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Fishing report: Tarpon still in town, redfish bite on fire in the creeks.

The mullet run continues, and as you would imagine, fishing has been spectacular for just about everything that eats a mullet in the St. Johns River estuary.I swear I’m not recycling these reports. I’m just hearing more of the same from local guides about top-notch fishing for tarpon in the inlets, bull reds in the main river channel and slot reds in the Intracoastal Waterway.There have been a few new developments.The trout bite got […]

Finally, some relief: JEA spared credit downgrade by third Wall Street firm

The last of the three major Wall Street ratings agencies spared JEA and City Hall a credit downgrade despite the Jacksonville utility’s legal efforts to back away from a contract that binds it to billions of dollars in payments to help build two nuclear reactors in Georgia.Fitch Ratings’ findings, issued in a report Wednesday, differ from its two peers. Analysts there do not believe JEA’s lawsuit asking a judge to void its purchase-power agreement with the Municipal Electric Authority […]

Suspended Councilman Reggie Brown asks to sever fraud charges from case against suspended Councilwoman Katrina Brown

Suspended Jacksonville Councilman Reggie Brown wants to be separate from fellow council member Katrina Brown before the two stand trial next year on federal fraud charges.Reggie Brown’s attorney asked a federal judge Wednesday to sever the cases against the two politicians, who aren’t related.They were indicted together in May and are scheduled to be tried in February on charges they raked in cash from about $264,000 in phony invoices paid for through a federally […]

Jacksonville Landing awaits city decision on Florida-Georgia events

The Jacksonville Landing has been a gathering spot for decades when party-ready fans roll into town for the Florida-Georgia game, but this year, the Landing and the city are locked in a bitter legal fight and the city has not yet issued a special events permit for concerts during that football game weekend.The Landing, built in 1987 as a festival marketplace staging year-round events, is challenging the city’s demand that the Landing apply for special events permits. The dispute is […]

Cummer hires new leader from Toledo Museum of Art

After an 18-month national search, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced Wednesday that Adam Levine is the institution’s first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs director and chief executive officer.Levine, who is currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art, will begin his new role in January 2019 thanks to a $4 million gift from the Disosway Foundation of New York. The foundation was established by Dudley Johnson, a current Cummer […]

Second case of mysterious polio-like disease suspected in Jacksonville

A second case of the rare disease known as Acute Flaccid Myeltis (AFM), which is an illness similar to polio, is being tested for in a child by Wolfson Children’s Hospital.First Coast News first learned about the disease after a local mom spoke out about how AFM bound her son to a motorized scooter and ventilator 24/7.The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that there were 62 cases were reported across 22 states in the U.S. So far, the disease has claimed one […]

Jacksonville boy was first child to get high-tech brain aneurysm surgery

Jaydon Hogan couldn’t sit still in the Wolfson Children’s Hospital lobby as he reunited with the doctors who saved his life.Checking out the activity center nearby, the 6-year-old stopped as Baptist Health endovascular neurosurgeon Ricardo Hanel ruffled his short-cropped hair near where ground-breaking surgery repaired a leaking aneurysm.”How are you feeling?” Hanel asked.”I’m feeling good,” Jaydon responded. “But I’d love to go to Chick-fil-A.”The hospital said […]

Florida Supreme Court: Amendments 7, 9, 11 will be on ballots

An effort to strike Amendments 7, 9 and 11 failed Wednesday when the Florida Supreme Court unanimously OK’d the three initiatives for November’s ballot.A former Supreme Court justice had sued the state arguing that the three amendments violated voters’ First Amendment rights by bundling unrelated topics in a single amendment proposal. Although a Leon County judge had agreed with him, the Supreme Court vociferously smacked down that argument.“Neither […]

Shad Khan backs out of deal to buy Wembley Stadium

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Wednesday he withdrew his bid to buy Wembley Stadium in London, an unexpected termination of an $800 million deal that Khan attributed to a lack of overwhelming support from the England Football Association.Khan’s pursuit of the 90,000-seat Wembley received push back in London from the beginning, but it had appeared the deal was on track — at least until a recent meeting of the Football Association Council.”It appears there is no […]

1956-2018: Justice Coalition leader Michael Liles passes away

The man who took over the helm of Jacksonville’s Justice Coalition in the wake of his wife’s murder has died himself at 62.Michael Liles, who assumed the job as CEO of the victims advocates coalition last year, was found dead Tuesday of apparent natural causes in the same Panama Park home where he found his wife the victim of a home invasion months earlier, according to postings on his Facebook page.News of his death saw many friends as well as crime victims praising and […]