September of this year, Jacksonville added 28,700 jobs to its economy. That’s according to new numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Friday. Last month alone, the entire state saw an increase of only 23,000 jobs and the state’s jobless rate has remained rather stagnant all year at 4.7 percent — that’s just under the national rate of 5 percent. Still Florida’s growth rate is the third highest in the nation, behind Texas and California. According to Governor Rick Scott, the industries with the largest job gains in Jacksonville were leisure and hospitality, education and health care.
Jacksonville voters are choosing between two fresh faces for who will represent them in state House District 13. It covers the city’s urban core and surrounding neighborhoods. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Reggie Fullwood had to drop out of the race after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges last month. Republican Mark Griffin faces Democrat Tracie Davis in the heavily Democratic district.
Florida’s 6th U.S. House District runs from Jacksonville’s southern suburbs southward to New Smyrna Beach. Two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Ron DeSantis is running for reelection there.
Our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly, and WJCT reporters Lindsey Kilbride and Ryan Benk. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with humor essayist Dave Barry about his latest book, “Best. State. Ever,” and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter about her latest album and concert next week at the Florida Theatre.
50 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. BAKER COUNTY Supervisor of Elections Office, 32 N. 5th St., Ste. A, Macclenny, Oct. 24 ‐ Nov. 5, 8 a.m. ‐ 6 p.m. CLAY COUNTY Clay County Clay County Clay County Elections Office, 500 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, Oct. 24 ‐ Nov. 5, 7 a.m. ‐ 7 p.m. Clay County Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation, 3973 Eagle Landing Pkwy., Orange Park, Oct. 24 ‐ Nov. 5, 7 a.m. ‐ 7 p.m. Clay County Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, Oct. 24 ‐ Nov. 5, 7 a.m. ‐ 7 p.m. Clay County Keystone Heights Tax Collectors Office, 7380 State Road, 100 Suite 10, Keystone Heights, Oct. 24 ‐ Nov. 5, 7 a.m. ‐ 7 p.m. Clay County Middleburg Civic Center 2102 Palmetto St Middleburg Oct
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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT’s interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. Jacksonville Arbor“EAT”um Wine and Food Fest The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is hosting its third annual Abor“Eat”Um food and wine festival and arboretum fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. More than 15 of Jacksonville’s favorite restaurants and breweries will be on hand to provide food and drinks. The event will also feature music by Sidetrack Duo. Individual tickets are $55 and couple’s tickets are $100. There is a 10 percent ticket price discount for members of the arboretum. “San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival“ by Fast Forward Event Productions used under Creative Commons License. Martin Lawrence at the Times-Union Center Martin Lawrence returns to the stage with his first stand-up tour in four years. The comedian/actor became a household name with his popular show “Martin,” and would later direct and star in
The Florida High School Athletic Association is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a decision that prevented two Christian schools from using a loudspeaker for a prayer before a football championship game.Credit Contributed Photo / Department of AgricultureEdit | RemoveTALLAHASSEE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a decision that prevented two Christian schools from using a loudspeaker for a prayer before a football championship game. The association said it did not violate the rights of Tampa’s Cambridge Christian School, which filed the lawsuit last month. In a motion to dismiss the case, the association argued that Cambridge Christian and University Christian School of Jacksonville were free to pray before a December 2015 championship game -— just not over the public-address system. “Indeed, as the amended complaint (the Cambridge Christian