Amelia Island

Fireworks over the St. Johns River
Jennifer Statlick

Just because July Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year doesn’t mean it has to be a less of a celebration. Several Northeast Florida cities and businesses are planning fireworks displays and parties to celebrate the nation’s 242nd Independence Day.

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).

MARYBETH GARRISON

This Saturday on the First Coast and around the world students will take to the streets in a show of support for ending gun violence.

Michelle Corum

The Pétanque Amelia Island Open and annual Dickens on Centre helped brighten the fall and holiday seasons for Amelia Island merchants.


Florida State University

Friday on First Coast Connect we were joined on our weekly Media Roundtable by Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs, Jacksonville News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT business analyst John Burr (01:05).  

 

Changing Homelessness CEO Dawn Gilman told us about the results of this year’s first-ever Veterans Surge (31:31).       


WJCT Morning Edition host Michelle Corum brought us a report on this weekend’s game of Petanque on Amelia Island (37:48).

Local student Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra High School and winner of $50,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” told us about JaxTHRIVE, the local non-profit he’s starting with his winnings. (41:13).   

     

We spoke with Midge Smith with San Jose Baptist Church about Friday night’s performance by the African Children’s Choir (46:00).


Photo © Sarah Sha

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Bloomberg News senior editor and author of “True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of American Fraternities,” John Hechinger about Florida State University suspending all greek life on campus indefinitely (01:13).   

We heard the story of Glorious Bethlehem Temple church in Jacksonville that took on the Florida Department of Transportation and won with pastor Donald Richardson (24:10).        

Planned Giving Officer Cliff Evans with the Catholic Foundation, Diocese of St. Augustine and Annie Tutt with the United Way talked about the 25h anniversary of the Planned Giving Council (34:16).           

Patty Smith and Chuck Oliva told us about the upcoming  Amelia Island Rendezvous Film Festival (46:00).


This weekend, Amelia Island is the setting for a tournament of a popular outdoor game called Pétanque.


Deremer Studios via Amelia Island Tourist Development Council

Local tourism officials have something new to brag about. 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Fernandina Beach’s historic post office is being honored by the State of Florida for recent renovations. The more than century-old building got about $1.2 million worth of work done over the course of a year.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Amelia Island has broken another tourism record. According to its Tourist Development Council, more people than ever stayed in hotels there this June.


Dan Nelken/St. Martins Press

What started off as a grin quickly turned into goosebumps.

Bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine joined First Coast Connect by phone Friday to discuss his top-selling children’s series "Goosebumps." Stine will also speak at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach on Saturday. The event is sold out.

 

Stine said the launch of his Goosebumps empire in 1992 happened unexpectedly.

 

Thursday on First Coast Connect, WJCT reporter Ryan Benk discussed his investigative report on emails discovered on servers that violate JEA rules.

Florida author Larry Baker joined us by phone to talk about his the challenge a white male faces in creating compelling minority characters. The 20th edition of “An Evening in December” is set for Friday on Amelia Island. We spoke with Director Pam Helton and Producer Sharon Lennon.  


  

Contributed Photo / Amelia Island CVB

This barrier island in Florida's northeastern reaches has been named one of the best in the country.

Rock Steady Boxing- Amelia Island

Nearly 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. It’s a progressive disorder of the nervous system that causes hand tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement. While it has no cure, there are treatments that help slow the disease’s progression.And one treatment that has brought positive results is boxing.

Weekend Warriors: Having An All-American Blast

Jun 30, 2016
By I, Jonathan Zander, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

As the work week comes to end, let WJCT interns Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. Celebrate America with this special patriotic edition of Weekend Warriors and enjoy with the whole family.   

 

Void’s Great American Sip n’ Slide

 

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