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Jax Beach events should not take priority over hurricane damage, residents say

News 4 Jax

Date: 1/6/2017 5:32:00 PM

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - After a special meeting of the Jacksonville Beach City Council was called to discuss changes to the special events policy, residents and businesses owners became frustrated that more pressing issues -- including the damage from

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Environmentalists plan protest over Sleepy Creek water request

Ocala StarBanner

Date: 1/6/2017 1:58:00 PM

PALATKA - Members of at least six environmental organizations have said they plan to demonstrate Tuesday at St. Johns River Water Management District headquarters in Palatka in the hope they can persuade the district’s governing board to deny permission

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City opens competition for development of 70-acre riverfront tract

The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville

Date: 1/6/2017 10:32:00 AM

“Preservation of public open space and public access to the St. Johns River and Hogan’s Creek are essential to the successful redevelopment of the site.” Other factors will be how the developer’s vision for the 70-acre tract ties in with the Sports

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Northeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4cast


Date: 1/6/2017 7:36:00 AM

Sheepshead remain consistent and catches of the fiddler crab thieves have been happening well up the St. Johns river past Downtown Jacksonville. Redfish have been challenging but if you’re willing to cover a lot of water there are schools to be found

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EDITORIAL: Let’s make whiskey less risky for distillers

St. Augustine Record

Date: 1/5/2017 9:44:00 PM

It also highlights local crops in its processes when possible, cross-pollinating success to our growing farm-to-market entrepreneurs from Hastings west to the St. Johns River. Stevenson may say it best when she describes the bill simply as “getting out

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Jacksonville is the largest city in the State of Florida by population and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with an estimated population in 2013 of 842,583, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast, and the 13th most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Jacksonville metropolitan area, with a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.

Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.

Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf. In 2012, Jacksonville was listed as a "sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory, ranking alongside cities such as Abuja and Tulsa. People from Jacksonville may be called "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxsons" (also spelled "Jaxons").
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