Fernandina Beach

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Former Fernandina Beach Mayor Johnny Miller has received a vote of confidence from the electorate to be appointed again to the office he previously held while Ronald “Chip” Ross and Orlando J. Avila are headed to a runoff in the Group 3 commission race.

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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.


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.  


  

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

On the heels of Monday night’s presidential debate, host Melissa Ross spoke with millennial voters democrat Meredith O’Malley Johnson and republican Keith Walters. We also heard from Kelly Mannel and Jan Lipsky about the Society of Emotional Intelligence’s upcoming international conference in Jacksonville, and presenter Marsha Phelts told us about this Friday’s Storytelling Slam in Fernandina Beach.     


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT intern Kayla Davis be your guide for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

NOLA MOCA’s Women of the Knife

Fine dining brought to you by six amazing women. Guests ages 21 and up will be treated to a six-course meal along with accompanying drinks at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The cost of such a pleasure is $125 per person and is all inclusive. Space is limited so act fast.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced in a memo last week that he is changing city employment policy to prohibit discrimination of any kind.

Curry also said that he does not support any further anti-discrimination legislation, including the two competing human rights ordinance bills currently before the Jacksonville City Council. 

One of them, sponsored by Councilman Tommy Hazouri, would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment or public areas based sexual orientation, gender identity or expression by amending the city’s existing HRO.

The other bill before the Council, introduced by Councilman Bill Gulliford would let voters decide on those protections instead of the Council.

In Florida more than a dozen cities have adopted a human rights ordinance that includes non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. However, Jacksonville remains the largest American city that has yet to do so.

We discuss the latest the two bills before City Council with Florida Politics writer A.G. Gancarski, who has been following the story.


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Maybe you’re waiting until New Year’s to bust out that fancy new outfit Santa brought you and party like a jolly elf all night long. Or maybe you want to be in bed by 8 while the rest of the world cheers for a falling ball. Either way, the First Coast has a free event to help you ring in 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Downtown Jacksonville

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Amelia Island broke tourism records in July. Hotels and resorts are reporting a 4-percent increase in vacationers over last year.

The tourism hot spot an hour’s drive north of Jacksonville is contributing to another record-setting year for Florida.

Just between April and June, more than 160,000 visitors stayed in Amelia Island.

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Florida State Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) is calling for awareness of the struggles students with dyslexia face in schools.

Adkins is the chair of the K-12 Education Subcommittee in the Florida House. She has also announced she’s running for Nassau County Schools Superintendent next year.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Adkins talked about how schools can provide better teaching strategies for students with dyslexia.

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The author of bestselling novels Last Man Standing, Saving Faith, Total Control, and Absolute Power will be in town next week to discuss his work.