Florida First District Court of Appeals judicial retention
Rulings from six North Florida judicial circuits, including the Fourth Circuit (Clay, Duval and Nassau counties) and the Eight Circuit (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist Levy and Union counties), are appealed to the First District Court of Appeals.
Passenger live streams removal from cruise ship after she claims COVID mix up
In a 20-minute video rant, a passenger describes how she and her friend were kicked off a Royal Caribbean International cruise last week after she tested positive for COVID-19 on the second day — and she blames the cruise line for a mix up.news.yahoo.com
Tuesday will be final prep day before Elsa impacts the area
Monday evening downpours continue to push off the coast. Nassau and Camden counties seeing the bulk of the tropical downpours the past few hours. Plus, light to moderate rains extend all throughout Southeast Georgia. These too will roll of the coast before midnight.
Final hot day ends with showers, storms this evening
It is hot even with the breezy SW flow gusting over 25 mph at times. The high hit 92 and we will dip below 90 by 7 pm. It is pretty dry now but some showers or isolated storms may spark toward the evening across Duval and Nassau counties and up into southern Georgia through 8 pm.
Tornado watch for NE Florida, SE Georgia expires
The tornado watch has been canceled in the Georgia counties of Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn. The tornado watch continues until 6 p.m. in the Florida counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Gilchrist, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union. The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado warning for Clay and Duval counties. The watch continues for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties in Georgia. Tornado Warning including La Crosse FL, Brooker FL, Worthington Springs FL until 3:30 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/qcJrcaIkP1 — NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville) March 18, 2021This comes as a Tornado Watch continues across Southeast Georgia and Northeast Georgia until 6 p.m.
Florida adds 5,922 COVID-19 cases, 144 more deaths Friday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 5,922 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and reported an additional 144 deaths attributed to the virus. The state has now verified 1,898,223 cases since the outbreak began and 31,162 deaths, according to health department data. For the first time in weeks, there were no deaths in Duval County in Friday’s report. FDOH did list three additional deaths in Nassau and Putnam counties and two more in St. Johns County. As of Friday afternoon, there were 3,864 people hospitalized in Flordia with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.
After delays, Publix stores in Duval, Columbia and Nassau back
Appointments filled quickly Wednesday morning when Publix reopened its online reservation system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for select stores, including in Columbia, Duval and Nassau counties. Reservations had been on hold because shipments of the vaccine were delayed last week due to winter storms across the country. The grocery chain is resuming its schedule of offering new appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Customers with appointments for their second dose were not impacted by the shipping disruptions caused by last week’s inclement weather. Appointments may not be available in every county during every scheduling opportunity.
2nd candidate emerges to fill Cord Byrd’s Florida House seat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, planning to run for the Senate in 2022, a second candidate has emerged to seek his Northeast Florida House seat that currently covers parts of Duval and Nassau counties. Hilliard Republican Bo Wade Hodges opened a campaign account this week to run in what is now House District 11, according to the state Division of Elections website. The filing came a week after Jacksonville Beach Republican Heath Brockwell opened an account for the race. The district boundaries -- and potentially the number -- will change before the 2022 elections because of the once-a-decade reapportionment process.
225 additional deaths from COVID-19 reported in Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida continues to see rates of new coronavirus infections below the peak seen early in the new year, but the number of deaths added to the Department of Health’s count on Tuesday continues to be among the state’s largest daily increases. Of 225 additional deaths reported by the state Tuesday, three were in Duval County, two were in Alachua County and there was one death each in Nassau and Putnam counties. There have now been 29,659 deaths of residents or visitors to Florida attributed to COVID-19 since last March. The 6,297 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the case on Tuesday bring the state’s total to 1,837,285. Of the new cases, 279 were in Duval County.
Round 2 of today’s rain won’t pack the same punch, milder mid week ahead
Wednesday’s rain chances represent a situation that could be confusing, it’s a numerically low chance- 30%, but only because the showers tomorrow will be confined to a certain area, not because we won’t see showers. Not all of our counties have a chance for showers, but the counties in Southeastern Georgia can expect passing showers throughout the day. Expect cloudy skies and mild temperatures climbing into the low 70s. Thursday will be the best day this week, expect partly sunny skies and mild temperatures topping out around 77 degrees. There is only an isolated chance for a stray shower.
