Earlier this week, JEA announced a list of potential sites for its new downtown headquarters.
The potential locations for the new corporate headquarters have been narrowed from six to three, to include Lot J next to the TIAA Bank Field, Avenue Station on the Southside and a proposed development near Ocean and Main streets downtown.
JEA determined that it would be cheaper to build a new headquarters rather than renovating its existing downtown tower. The utility hopes to choose a developer to begin negotiations after the finalists make a presentation at a special meeting scheduled February 5.
David Cawton, Associate Editor with the Jacksonville Daily Record, has been covering the story and joined us with some perspective.
Photograph 51 is a performance, that is produced by Actors Collective and written by Anna Ziegler, about Rosalind Franklin, a female scientist and her role in the discovery of DNA.
Karen Konzen, who stars as Franklin and is a scientist herself, told us a little about Franklin’s story.
WJCT News Director, Jessica Palumbo, told us about a special event Thursday night, January 24, at WJCT Studios in partnership with The Jaxson. It's called "Getting There In Jacksonville."
Top Five Things to do this Weekend
5. Old City Pirate Fest: St. Augustine - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
The Old City Pirate Fest is a three-day festival of all things pirate — food, drinks, live music, a kids area with sword demonstrations, magicians, and puppet shows. The festival will take place in the Colonial Quarter on St. George Street.
It's $7 for adults, $5 for those 14 and under, and free for children under three.
4. Mapping Our Past: Main Library Downtown - Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free
Mapping Our Past celebrates the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection with Christopher Lane who was a print and map expert on the PBS Antiques Roadshow for 21 years. Lane will discuss the geographic myths of the American Southeast and their influence on explorers and travelers. There will be a panel discussion about the role of maps in Jacksonville city planning — past, present, and future.
3. Howie Mandel: Thrasher Horne Center in Orange Park - Sunday at 7 p.m.
Most people probably know Howie as a judge on America’s Got Talent and host of Deal or No Deal, but he started his career as a stand-up comedian at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto in 1978 and later starred in TV's St. Elsewhere.
2. The Many Faces of Breast Cancer: CoRK Studios in Riverside - Saturday 6-9 pm
This fundraiser for the DONNA Foundation centers on a Breast Cancer Survivor Portrait Series by photographer Laura Evans and features local survivors. Organizers want to raise awareness of the disease while celebrating and honoring those directly impacted by this breast cancer.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and include live entertainment and hors d’ oeuvres
The Specktator’s number ONE thing to do this week is:
Old 97’s and Shooter Jennings: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Saturday
Alt-country pioneers the Old 97’s will perform their rootsy, rock with punk-rock energy and delivery. They've been together more than 20 years with the same line-up. Also apart of the lineup is singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings.
Amanda Brannon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-358-6317.