“We Want Them to Feel Loved.” Community Rallies Behind “Forgotten” Neighborhood After Irma.

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One hundred hot suppers delivered every night.  Grocery bags stocked with cleaning supplies, personal items or canned goods.  Cases and cases of bottled water.  One Springfield church sprang into action after Hurricane Irma to fill the stomachs and refrigerators of … Continued

Romance on the River. Six Sites on the St. Johns to Serenade Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

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Skip the crowds and surprise your Valentine with a sunset this Tuesday at an off-the-beaten-path spot along the St. Johns River.  The state’s longest river has many faces  – quiet fishing nooks, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, and busy international port … Continued

Confusing Evacuation Orders Could Cost Lives

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The National Hurricane Center reported a “monster” hurricane in late September that was headed toward north Florida.  It plowed over Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas with 160 mph winds, leaving 1,000 dead. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of … Continued

Hermine Update: Help Still Needed

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How do you start over when you’re 70-years-old, your spouse has cancer and a hurricane just sent five feet of saltwater through your home? “I’ve lost everything I own,” one parishioner told Leon Holden, pastor of First Baptist Church of … Continued

Sunken Boat Raises Legal Issues

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Jacksonville, FL —    Two winters ago, a battered-looking boat showed up in the Ortega River just east of the Highway 17 Bridge.  Its wooden hull appeared worn through in places.  Rotted wood on the cabin had been patched with plywood … Continued

Scientists: Seismic Testing Could Be the End of Right Whales

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Jacksonville, FL — Has marine life been washing up dead onshore on the Gulf Coast? That’s the question then-councilman Robin Lumb asked an oil industry consultant at the Jacksonville City Council meeting last June when a resolution to ban seismic … Continued

Editorial: Spring Has Sprung, Y’all

Spring in Florida is one of my favorite times of year.  Azaleas begin to pop in town and country alike, followed by violets, dogwood, jessamine, and a long list of others. The gray-brown and faded green of a Florida winter … Continued

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