Teresa Stepzinski, Florida Times-Union

Teresa Stepzinski

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Past articles by Teresa:

Jackson High School teacher named 2023 Duval County Teacher of the Year

An Andrew Jackson High School math and physics teacher has been named 2023 Duval County Teacher of the Year. → Read More

A year after a devastating fire, a popular family-owned diner rises from the ashes

Almost one year after being destroyed by fire a popular family-owned diner is reopening on Monday, Jan. 2. → Read More

Popular Jacksonville Beach amusement park gets a reprieve from the wrecking ball — for now

An Iconic Jacksonville Beach amusement and water park plans to remain open nine more months before closing permanently to make way for apartments. → Read More

Florida State Senate District 4: State Rep. Clay Yarborough elected by a wide margin

Republican Clay Yarborough handily defeated Democratic challenger Sharmin Smith to represent Florida State Senate District 4. → Read More

Salud! Jacksonville celebrity chef's restaurant receives national recognition for champagne, innovative fare

Jacksonville celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert's Silkie's Chicken and Champagne Bar in Springfield is named a top restaurant for champagne. → Read More

More green space, coffee shop in revised plans for 427-unit apartment complex at Adventure Landing site

Opened in 1995 Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach remains in business after the park's owner previously said he was looking for a new site. → Read More

'Ran out of time and money': St. Johns Town Center gourmet bakery Sweet by Holly closes after 11 years

After 11 years, Sweet by Holly gourmet cake and cupcake shop closed permanently at St. Johns Town Center due to declining business. → Read More

Three Republicans vie for redrawn state House District 16 in eastern Duval County

The state House District 16 race pits Republicans Kiyan Michael, Lake Ray and Chet Stokes to represent the Jacksonville area. → Read More

Jacksonville police shoot, kill man officers say came at them armed with knives Saturday morning

A man who Jacksonville police said appeared high on drugs and brandishing two knives was shot to death on Grunthal Street. → Read More

'Decision to close was not an easy one': Sugarfire Smoke House abruptly closes Jacksonville restaurant

Citing staff shortages, supply chain disruptions and inflation, Jacksonville barbecue Sugar Fire Smokehouse closes one year after opening. → Read More

Another Whit's Frozen Custard location is in the works for Jacksonville. Here's what we know

Whit's plans to bring its creamy custard creations to Kernan Square this fall. The restaurant will be the seventh for Whit's in the Jacksonville area. → Read More

Foxtail Coffee opens in Ponte Vedra Beach, offering coffee, breakfast, lunch — and ice cream

Foxtail Coffee is now open in Ponte Vedra Beach at Sawgrass Village. In addition to coffees and pastries, the shop offers Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. → Read More

Ascension St. Vincent's Southside Hospital ready to open a new inpatient rehabilitation unit

The new 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit will care for patients recovering from severe neurological, cardiovascular or orthopedic health events. → Read More

St. Johns Town Center set to welcome Marshalls and other new stores this year. Here's a list.

Off-price department store Marshalls is leading the way for several new stores at Jacksonville's St. Johns Town Center. Here's a look at what's coming. → Read More

Olio, Willard's, E Street: In 2022, some longtime favorite Jacksonville restaurants have closed. Here's a list.

Restaurants come and go. But the closing of some Jacksonville restaurants just hits harder. Here's our list of area restaurants that closed in 2022. → Read More

With fun and drive 'gone,' Willard's Bar-B-Q Junction set to close after 30 years

Willard's Bar-B-Q Junction on Jacksonville's Westside is closing permanently, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and rising food costs and shortages. → Read More

$12.2 million in Jacksonville Transportation Authority facility, ferry improvements nearly complete

JTA is working to improve its St. Johns River Ferry terminals, upgrade bus service operations and other enhancements at its Myrtle Avenue facilities. → Read More

Black Creek Outfitters closing after 39 years of helping people explore, enjoy the wild

Family-owned and operated in Jacksonville for nearly four decades, Black Creek Outfitters outdoor recreation store is going out of business. → Read More

Spruce plant boutique blooming at St. Johns Town Center looks to branch out with plant bar in Murray Hill

The owners of Spruce, a boutique houseplant shop at St. Johns Town Center, will soon open a plant bar in Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood → Read More

Whiskey Jax Kitchen & Cocktails is coming to Atlantic Beach, relocating from Jacksonville Beach

The menu includes popular appetizers such as the Whiskey Blues Chips, blue cheese fondue, bacon, balsamic reduction and scallions. → Read More