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Thrasher Backs Moving Statue And Removing Building Name

2 hours ago
Via News Service of Florida

Florida State University will relocate a campus statue of a former slaveholder and will seek approval to remove the name of a pro-segregation Supreme Court justice from a law-school building, university president John Thrasher announced Tuesday.

Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Two weeks into his presidency, Aaron Bowman has established a “Historical Remembrance” committee and picked the seven Jacksonville City Council members who will serve on it.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Agriculture Commissioner candidate Democrat Nikki Fried about her campaign and the issues she is focusing on, which include the environment, medical marijuana and gun background checks (01:17).

Video: Ambassador Hotel Block Downtown Sold For Redevelopment

Jul 17, 2018
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Two St. Augustine developers plan to bring the historic Ambassador Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville back to its “original luster” and add an apartment complex and retail space on the same block.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Chris King, one of the five major Democratic candidates running for governor. (01:08)

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A lawyer and resident of Jacksonville’s Northside is asking a Duval County judge for emergency relief in her lawsuit against Florida Governor Rick Scott and newly-minted District 10 Councilman Terrance Freeman.

Officials Urge Caution Around Smoldering Duval Wildfire

Jul 16, 2018
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department

A wildfire could reduce visibility for drivers on Jacksonville’s Southside this Monday.

Jacksonville Gas Prices

Jul 16, 2018
Anthony Inswasty / Wikimedia Commons

Court-Aided Intervention Available For Addicts

Jul 16, 2018
The Jacksonville Daily Record

Established in 1993, the Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act provides for emergency assistance and temporary detention for people who need substance abuse evaluation or treatment.

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."