First Coast Freethought Society

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Financial News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:07). We spoke with Jacksonville attorney Steve Watrel. He often represents nursing home residents and their families regarding abuse and neglect cases (30:55). Activist rabbi Merrill Shapiro talked about concerns he has with Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (37:14) and the band Mariachi Primera Costa performed live in-studio (45:12). 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” University of North Florida political science Professor Matt Corrigan (01:03) talked about a local connection to the scandal involving Russia and the Trump administration. We spoke with author Ryan Cragun (21:47) ahead of his talk Monday night with the First Coast Freethought Society and Cole Pepper (38:19) brought us this week’s sports news.  

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect," we spoke with Clay County Schools Superintendent Addison Davis (00:58). We also heard from the director of communications from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Rob Boston (28:00) and we were joined by PS 27 managing partner Jim Stallings (45:12)

On Monday’s First Coast Connect we discussed the problem of sewage overflows in Jacksonville after Hurricane Matthew. More than 11 million gallons of sewage have been discharged around Duval County, and after Hurricane Hermine, 20 million gallons flowed into Tampa Bay. Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Alyson Kenward of Climate Central, an independent organization researching climate change. We also spoke with Bill Mefford, the faith outreach specialist for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, regarding a Monday meeting at the First Coast Freethought Society, and Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars win over the Chicago Bears plus the weekend’s sports news.   


City of Jacksonville

Updated, 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 22:   

Every Jacksonville City Council meeting begins with an invocation — but the one before this evening’s meeting was different from all the others before it.