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12/22/2017: Media Roundtable Year In Review; @SanMarcoTrain

Holly Manuel

Friday on First Coast Connect we held our annual Year in Review Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:01).    

We learned the identity of the popular Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain as we spoke with the “train” himself, Jack DeYoung, the Digital Director at Nuera Marketing (46:00).

Year in Review Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the intense damage and aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Jacksonville and the rest of Florida, former Congresswoman Corrine Brown being sentenced to five years in prison on several federal charges and the Jacksonville City Council approving an expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance and pension reform.     


It has been one of the most popular Jacksonville Twitter accounts. The site SanMarcoTrain has delighted its visitors as much as the real train frustrates drivers on Hendricks Avenue.

On Thursday it was revealed that DeYong was the person behind the posts and that sadly he was going to retire the account.

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.