Storms drop heaps of hail and rainfall in Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Strong to severe thunderstorms are producing penny-sized hail covering lawns in Baker, Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties right now. Areas are seeing blinding downpours, resulting in reduced visibility and temporary flooding. — NAS Jacksonville (@NASJax_) February 9, 2021Behind the line of strong storms is more moderate to light rain, which will add insult to injury for areas already seeing flooding. We could see another .5-1 inch of rainfall within the back end of this round of showers. We’ll see a small break in the rain before the next round of showers and storms pushes through our area, where we may see similar rainfall rates in the strongest storms, but hail will be less of a possibility.
Severe thunderstorm warning for Nassau and Duval County
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Nassau and Duval Counties until 12:15 a.m. The passing storm is capable of producing winds up to 60 mph with heavy rainfall and lightning. Up in Georgia strong storms continue to track east across portions of coastal SE GA producing heavy rainfall and gusty winds up to 50 mph. A few strong storms with gusty winds are likely. Both days expect sunny skies and afternoon temperatures only in the mid to low 50s.
Downpours move through, temperatures turning chilly
Thursday will be sunny, chilly and windy with temperatures topping out only in the mid 50s. Expect a chilly breeze out of the north around 15 mph. On Friday, temperatures will only make it into the upper 50s under sunny skies. Sunday looks nicer, waking up in the low 50s and warming up into the mid 70s. We expect another round of showers and thunderstorms Monday, plunging us back into the chilly zone on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mild and cloudy evening, rain headed our way Wednesday afternoon to turn us chilly
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today was warm, topping out in the lovely upper 70s. Wednesday starts out with fog clearing as we warm up into the upper 70s. A more thin, less intense round of showers will push through later, during the evening hours. Expect clearing skies and dropping temperatures behind the rain, as the cold front pushes through our area. Sunday we will see a few clouds with increasing winds, but temperatures will make in into the mild mid 70s.
Jury trials, in-person proceedings suspended in 3 Jacksonville-area counties until late February
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Because of a surge in reported COVID-19 cases during the holidays, the presiding judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit has suspended jury trials and in-person court proceedings until Feb. 22. Any jury trial scheduled for Feb. 22 or after may remain scheduled pending further notice, according to an email. During the suspension, there will be no in-person proceedings in any courthouse facility. For Lisa Rucker’s family, losing her sister and the back-and-forth with lawyers and courts for years has been mentally taxing. Despite precautions like plexiglass courtrooms and zoom hearings, Charlie Cofer, Duval County public defender, said there’s no controlling the spread outside of their reach.
Cloudy and not as chilly tonight, warm end to the year
We wake up in the upper 50s and warm up into the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies. We wake up in the mid to low 60s and warm up into the upper 70s, near 80° for the afternoon. Expect partly sunny skies and breezy southerly winds around 15 mph. Friday night our chances for showers starts to build, expect 50% chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight under mostly cloudy skies as temperatures dip into the low 60s. Sunday will be sunny and chilly, starting out around 50° and only warming into the low 60s.
Florida reports 4th highest single-day COVID-19 increase
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Multiple counties in Northeast Florida on Thursday reported single-day records for the number of new coronavirus cases as the statewide surge of continued ahead of Christmas Day. With 13,147 additional cases of the coronavirus reported Thursday, it was the fourth highest single-day increase in Florida. The Florida Department of Health also announced another 122 people in the state have died with COVID-19. Nine of the 11 Florida counties tracked by News4Jax had positivity rates in double digits. Florida and Duval County daily COVID-19 cases since June 1Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration dashboard shows 5,619 people hospitalized in the state Thursday afternoon.
Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign ends Christmas Eve, and you can still help
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign is ending Thursday. And at this time, even in the midst of a pandemic, the Salvation Army says it’s already up 25% to 30% more in donations than last year. We blasted that number over what our expectations were and today is the final push,” said Maj. Keath Biggers, area commander for Salvation Army of Northeast Florida. This is a 129-year tradition, the Red Kettle program. Diamond Ring Taped to Dollar Bill Dropped in Salvation Army Red Kettle in JacksonvilleThe local Salvation Army campaign made news earlier this month with the donation of a diamond ring that was taped to a dollar bill and dropped into a red kettle.
State signs off on Duval, Clay school districts’ plans for spring reopening
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education has signed off on the Duval County and Clay County school districts’ plans for spring reopening. Under the state’s COVID-19 emergency order, school districts have to continue offering in-person classes five days a week. The reopening plans allow the districts in Duval and Clay counties to continue receiving state COVID-19 relief funds. School districts in Nassau, St. Johns and Bradford counties have not had their plans approved yet. Click here for the list of approved plans.
