News

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

Delaney
The Daily Record

When former Mayor John Delaney joins Rogers Towers and The Fiorentino Group on June 1, he could be stepping into the JEA sale debate.

Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times-Union

With his contract having expired two weeks ago, Sam Kouvaris’ 37-year run as the sports director of WJXT-Channel 4 could be coming to an end soon unless the two sides can reach an agreement.

MOCA

A photo of the artwork will be post as soon as WJCT gets permission.

Jacksonville’s City Council voted this week to auction off a piece of art worth millions. The money will be split between a public art maintenance fund and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Jacksonville City Councilwoman Lori Boyer has proposed a bill to help alleviate flooding from McCoys Creek.

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Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

A petition that asks the Florida Department of Transportation to add a crosswalk, signage and lighting to the 4100 block of Herschel Street has been circulating in Avondale.

One Spark

Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the future of the One Spark crowdfunding festival with Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:01).  

We commemorated the local observance of World Holocaust Remembrance Day by speaking with second-generation Holocaust survivor Naomi Chase (26:51) .

It’s National Donate Life Month, and we heard about the upcoming annual Katie Ride for Life with Mayo Clinic transplant specialist Dr. Martin Mai and Katie Caples Foundation spokeswoman Amy Reese (37:19).

Generation W’s Rise and Shine conference is Friday at UNF. We spoke with spokeswoman Angela Spears and speaker and CEO of T3-The Think Tank Gay Gaddis (46:00).        

U.S. Navy

Naval Station Mayport’s newest ship has arrived.

Putnam Leads Money Chase In March For Governor's Race

Apr 12, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continues to dominate the fundraising field in the 2018 race for governor, reporting his campaign’s best monthly total of $2.28 million in March.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Jaguars fans can start their late summer planning now that the four game preseason schedule has been released.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Jacksonville Wednesday for the first time since announcing his run for U.S. Senate.

The Northeast Florida pit stop followed the filing of a complaint accusing him of skirting campaign-finance law.

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The Duval County School district says its graduation rate will likely tumble next year if the state Board of Education approves proposed new requirements.

photo left: Via Edward Waters College / photo right: Lindsey Kilbride - WJCT News

Edwards Waters College announced Wednesday that Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. has been selected as the 30th President and CEO of Jacksonville’s historically black college.

Jacksonville's DIA Approves The District Development Plan For Southbank

Apr 11, 2018
ELKUS | MANFREDI ARCHITECTS

The Downtown Investment Authority on Wednesday unanimously approved "The District," a large-scale development project proposed on vacant JEA property on the south side of the St. Johns River.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department since 2013 and a deputy director of the state Department of Health since 2017, was demoted this week after a state Inspector General’s Office investigation concluded she violated ethics laws in advocating for the hiring of her cousin.

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