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02/19/15: Downtown Investment Authority; JASMYN; Feeding Northeast Florida

Jeff Wright

We speak with Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace and governing board chairman Oliver Barakat about the group's plans for redeveloping Jacksonville's urban core. TheDIA has ambitious plans for both the North and South banks of the St. Johns River, and long term goals that include developing vacant tracts of city-owned land and bringing 10,000 new residents to downtown.

Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) executive director Cindy Watson and Vilano Beach doctor Paul Schilling join us to discuss the opening of JASMYN's expanded facility, and the group's work with LGBT youth.

And we speak with Feeding Northeast Florida executive director Bruce Ganger about next week's 3Squares event featuring dozens of the area's top restaurants. All the money raised will go to Feeding Northeast Florida, providing food to more than 150 food pantries in 17 area counties.

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Photo credit: "Jacksonville" by Jeff Wright is used without modification under CC BY 2.0.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.