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3/8/2017: Delaney; Penney Farms; 'With All Due Respect'; Celtic Woman; Genetic Potential Academy

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with University of North Florida President John Delaney. He announced last week he’ll be retiring from his position in May 2018. We also heard about senior care from Penney Farms director of marketing Rebecca Padgett. Commentator Jay Solomon spoke about President Donald Trump calling the media the enemy of the people. Host Melissa Ross spoke with Celtic Woman violinist Tara McNeill and we heard from Zach Rocheleau owner of Genetic Potential Academy. 

John Delaney

He’s been the President of the University of North Florida since 2003. Before that, he served eight years as mayor of Jacksonville, where he championed the Better Jacksonville Plan and left office with high approval ratings. Delaney said he has not decided what he will do once he steps down next year. He has not ruled out another run for public office, but is not going to run for governor or mayor of Jacksonville. Delaney said his contract allows him to create a center on the UNF campus after his retirement. He said he’s considering focusing on civil civic engagement.          

Penney Farms

The emotional impact of placing a spouse or parent in a nursing home, and the importance of planning ahead can be overwhelming. Older adults increasingly are seeking “purposeful living” when they choose a long-term care facility. Penney Farms is a Christian retirement community. It was originally a home for retired members of the ministry. Now over half of its residents are retired ministers from around the world.   

'With All Due Respect'

Is the press the enemy of the American People? Those upset with media have said that and worse over the years, but now it’s an American president leading the charge. Our occasional commentator Jay Solomon considers the implications in this edition of “With All Due Respect.”

Celtic Woman

They are a global sensation and our performing this week in Jacksonville.

The ensemble Celtic Woman began in Dublin more than a decade ago, with the goal of featuring exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Today, the group has more than 10 million albums sold. The ensemble is performing 8 p.m. Friday at the Times-Union Center.

Genetic Potential Academy

Many people want to get in shape but still have certain types of foods that they love to eat. Zach Rocheleau found the perfect balance and is sharing his health habits with his clients through training session and also a new cookbook.

He’s the owner of Genetic Potential Academy in Neptune Beach and his method of getting in shape is a little different than the normal trainer.

Rocheleau said you can eat that ice cream and still get in shape through the process he calls “flexible dieting.”

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.