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04/18/16: Energy Inequality; Mark Woods; Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce; Garden Show; Cole Pepper

Energy Inequality

An estimated 16 million Americans pay more than 10 percent of their total income on utility bills, more than four times higher than the average consumer.

A new report from the energy equity nonprofit Groundswell finds Jacksonville is the U.S. city struggling the most when it comes to the issue of energy inequality.

According to their research, nearly 15 percent of Jacksonville households living below the poverty line pay more than $200 per month for electricity.

We discuss these findings with Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell.

Mark Woods

Mayor Curry and other city leaders are challenging Jacksonville residents to get fit, walk more, and lose weight.

However, Jacksonville is known as one of the least walkable cities in the the country. 

With that in mind, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods is setting out on a very ambitious goal: he’s going to walk across the entire city.

Mark Woods joins us with more about his journey across Duval County.

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The mission of First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to positively impact the regional economy by creating value, promoting and facilitating the success of Hispanic-owned businesses and by engaging the community at large.

The Chamber will hold its inaugural Excellence in Business Awards later this year. The deadline to nominate a business is April 29th.

We discuss the organization's work with Rebecca Black, chair of First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Garden Club of Jacksonville

The Garden Club of Jacksonville ballroom will be the setting for dozens of floral, horticultural and photographic displays at the “A River Runs Through It" juried flower show this week.

The event is hosted by The Late Bloomers Garden Club.

Debby Melnyk, Later Bloomers Garden Club member and show chair, joins us with a preview.

Cole Pepper

WJCT News sports analyst Cole Pepper stops by with a recap of the Jacksonville Armada FC's win against Miami FC this weekend, the Jacksonville Suns' game against Mobile, and other local sports news.

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