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12/11/2017: Jose Lopez; Defend Florida Trees; Truth And Proof Youth Open Mic; Cole Pepper

Jose Lopez

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with 17-year-old author Jose Lopez who is writing a memoir about his experience in Puerto Rico and his family moving to Florida (01:17).   

Executive Director of Greenscape of Jacksonville Anna Dooley and Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute John November talked about the launch of the Defend Florida Trees campaign (24:11).  

Kathryn McAvoy of the Performers Academy told us about the upcoming Truth and Proof Youth Open Mic Night (36:19).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars big win over Seattle, the Heisman Trophy winner and the great start by Florida State men’s basketball (46:00). 

Jose Lopez

Puerto Rico is still in dire straits months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory.

Three months after the hurricane about half the island is still without electricity and a large percentage without clean water.

Many have been forced to leave the island, including one young and successful author who hails from Puerto Rico.

Jose Lopez has written a series of bestselling books on how to market your business on Instagram. And he’s still a teenager.

Lopez experienced the brunt of the storm first-hand. What he experienced changed his perspective of life forever.

Defend Florida Trees

A group of activists is gearing up to fight legislation in Tallahassee they say would decimate this area’s lush tree canopy. Defend Florida Trees held a press conference Monday morning.

Two bills in the Florida legislature would ban local governments from prohibiting landowners from trimming or removing trees on private property.

The Jacksonville City Council is working on a bipartisan resolution opposing the state legislation.      

Truth and Proof Youth Open Mic Night

It’s a chance for local kids to share their talent- any talent- on stage with their peers.

This Saturday marks the 2nd Annual Truth and Proof Youth Open Mic Night, made free to the whole community thanks to PNC Arts Alive and their grant program for the visual and performing arts.

The show is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Performers Academy.

Cole Pepper

It was a big win for the Jaguars Sunday as the team beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 in front of a sold out Everbank Field. The Jaguars are now one win away from clinching a playoff spot. They are alone in first place and have a good chance of hosting a playoff game.

The Heisman Trophy went to Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma over the weekend. He’s the first former walk-on to win the award.

FSU is undefeated in men’s college basketball and they.could they be the surprise team in the country.

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.