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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/22/2017: Cumberland Island; intoGo; Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program; Cole Pepper


Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we have an update on the possible development on Cumberland Island with former St. Mary’s (Georgia) City Councilman Sam Colville and Jamie Ferguson (01:01), a member of the extended Carnegie family, who owns the island. We spoke with Zachary Schwartz (31:38), the developer of the app intoGo. University of North Florida program director Wanda Lastrapes (39:14) told us about the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program and Cole Pepper (45:13) talked about a great week for Jacksonville sports teams.   


Cumberland Island

Camden County, Georgia, leaders are considering zoning changes to allow more residential development on 1,000 acres of private land on Cumberland Island National Seashore. Cumberland Island on Georgia's coast is famous for its untouched, natural landscape and wild horses. Tourists from around the world visit the island specifically for its wilderness. Most of Cumberland's 36,000 acres are protected by federal legislation that preserves the island in its "primitive" state. But some of the island is privately owned and several property owners are applying to Camden County authorities for rezoning to build houses. Supporters of the idea say the private landowners on the island have property rights that need to be respected. Opponents argue more building on Cumberland would harm its unique character.


The app intoGo allows users to access 5,000 fun places to visit in Jacksonville and over 3,000 events every month. It can be used to purchase tickets to events and is now teaming up with Visit Jacksonville to expand it’s services. An earlier version of the app The City Guide won first place in the 2015 OneSpark technology category.

Jacksonville Teacher Residency    

It’s a big win for the University of North Florida. The school has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Fellowship. This will support the UNF’s Jacksonville Teacher Residency program. It prepares AmeriCorps residents for a teaching career in Duval County Public Schools.

Cole Pepper

It was a great week for Jacksonville sports teams. The Armada, Sharks and Jumbo Shrimp all won. Florida’s baseball team won the Southeastern Conference title, Jacksonville University won its conference championship and Jacksonville Beach resident Billy Horschel won the Byron Nelson Classic on the PGA Tour.      

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.