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Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from FloridaPolitics.com. Our panelist were:

  • Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall
  • WJCT contributor Fred Matthews
  • Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton
  • WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11).

Issues discussed included:

Florida Supreme Court Blocks Appointment of Jacksonville-Area Circuit Judge

Jul 13, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

In an unusual move, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday at least temporarily blocked Gov. Rick Scott from appointing a Jacksonville-area circuit judge while a legal battle plays out over filling the post.

Scott Issues Order Aimed At Protecting Public Beach Access

Jul 13, 2018
St. Augustine Beach / U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday to block state agencies from taking action on a bill he signed into law earlier this year that critics of the measure warned from the outset could limit the public’s access to beaches.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

We discussed the power of Political Action Committees and local and state political committees in the wake of Mayor Curry’s committee’s being scammed out of $120,000 with Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe (1:15).      

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s decided that in addition to flying the United States flag, “we should add the five military branch flags in an array around the National Colors in front of City Hall.”

bridge in the park overgrown with plants
The Jaxson

Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for "unbending of the faculties." 

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Terrance Freeman and Ju’Coby Pittman are set to be sworn in at Jacksonville City Hall Thursday afternoon after being appointed to temporarily replace two suspended council members under federal indictment.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Some young professionals said they’re leaving the Jacksonville Beach area because while they can afford rent, buying isn’t a feasible option. Oliver Shahbazian said that’s the case for him.

Wednesday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

We discussed the latest news regarding using civil citations instead of arresting children in Jacksonville with Juvenile Director of the 4th Judicial District State Attorney’s Office Laura Lambert and Youth Crisis Center President and CEO Kim Sirdevan (01:01).    

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Plans for the old Neptune Beach Kmart shopping center have taken a new turn.

The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their long-awaited plans Tuesday for a new ballpark in Tampa's historic Ybor City.

The ultramodern design includes glass walls, a translucent dome to let in sunlight to potentially allow for natural grass, while having features that tip its hat to the surrounding Latin district.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining a Jacksonville ship repairer $271,061 after the death of an employee this year.

North Florida Shipyards Inc. has about a week left to contest the fine.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

State law says medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to open up where pharmacies can, which means a couple different types of commercial zones in Jacksonville.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

A recently completed Jacksonville Task Force on Open Government report states the city’s government needs to be more transparent. We spoke with task force co-chairs Hank Coxe and Sherry McGill (01:06).   

Gov. Scott Names Freeman, Pittman To Replace Suspended Jacksonville Council Members

Jul 10, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Gov. Rick Scott named replacements for suspended Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reginald Brown.


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