12/22/2017: Media Roundtable Year In Review; @SanMarcoTrain

Dec 22, 2017

The owner of the now retired Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain Jack DeYoung (the tall one) paid a visit Friday to First Coast Connect. Also pictured from left to right; Claire Goforth from Folio Weekly, First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert, reporter Lindsey Kilbride, host Melissa Ross and digital content editor Bill Bortzfield
Credit Holly Manuel / WJCT

Friday on First Coast Connect we held our annual Year in Review Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:01).    

We learned the identity of the popular Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain as we spoke with the “train” himself, Jack DeYoung, the Digital Director at Nuera Marketing (46:00).

Year in Review Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the intense damage and aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Jacksonville and the rest of Florida, former Congresswoman Corrine Brown being sentenced to five years in prison on several federal charges and the Jacksonville City Council approving an expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance and pension reform.     


It has been one of the most popular Jacksonville Twitter accounts. The site SanMarcoTrain has delighted its visitors as much as the real train frustrates drivers on Hendricks Avenue.

On Thursday it was revealed that DeYong was the person behind the posts and that sadly he was going to retire the account.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.