2/5/19: Special Education; North Florida Land Trust; Charis Chocolate

Feb 5, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to eliminate the Gardiner program waitlist of nearly 2,000 students. 

He was in Jacksonville Monday to make the announcement at the North Florida School of Special Education as part of his $91.3 billion budget proposal.

Our guests that looked at the program and wider education funding questions were:

North Florida Land Trust

An aerial view of Fish Island.
Credit COURTESY OF WALTER COKER / VIA WUFT

The North Florida Land Trust, a nonprofit that serves as a “champion of environmental protection” in our area, is holding its annual meeting on February 7. During the meeting, the organization will present its 2018 accomplishments and share what it hopes to accomplish in 2019.

Jim McCarthy, President of the North Florida Land Trust, joined us with a preview.

Charis Chocolate  

Charis Chocolates Products Valentine's Pyramid
Credit Charis Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is next week. A new social enterprise in Jacksonville is encouraging people to give a gift to that special someone that can also help make a difference in someone else’s life. Charis Chocolate is City Rescue Mission’s newest  enterprise that helps raise funds to support the mission's drug and alcohol addiction recovery program.

Penny Kievet, the Executive Director of City Rescue Mission was here with more information.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317.