The Best of Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. 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 2012 of 836,507, it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the Southeast, and the twelfth 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 (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (550 km) 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. 

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Maine bans single-use plastic grocery bags by Earth Day 2020

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:26:26 -0400

Maine's governor has signed a law banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores statewide by April 2020

The Latest: No video of officer shooting in Buttigieg's city

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:26:14 -0400

Authorities say no police video exists of the confrontation during which an officer fatally shot a black man in the Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor

The Latest: Man who fired at Texas courthouse just graduated

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:23:57 -0400

A 22-year-old who was killed after opening fire outside a federal courthouse in Dallas had just graduated from community college in Corpus Christi

The Cawton Report: $38 million in financing secured for Barnett

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:07:00 GMT

Article from Jax Daily record here

Bold Events announces concert series at Daily's Place to kick off every home Jaguars game

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:37:00 GMT

Read the Jacksonville Business Journal article here

The Cawton Report: ‘State of Downtown’ shows billions in projects

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Read the Daily Record article here.

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