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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

10/17/2016: Sewage Spills; Free Thought Society; & Cole Pepper


On Monday’s First Coast Connect we discussed the problem of sewage overflows in Jacksonville after Hurricane Matthew. More than 11 million gallons of sewage have been discharged around Duval County, and after Hurricane Hermine, 20 million gallons flowed into Tampa Bay. Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Alyson Kenward of Climate Central, an independent organization researching climate change. We also spoke with Bill Mefford, the faith outreach specialist for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, regarding a Monday meeting at the First Coast Freethought Society, and Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars win over the Chicago Bears plus the weekend’s sports news.   


Sewage Overflows          

Massive sewage spills after Hurricane Matthew has Governor Rick Scott ordering the Florida Department of the Environment to investigate.  Kenward said such spills are a growing trend not just in Florida but across the country, and shows the need for stricter controls.  

Freethought Society

Can people of faith and people who embrace a nonreligious worldview work together to ensure freedom of religion for all people?

This is one of the questions that will be posed Monday night at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society. Mefford previewed other issues to be discussed.

Cole Pepper

It wasn’t pretty but the Jaguars won their second game in a row with the their largest comeback in nearly 10 years, beating the Bears in Chicago, 17-16. Pepper also talked about college football, the latest Armada news and the future of the Sharks, who plan on leaving the Arena Football League.        


Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax


Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.