First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9:00AM

Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Coming up on Friday's show:

  • Media Roundtable Week in Review
  • Jobs Report for the First Coast
  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets Mega Adoption Event
  • Riverside Avondale Preservation's Spring Parade of Homes


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First Coast Connect
4:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Florida Craft Brewers In Frothy Tallahassee Fight

Credit Facebook / Intuition Ale Works

Small craft brewers in Jacksonville and around the state are speaking out against a bill that they say would heavily restrict their burgeoning industry. 

"This is not a fair fight," said Ben Davis, owner of Jacksonville's Intuition Ale Works.

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Law & Order
12:37 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Phone Related Accidents Focus Of Distracted Driving Awareness Month

.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Ashly Gaskill, portrays a victim in a distracted driving crash simulation display Dec. 12, 2013.
Credit MCSN Ellen E. Long / U.S. Navy

A local law firm says talking on your phone while driving, hands free or not, can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.

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First Coast Connect
12:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Debate Continues In Advance Of Referendum Vote

An ounce of "Green Crack" medical marijuana bought from a dispensary in California, 2008.
Credit Coaster420 / Wikimedia Commons

Florida voters will decide this November whether the state will become the 22nd in the nation to legalize marijuana for medical use, and debate on the issue will likely continue until Election Day.

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First Coast Connect
11:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Earthworm Factory To Open In Jacksonville

Credit Aruna / Wikimedia Commons

Chicago resident and One Spark creator Ed Hubbard is applying a new idea to an organism that’s been around for thousands of years: Earthworms.

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First Coast Connect
2:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Skyway Ridership Boost Fuels Calls To Reform Jax Mass Transit

The Jacksonville Skyway.
Credit David T. / Yelp

Jacksonville's mass transit system was among the city features given a boost by the 2014 One Spark festival earlier this month, with Skyway ridership showing a 104 percent over the same time last year.

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First Coast Connect
1:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UNF Civil Discourse Forum Asks, Where Do We Come From?

Earth as seen from space.
Credit NASA / Wikimedia Commons

When people with opposing views come to the table, it can often be a bitter battle to prove superiority instead of a respectful conversation.

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First Coast Connect
1:09 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Cole Pepper: 36K Run The Boston Marathon, Jaguars Back In Action, And Kuchar Heats Up The Links

Matt Kuchar
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr

From marathons to barbeque, Cole Pepper discussed the events of the week in his regular sports wrap up.

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First Coast Connect
9:44 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The 'Conservative Hurricane' - Jeb Bush, Immigration, And Looking Ahead To 2016

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Florida Governor Rick Scott – along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez – are calling on state lawmakers to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally.

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First Coast Connect
10:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Media Roundtable: After Army Corps Approval, Next Steps For JAXPORT Dredging

From left, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor at this week's announcement that plans to deepen the port's shipping channel have been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Credit Meredith Fordham Hughes / JAXPORT/Flickr

Jacksonville could get a major economic boost after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved plans to dredge the St. Johns River shipping channel, making way for larger ships at JAXPORT.

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First Coast Connect
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A 'Party With A Purpose' - One Spark Looks To Expand Globally And In Jacksonville

A crowd gathered for the closing ceremony on the fifth and final day of the 2014 One Spark Fesvival. More than 260,000 people participated in the festival.
Credit One Spark / Facebook

After the major success of the 2014 One Spark festival in Jacksonville last week, the founders of One Spark are headed to New York for a whirlwind media tour, including a stop at the New York Stock Exchange.

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