Pride Month lights on Acosta Bridge; State Sen. Travis Hutson; 100 Black Men of Jacksonville President Ronnie King
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” Equality Florida’s Jimmy Midyette discusses the impact of changing the lights on the Acosta Bridge from rainbow for Pride Month to blue and then back to rainbow again. State Sen. Travis Hutson weighs in on the governor signing the largest state budget in Florida’s history. Some of the vetoes included killing requests to fund the Hotel Ponce de Leon Preservation and Restoration ($250,000) and a program called St. John’s Schools Classroom to Careers/Flagships. And 100 Black Men of Jacksonville President Ronnie King reacts to a bill that would have given $1 million to a project called Coding in Color being vetoed.
‘I am not involved in bridge lighting,’ DeSantis says when asked about pride lights
The Florida Department of Transportation disclosed this week that it received five phone complaints about a rainbow light display on the Acosta Bridge, and directed the lights be returned to the traditional blue color.
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
Acosta Bridge’s rainbow lights return; I-TEAM uncovers why they were shut off
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority again lit the Acosta Bridge in rainbow colors Wednesday night after being told Tuesday by the Florida Department of Transportation that its color scheme was “out of compliance” with its existing permit.
JTA: FDOT says Acosta Bridge’s rainbow scheme ‘out of compliance’ with permit
After planning to keep the Acosta Bridge lit up in rainbow colors for Pride Month, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority on Tuesday said it was told by the Florida Department of Transportation that its color scheme was “out of compliance” with its existing permit.
Your guide to the 2021 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
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Witness nearly part of tragic Main Street Bridge crash that killed 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who was directly behind one of the vehicles that was involved in a deadly crash on the Main Street Bridge shared his account with News4Jax on Tuesday. The two people who died in that crash have been identified as Jackeline Penalver, 34, and Robert Lease, 77. Totty says he could have been the one killed in that crash. Totty says he was traveling south along the bridge and was just about to pass an SUV that was in front of him. But now he finds himself a witness to a horrific crash that killed two people.
Block parties and conversation: Jacksonville celebrates Juneteenth
In celebration of the holiday, the Acosta Bridge was lit up, just one way that Juneteenth was celebrated in the River City. People around the area participated in block parties and community conversation to discuss and learn about what June 19th means. This years Juneteenth celebration has taken on a new light given the recent civil unrest and many companies have closed their offices to observe the holiday. Today Tea Posh Naturals kicked off their three-day celebration of Juneteenth with a block party to bring the community together while supporting black-owned businesses. The celebration of Juneteenth will continue Saturday across Jacksonville.
Acosta Bridge goes red, white and blue for Memorial weekend to honor fallen heroes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. To show respect over Memorial Day weekend and to honor those who fought for the United States and did not make it home, the Jacksonville Transit Authority is lighting up the Acosta Bridge. The recently installed LED lighting system turned the bridge red, white and blue Friday night and it will continue to shine through Monday evening. The lights will be on from dusk until dawn.
$2.6 million Acosta Bridge LED lighting project to be online by summer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – New LED lights will illuminate the Acosta Bridge by this summer, according to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). You may remember the blue neon system that used to light up the Acosta Bridge. The new color-changing LED system cost $2.6 million and will be installed by Miller Electric, John Finotti spokesman for JTA said last year. Crews test new LED lighting system on the Acosta Bridge. After testing a 48-foot strip of the lights on Tuesday night, JTA said it expects the new LED lighting project to be online by July 4.
Detour planned for I-95 North at Fuller Warren Bridge this weekend
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As part of the Interstate 10/Interstate 95 Operational Improvements project, I-95 northbound at the Fuller Warren Bridge will be detoured from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Saturday as crews place beams on the I-95 northbound to I-10 westbound ramp, the Florida Department of Transportation said. Drivers traveling north on I-95 will be detoured to the downtown exit ramps and onto the Acosta Bridge. From the Acosta Bridge, traffic will take a right onto Broad Street and then a left onto Adams Street, where traffic can travel north on I-95 or west on I-10. As part of the detour for I-10 westbound traffic and the alternate detour for I-95 northbound traffic, drivers will be directed to the downtown exit ramps and onto the Acosta Bridge. From the Acosta Bridge traffic, drivers will take a left on Riverside Avenue and then a left onto Forest Street, where traffic can take I-10 westbound or I-95 northbound.
Fireworks viewing tips for downtown, the beaches
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - We're just a few hours away from the Fourth of July fireworks show. It starts at 9 p.m. on channel 4 with the fireworks set to go off at 9:45 p.m. If you're heading downtown to see the fireworks over the river, there are some things you need to knowIts going to get crowded so it's best to leave early and stake out a spot. Youre going to want to keep those closures in mind as youre heading back home after the fireworks show as well. So if you're heading to the beach for the fireworks show you'll need to be patient too as the streets and beach are already jammed with people.