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Jacksonville Humane Society

Anyone looking for a pet can probably find the perfect furry family addition at one of the three free pet adoption events in Jacksonville this weekend.

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from FloridaPolitics.com. Our panelist were:

  • Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall
  • WJCT contributor Fred Matthews
  • Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton
  • WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11).

Issues discussed included:

Landfill Search Turns Up 'Items Of Interest' In Joleen Cummings Case

Jul 13, 2018
FBI

After sifting through 3.6 million pounds of trash at a South Georgia landfill over the past week, the FBI and Nassau County Sheriff's Office said Friday they found several items of interest in the disappearance of Joleen Cummings.

Florida Supreme Court Blocks Appointment of Jacksonville-Area Circuit Judge

Jul 13, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

In an unusual move, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday at least temporarily blocked Gov. Rick Scott from appointing a Jacksonville-area circuit judge while a legal battle plays out over filling the post.

Scott Issues Order Aimed At Protecting Public Beach Access

Jul 13, 2018
St. Augustine Beach / U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday to block state agencies from taking action on a bill he signed into law earlier this year that critics of the measure warned from the outset could limit the public’s access to beaches.

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Catalyst Development Partners of Atlanta and Dream Finders Homes of Jacksonville are expected to develop apartments and townhomes at eTown, the Southside community under development by The PARC Group.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A Jacksonville lawyer is suing Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan for allegedly failing to properly give notice to candidates before a Jacksonville City Council special election.

The dispute comes after Westside City Councilman Doyle Carter announced last month he’s stepping down to run for tax collector.

Watch: Historic Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Imploded

Jul 12, 2018
Michael Seely/We Report Space / Via WMFE

Two historic launch towers were imploded Thursday to make way for a new private space company at Cape Canaveral.

Washington Street Urban Project

The City of St. Augustine has scheduled paving projects in neighborhoods adjacent to San Marco Ave. in the North City area, north of May St., starting on July 16 and continuing through August 3. 

Albert kok / Wikimedia Commons

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the future of shore-based shark fishing at a series of public meetings that kick off next week in Bradenton and Fort Myers and will be coming to Jacksonville.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The latest point-in-time count found the number of people living on the streets in Jacksonville is around 400. That’s in the winter.

Company Protests Bid To Demolish Old Courthouse And Annex

Jul 12, 2018
The Jacksonville Daily Record

The pending demolition of the former Duval County Courthouse and Jacksonville City Hall Annex buildings along East Bay Street may have hit a snag.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

We discussed the power of Political Action Committees and local and state political committees in the wake of Mayor Curry’s committee’s being scammed out of $120,000 with Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe (1:15).      

Charter Schools Back Florida Amendment Effort

Jul 12, 2018
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

Companies with ties to charter schools and a controversial federal visa program are providing the bulk of contributions to an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would impose an eight-year term limit on school board members.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s decided that in addition to flying the United States flag, “we should add the five military branch flags in an array around the National Colors in front of City Hall.”

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