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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

03/04/15: St. Johns River Forum; Community Education Summit; Generation W; 'The Miracle Worker'

Peter Haden

A town hall meeting on the UNF campus next week with discuss the pros and cons of deepening the St. Johns River. Dredging the channel down to a depth of 47 feet is a major priority for JAXPORT and this area’s business and civic leadership so that the port can attract bigger cargo ships and theoretically create more jobs. But opponents cite issues like environmental concerns and the potential cost of the dredging project, which is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. We speak with Dr. David Jaffee of UNF's Ports Project, and Dr. Courtney Hackney, Director of the school’s Coastal Biology Flagship Program.

City of Jacksonville education commissioner Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette joins us about the third annual Community Education Summit taking place at the Main Library this week.

We also speak with Generation W founder Donna Orender about the organization's fourth annual event happening later this month.

And we find out how Theatre Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center are teaming up for the Threatre's production of "The Miracle Worker." We speak with Theatre Jacksonville director Sarah Boone and Speech and Hearing Center president Mike Howland.

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