City of Jacksonville


New Dog Park Open in City Council District 3

September 04, 2020
The much-awaited dog park in City Council District 3 opened Friday, Sept. 4, in time for families and dogs to enjoy during the Labor Day weekend. The dog park, located at Abess Park (12743 Abess Blvd., near the corner of Girvin Rd. and Abess Blvd.), will be accessible daily from dawn to dusk, and features separate fenced areas for large dogs and small dogs. The large dog section includes a loop trail through the woodland area and an open grassy field for free play. Small dogs are able to play in a shaded grassy field. Benches, drinking fountains and other amenities will be added for everyone’s enjoyment.

Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today.

September 02, 2020
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning. While things look different this year, it is still as important as ever to prepare. 

The theme of National Preparedness Month is "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." 

Celebration Scheduled for Grand Opening of Dog Park

August 31, 2020

You're invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held in celebration of the opening of the dog park at Abess Park in City Council District 3. During the event, social distancing measures will be in place and masks will be required when an appropriate distance is unable to be maintained.


City of Jacksonville, Duval Schools Expand COVID-19 Testing for Students

August 31, 2020
Opportunity for Free, Rapid Testing Will Include Charter & Private Schools

JFRD Offering Free Online Overdose Awareness Training on August 31, 2020

August 28, 2020


In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, which is observed on Aug. 31 ever year, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) and Drug Free Duval are offering free online training on recognizing the signs of an overdose and how to administer NARCAN® Nasal Spray, an FDA approved treatment for an opioid overdose. Participants are eligible to receive free NARCAN®. Two training sessions will be offered on Monday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required and can be completed by clicking these links: 10 a.m. session or 2 p.m. session.

Volunteers Needed for the 2020 Florida Coastal Cleanup

August 28, 2020

The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful invites residents to participate in the 2020 Florida Coastal Cleanup event. This event, which will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

Virtual Arts Awards Brings New Opportunities

August 28, 2020
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 44th Annual Arts Awards will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. The event, hosted by Tenikka Hughes and Al Emerick, promises to be a virtual extravaganza, combining award presentations, appearances from distinguished members of the community, moving and impactful performances, and more.

City Makes History with Sale of Bonds Totaling Nearly $250M, Increases Opportunities for Capital Enhancements

August 21, 2020
The City of Jacksonville recently sold $245 million worth of municipal bonds at an average interest rate of 2.22%, a new record for the City. Within this bond issue, the City was also able to save taxpayers more than $25 million by refinancing higher rate bonds at substantially lower rates.

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons increase safety for pedestrians

August 19, 2020
Have you seen all of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons or RRFB's around Jacksonville? Our Transportation Planning Division have installed 64 so far with many more on the way, giving pedestrians a safe way to cross busy streets. Check out this short video that shows pedestrians how to properly use RRFB's and motorists what to look out for when they see one.

DIA Launches New Storefront Façade Grant Program to Activate Streetscapes and Revitalize Historic Properties in Downtown Jacksonville

August 19, 2020
The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is allocating $950,000 to support renovations of street-facing facades on old downtown buildings. The new DIA Storefront Façade Grant program will provide grant funding for the improvement of storefronts, and, if applicable, second story façades in the Downtown Jacksonville Historic District — located in the Northbank CRA — to activate the streetscape and the overall revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville. This program is focused on physical improvements to the exterior of buildings, unlike the DIA's Retail Enhancement Grant program, which is focused on the operating business and interior and exterior improvements required for such business operations.

City of Jacksonville Announces Details for Second Round of Assistance for Senior and Disabled Residents

August 17, 2020

The City of Jacksonville will launch phase two of the Senior and Disabled Financial Assistance Program on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 8 a.m. to provide support to senior citizens (72 years or older) and anyone receiving Social Security Disability benefits. With this grant program, the City will make one-time payments of $300 to 3,000 qualifying seniors and disabled citizens.

City Council Members Introduce Pond Safety Awareness Campaign

August 14, 2020

Jacksonville City Council members LeAnna Cumber, District 5, and Ju’Coby Pittman, District 8, have launched an awareness campaign in an effort to inform residents about the potential dangers and important functions of retention ponds. The campaign features a web page,, which provides information discouraging the use of retention ponds for recreational activities, like swimming, boating and fishing. In addition to the list of hazards, visitors will also find a map with the locations of City-managed ponds; safety tips, including how to get out of a pond after an accidental slip; and information about ponds’ crucial roles in water quality treatment and flood control.


Jacksonville COVID-19 Update: Aug. 12, 2020

August 13, 2020
Mayor Lenny Curry provided a virtual update to local media on the local response to COVID-19 from his office at City Hall. 

Downtown Investment Authority Launches Redesigned Website

August 11, 2020
The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) – the City of Jacksonville’s sole economic development and community redevelopment agency for Downtown – is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website at The new site features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to essential information to help developers, investors, business owners and the public obtain desired information and make well-informed decisions when investing in Downtown Jacksonville.

Census 2020 Canvassing Starts Today

August 10, 2020

Starting on Monday August 10, 2020, census takers will visit Jacksonville homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census.

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