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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

11/17/2016: Nathaniel Ford; Kenny Gilbert; 'Early Thanks'

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford about the future of transportation in the city. We also heard from local chef and restaurant owner Kenny Gilbert about his plans to expand the local restaurant scene. Swamp Radio’s Ian Mairs along with chef Stephen Dimare joined the show to talk about their upcoming dinner and radio theater event “Early Thanks” being held Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. 

Nat Ford

Rapid transit on the First Coast is expanding. The JTA is implementing the second phase of the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit program. The Blue Line launches Dec. 5. Ford spoke about upcoming changes in the JTA system and the future of the Skyway.   

Kenny Gilbert

Gilbert earned the right to be called a celebrity chef when he appeared on one of TV’s top cooking competitions in 2010, “Top Chef.” Gilbert now owns and runs two popular local restaurants: Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach and Gilbert’s Social on Southside Boulevard. He told host Melissa Ross he has plans for more.  

Early Thanks

Swamp Radio Jax is back — and just in time for Thanksgiving.
“Early Thanks” features a southern-style Thanksgiving dinner followed by a radio show live from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Mairs and Dimare talked about some of the food that will be available at the dinner and some of the artists who will be featured during the live program.  

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.