Shaking off the cold as temperatures will be bouncing back for a Thursday
There will still be freezing temperatures in the normally cold locations just west of Jacksonville to inland Southeastern Georgia. Thursday starts off chilly with inland frost, but warms up into the upper 60s, hitting 70° for an afternoon high. Expect increasing clouds in the afternoon skies and light winds. Saturday we may wake up damp, but the cold front behind the showers pushes through, clearing our skies and cooling us down. We will hit the mid 60s under partly sunny skies.
Chilly night with inland frost, warming slightly by Friday
Thursday starts off chilly with inland frost, but warms up into the upper 60s, hitting 70° for an afternoon high. Expect mostly sunny skies and light winds. We will hit the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. Sunday is a tad cooler, waking up in the mid 40s and warming up into the low 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Monday and Tuesday look sunny and cool, only topping out in the low 60s.
West Nassau hoops star Deebo Coleman picks Georgia Tech
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Dallan “Deebo” Coleman is bound for Georgia Tech. The West Nassau senior basketball guard announced his college commitment on Wednesday afternoon in the school’s gym. He enters the 2020-21 season with 1,797 career points and is poised to reach the 2,000-point mark, a benchmark that has served as a elite for area players. Among area players who have been among upper echelon basketball prospects in the 2010s, few have been top 70 players. Patric Young (Providence, ESPN No.
News4Jax hosting only televised debate between Rutherford & Deegan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4Jax, in partnership with Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute, will host the only televised debate between U.S. Rep. John Rutherford and challenger Donna Deegan in the 4th Congressional District race, which covers Nassau and parts of Duval and St. Johns counties. We’ve compiled biographies and questionnaire responses for both Rutherford and Deegan as part of our Voter’s Guide — check it out. We’ll carry the debate live on Channel 4 and it will be streamed live on News4Jax.com. News4Jax Political Anchor Kent Justice is the moderator for this debate. The candidates may have the chance to ask each other questions during this hour-long debate.
Early Thursday morning Duval downpours, yes even before the sunrises
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just after midnight and showers and a few downpours are rolling across Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. Later into the evening these rains will be mainly well west of Jacksonville, along I-75. On Wednesday, Gainesville airport had more than an inch of rain with a couple of heavy downpours. Starting out in the 70s and warming into the mid to upper 80s with widespread chances for passing rounds of showers. The best chance to see rain will be between 2-7 p.m.Friday, Saturday, and Sunday also look similar with rounds of showers and not as hot temperature topping out around 89°.
Sea turtle hatchlings found dead along Northeast Florida coast after eating plastic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Several dozen sea turtle hatchlings found along northeast Florida beaches are eating plastic pollution and turning up dead. Hard plastic fragments recovered from the 2016 post-hatchlings were significantly larger than those recovered from the 2017 post-hatchlings despite more plastic pieces being ingested in 2017. In comparison to another survey in south Florida, the north Florida average plastic-to-body mass ratio is 162% higher than those from South Florida. While weathering breaks the physical shapes of plastics down, the tiny particles remain in the ocean for centuries as more plastic pollution spills into the seas at unprecedented scales. Upcoming research will see how the long-term health and survival impacts of plastic pollution along with its associated chemical additives impact the reptile population.
Once found throughout Florida, this bird now calls Duval & Nassau counties home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A tiny bird that once ranged across much of Florida is now only found around the St. Johns River in Duval and in Nassau counties due to increasing human development. The marsh wren’s range in Florida has contracted by 80 percent from its historical extent. The marsh wren’s range contraction, small population size and restricted distribution led to the species being listed as threatened in the state. Researchers looked for Marsh Wren nests at five sites on the Nassau River and Clapboard Creek in Duval and Nassau counties in 2016 and 2017 and found troubling issues. Survey points sampled for Worthington’s Marsh Wrens and MacGillivray’s Seaside Sparrows during 2014 and 2015 breeding seasons.
