Articles from Jacksonville - local

A Jacksonville preserve was preserved again

In the summer of 2018, residents and conservationists across the state rallied to preserve a Jacksonville preserve.Bartram Park developer Tom Dodson hoped to build 1,400 more homes in the booming area near the St. Johns County border — this time on the uplands of the Julington-Durbin Preserve.In 1999 he made a $16.9 million deal to sell this 2,000-acre peninsula between two winding creeks to the state. Nearly 20 years later, he proposed swapping 403 acres on Black […]

For many young homicide offenders, trouble easy to find

In the absence of anything better to do, trouble is always available. For the dozens of Duval County kids who have taken part in a crime that ended a life, many said they weren’t looking to hurt someone; they were looking for something to do, and to maybe make a little money, too.They were bored, skipped school and ran with their like-minded friends. Sometimes, the thing […]

St. Johns developer donates nearly 3 acres to North Florida Land Trust

St. Johns County developer Jay McGarvey is donating nearly three acres of land at Ponte Vedra Beach deemed key natural habitat, according to the North Florida Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization.The parcel is part of the Guana River State Park wetlands, which provides critical flood protection for the area and habitat for native species. It joins other acreage McGarvey has previously donated to the trust.The site being donated is north of McGarvey’s luxury home […]

Mark Woods: Land around stadium an "opportunity zone." But for whom?

Mark my words …A headline this week made me think about walking through the Westside recently, stopping at small businesses such as Premier Meat.The grocery store is located on the north side of Beaver Street, a few miles west of downtown, on the edge of the Robinson’s Addition neighborhood.Robinson’s Addition, created during the boom period following the Great Fire of 1901, began as an industrial area with streetcar suburbs. Today it […]

Cops host 70th annual holiday party for Jacksonville's exceptional-education students

Dylon Alexander leaned forward, cupped his hand to his mouth and whispered who he was most anxious to see at the Fraternal Order of Police’s 70th annual Christmas Party for exceptional-education students.”Santa Claus,” the 5-year-old said, then looked toward the big door at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Tuesday morning, where he had seen the big man in red at the annual party arrive the year before.The Westview K-8 student wasn’t alone.Love Grove student Chance Floyd […]

Seeking grocers for Northwest Jacksonville food desert a numbers game

Attracting grocery store developers to Northwest Jacksonville — a so-called food desert where many residents have limited access to affordable healthy food — will be a delicate mix of demographics, population density, traffic counts and financial incentives, among other things, according to a city consultant.Also key will be the projected sales volume, said Tony Brown, whose T. Brown Consulting Group is studying the prospects for City Hall. Grocers in low-income […]

St. Johns developer donates nearly 13 acres to North Florida Land Trust

St. Johns County developer Jay McGarvey is donating nearly 13 acres of land at Ponte Vedra Beach deemed key natural habitat to the North Florida Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization.The parcel is part of the Guana River State Park wetlands, which provides critical flood protection for the area and habitat for native species. It joins other acreage McGarvey has previously donated to the trust.The site being donated is north of McGarvey’s luxury home development, […]

Mystery of Florida panther death solved

State wildlife biologists determined an endangered Florida panther was killed by one of its own kind nine months after he was released back into the wild following rehabilitation at a Nassau County conservation center for previously near-fatal injuries.The 3-year-old male — designated FP 250 — died from injuries suffered in a fight with another panther.  Such battles are the second most common cause of mortality in panthers after vehicle strikes, said Michelle Kerr, […]

In children, trauma too often leads to tragedy

The children who end up buried the deepest in the criminal justice system — those serving decades-long sentences for killing another person — were often victims of extensive trauma before they played a part in victimizing others.The Times-Union surveyed 25 inmates convicted as juveniles in someone’s death. Of those, 10 said they’d witnessed domestic violence, 15 had been robbed by threat, force or weapon and 21 […]

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