Fearing they will have to close their doors after 15 years of helping crime victims, leaders of the Justice Coalition will join Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford this afternoon to make a plea for financial help.


Rutherford will join with crime victims and the Justice Coalition staff and board at the organization’s headquarters on Lane Avenue.

The Justice Coalition said in a news release that the organization is in financial crisis and may be forced to close. The coalition’s executive director, Ann Dugger, said they have funding left to operate through next week.

Daytime roadwork on Florida 16 is starting 

Roadwork to improve Florida 16 just west of St. Augustine, including access to the Westgate Plaza, begins this week.

The Florida Department of Transportation is doing the $214,829 project, expected to be done by February, to improve safety and reduce the number of crashes that occur while motorists attempt a U-turn at the median opening just west of the Westgate Plaza, across from North First Street.

During the project, daytime lane closures will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. No weekend work is scheduled, but that would occur if needed.

Public meetings Thursday over beach parking

Two meetings will be held Thursday to get public input on a proposed plan for paid parking in the Jacksonville Beach Central Business District.

The meetings will be 2 and 7 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 11 N. Third St. They will be conducted by the city’s parking consultant. Officials with the consulting firm will give a presentation on the costs and issues associated with paid parking.

Many business owners objected this year when the city implemented a $5 weekend fee at key parking lots in Jacksonville Beach, such as the lot at the pier and at Latham Plaza near City Hall. But in October, the consultants presented the results of their city parking study and concluded that more fees should be charged.

The Times-Union