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A proposal submitted to the city of Jacksonville would turn downtown’s shipyards and  Metropolitan Park into what developers are calling an “innovation district.”

Spokespeople for companies behind the proposal said their vision includes green park space in front of the river, lots of walkability and what’s called a “jobs factory,” which is a central place for people to develop their ideas into businesses, said Jason Walker of Chattanooga’s EMJ Corporation, which is partnering on the proposal.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly media roundtable included Sebastian Kitchen from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Congaree and Penn farm owner Scott Meyer told us about Sunday’s Christmas at Congaree event on the farm and Jacksonville singer-songwriter Stacey Bennett from the band Folk Is People talked about their new album and some upcoming concerts. 


Friday on First Coast Connect, our Media Roundtable panel included Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods and WJCT business analyst John Burr. CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Paul Martinez spoke about Saturday’s inaugural Collard Green Festival at the organization’s Woodland Acres Club Farm, and Museum of Science and History Executive Director Maria Hane told us about Saturday’s MOSH Bash, celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary. 

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Jacksonville residents will get a chance to take a bite of the world this weekend at the city’s annual World of Nations Celebration.

The 23-year-old festival combines traditional music, clothing and food from a variety of countries.

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Thirty-two years after Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park opened its amphitheater, the city is closing it down.

Jacksonville City Council’s Finance Committee approved a proposed $90 million deal with the Jaguars for stadium renovations, a multi-purpose indoor practice field and a new amphitheatre — even though Jacksonville already has one at Metropolitan Park.

The plan calls for the city to evenly split the bill with Jaguars owner Shad Khan. The city would use two cents of a six percent tax charged to Jacksonville hotel guests to pay its part. That money is earmarked for sports complex maintenance by a bill passed through Council in 2009.

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Hundreds of Southeast Navy Chief Petty Officers and soon-to-be chiefs gathered in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay shared their pride at Metropolitan Park.

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Jacksonville’s annual World of Nations Celebration is in full swing at Metropolitan Park through Sunday.

Representatives of 34 nations are at the festival this year eager to tell visitors the best thing about their countries.

Lordania Foreman says the best thing about Romania is how it takes influences from all of the people that have invaded it throughout history, including the Huns, the Tatars and the Turks.

Yi Rian says the best thing about China is the celebrations.

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Get ready for trickery and stolen gold because there’s a pirate ship in town.

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Northeast Florida is home to several concert venues and some of the biggest acts in music history have come to the First Coast to perform.

Met Park, the Florida governor's race, and juvenile justice are in the headlines today.

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The city of Jacksonville and local event promoters have worked out a deal for how to monitor noise at Metropolitan Park.

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee approved legislation Tuesday to streamline the permitting process for special events.

The Bostwick Building, "A Death in St. Augustine," and craft beer lobbyists are in the headlines today.

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The Jacksonville City Council has delayed a vote to set temporary noise control at Metropolitan Park.

Concert promoters and council members reached a deal on amended legislation Tuesday afternoon but it still needs to be reviewed by the full council before a vote can take place.

A source of contention at city council Tuesday night was what to do with the upcoming musical events at Met Park.

Soul Fest is coming up Saturday, November 30 and The Big Ticket is on Sunday, December 8.