Counties pull together to secure 10K hotel rooms in 2 days for Republican Convention
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Thousands of hotel rooms throughout Northeast Florida needed to be secured before the Republican National Convention heads to Jacksonville for President Trumps renomination speech. Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau and St. Johns counties pulled together to get the needed 10,000 rooms in just two days. If you had told me when the request first came in that we were going to be able to secure 10,000 hotel rooms, a written commitment for 10,000 hotel rooms in 48 hours, I wouldve said no way, Corrigan said. But thats exactly what the region did.RELATED: Jacksonville will host President Trumps GOP renomination conventionCorrigan said the task wasnt easy. With an inventory of 18,000 hotels rooms in Jacksonville, getting 10,000 rooms nights was quite difficult, Corrigan said.
Scattered weekend rain chances
Were off to a mild start in the upper 60s low 70s with some scattered showers moving on shore and staying east of the I-95 corridor. Our chance for scattered storms will increase later this morning into the afternoon. Ahead of the rain the National Weather Service has issued at Flash Flood Watch starting at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. tonight. Sunday will bring another below average day in the 80s with a 50% chance for scattered showers. Rain sticks around Monday before we start to dry out on Tuesday through the rest of the week.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Overturned semi slows I-95 southbound at Nassau-Duval line
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. An overturned tractor-trailer Monday morning is blocking two of three southbound lanes of Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 368.2 -- near the Duval-Nassau county line, according to the Flordia Department of Transportation. Nassau County Fire-Rescue responded to one person injured. Expect slow traffic in the area until the accident is cleared.
Nassau sheriff: Man shot, killed by officer during drug bust outside Casey Liquors
Nassau sheriff: Man shot, killed by officer during drug bust outside Casey LiquorsPublished: May 29, 2020, 6:13 pmThe sheriff noted that the man who was shot and killed was a three time convicted felon, but he didn’t give details about the felonies.
Airbnb: Northeast Florida rentals now welcome, parties are not
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. With the state's approval of vacation rentals to safely reopen in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, Airbnb issued a warning Thursday that parties and large gatherings won't be permitted. The company said it usually leaves decisions for house rules up to its hosts when it comes to events and parties, but right now, public health must come first. Airbnb initially announced the no-party policy in early April when it disabled the event-friendly search filter typically used to find venues for responsible parties and gatherings. Northeast Floridas vacation rentals are opening just as many high school and college students will be graduating and just in time for Memorial Day weekend all events worth celebrating, Airbnb said. Airbnb said it will ban guests who try to throw an unauthorized party and will cooperate with law enforcement for investigations if guests violate the no-party policy.
Fire Watch program combats veteran suicide epidemic
CNN, POOLJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Five counties in Northeast Florida are teaming up to end the growing crisis of veteran suicides across the nation. The city of Jacksonville has joined Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties to save lives through a program called "The Fire Watch." The program is designed to help veterans like Christopher Dempsey, who has battled suicidal thoughts. More than 20 veterans die by suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. With the right relationships, proper tools and resources, Dempsey turned his life around.
5 counties team up to battle veteran suicide through The Fire Watch
CNN, POOLJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Five counties in Northeast Florida are teaming up to end the growing crisis of veteran suicides across the nation. The city of Jacksonville has joined Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. John's counties to save lives through a program called "The Fire Watch." More than 20 veterans die by suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. "The truth of the matter is veteran suicide is actually getting worse every day, not better... we decided to step up, get off the sidelines and get into the battle." Jacksonville will serve as the legal home of "The Fire Watch" and coordinate with the surrounding counties via inter-local agreements.
Got a suspended license? Operation Green Light can help
Operation Green Light will continue throughout the week through Oct. 18 during regular 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Duval County Courthouse, the Duval County Tax Collectors office as well as any tax collectors branch location during those hours. The Duval County Clerks of Courts says this is a great way for people to get their lives back on track. The last Operation Green Light was four years ago and it was a one-day event raising more than $500,000. According to the Duval County Clerk of Courts, the money raised through the first Operation Green Light helped more than 30 entities throughout the county. Here's how Operation Green Light works in Nassau County:The Nassau County Clerk of Court offices will work to help restore driver licenses of people who have suspended drivers licenses due to overdue traffic fines.
Flash drought preceding Jacksonville's driest month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Yes, we had very heavy rain this week, but flash drought is still a growing risk across Florida and the Southeast. Duval County is among others in the Southeast facing rapidly developing "flash droughts" popping up in areas from Virginia south into northern Florida. A flash drought often begins as a small rain deficit in one county and then expands like fire across the landscape. The term "flash drought" first appeared in a 2001 research paper by Svoboda and was not widely used until after 2012. As Jacksonville heads into the driest month of the year in November, the potential for a flash drought will grow without persistent rain in the forecast.