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Curry issues stay-at-home order

Curry issues stay-at-home order

Mayor Lenny Curry issued a stay-at-home executive order April 1 that closes non-essential businesses in Duval County and requires county residents to stop traveling to them and to stay at home for any other reason than attending to “critical needs.” The order doesn’t restrict residents from taking a walk, riding a bike or going to […]

Necessity breeds innovation

Necessity breeds innovation

In response to the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis, Baptist Health is expanding its use of robotic disinfecting technology to clean and preserve N95 masks, which help team members protect themselves and others from the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The health system is one of the […]

Chocolate To-Go

Chocolate To-Go

The Coronavirus will not stop the Easter Bunny from making an appearance this year, thanks to Peterbrooke Chocolatier, which has shifted operations to carryout and delivery throughout Jacksonville and the more than 20-store network that stretches across Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. However, individual locations are reducing operating hours, closing most shops by 8 p.m. every […]

Local health officials offer tips, info about coronavirus

Local health officials offer tips, info about coronavirus

Health executives from Baptist Health and Emergency Resources Group (ERG) gave some tips on how to keep coronavirus COVID-19 from spreading Wednesday morning, March 11, the same day the national World Health Organization dubbed it a pandemic and a day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed the first case in Nassau County. That brings […]

CEO brings new vision of future growth to Baptist Health

CEO brings new vision of future growth to Baptist Health

Brett McClung knew he had big shoes to fill when he took over from Hugh Greene as president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health eight months ago. Yet, the Texas native, who had never set foot on the First Coast before being considered for Baptist’s top job, appears to fit right in as an […]

Cumber introduces city bill to beef up sex trafficking regulations

Cumber introduces city bill to beef up sex trafficking regulations

On the heels of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, District 5 Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber, who has been working on a bill to help prevent human and sex trafficking in Duval County, joined City Council President Scott Wilson and City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri in hosting a lunch-and-learn session for their fellow council members on Feb. […]

City Council approves Park Place San Marco

City Council approves Park Place San Marco

Right Size San Marco threatens to appeal decision Residential construction may soon be coming to San Marco Square. Despite objections from the San Marco Preservation Society and the neighborhood group, Right Size San Marco, South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church has persevered to see the Jacksonville City Council approve its bid to rezone its nearly three-acre property […]

JEA, funding for Murray Hill light project, discussed during town hall

JEA, funding for Murray Hill light project, discussed during town hall

The now-canceled push to sell and privatize the Jacksonville Electric Authority, mooring overnight in the Ortega River, a public art project made of light that recently netted funding, and reports of crime in the neighborhood were a sampling of the issues discussed by District 14 Councilwoman Randy DeFoor, and during a well-attended town hall at […]